The Tigers look to bounce back today after last night's let down. And they'll need to if they want to keep pace in the AL Central. Cleveland plays Cincinnati, who holds the worst record in the NL. This time their Saturday game is the featured national game on FOX...take that Roger Clemens' "comeback" game. Let's hope the Tigers can play like they deserve the attention. Especially with myself being one of the 40,000 that's going to be there in person.
Tigers - Jeremy Bonderman RHP (5-0, 3.27 ERA)
Mets - Oliver Perez LHP (4-2, 2.80)
Tigers 8 Mets 7
Fans nationwide got a glimpse in to the roller coaster ride that the bullpen has become this year. The tigers survived a three run 7th, where the Mets brought 9 batter to the plate, but left the bases loaded. Fernando Rodney also gave up a home run to David wright to lead off the 8th, but settled down and struck out 2 to get out of the inning with the Tigers still in the lead. Todd Jones was a few inches from getting a 1-2-3 inning with 2 strikeouts. My Preseason NL MVP candidate, Carlos Delgado, was the Tigers MVP by hitting an inning ending groundout in the 7th, and a game ending one in the 9th.
Carlos Guillen and Placido Polanco. Guillen's three run homer put the Tigers in the bottom of the first. Polly's 4 for 5 day raised his average 10 points to .345
Omar Infante. I don;t know how it looked at home, but he seems lost in centerfield today. And if he's not going to hit lefties, I don't see why Granderson can't start no matter who's on the mound.
W - L
35 - 26