Friday, May 18, 2007

Game 41

Before the season this rematch of the World Series was intriguing. Now that the Cardinals are entrenched at the bottom of the league standings, it has lost some of it's luster. But today's game should be a one to watch due to it being Andrew Miller's first major league start. Miller probably won't feel the pressure, he's pitched in big games (College World Series) before. His major league debut was in Yankee Stadium last year. The fact that he's at home and the Tigers could ease some tension.

Detroit (24-16)
C Granderson CF
P Polanco 2B
G Sheffield DH
M Ordonez RF
C Guillen SS
I Rodriguez C
S Casey 1B
C Monroe LF
B Inge 3B

St Louis (16-22)
S Taguchi CF
C Duncan DH
A Pujols 1B
J Encarnacion RF
S Rolen 3B
R Ludwick LF
Y Molina C
A Miles 2B
D Eckstein SS

Tigers - Andrew Miller LHP (no record)
Cardinals - Braden Looper (5-2, 2.29 ERA)


Tigers 14 Cardinals 4

The Tigers showed why they lead the league in Slugging percentage with a 18 hit 14 run whoopin of the Cards. Not lost in all the offensive onslaught was the pitching of Andrew Miler. He got into a couple jams in the innings he pitched, but got out of them all. He pitched 6 scoreless innings, and pushed himself to the top of the list the next time the Tigers need a starter to fill in. The strikeout totals aren't that impressive (only 2), but the way he pitched was. He only allowed 4 hits, and two of those were to Albert Pujols who isn't an easy out for Cy Young winners. As for the hitting the only Tiger starter not to get a hit was Craig Monroe, but he still walked and scored twice. Sean Casey was awesome going 4 for 5 and had two RBIs. Magglio and Sheffield both added home runs.

Tiger Hero:
Placido Polanco. 3 for 4, with all 3 hits being doubles. He also tied Granderson and Sheffield for the RBI lead with 3.

Tiger Zero:
Jason Grilli. I don't know what's wrong with him, but I hope that it's something, otherwise he might lose his spot to Chad Durbin when Kenny Rogers comes back

Tigers record:
W - L
25 - 16