As a Tigers fan living in Chicago, I hold a special place in my heart for a good White Sox pummeling. That in mind, I’m excited for the Tigers to continue their 2013 domination of… wait, what? This is our first series against the south siders this year?? Well then. Kidding aside, the timing of this series seems wonderful to me. The Tigers are coming off of a series win against their only “real” (lack of a better word) competition in the AL Central (barring massive injuries) and they get to face a team who is above only the Houston Is It NBA Season Yets in the AL Standings. Plus, the seemingly fixed (albeit based upon a small sample size) mechanics of Justin Verlander could lead one to believe he’ll continue his recent toying with the White Sox lineup. Over his past baker’s dozen, JV is 12-1 with a 2.23 ERA in his last 13 games against the Sox and 7-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA at Comerica.
Verlander will battle left hander Jose Quintana tonight who struck out 11 in his last game, a home matchup against the solid Orioles lineup. The only other wrinkle of note for the start of this Tigers homestand is the 2013 debut of 2B Hernan Perez, who will step in for a still-injured Omar Infante. Find a short path to an uncomfortably hot place, Colby Rasmus (I kid, somewhat). Us missing Omar aside, it will be fun to see what Perez can do for the big club. The 22 year old is hitting .300 in the AA Eastern League and leads that league with 108 hits and 28 doubles. He’s also got 35 RBIs and is second in the league with 24 stolen bases. So perhaps Jimmy will test his legs. (As long as that doesn’t mean more bunts tonight, I’m alright with it.)
And the lineups: