Edwin Jackson (0-0, 3.38) vs. Erik Bedard (1-0, 2.03), 9:10 p.m. EST
I'm sure I said this plenty of times last year, but one of the great things about baseball and its everyday schedule is that a team has to pick itself up off the mat after a tough loss and get back at it. Forget about it and move on. (Same goes for us fans, really.) The Tigers have looked like a mentally tougher team so far this season, and tonight could provide an indication of whether or not that's actually true.
As impressive as Edwin Jackson was in his first start of the season, he may have shown something more by toughing it out through six innings after giving up four runs. (Could that have been pointed out as an example to Justin Verlander?) Jackson has faced the Mariners twice in his career, winning both starts and posting a 0.60 ERA. He pitched once at Safeco Field last season, giving up just one run in seven innings.
After his first two starts, Erik Bedard looks more like the pitcher Seattle hoped it was getting, rather than the bust he appeared to be last season. (In fairness, he was hurt, eventually requiring surgery for a torn labrum.) Last time out, he was dominant against the A's, giving up no runs and three hits in 8.1 innings. For the season, Bedard has struck out 15 batters in 13.1 innings. In three career starts against the Tigers, he has a 1-1 record and 6.32 ERA.