Before reading the Free Press this morning, it didn't occur to me that tonight could be Kenny Rogers' last start at Comerica Park with the Detroit Tigers. I guess I'm under the assumption that he'll be back with the Tigers next season, barring a change of heart from the front office or Mrs. Rogers expressing a preference for her husband to retire.
It's not like he isn't pitching well. Rogers has given up only five runs in 18 1/3 innings since coming back from an elbow injury. But if this is it, here's hoping the home crowd gives him a rousing ovation tonight.
(Why all the hatred toward Kenny, Royals Review? "Evil as Iago"? Really?)
While you're at it, maybe you can wish bad karma upon Kyle Davies for being the apparent reason that the Tigers weren't able to acquire Octavio Dotel from the Royals at the trade deadline. Then again, considering how little Dotel's contributed to the Atlanta Braves since he was dealt there, maybe that wasn't such a bad thing.
Besides worrying if instant karma's going to get him this evening, Davies has a couple of other concerns to deal with. First, he might be tipping his pitches. At least that's what he thought after getting blasted for seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings in his last start, versus the White Sox. Secondly, Davies has a hop in his pitching delivery. Hopping is something you want the ball to do after the batter hits it. You don't want to hop while you're delivering the ball toward the plate. So if the dude looks preoccupied tonight, you know why.