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Game 81: Rockies (32-49) at Tigers (40-40)

Greg Reynolds (2-5, 5.68) vs. Kenny Rogers (5-5, 4.60)

A month or so ago, it wasn't very fun to type out the titles of these GameThreads. I even considered changing the format, so I wouldn't have to keep noting the Tigers' won-loss record every day. Today, however, I looked forward to typing out that record. I'd been wanting to do it ever since Ryan Raburn sprinted across home plate last night with the game-winning run.

I think rock n rye has the right idea over at From the CoPa. Let's hit the reset button on this thing. Finishing off the Rockies for a sweep would help with that, of course. The Tigers have worked hard to allow themselves to call a Mulligan on those first 81 games. The second half of the 2008 season is upon us, and the promise we felt in March has returned.

Since giving up eight runs and 10 hits to the Giants, Greg Reynolds has put together two quality starts, in which he allowed just four runs in 13 innings. On the road, however, his record is 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA. Reynolds doesn't strike out many batters, so the Tigers should get their bats on the ball today. And they really should be scoring more runs with the hit totals they've been posting recently.

Kenny Rogers had his streak of five quality starts snapped rather violently by the Cardinals on Tuesday. He gave up five runs to St. Louis, which is one more than he'd allowed in his previous five games combined. Was that a pothole in the road for Rogers or the beginning of a downward slope?