Edwin Jackson (10-5, 2.86) vs. Joe Saunders (9-7, 5.33), 3:35 p.m. EST
Not only do the Tigers have a series win already in the bag, but they've won a road series for the first time since June. And all against an Angels team that was expected to continue the Tigers' misery away from Detroit. It would be somewhat understandable if the Tigers wanted to rest on their laurels today, especially on a getaway day. But with a possible sweep - and winning road trip - staring them in the face, how about getting greedy? Greed is good.
Joe Saunders returns to the Angels' rotation after going on the disabled list earlier this month for tightness in his shoulder. In his eight starts before that DL stint, Saunders allowed four runs or more in each of those games. (In five of them, he allowed five runs or more.) Saunders has faced the Tigers twice this season, allowing nine runs and 14 hits in 11 innings.
Has Edwin Jackson worked through his mini-slump? Before his last start vs. Oakland, Jackson had allowed seven runs and 18 hits over 10 innings in his two previous outings. But against the A's, he got his groove back, giving up two runs and six hits. Can Jackson keep it rolling against the Angels, who smacked him for six runs (three earned) around last time he pitched in Anaheim? Or will we see more of the guy who held this team to one run and four hits in a complete game at Detroit?