The Detroit Tigers are making both (1) their first trip to America’s Left Coast and (2) their first trip to a National League stadium today when they travel to the take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. NL ball is no one’s favorite (pitchers hitting and all, adopt the DH already), but it does give us the chance to see some different players up close and personal, so at least we have that.
It’s going to be a late night, get your naps in early.
Detroit Tigers (4-1) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (5-3) — 1o:10 PM ET
Dodger Stadium — Los Angeles, CA
TV: FSD, MLB.com
Radio: WWJ 950 AM (97.1 The Ticket in progress)
Weather: 87 degrees, mostly sunny
When We Last Met
The Tigers last played the Dodgers in June of 2011 so it’s been a few years since since these interleague non-rivals have met. The starters in that three game series at Dodger Stadium were Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer, and… wait for it… Brad Penny. Detroit dropped the first two games before taking the series finale, a game in which Porcello started, Al Alburquerque was assigned the win, and Jose Valverde nailed down the save.
- Yasiel Puig–questionable
- A. J. Ellis–out
- Chad Billingsley–out
- Josh Beckett–questionable
- Brian Wilson–out
- Clayton Kershaw–out
- Onelki Garcia–out
- Scott Elbert–out
Max Scherzer was his usual self the first turn through the rotation, going eight innings of scoreless ball (7 K, 1 BB) against the Kansas City Royals. It’s far too early to think about awards season, but Scherzer has to be a favorite to repeat as the AL Cy Young Winner.
The Dodgers are sending out Dan Haren to make his second start of the year. He was excellent the last time out, going six innings with six strikeouts, no walk, and just one unearned run allowed against the San Diego Padres last week.