May 2nd, 2010

Sunday: Tigers vs. Angels

In a case of superb timing, it’s Justin Verlander K-counter bobblehead day. The bigger number for him in his start today will be the pitch count. Remember, this is the same Angels team that drew 125 pitches out of him over just five innings. Considering Jim Leyland’s recent pronouncement that he’ll be strictly watching Verlander’s pitch totals, the odds of him hitting anywhere near that kind of pitch count again today look pretty slim.

Magglio is feeling better and back in right field today. Alex Avila is behind the plate as planned, which was partly why Gerald Laird started at catcher Saturday. It’s an interesting pairing of Avila and Verlander, since Laird usually catches him. In fact, I think it’s the first time Avila has started a regular-season game behind the plate with Verlander pitching.

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Justin Verlander
  1. Erick Aybar, SS
  2. Bobby Abreu, RF
  3. Torii Hunter, CF
  4. Hideki Matsui, DH
  5. Kendry Morales, 1B
  6. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  7. Mike Napoli, C
  8. Brandon Wood, 3B
  9. Reggie Willits, LF
P: Jered Weaver