Rick Porcello (2-3, 4.71) vs. Anthony Reyes (1-0, 6.84), 1:05 p.m. EST
With two straight shutouts (and 22 scoreless innings, going back to Thursday night's game in Chicago) for the Tigers pitching staff, do you think Rick Porcello might get a little ribbing before this afternoon's ballgame? Keep the streak going, rookie.
Of course, Porcello might not have anything to worry about, since he pitched seven shutout innings on Tuesday against Minnesota. And if his sinker's working like it was in that last start, the Tribe could hit into plenty of groundball outs.
Anthony Reyes is on a four-game winless streak, having taken no-decisions in his last four starts. But in his last outing, he probably pitched well enough to win, allowing three runs and six hits over six innings at Toronto. At home this season, Reyes is 1-0 in three starts with an 8.36 ERA.
This will be the first time Reyes has faced the Tigers with the Indians. Back in 2007 with the Cardinals, Detroit roughed him up for seven runs and nine hits in 5.2 innings. That doesn't quite make up for Reyes beating the Tigers in the 2006 World Series, of course, when he held them to two runs in eight innings. But knocking him around again today would provide a small consolation.
A win today combined with a Royals loss in Anaheim would put the Tigers into a tie for first place. Not a bad way to go into tomorrow's off-day, if they can get it done.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the special women in our lives. May you get all the pampering and appreciation you deserve today. (And to Brandon Inge, my mother says hello. How about a home run this afternoon?)