|Zach Miner (Detroit)||2-1||6.00||1.80||8||8|
|Aaron Laffey (Cleveland)||2-0||2.41||1.34||9||10|
In theory, today's game is "nationally televised." But let's not kid ourselves here. Unless you live in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, or ... FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA?! (For Pronk or what?), you probably aren't going to catch this one. The Tigers are buried in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season, which, at three games, could be worse, right? But let's end it right now, mmmkay? This is not a habit to start, and losing baseball makes us all sad!
The baseball gods saw fit to flip the script last night, when they tagged Armando Galarraga with his 1.50 ERA (at the time) with a loss and handed Carl Pavano (9.50!) the victory. ... Will they continue to play such games when the Tigers send Zach Miner to the mound with more than twice the ERA of Cleveland's Aaron Laffey? Right handers have a .681 OPS against the left-handed Laffey. Left-handers should probably take the day off. Fortunately, the Tigers sluggers are mostly righties. The other Indians' storyline today is a lot of transactions in the past day or two. The main one? Highly-touted outfield prospect Matt LaPorta is joining the team after bashing a 1.024 OPS for Triple-A Columbus in April. Hey, at least he's not a lefty!
Oh and I forgot to mention last night, our SBN Indians counterpart to check out is Let's Go Tribe.
(Lineups added 4 p.m.)
05/02/09 3:40 PM EDT
|Cleveland Indians||Detroit Tigers|
|Grady Sizemore - CF||Curtis Granderson - CF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B||Placido Polanco - 2B|
|Victor Martinez - C||Magglio Ordonez - RF|
|Shin-Soo Choo - LF||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Mark DeRosa - 3B||Carlos Guillen - DH|
|Jhonny Peralta - SS||Gerald Laird - C|
|David Dellucci - DH||Brandon Inge - 3B|
|Ryan Garko - 1B||Ryan Raburn - LF|
|Ben Francisco - RF||Adam Everett - SS|