I’d like to find the last time a team had five tie ball games in Spring Training, but all the traditional media outlets don’t even keep track of ties, so I would literally have to dig out box scores, and there’s as much a chance of that happening as Jose Canseco has of composing a legible tweet these days.
But that’s where the Tigers stand, at 15-4-5, after the 3-3 split this afternoon against the new-look Miami Marlins.
Rick Porcello’s spring ERA dropped to 1.59 as he threw seven innings of two run ball (one unearned) against Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, and Co.. He gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out four. Performances like this are why so many writers and analysts are confidant that Porcello can really string some consistent quality starts together this year. He had 11 ground outs to only three fly outs.
Brennan Boesch slugged his fourth home run of the spring and has quietly had a very solid March. The same goes for Jhonny Peralta, who hit his second. Granted, they have been overshadowed by four other offensive stories and therefore haven’t had much attention.
Brandon Inge went 0-3 to drop his average to .159.
Andy Dirks had two more hits to raise his to .395, and Clete Thomas didn’t play.
Tomorrow the Tigers will have Andy Oliver start against Houston, and Drew Smyly will toe the slab on Wednesday vs St. Louis. I myself am taking two personal days and may not have internet access to wrap both games. But we’ll see, I may sneak into an abandoned basement in my moms house a write something up…
Updated through 24 spring games (15-4-5):
Andy Oliver: 12.2IP, 4H, 3ER, 8BB, 7SO | 2.13ERA
Duane Below: 12.1IP, 16H, 6ER, 6BB, 8SO | 4.38ERA
Drew Smyly: 8IP, 4H, 1ER, 3BB, 7SO | 1.13ERA
Jacob Turner: 4IP, 6H, 5ER, 6BB, 2SO | 11.25ERA Optioned Casey Crosby: 5.2IP, 6H, 3ER, 6BB, 4SO | 4.76ERA Optioned Adam Wilk: 12IP, 19H, 10ER, 2BB, 5SO | 7.50ERA Optioned