Ian Snell (2-9, 5.84) vs. Justin Verlander (13-6, 3.28), 7:05 p.m. EST
The Tigers got this series off to a rousing start with last night's comeback win. Can they keep the good times (which include victories over Zack Greinke and Felix Hernandez in the past four games) rolling?
Since being traded to the Mariners, Ian Snell is winless in three starts, allowing 11 runs in just over 13 innings. His last outing was the worst of those three, as Snell was shelled by the Yankees for eight runs. Snell faced Detroit earlier this season, while with the Pirates, and gave up 10 hits in seven innings. However, he gave up only two runs, which may well have began the Tigers' trend of not driving in baserunners.
Justin Verlander did what an ace is supposed to do in his last start for the Tigers. Badly needing a win after losing three in Boston, Verlander shut the Red Sox out for eight innings, holding them to only four hits. If Verlander ends up winning the AL Cy Young Award, that might be the game a lot of people point to as a swaying factor. He threw 123 pitches in that last start, but also got an extra day of rest, so it'll be interesting to see how much stamina Verlander has tonight. At home this season, Verlander is 7-1 with a 2.11 ERA.
Jim Leyland mentioned after last night's game that he might give Aubrey Huff a try in left field tonight, but he's once again the designated hitter, while Carlos Guillen plays the outfield. Magglio Ordonez gets the start in right field.