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Open Thread - Game 62: Mets (36-24) at Tigers (35-26)

Tom Glavine (5-3, 3.36) vs. Andrew Miller (1-0, 0.00), 1:05 p.m. EST

I'm going to stick to what's become a regular statement during these game threads: Detroit pounds left-handed pitching. Oliver Perez was the latest victim of Tigers bat assault yesterday, giving up five runs and seven hits over five innings. So I like their chances of putting up some runs today.

Of course, they're not facing any journeyman southpaw. Glavine is probably one of the best pitchers we've seen in this generation, and will be pursuing win #296 today. However, his quest for 300 wins has stalled a bit over the past few weeks. Glavine hasn't won in his last three starts, since beating the Yankees at Shea Stadium back in mid-May. But that isn't a reflection of his performance. Glavine's ERA was 3.15 in those games.

While the Mets allow an appreciation for past left-handed greatness, the Tigers provide a glimpse at future left-handed hotness. Today's game brings us the latest episode of what's sure to be a hit with Detroit audiences: The Andrew Miller Show. During his four-game stint for the Erie Seawolves, Miller has shown that he might already be too good for this minor league thing, going 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings. And in his first major league start of the season, he shut the Cardinals down rather handily, giving up only four hits in six scoreless innings.

Of course, today's Mets lineup will be much more fearsome than the St. Louis batting order he faced approximately three weeks ago.