Chien-Ming Wang (14-6, 4.10) vs. Jeremy Bonderman (10-6, 4.65), 7:05 p.m. EST
Rise and shine, Tigers fans. There's another game with those New York Yankees at Comerica Park this evening. If you stuck it out until nearly 4 a.m. this morning, no one would blame you if you slept off the afternoon (except maybe your spouse and children). Even the players didn't make it to bed until around 5 a.m. (I'm betting they didn't have to stick around and talk to the media, as deadlines were blown before the game even started.)
Like Roger Clemens before him, Chien-Ming Wang got knocked around by the Tigers last weekend in New York, yet didn't give up that many runs and thus escaped with a win. But if you look at his last three games, Wang has been giving up a lot of hits. And when I say "a lot," I mean 26 hits (and 16 runs) in 14 2/3 innings. Wang also struggled with runners on base in that last start, so if the Tigers can run around like they did last night (four steals, two by Cameron Maybin), that might make a difference.
I know I'm tired of writing about Jeremy Bonderman's winless streak, so you have to be sick of reading about it. (Having to watch it probably brought about a different sensation.) And Bondo surely wants to end it. But until he does so, I suppose I have to keep mentioning that Bondo hasn't won in his past seven starts. But he's pitched pretty well in his last two games, giving up five runs in 13 innings (though he still has those aggravating first inning troubles). So maybe tonight's the night he finally posts a "W" again. Here's hopin'.
Lineups are posted in the comments. Marcus Thames will bat 3rd tonight, despite going 0-for-4 in that spot last night. Cameron Maybin is out of the lineup, which is kind of a head scratcher. If anyone should be able to bounce back from a late night, it's a 20-year-old kid. Feed him a Monte Cristo, and get him out there. (Oh wait - those only taste good when you're hungover, don't they? Sorry - I was thinking back to my experiences making that brutal turnaround on a Saturday.)