Here we are at the beginning of a new week, and the Detroit Tigers are still hovering around first. Whew!
The Tigers were able to take two games in the weekend series against Cleveland. Justin Verlander was incredible on Sunday. After a couple less than stellar starts, he seems to have bounced back – big!
Verlander allowed only two hits, and struck out 11 batters. This was the guy we saw who no hit the Brewers. This is the guy we expected at the start of the season. I’m sure he is as happy as we are.
It was reassuring to see Jim Leyland keep Verlander in the game. At one point in the seventh, Verlander thought he might get yanked.
“A lot of times, they’ll leave a guy in there to intentionally walk and then take [him] out,” Verlander said. “So I was thinking, ‘Don’t take me out, don’t take me out, don’t take me out.’ Once I looked over and didn’t see him coming out of the dugout, that’s when I just kind of focused in and said, ‘All right, here we go. Let’s get this guy.”
Verlander is back, Zumaya appears to be strong, and Rodney is racking up save after save. Things have definitely become better.
Now, the Tigers face the Twins, in a two game series, at Comerica Park. Tonight the match-up is between Edwin Jackson and Francisco Liriano. Liriano is still looking for his first win this season.
Tomorrow, Rick Porcello will get the nod for the Tigers.
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