Tigers lead the series 1-0
|Mon 04/05|| WP: Joel Zumaya (1 - 0) |
LP: Robinson Tejeda (0 - 1)
|8 - 4 win|
|Thu 04/08||2:10 PM EDT|
We're now in that limbo between MLB opening day and Detroit's opening day this Friday. The baseball season has begun, but it won't truly feel like it's BASEBALL SEASON till the Tigers have their home opener.
But baseball is baseball, and these games do count...as we found out last season. Win one extra game in April, and there is no game 163. But I digress...
Tonight is the Tigers debut of young pitcher Max Scherzer, one of the centerpieces of the Granderson/Jackson deal. He was all but handed a spot in the rotation, and the Tigers need him to perform like a number 2 or 3 starter if they want to contend this season.
It's a ton of pressure to place upon such a young arm. We'll see tonight if Scherzer is up to the task.
As a reminder, this game will be joined in progress on Fox Sports Detroit after the Red Wings game. For some reason, Fox Sports Detroit Plus will be showing the bottom feeding Pistons instead of Tigers-Royals. Go figure...
I know there is a free preview going on this week with the MLB Extra Innings cable package. You may be able to catch the game from the start that way, or if you are a subscriber to the MLB.TV package. I'm sure one of you fine BYB readers can set us straight in the gamethread. It would be much appreciated!
Tom Gage at the News is reporting Ramon Santiago will play at short and Alex "God" Avila will catch. Jim Leyland just has to tinker with the lineup, it's in his DNA. Not that I'm complaining, as the offense should be considerably better with Adam Everertt and Gerald Laird out of the lineup.
Here's a couple of links to keep you entertained till game time.
One of my favorite Tigers bloggers, Beefshower of the Mickey Tettleton Memorial Overpass, has come out of hiding, and posted part one of his season preview, "The Sixth Annual Authoritative Detroit Tigers Season Preview Vol. 1." Anyone who can come up with a line in his season preview like...
I even served as Luis Pujols' second in his famous duel in the Caucasus where he killed Phil Garner while protecting the honor of Wendell Magee.
...is A-OK by me.
At Detroit4Lyfe, they have a feature on "The Big Potato," Jose Valverde, and his odd swagger when entering a game.
Valverde then went into his little entrance routine where he stores a lot of water in his mouth, re-adjusts his junk, becomes a revolving fountain, hop-skips, and burls his way to the mound for domination.
There's pictures and everything!