|Final - 3.28.2012||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||0||2||0||1||2||3||1||1||9||9||2|
|WP: Mitchell Boggs (2 - 0)
LP: Phil Coke (1 - 1)
Fifth-starter candidate Drew Smyly didn't overwhelm with his performance, but receives a passing grades after starting against the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup today. Jim Leyland told the press Smyly has made a good impression -- whether or not he makes the team.
Smyly reached a pitch count of around 80 after 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks. Two runs allowed came in a rough third-inning. A third came in the fifth when he gave up a solo home run. Smyly told MLive's Chris Iott he hung that pitch up. Smyly also picked off a runner.
I'd grade this an acceptable start. I don't think it's the kind of start you can use to declare the fifth-starter race over either way. I think ultimately that's going to be decided after the coaching staff and front office meet to sort through what they've seen during the past few weeks along with long-term goals and scouting reports. I'm going to continue sticking to my projection of Duane Below for now.
So how's the Clete Thomas-Andy Dirks thing going? Allison noted to me earlier that Clete Thomas -- 0-for-3 today with a strike out -- has 15 strikeouts in 48 at-bats. Austin Jackson has 16 strikeouts in 52 at-bats. Thomas is now batting .208, though he does have four extra-base hits. Dirks went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. He also made a fielding error.
Brandon Inge went 1-for-3. (I think he's going north. Too much foreshadowing out of the team to believe otherwise.)
Oh, and Detroit lost 9-5 to St. Louis. The bullpen stunk.