Well, this has not been a friendly trip out west for the Tigers (50-52), who have lost 3 of 4 so far to the Mariners and Athletics. Today they will once again take on the Oakland Athletics (56-46) for the second game of the three game set. Barry Zito (9-8) will take the mound for the A's today against the Tigers Nate Robertson (5-8). Both have very similar ERA's under 4, so a pitching duel may be in the works today at McAfee Coliseum.
Game time is 4:05.
In some news on the minor league front, Tigers pitching prospect Joel Zumaya put together a very impressive performance last night:
From a fan's standpoint, it was a bit disappointing to see him leave. But the Tides didn't mind his departure, particularly seeing how Zumaya had 12 strikeouts when he left with a 2-0 lead.
For much of the evening, the Tides (59-49) swung and missed Zumaya's wicked fastball and his 79 mile-per-hour changeup.
"I was happy to see him out of the game," Tides manager Ken Oberkfell said. "He had our hitters off-balance the entire time."
The callup to Toledo has been a little rough on Joel so far, as he is 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA. Before the callup he was dominating at AA Erie, striking out 143 in 107 innings.