34-30, 1st in AL Central (2.0 GU on MIN)
(Photo courtesy of Gene J. Puskar/AP)
**It’s been an incredibly busy week in the real world, so the series wrap-up from this weekend got bumped up until tonight. Sorry for the delay, folks. Also, the standings throughout the post are updated to reflect tonight’s ass-whoopin’ from the Cardinals.
As if the city of Detroit hadn’t had enough of the city of Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Tigers had to head to PNC Park for a three game series against the Pirates. After winning on Friday to ever-so-slightly ease the pain of losing the Stanley Cup, the Tigers had the recently commandeered trophy paraded in front of their noses by Crysob, and promptly folded up shop, losing the next two. Jeez. The Kid plunders our hardware and the Buccos plunder our pride. Blegh.
Needless to say, I am WAY OVER Pittsburgh.
Anyways, like I said, things got off to a good start. Rick Porcello came out and pitched another solid game, while continuing to make his case for being considered as Rookie of the Year in the AL. But his pitching wasn’t even the best part of his game that night. The rook’ wound up with a pair of hits and a pair of RBI’s, singlehandedly providing the offense to protect his lead on the mound.
Hear that? That rumble of thunder? It can only mean one thing…trouble’s a comin’! And when you talk about trouble with the Tigers, it only means one thing: Armando Galarraga and Dontrelle Willis must be taking the mound.
First into the ring of “sucktastic-ness” was Armando. And boy did he EVER come through!
- 2.0 IP (TWO!!!), 4 Runs, 8 Hits
Wow. Mindblowing stuff.
But “you can’t have one without the other” (Michigan football fans should get that one)…c’mon down D-TRAIN!
- 3.2 IP, 6 Runs, 6 Hits, 8 Walks
All that for only 29 million dollars!
Look, these two are in bad shape. Galarraga is better suited to throw batting practice right now, and Willis couldn’t toss a beach ball into the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, Zach Miner is just hanging out in the bullpen, waiting for his chance to come in for some relief work. Is he the solution? No. But anything is better than trotting Galarraga and Willis out on back-to-back nights with shovels in hand so they can dig their own graves. They just don’t have it right now. However, hope may spring eternal, as Jimmy Leyland announced that Willis will be missing his next scheduled start, although he didn’t specify who would be stepping in for him. At this point, anything is better than the D-Train. Now if we could only do something about Galarraga…
On Deck: St. Louis Cardinals
- Record: 35-30 (2nd in NL Central, 2.0 GB of Milwaukee)
Tuesday, June 16
- Tigers – Justin Verlander (7-2, 3.02 ERA, 106 SO)
- Cardinals – Adam Wainwright (7-3, 3.49 ERA, 71 SO)
*Apparently Verlander caught the “Armandtrelle” bug, because it was nasty tonight. Here’s how the pitchers fared:
- Verlander: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, Loss (7-3)
- Wainwright: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, Win (7-4)
Wednesday, June 17
- Tigers – Edwin Jackson (6-3, 2.24 ERA, 65 SO)
- Cardinals – Todd Wellemeyer (5-6, 5.50 ERA, 46 SO)
Thursday, June 18
- Tigers – Rick Porcello (7-4, 3.71 ERA, 38 SO)
- Cardinals – Joel Pineiro (5-7, 3.99 ERA, 35 SO)