No more bullying the National League to boost that won-loss record. Beginning tonight, the Tigers find out right away how their rejuvenated squad stacks up against their closest competition in the AL Central. The Twins are currently in second place, 3 1/2 games ahead of Detroit, winning 14 of their last 20 games.
One team that's been better over their last 20 games, of course, has been the Tigers, who have won 16 games during that same span. Armando Galarraga got off to a rough start last time out against the Cardinals, giving up home runs to two of the first three batters he faced. But he hung in there until his lineup could tie the score and eventually win later (much later, with a long rain delay) in the ninth inning. Galarraga has lost both of his starts against the Twins this season.
Glen Perkins has won his last two starts for Minnesota, allowing just three runs in both appearances despite giving up a healthy number of hits (16 over 13 innings). That would seem to play right into the Tigers' hands, as they've been knocking the ball all over the park. (Detroit collected 42 hits in three games against Colorado this weekend.) However, it might be a bit of a concern that such big hit totals aren't resulting in more runs scored.
Twinkie Town has your SB Nation opposing view for this three-game series.