Armando Galarraga (6-10, 5.16) vs. Trevor Cahill (6-12, 4.97), 9:05 p.m. EST
The Tigers got their latest west coast road trip off to a fine start with a 3-2 win last night over the A's. Can they make it two in a row? On the road?
Pitching for Oakland, Trevor Cahill hasn't won in his past five starts. And he gives up hits. A lot of 'em. During this five-game winless streak, he's allowed 40 hits in 29.1 innings. The Tigers demolished Cahill back in May, when they faced him in Detroit. In less than three innings, he gave up seven runs. Before I get accused of jinxing this, however, I'll point out that Cahill has pitched better than his recent record indicates. In his last two appearances, he's allowed five runs in 13 innings.
Coming off a bout with the flu, Armando Galarraga pitched surprisingly well in his last start. Maybe losing 15 pounds due to a sore throat gave him some more velocity and added break on that slider. Facing the Royals, Galarraga struck out six batters in five innings. And if not for some terrible squandering by the Tigers' lineup (0-for-16 with runners in scoring position), he probably would've gotten the win.
Galarraga has faced the A's twice this year, with varying levels of success. His first start against Oakland was terrible, as he couldn't even make it out of the first inning while giving up five runs. The second time around, Galarraga issued six walks, but he held the A's to one run and two hits over 6.1 innings.
Curtis Granderson is back in the lineup, after a two-game break during which the Tigers faced two left-handed pitchers. We'll see if some time off helped clear his head at the plate.