Tigers, Mariners Series Preview

The Detroit Tigers open a three game series against the Seattle Mariners today, weather permitting. During their recent winning road trip, the Tigers were lucky enough to miss the M’s two best starting pitchers in Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda.

The home team won’t be so lucky in this series. They will face both. The pitching matchups are Phil Coke & Hernandez, Justin Verlander & Erik Bedard, and Brad Penny & Pineda.

Looking at those matchups it seems like a no brainer to me that the Tigers are going to lose this series. Unless Penny finds a way to throw an actual no hitter in the third game, or Coke finds a way to out duel King Felix I just don’t see the Tigers winning either of those games.

Obviously, the starting pitching has been much better than I expected 22 games into the year. I think I predicted the team would get something like 1.6 or 1.7 quality starts per turn through the rotation. So far they have racked up 15. Personally, I don’t think it’s a very useful stat, but that just shows a quick snapshot of how much better than I predicted the starters have been.

The weather forecast isn’t particularly promising, so there’s a chance a game or two could get rained out. Hopefully for the Tigers any rainouts don’t bump Verlander’s start. Amazingly, even if the Tigers were to lose all three, they would end the home stand a game above .500.

I have to give them credit for beating up on a team that doesn’t look interested in playing good baseball. The Chicago White Sox are struggling mightily, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ozzie doesn’t last too much longer as their manager.

On a note that is not really related to the play on the field, the Tigers are doing tweet up for their twitter followers today. The deal includes a t-shirt and a pre- game gathering as well as $10 tickets. I would wish I was available to go, but I have an appointment this evening that I can’t miss.

I’d like to spend a little more time analyzing, but I have to get ready for the day. My last final of the semester is in a couple hours and then I’m done with school for the summer.

I checked facts on Baseball-Reference, Yahoo! Sports and the Tigers official website.