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Game 87: Tigers (43-43) at Mariners (34-52)

Armando Galarraga (7-2, 3.40) vs. R.A. Dickey (2-4, 4.53)

How has R.A. Dickey performed against the Detroit Tigers? Let's take a look at the last two times he's faced them:

April 6, 2006: Seven runs and eight hits (six home runs!) in 3 1/3 innings.

May 8, 2004: Six runs and nine hits (only one home run) in 3 2/3 innings.

Dickey has pitched well in his last two starts, however, giving up just 2 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings.

Contrarily, Armando Galarraga hasn't pitched all that well in his last couple of outings, allowing a combined nine runs (seven earned) in 10 2/3 innings. Two starts probably isn't enough to get worked up about, but perhaps it's worth wondering whether or not Galarraga is reaching something of a plateau as he's pitching more major league innings than he ever has. Of course, he could throw a great game tonight and scotch that thought before it was fully formed.

Last time the Tigers had a late Saturday night game, we played the Bay City Rollers to get everyone in the mood. That was... less than popular (even though Detroit won that game), so we'll try something different tonight. You can thank Kurt for the suggestion.

Apologies for being a bit late on posting the GameThread. The day got away from me a bit. Cheers!