Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 3.44) vs. Edwin Jackson (6-4, 2.39), 7:05 p.m. EST
Following a weekend sweep of the Brewers, the Tigers try to keep their four-game winning streak going against another NL Central team. The Cubbies are in town! (And they limp into Detroit with a 13-19 road record.)
Carlos Zambrano is winless in his past two outings, despite allowing four runs and nine hits in 15 innings. (He's gotten the win in only one of his five starts since returning from the DL. Yet the Cubs won four of those games, which tells you how a starting pitcher's number of wins doesn't always reflect how well he's playing.) In six appearances on the road this season, Zambrano has a 3-1 record and 2.58 ERA.
Though his last start wasn't his best effort of the season, Edwin Jackson was largely victimized by the Tigers' then-slumping offense. In six innings, he gave up three runs and seven hits to the Cardinals, while tying a season-high with seven strikeouts. At Comerica Park, Jackson has a 3-1 record and 3.00 ERA in six starts. Detroit's lineup hasn't scored more than three runs for Jackson in five straight starts. How about giving the guy at least four tonight?
Magglio Ordonez "indefinite" hiatus ends tonight, as he's back in the starting lineup. However, he's batting seventh, behind Brandon Inge and in front of Gerald Laird. (In seven career plate appearances against Zambrano, Ordonez has a .200/.429/.400 average with one double and two walks.) Ramon Santiago gets the start at shortstop, batting ninth.