Okay, how about winning this series? That should make us all feel a little bit better about the Tigers, right? Right? Or am I out of touch after being on vacation for the past week (during which Detroit went 2-4)?
(By the way, I'm still on the road until early next week, so won't be able to participate in the game thread. And there probably won't be a recap either, as I'll only be able to "watch" the game through Yahoo! GameTracker. I apologize for that, and will get back in the swing of things in the next couple of days. Bear with me.)
What can we expect out of Nate Robertson today? Well, let's hope the lineup scores some runs for him. He's won only once in his last six starts, giving up almost five runs a game in that span. In his career against Cleveland, Robertson has a 2-4 record with a 5.25 ERA in 13 starts.
Jake Westbrook is trending differently, winning three of his past four starts. He held the Devil Rays to one run and two hits over seven innings his last time out. In 15 career starts against the Tigers, Westbrook has a 4-8 record with a 6.59 ERA.
According to Danny Knobler, Ramon Santiago will start at shortstop this afternoon, while Carlos Guillen plays at first base. Sean Casey will fill in at DH for Gary Sheffield, who could be out for a while.