Saturday: Tigers vs. Carl Pavano (and Twins)

Johan Santana never beat the Tigers five times in a season. Nor did CC Sabathia, Nor did Mark Buehrle, though he came close with a 4-2 record against them in 2001. Carl Pavano will get to five if he beats the Tigers Saturday. Considering what Pavano has done against everybody else, it would arguably be the pitching equivalent of Jody Gerut putting up seven homers and 27 RBIs against the Tigers in 2003, and just 15 homers and 48 RBIs against the rest of baseball. Joe Mays was the last to beat the Tigers five times in a season, back in 2001, according to If Pavano does it, safe to say, it will drive the Tigers crazy.


  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Huff, DH
  6. Ordonez, RF
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C (his 9-game hitting streak vs. DET ended last night)
  4. Jason Kubel, RF
  5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Jose Morales, DH
  8. Brian Buscher, 3B
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Carl Pavano


Well I have to say that I am a little less than thrilled with this lineup. This is why. These are the guys batting averages against Pavano.
Laird – .167 in 12 AB’s
Cabrera – .091 in11 AB’s
Polanco -.222 in 36 AB’s
Inge -.300 in 10 AB’s
Everett- .286 in 21 AB’s
Granderson – .357 in 14 AB’s
Ordonez – .375 in 8 AB’s
Thames- .300 in 3 AB’s
Huff – .294 in 17 AB’s
Thomas – .300 in 10 AB’s
Guillen -.000 in 10 AB’s
Raburn – .333 in 6 AB’s
Santiago -.000 in 2 AB’s
Someone please explain to me why Guillen is in there. We have to win this game and to not put the most logical (best batting averages) in there is horrible. Not to mention that Guillen has been on a bit of a slide for a while, and hasn’t been getting any good at bats. God I hope that I am wrong but come on.

Part of the thing with Guillen is that with all the lefty starters the Tigers have faced lately, he has barely played. Part of his struggles are believed to be due to rust. Leyland pointed out yesterday that Clete Thomas has struggled lately as well, though you could make the same case with him.

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