Wednesday: Tigers vs. Mariners (and King Felix)
The Tigers beat Felix Hernandez in his Major League debut at Comerica Park on August 4, 2005. They outdueled him again the following April at Safeco Field. Since then, King Felix is 9-0 in 10 starts against the Tigers with a 2.86 ERA, including eight consecutive quality starts and four outings with seven innings and a run or no runs allowed. That’s the challenge the Tigers face tonight, as well as a Seattle crowd that treats Hernandez’s starts as an event in some similar ways to Justin Verlander’s starts in Detroit.
The best glimmer of hope for the Tigers is that Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera have hit him a little over their careers, though Hunter’s hits have come amidst a lot of strikeouts. Alex Avila is 3-for-11 with four strikeouts off King Felix, but he gets the night off in favor of Brayan Pena, who has never faced him.
With runs likely at a premium, it’ll be interesting to see if the Tigers get aggressive against Jesus Montero, who has allowed 60 stolen bases in 71 attempts in 65 games behind the plate as a Mariner.
- Austin Jackson, CF (3-for-12, double off Hernandez)
- Torii Hunter, RF (22-for-68, 2 doubles, 19 K’s off Hernandez)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (9-for-21, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s off Hernandez)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (0-for-2, walk off Hernandez)
- Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-18, HR, 4 RBIs off Hernandez)
- Andy Dirks, LF (1-for-4 off Hernandez)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (7-for-29, double, HR off Hernandez)
- Brayan Pena, C
- Omar Infante, 2B (0-for-8 off Hernandez)
P: Max Scherzer
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF (2-for-6, HR, K off Scherzer)
- Kyle Seager, 3B (2-for-3 off Scherzer)
- Kendrys Morales, DH (3-for-9, 2 walks, 3 K’s off Scherzer)
- Michael Morse, RF (1-for-3, HR off Scherzer)
- Raul Ibanez, LF (0-for-4, walk, 2 K’s off Scherzer)
- Justin Smoak, 1B (1-for-8, walk, 2 K’s off Scherzer)
- Jesus Montero, C (1-for-3 off Scherzer)
- Dustin Ackley, 2B (1-for-2, walk off Scherzer)
- Brendan Ryan, SS (1-for-4 off Scherzer)
P: Felix Hernandez