Zack Greinke (12-10, 3.59) vs. Freddy Garcia (1-0, 0.00)
Last place truly is on the line this evening, as the Detroit Tigers could move into the AL Central basement with the Kansas City Royals with a loss tonight. Yes, it really has come to this.
There's really only been one highlight for the Tigers over the past 11 games (excepting Miguel Cabrera's chase of the AL home run and RBI titles), and Freddy Garcia is the man responsible for it. This is what a comeback should really look like. Garcia held the Rangers to one run (unearned) and two hits over five innings, reminding us of how fun it can be to watch someone who just knows how to pitch. And pitch efficiently. Tigers batters were excited too, providing Garcia with 17 runs of support.
Zack Greinke was outstanding in his previous start, holding the Mariners scoreless on just two hits over seven innings. (Seattle, of course, isn't exactly an offensive powerhouse these days.) Last time he faced the Tigers, they hung five runs and seven hits on him in six innings. In three starts against Detroit this season, Greinke's record is 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA.
Cabrera is the Tigers' DH tonight, but that move was planned even before he tweaked his back last night. Gary Sheffield's absence is just giving Jim Leyland an opportunity to "rest" a couple of guys from the field.
Kansas City Royals @ Detroit Tigers
09/23/08 7:05 PM EDT
|Kansas City Royals||Detroit Tigers|
|David DeJesus - CF||Curtis Granderson - CF|
|Mike Aviles - 2B||Placido Polanco - 2B|
|Jose Guillen - RF||Magglio Ordonez - RF|
|Ryan Shealy - 1B||Miguel Cabrera - DH|
|Mark Teahen - LF||Jeff Larish - 1B|
|Billy Butler - DH||Edgar Renteria - SS|
|Alex Gordon - 3B||Marcus Thames - LF|
|Miguel Olivo - C||Brandon Inge - 3B|
|Tony Pena - SS||Dusty Ryan - C|