Dave Bush (3-3, 5.31) vs. Alfredo Figaro (0-0, -.--), 4:05 p.m. EST
The actual fireworks were canceled last night at Comerica Park after rain delayed the game past midnight. But the Detroit Tigers' bats provided plenty of boom for the home crowd. Can they keep up the scoring this afternoon against the Brewers?
Dave Bush posted his worst performance of the season in his last start, giving up eight runs, six hits (two of them homers), and two walks in just 3.1 innings versus the Indians. (Though Milwaukee's offense let him off the hook with a no-decision.) That extended his winless streak to five games. On the road this year, Bush has a 2-2 record and 5.89 ERA. He hasn't faced the Tigers since 2005, when he was with Toronto. But in those three appearances (two starts), he finished with an 0-1 record and 10.89 ERA.
Welcome to the big leagues, Alfredo Figaro. Your mission, should you choose to accept it - and the Tigers really need you to do so - is to give Detroit the reliable fifth starting pitcher it's been searching for since Spring Training. Fresh off the bus (okay, it was probably a plane) from Double-A Erie, Figaro compiled a 5-2 record and 4.10 ERA in 11 starts with the Seawolves. It's going to be a warm day in Detroit today, so it'll be interesting to see if Figaro can get the Brewers to keep the ball on the ground.
As you might have guessed from the start time, today's game is part of FOX's national coverage. Or should that be regional coverage, considering Tigers-Brewers is third on the broadcast totem pole, and probably restricted largely to the Detroit and Milwaukee markets? A match-up of two first-place teams isn't a better game than Cardinals-Royals, FOX? Boo.