Justin Verlander (6-2, 3.26) vs. John Danks (4-4, 5.10), 8:11 p.m. EST
Okay, so enough of this slowly improving Armando Galarraga, still recovering Jeremy Bonderman, and whatever you'd call Dontrelle Willis. Let's get to the good stuff in the Tigers' starting rotation. With a victory tonight, Detroit would clinch a series win, and their two best guys are pitching the next two days.
It's a borderline criminal offense that Justin Verlander didn't get the win in his last start. (Make a mug shot of either the Tigers lineup that couldn't score him any runs or Fernando Rodney for coughing up two runs in the ninth inning. It's your choice.) He shut out the Angels over eight innings, holding them to just four hits, along with seven strikeouts and four walks.
However... if Verlander has had a nemesis that's constantly thwarted him, it's the Chicago White Sox. In 14 career starts against the south siders, he has a 2-9 record and 5.90 ERA. And U.S. Cellular Field has not been his happy place. Verlander is 0-6 in eight appearances, with a 5.92 ERA.
John Danks? Let me tell you something about John Danks. Dude served up three home runs in his last start. And two of them were back-to-back jacks, by Travis Hafner and Ryan Garko. Danks is winless in his past two games, giving up nine runs in 11 innings. Against the Tigers, he's 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA in six appearances.
After Curtis Granderson batting leadoff, it's an all-right-handed lineup against the lefty Danks. Here are your starters:
06/10/09 8:11 PM EDT
|Detroit Tigers||Chicago White Sox|
|Curtis Granderson - CF||Scott Podsednik - LF|
|Placido Polanco - 2B||Alexei Ramirez - SS|
|Magglio Ordonez - RF||Jermaine Dye - RF|
|Miguel Cabrera - 1B||Jim Thome - DH|
|Marcus Thames - DH||Paul Konerko - 1B|
|Brandon Inge - 3B||A.J. Pierzynski - C|
|Ryan Raburn - LF||Gordon Beckham - 3B|
|Adam Everett - SS||Chris Getz - 2B|
|Dane Sardinha - C||Brian Anderson - CF|