Originally written on Tigers Weblog  |  Last updated 5/4/13
Again it didn’t come easy, but the Tigers are right where they wanted to be, taking the first two games of the four-game series with the struggling Astros, thanks partly to contributions by the slumping Alex Avila and by everyone’s favorite bench donkey, Don Kelly (his working a 1-2 count into a walk ahead of Avila’s home run was one of the subtle plays of the game). Tonight should be where the strikeout-happy Tiger staff meets the strikeout-happy Houston batters, as Max Scherzer takes the mound in the creosote game of the series. Watch for an increased use of curveballs. I’ll put the over/under at 12 Ks. The Tigers face Lucas Harrell, who has been a bright spot for Houston this season, winning his last 3 consecutive starts–in fact his last 2 were the only Astro wins in the last 10 games. Harrell is a sinkerballer who has induced a ML-leading 10 DPs over the span of his last four starts. I predict at least one foolish-looking failed hit-and-run attempt. Cue the teeth-gnashing. ***** Speaking of DPs, Today’s Poll: Which Tiger is slowest at running from home to first? Alex Avila Victor Martinez Matt Tuiasosopo Other ***** And don’t forget boys and girls, the Toledo Mud Hens will be celebrating Star Wars Weekend (today is May the Fourth Be With You Day, and tomorrow will be Revenge of the Fifth Day) by wearing so-called Chewbacca jerseys. ***** Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Austin Jackson. Look for a rested Jackson to make his mark at the plate, in the field, and on the base paths. Today’s Let’s-Go-For-Three Lineup (to be edited: Jackson, CF Hunter, RF Cabrera, 3B Fielder, 1B Martinez, DH Dirks, LF Peralta, SS Avila, C Infante, 2B
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