Following a rather feeble effort in last night's 5-1 loss, could the Detroit Tigers display some pride tonight and salvage a win in this series? The spirit of Tiger Town has been broken, but if you still hold a kernel of optimism as you think about the future, perhaps this evening's starting pitcher might give you something to look forward to.
With a 2-1 record and 2.64 ERA after three starts, Zach Miner looks as if he's far better suited for the starting rotation than bullpen. And if the Tigers' lineup had been able to provide any offense for him last Friday against Tampa Bay, he might be carrying a 3-0 record into tonight's game. There stands to be at least one opening in the Tigers' starting rotation next season, and if Miner shows he's the guy to fill it, then the desperate act of changing his role will have yielded a happy accident.
Javier Vazquez has started three games against Detroit this season, and looked bad in the last two. In his last 13 innings facing the Tigers, Vazquez has given up 11 runs. But both of those outings were at Comerica Park. Vazquez shut out the Tigers over seven innings in April at U.S. Cellular Field. At home this season, his record is 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA.