Edwin Jackson (6-2, 2.16) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.35), 2:05 p.m. EST
UPDATE: We have rain in Chicago right now, and it looks like we could have a rather long delay. Originally, Jason Beck posted on Twitter that they were eyeing a 2:30 p.m. start, but now it might be at least an hour before they play. So if you were worried about missing today's game while you were at work, you'll probably get a chance to see some of it, after all.
With a series win over the White Sox already in the bag after last night's victory, can the Tigers take it a step further? Can they make a statement against a division rival that's brought them nothing but pain and frustration? Four out of five wins in what's been an ordeal of a series would be a fantastic way to go into the second turn of Interleague Play.
If Edwin Jackson continues the "anything you can do, I can do better" game he's been playing with Justin Verlander over the past month, it could be a quick, painless death for the White Sox lineup today. But it's difficult to imagine Jackson pitching any better than he did last Saturday, when he held the Angels to one run and four hits in a complete game performance. In his last two starts, Jackson has given up just one run in 17 innings, with 12 strikeouts and two walks.
Gavin Floyd has been very good in his last four outings, averaging a 1.82 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. He also hasn't lost to the Tigers in 10 career starts, going 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA. So if the White Sox are going to salvage one more win, he might be just the guy to get it. His chances look even better, considering the lineup that Jim Leyland has put together today. Warning: It's brutal.
06/11/09 2:05 PM EDT
|Detroit Tigers||Chicago White Sox|
|Josh Anderson - LF||Scott Podsednik - LF|
|Ryan Raburn - 1B||Alexei Ramirez - SS|
|Clete Thomas - RF||Jermaine Dye - RF|
|Miguel Cabrera - DH||Jim Thome - DH|
|Curtis Granderson - CF||A.J. Pierzynski - C|
|Brandon Inge - 3B||Gordon Beckham - 3B|
|Gerald Laird - C||Brian Anderson - CF|
|Ramon Santiago - 2B||Chris Getz - 2B|
|Adam Everett - SS||Josh Fields - 1B|