Mariners lead the series 1-0
|Fri 04/16|| WP: Felix Hernandez (1 - 0) |
LP: Jeremy Bonderman (1 - 1)
|3 - 11 loss|
|Sun 04/18||4:10 PM EDT|
|2010 - Justin Verlander||0-0||2||2||0||0||0||0||10.0||11||10||10||2||4||9||9.00||1.50|
|2010 - Ryan Rowland-Smith||0-1||2||2||0||0||0||0||12.0||11||8||7||2||6||2||5.25||1.42|
Friday night wasn't a pleasant one for the Tigers. After being held in check by King Felix while the Mariners' bats ended Jeremy Bonderman's night early, the Tigers find themselves with their first losing streak of the season. It's all of 2 games, but a streak is a streak.
With this being such a long road trip, I'd hate to see the losses begin to snowball. So who better to put a stop to the losing insanity than Justin Verlander? No one I can think of on the pitching staff, even if Verlander has found himself starting the season off slowly for the 3rd year in a row. Verlander earned the cred of a stopper in 2009. Tonight he has his first chance in 2010 to nip a losing streak in the bud.
Encouraging fact from the game notes: The offense has been surprisingly effective over 10 games. The Tigers rank 2nd in the AL with a .281 AVE and .386 OBP. They also are 3rd in BB and 5th in both H and R.
Discouraging fact from the game notes: There's the usual caveats, such as everyone's favorite, small sample size, but Adam Everett has a .167 career AVE against the Mariners, and Jose Valverde's career ERA is 36.00.
Odd fact from the game notes: The Tigers' record when leading after 6 innings is 2-0. When tied after 6 innings, 0-2. When trailing after 6 innings, 4-2.
One more thing: A happy 29th birthday goes out to Ryan Raburn! Jim Leyland said yesterday Raburn is going to get the start tonight, as he hit Rowland-Smith well in the past. I'm hoping to see some birthday fireworks from the Tigers' 4th outfielder!