Justin Verlander (0-1, 9.35) vs. Felix Hernandez (1-0, 4.15), 10:10 p.m. EST
The Tigers head out west to face one of the best teams in the American League. And we're talking about... the Seattle Mariners? Yes, indeed. Don Wakamatsu's new approach is working well so far, and the M's currently boast the second-best record in the AL. And they played eight of those 10 games without Ichiro Suzuki, who returned from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Justin Verlander pitched better in his second start than in his first, and probably would've gotten his first win of the year, if not for two untimely errors. But Jim Leyland would still like him to stay in the game through seven innings, and to do that, Verlander will have to reduce his pitch counts.
In seven career starts against the Mariners, Verlander has a 6-1 record and 2.91 ERA. At Safeco Field, he's 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA.
Felix Hernandez has been inconsistent in his first two starts, as well. He dominated Minnesota to open the season, allowing just one run in eight innings. But last time out, versus the A's, Hernandez gave up five runs and seven hits in just five innings (though he did strike out eight batters). King Felix has faced the Tigers five times, and has a 3-2 and 2.97 ERA (with 30 strikeouts in 30.1 innings) to show for it.
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