Game 72: Tigers (34-37) @ Pirates (38-32)

Hopefully the home run from Cabrera yesterday is a sign of good things to come.

It’s Verlander Day again! Verlander’s last start was a little bit strange. He dominated the St. Louis Cardinals for five innings and then looked a tiny bit wobbly in the sixth before having to bail himself out of a major jam in the seventh. On the flip side, his previous start against the Pirates this year was probably his best start of the season, where he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before Josh Harrison broke it up with a one-out single. Second time’s a charm? Also, will Verlander get that ever-elusive first major league hit?

The Tigers defeated Kevin Correia earlier this season, although they only scored three runs off of him. He has largely pitched well since then, although he tends to not pitch very deeply into games. He’s only gone six innings once since he faced the Tigers. Other than that, he doesn’t walk many and he usually doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts. He beat the Twins in his last start with 5.1 shutout innings.

Lineups after the jump.

Tigers (J. Verlander – R) @ Pirates (K. Correia – R)

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Quintin Berry (L) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) LF
6. Alex Avila (L) C
7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
8. Ryan Raburn (R) 2B
9. Justin Verlander (R) P

1. Alex Presley (L) LF
2. Josh Harrison (R) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
5. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF
7. Clint Barmes (R) SS
8. Michael McKenry (R) C
9. Kevin Correia (R) P


  • Blaxpheme

    ……and if I’m not mistaken, today marks the two week anniversary(!!!) of our last HR, that was not solo. Amazing.

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