Is it alarmist of me to say that thinking about Dontrelle Willis' first start of the season, against a White Sox batting order whose potency we're all too familiar with, has had me sort of terrified all week? As we know, Willis had a horrible Spring Training, and it shouldn't take too long to find out whether or not those concerns can be carried over to the regular season.
The first time Gavin Floyd faced the Tigers last July, they pounded him for five runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. In three subsequent starts against Detroit, however, he pitched much better, allowing just two runs over 19 innings.
This afternoon's game will be televised nationally on FOX, and thanks to Awful Announcing, we know that Thom Brennaman and Jose Mota will be the broadcast team. If you're like me, maybe you're wondering just who Mota is. He currently works the Spanish radio broadcasts for the Angels. But perhaps more interesting is that Mota had a small role as a shortstop in the Kevin Costner movie, For Love of the Game. And if you've seen that movie, you know Costner plays a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Does anyone have such a thorough memory of the film that they might remember if Mota's character, named Jose Garcia, played for the Tigers? Just curious.
In the meantime, contemplate the number of teams that have started 0-4 and gone on to make the playoffs.