Last night Justin Verlander tossed in a clunker. This is to be expected from time to time. It highlights, though, the trouble with Detroit's pitching. As we've seen, if Verlander and Edwin Jackson aren't picking up wins, the Tigs are likely to struggle.
Pitching won't matter if the hitting remains cold. Detroit has scored 3 or fewer runs in six consecutive games, 7 of 8 and 17 of 24.
Good news: Detroit is 34-30 and still first in the AL Central.
Bad news: The Tigers continue to struggle against quality foes and no longer own Interleague. Detroit is 12-16 vs. teams that are .500 or better (as of this date, not when they met). If you throw in red-hot Colorado, the record is 13-18. Thank goodness the Tigers are 6-0 vs. Texas, otherwise it would be worse.
We anticipated June being a tough month, and Detroit is 6-9.
Dontrelle Willis will not make his next start on Saturday. No word on a replacement, or Willis' future.
It seems more likely that Detroit will be without Carlos Guillen the rest of the year.