Yep, he’s back. And in the middle of a pennant race. And it is true, most fans just do not trust the man. After all, he is terrible from the start and then manages to settle down and stick around the game for a bit. But he will be facing a team he does very well against, so odds should be in favor of good things to come.
Tonight, Robin will send the following guys out to hopefully play WAY BETTER than last night’s performance was:
Alejandro De Aza LF, Youk 3B, Dewayne Wise CF, The King 1B, Alex Rios RF, AJ Pierzynski C, The Cuban Missile SS, Dan Johnson DH, O-Dog 2B.
Gavin Floyd makes his return back to the rotation after being on the shelf lately. While he only threw less than five innings total in his previous couple of starts, his history against the Tigers should not have fans worried tonight.
Mr. Consistently Inconsistent has seen the Tigers twice this season already and he was looking pretty good in both those outings. The first time he saw them was Opening Weekend at home and picked up yet another win. He got a no-decision the following month, but he only allowed two runs in seven innings.
You could say Gavin has kind of owned the Tigers. In his career, he is 7-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 19 starts. Hopefully he is bringing some of his Detroit dominance to the game tonight.
Jim Leyland is sending out the following guys to make it two in a row:
Austin Jackson CF,Andy Dirks LF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Delmon Young DH, Brennan Boesch RF, Jhonny Peralta SS, Alex Avila C, Omar Infante 2B.
Max Scherzer of the two different colored eyes will start for the Tigers. Max is currently tops in the AL in strikeouts so it wouldn’t be strange to expect a lot of them from him tonight. Last week he saw the Sox and struck out nine batters and pitched eight scoreless innings. The Sox could only muster four hits off him. Needless to say, this could be a tough match up for the Sox if they aren’t bringing their A-Game to the park tonight.
*Notes: The Sox love the home runs. When the team hits a home run in a game, they are 39-18 this season. If there is more than one, they are 23-8. If no one hits a home run, the team is just 3-12. Of Detroit’s last 22 games, 20 are against the AL Central. Against the division, they are 31-23.