Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 3.18) vs. John Lackey (8-6, 4.00), 10:05 p.m. EST
Last night's match-up between two aces began as a pitching duel, but turned into a slugfest. With tonight's starters each coming off games in which they allowed six runs, should we expect the opposite to occur?
Though John Lackey was pummeled by the Indians in his last outing (also issuing four walks), he'd actually pitched very well in his preceding seven starts. In six of those games, Lackey allowed two earned runs or fewer. (The outlier was a three-run performance by the White Sox.) Lackey has never lost to the Tigers, posting a 6-0 record and 3.31 ERA in eight starts. (And if that doesn't cast a jinx, I don't know what will.)
How much of a factor was the wind in Jarrod Washburn's previous start? Last Thursday, Comerica Park seemed to have a jetstream out to left field, which pushed two - if not three - Mariners fly balls over the fence. (Russell Branyan's titanic shot to right field would've been a home run in any ballpark - or national park - on the planet.) Considering how many home runs were hit in Anaheim last night, should we be nervous about Washburn tonight?
Washburn has plenty of experience in Anaheim, of course, having pitched for the Angels for seven seasons. His career record at Angels Stadium is 30-37 with a 4.60 ERA. Against the Angels this season, Washburn has a 1-2 record and 7.71 ERA in three starts.