Friday, August 27, 2010

Mad Max Goes to Canada

Photo: Reuters

This is going to be another short post, because it was the eighth inning by the time I got home. It looks as though it was another good start for Max Scherzer. He went eight strong innings and only gave up one run (I did hear that the hits he gave up were all hit hard but the outs were not hit hard). Meanwhile, the offense took advantage of a defensive miscue from Edwin Encarnaction to pile up runs and knock around Ricky Romero. Most of the damage came via the long ball. Jhonny Peralta had a big night. He hit a three-run homer and ended the night with four RBIs. Gerald Laird also homered (there’s that hit that Leyland was sensing; his instincts were just premature).

The series continues tonight, and Justin Verlander is coming off a good start against the Indians. He’s beaten the Blue Jays earlier this year by a score of 4-2. He’s only pitched at Rogers Centre once before, and that was Opening Day last year, when he got knocked around pretty badly. Several Blue Jays have homered off Verlander in the past (John Buck has done it twice). The Jays will start Shaun Marcum, who beat the Tigers back on July 24th and who I got mixed up with Dustin McGowan in my scouting report back then (I gave you McGowan’s injury history; Marcum had Tommy John surgery, not shoulder surgery).

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