While the Tigers may all look like painters with those white hats, they sure did deliver. Max Scherzer turned in a very strong performance, the longest one of his career, in fact. The slider’s become a good weapon for him recently (and it’s an odd kind of slider, because it seems to move straight downwards rather than laterally like Bonderman’s or Galarraga’s). Phil Coke pitched a scoreless, though somewhat adventurous, ninth inning, although the hits he gave up to Ichiro and Figgins were not hit hard. The hardest hit ball of the inning was actually the one that Brennan Boesch turned into the double play.
Doug Fister didn’t really have it second time around against the Tigers. He kept leaving the ball up, but I’m not sure I can blame him for that because the strikezone was really high last night. The first big hit of the night was Don Kelly’s two-run double. The good thing was that it gave the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish. The bad thing is that he was in there because Miguel Cabrera was a late scratch with back tightness. They have not given very much of an update, but I don’t think he was even in the dugout last night, because I did not see a single shot of him, not even in the background. All Jim Leyland said was that he was “okay” and that he didn’t know if he was going to put him back in the lineup tonight or not. I’m guessing that means he won’t, which sucks because I’ll be at tonight’s game and I want Cabrera in there. Other big hits came from Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch, and Johnny Damon.
Tonight’s the night of the big Bless You Boys meetup, and I finally get to see Justin Verlander in person again. I haven’t been to one of his games since 2007. He won his last start even though he gave up four runs to the Braves. The latest issue with him is that he tends to not pitch as well on extra rest, which is the case tonight. He keeps tinkering with mechanics, which at some point becomes a bad thing. He hasn’t beaten the Mariners in quite a while. He’s had a tendency to give up late runs to them which have cost him the game. The last time he faced the Mariners at