Last night, the Tigers flexed their muscles and showed they intend to be a factor in the AL Wild Card race. Following the Indians' 3-2 loss to the Angels in Anaheim, maybe they're still in the AL Central race, as well. Going into tonight's game, Detroit is five games behind Cleveland for the division lead, and three back of the Yankees for the Wild Card.
Can the Tigers get another night of great pitching from a starter? Nate Robertson threw pretty well last time out, giving up two runs in six innings, but didn't get the decision against the A's. Since he seems to alternate between good starts and bad starts, however, maybe we should be worried about how he'll perform tonight. Robertson was hammered by the Mariners in his previous start against them, surrendering six runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
For a four-game run in August, Jeff Weaver looked like he may have turned around his season. But in his past two starts, he's looked terrible again. In just 7 1/3 innings, Weaver's coughed up nine runs and 16 hits. That trend might not change tonight, as the Tigers have beat on Weaver like a spread offense beats on the University of Michigan football team. (I can't help it; I'm still subjecting myself to the Michigan-Oregon game as I type this. Just brutal.) In two starts against Detroit this season, Weaver has an 0-2 record and 11.70 ERA.