Originally written on Tigers Weblog  |  Last updated 4/20/13
After last night’s deflating loss, of a type we’ve seen before this season and would rather not see any more of, the Tigers send out RHP Rick Porcello against Angels RHP Garrett Richards. Porcello missed his last start due to an off-day shuffle type thing; instead, he turned in a perfect two innings in what I think was his first regular-season (at least) bullpen appearance ever. Nice. Richards started the season in the bullpen and had a so-so outing in his first start against the Astros a week ago. Porcello looks good in 66 PA against current Angels: .608 vs. .769 career OPS-against and strikeouts at twice his career rate. Richards’s history against current Tigers can be summed up in one 2012 start against them in which he pitched 7 shutout innings. Today’s “Ah, I see the problem” lineups (note: I think some of the splits were current before last night’s game – see Bourjos): CF Jackson 333/398/440 RISP .364, 4 RBI RF Hunter 418/451/597 RISP .214, 6 RBI 3B Cabrera 348/416/493 RISP .455, 14 RBI 1B Fielder 328/427/625 RISP .333, 14 RBI DH Martinez 196/313/214 RISP .125, 4 RBI LF Dirks  190/300/214 RISP .273, 4 RBI SS Peralta 302/333/413 RISP .250, 7 RBI C Avila 189/218/302 RISP .053, 0 RBI 2B Infante 255/278/255 RISP .267, 4 RBI CF Bourjos 267/298/489 RISP .000, 1 RBI LF Trout 293/387/484 RISP .231, 4 RBI DH Pujols 309/426/491 RISP .300, 7 RBI RF Hamilton 200/254/367 RISP .143, 5 RBI 1B Trumbo 323/354/468 RISP .167, 4 RBI 2B Kendrick 263/306/368 RISP .182, 4 RBI C Iannetta 273/333/432 RISP .143, 4 RBI SS Harris 263/286/474 RISP .000, 1 RBI 3B Jimenez 474/524/632 RISP .333, 0 RBI
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