The Tigers have seen a lot of 2s in the first inning this year and usually not in their offensive half.
The Angels and Rangers scored at least two against Tigers starters in the first inning for five straight games near the end of April. Even though the comeback kids managed a 2-3 record over that stretch, it was still annoying.
They were a lot less lucky when the Twins put up pairs to start each of their three games last week during a painful sweep.
It probably means absolutely nothing, but it sure felt good to hang a deuce on the first half-inning last night against the damn Yankees. Indeed, it put the Tigers on their way to a needed win coming off the Sunday loss to Cleveland.
Despite Zumaya’s troubles in the seventh and eighth (which saw the scoreboard give two back to the Yanks), Detroit still managed.
Wonder how much of a factor was the pitching matchup? Two mediocre arms making spot starts doesn’t tell us much. Tonight won’t provide many answers either with struggling Javier Vazquez and a Rick Porcello who, if he was a rookie, would be on the brink of demotion.
Expect a lot of scoring in game two of this tough four-game set and even tougher seven-day stretch that includes a weekend date with the Red Sox.
The real fireworks will be when the two No. 1s take the mound during the Thursday matinee. Feels like the Sabathia/Verlander matchup could be one we’ll revisit in October.
About the Author
Written by Shane Liebler
Detroit native, Syracuse enthusiast, St. Bonaventure graduate, former reporter, higher editor @ SUNY Oswego.