April 12th, 2010

Monday: Tigers vs. Royals — The Rematch!

The Royals are in town to enact their revenge on the Tigers, and they have the same pitching matchup from the game they won Wednesday. The odd part about it is that both Luke Hochevar and Max Scherzer have 0-0 records and 0.00 ERAs from that outing.

In case you didn’t see the preview story for this game on the site, I talked with Scherzer yesterday about the challenge of facing the same team in back-to-back outings. 
“For me, it’s really tough,” Scherzer said. “I had to do it a couple times last year, and, for the most part, it was a much bigger challenge for me to face that team the second time in consecutive starts. They’ve seen what you’ve got. You’ve shown your strengths. They’re really good about making adjustments to what your strengths are, so that’s where I’m still learning how to deal with a situation like this.”
The stats back him up: Every time Scherzer faced the same team in consecutive starts, he gave up more damage the second time around. Even when there was another start in between, facing the same team twice in three outings wasn’t easy for him, either. So it’ll be interesting to see how he approaches this and if he goes as heavily to the slider in strikeout counts.
As promised, Leyland is playing the roster again, going with Ryan Raburn at second base and Alex Avila behind the catcher. Avila, you might remember, faced Hochevar last week, too. Johnny Damon is at DH today, while Carlos Guillen is in left. Ramon Santiago is back at short; he faced Hochevar last week too.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Raburn, 2B
  9. Santiago, SS
ROYALS
  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Scott Podsednik, LF
  3. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  4. Billy Butler, 1B
  5. Rick Ankiel, CF
  6. Jose Guillen, DH
  7. Jason Kendall, C
  8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  9. Chris Getz, 2B
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