The sooner tonight's game starts, the better. But in the meantime, here's some stories and stats from around the Tigosphere.
- Curtis Granderson blogs about the upgrades to the Kansas City Royals' stadium today. He thinks the Royals and Angels do a great job keeping the fans active between innings and creating a fun environment for everyone. (Big League Stew)
- More historical perspective on last night's game against the Yankees: Tigers starters have not held the Yankees scoreless for consecutive days since 1984. The last time a player had a sac bunt and a grand slam in the same inning, as Yankees catcher Jose Molina did? 1975, when Oakland's Sal Bando did it. And what the Yankees did -- breaking up a
shutoutscoreless tie with a 10-run inning -- was even more rare. The last time was 1919. Stats like that are what makes baseball cool. (Freep, LoHud, Tigers.com) (Fixed link)
- What did Jim Leyland tell Ryan Perry during his extremely brief visit to the mound? Speculation was that it involved some words not printable in a family newspaper. But Leyland's version was much more tame:
"I just told him, 'Don't worry about [the hit], don't let up, go right at them,'" Leyland said.
- Some unsightly stats: Brandon Lyon, 4.91 ERA, 1.57 WHIP. While he helped account for five runs last night when he walked in a run, then gave up a grand slam to Jose Molina, he was only charged with two.It was just the third time he's been charged with runs this season in eight appearances.
- Things are less friendly for Nate Robertson, whose role is apparently not "late-innings stopper." He's given up runs in half his six appearances and has an ERA of 9.00.
Rick Porcello's splits so far this year are not promosing for tonight's game. He has an ERA of 4.50, but left handers are hitting a line of .290 AVG, .333 OBP, .581 SLG off him. The meat of the Yankees' lineup can bat left-handed. Against right-handed batters, Porcello is a much better .231/.250/.385. Hopefully he doesn't see the pinstripes for the first time -- figuratively, because the Yankees' road grays are not nearly as intimidating -- and feel any intimidation. And oh yes, this is Porcello's home debut, isn't it?
- At Spotstarters, Blake compares some of the Tigers' worst batting seasons in history with the .000 average Tigers backup catcher Matt Treanor had before being placed on the disabled list with a previously undisclosed re-injury of his hip. (Spotstarters)
- At Beyond the Boxscore, Sky warns fantasy baseball players to jump off the Armando Galarraga bandwagon while they still can. He does not believe the second-year pitcher has the peripherals to indicate his low ERA so far in his career. A valid argument, I think. However, to me, when you add the eye test, you can see Galarraga will likely outpitch his peripherals. He's now striking out a batter an inning, limiting home runs and his batting-average-on-balls-in-play (.287) is a lot closer to the Tigers defense allows this year (.305) and what you'd expect (.300). He forces a lot of ground balls (47% of hits), and changes speeds and location quite well to keep batters off track. He's definitely a thinking pitcher, not a just a thrower, and his development has continued. I think his ERA will settle in closer to 4.00, myself. (BtB)
- There's a secondary discussion and poll on this started by Packey here at Bless You Boys. (BYB)
Kurt of Mack Avenue Tigers is guest blogging for a week while Ian is in Seattle.