Friday, May 01, 2009

News and notes

Detroit's next 13 games are against teams from the AL Central. The Tigers did not have a winning record against any Central team in 2008, going 27-45 overall.

Miguel Cabrera has hit 10 HR and driven in 25 runs in 24 career games against the Indians, who visit Comerica this weekend.

Brandon Inge has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games to begin the season. It equals Inge's mark for the longest such streak since Alan Trammell reached in 22 in a row in 1990.

Detroit has lost seven in a row to the Tribe since last July.

Armando Galarraga starts tonight for the Tigers. He is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA. I think his stats look fairly honest. Two areas that are fluky -- he's stranding 88% of baserunners and he's allowing only 0.39 HR/game. But his K/G is up to 9.3, which helps. His groundball rate is up a bit too.

Cleveland's Grady Sizemore has 18 career leadoff HR, which is tied with Kenny Lofton for the most in franchise history.

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