#21 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers
Jan 12, 1982
#58 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers
Jul 29, 1984
So once again, the Tigers meet their old National League nemesis, the .... Dodgers?
If the chief benefit of Interleague games is to see player and teams you don't typically see, this is a great match-up. I doubt a lot of Tigers fans spend much time worrying about the goings-on in the National League West, a league that features games that start right around bed time for many of us. This weekend, we'll get to see just the second visit to Chavez Ravine in Tigers history, the last being in 2005.
Tonight, we'll be trying to shake off a lack of sleep to stay up for the game, while Dontrelle Willis hopes to shake off the last time he was on the mound. You probably remember it was a walk-happy disaster of a start, coming off of an 11-day absence and a sinus infection.
On the mound against him will be Chad Billingsley, who I think is safe to say is an above-average pitcher whose results probably aren't as good as he has been pitching, although his strikeout rate is down a bit this year.
At the plate, the Dodgers are one of the better hitting teams in the National League, so that will give Willis a bit of added challenge. Fortunately for Detroit, they've been a bit bitten by the injury bug. So the Tigers will completely miss stud outfielder Andre Ethier, who is out with a broken pinkie.