Mahatma Gandhi said, “I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.” Right about now, most of you are wondering if you clicked the wrong link or if I’ve been partaking in some of the more liberal uses of free time out here in Santa Monica, where I now rest my head. Fear not, for neither of those are true, maaaan. Bear with me. As a metro-Detroit / Traverse City native and full-fledged Mitten lover (sounds weirder when you read it than when typing it) who is now swooning over this sleepy California beach town I’m temporarily calling “home”, I too would welcome the union of the best of what’s East (Pure Michigan, of course) with the best of what’s West (winter was amazing out here guys, sorry not sorry). I even verged on blasphemy the other day by posting a pic of myself in a Dodgers cap as I rooted for them to beat the Giants from my lofty (aka nose bleeds) perch at Dodger Stadium. And now from the East come our Tigers to meet the NL West reigning champion Dodgers. Regardless, no amount of brute force will bring me anywhere near rooting for my adopted NL team tonight. And there you have your first and likely last tie between Gandhi the Detroit Tigers. What say we get back to the cricket.. ‘er baseball game. Here’s a quick preview, followed by tonight’s lineups…
On the hill are Dan Haren and Max Scherzer, one of whom has a stellar ERA in his last 5 starts against tonight’s opponent and one of whom does not. But this is baseball, so Max and his 4.55 ERA against LA would surprise no one by besting Haren and his 2.45 mark. 4-2 Tigers, anyone? Works for me. Especially if Scherzer and his .169/.210/.208 career batting triple slash get in on the action somehow. NL baseball, everyone. We’ll leave the DH discussions for another post. I digress.
A bright spot of late for the Detroit’s opposition has been Matt Kemp, who hit his first two home runs at home this past week since Brennan Boesch was still a thing for the Tigers (2012). Luckily for Tigers fans, if the small sample holds true, Kemp is a career 0-16 against Scherzer.
Brad, The “Bossmus” Ausmus gets his first meaningful shot at lineup tinkering tonight, as he aims to get optimal production without the benefit of the DH. As you’ll see below, Victor Martinez finds himself manning 1B with rookie Nick Castellanos taking a seat and the MVP back at third. (Please don’t pull anything, please don’t tear anything, please don’t..)
It’ll be sunny (for about 20 minutes) and about 78 degrees for the first pitch. Not bad for a night at the ballpark, y’ask me. Here are your lineups:
SP: Dan Haren
SP: Max Scherzer