Armando Galarraga (3-1, 3.07) vs. Mark Buehrle (4-0, 3.30), 8:11 p.m. EST
If you thought a two-game series against the White Sox was a bit too long, how does a one-gamer suit you? Thanks to last night's rainout, that's what we're left with. And since both starting pitchers were pushed back to tonight, we're running our notes from last night again. Hey, we endorse recycling here at BYB.
Armando Galarraga has won one of his last three starts, and perhaps it's not a coincidence that his walk totals have increased during that period. In his last 16 innings, Galarraga's given up 11 walks. As you might expect, that's racked up his pitch counts and chased him from games earlier than the Tigers would prefer. And that doesn't look like the same pitcher that was so impressive last season (and in his first two starts this year).
Mark Buehrle appears to have regained his ace status in the White Sox starting rotation. Not only hasn't he lost a game this season, but he's working efficiently, keeping his pitch counts low, and walking very few hitters (nine in 30 innings). Buehrle also hasn't given up more than three runs in any of his five starts this year.
Clete Thomas's 3-for-4 performance on Tuesday earns him another night of batting third. (The Cult is pleased.) Curtis Granderson, however, returns to his customary leadoff spot. Magglio Ordonez moves up to bat fifth, remaining as the designated hitter. And could this be one of the last chances for Ryan Raburn to prove he's worth keeping around as a right-handed reserve bat?
South Side Sox has your SB Nation opposing view for the evening.
05/07/09 8:11 PM EDT
|Detroit Tigers||Chicago White Sox|
|Curtis Granderson - CF||Chris Getz - 2B|
|Placido Polanco - 2B||Josh Fields - 3B|
|Clete Thomas - RF||Carlos Quentin - LF|
|Miguel Cabrera - 1B||Jim Thome - DH|
|Magglio Ordonez - DH||Jermaine Dye - RF|
|Gerald Laird - C||Paul Konerko - 1B|
|Brandon Inge - 3B||AJ Pierzynski - C|
|Ryan Raburn - LF||Jayson Nix - SS|
|Adam Everett - SS||Scott Podsednik - CF|