The Good News:
Dreamboat Rick Porcello generally looked pretty good in his major league debut. 5 plus innings. 9 hits. 4 earned runs. 4 strikeouts. Not overwhelming numbers to be sure, but the kid looked really good for four innings. He’s got a future in this town, I tells ya.
The Son of Grander continued his solid start with another homer in a 2/5 performance.
Adam Everett got his first hit – and for extra bases at that!
The Bad News:
Blue Jays Rookie Dreamboat Ricky Romero looked even better. 6 innings. 7 hits. 2 earned runs. 5 strikeouts. If this were the old AL East, I’d say we’d have a burgeoning rivalry here.
Aaron Freaking Hill went yard again.
The Blue Jays supposedly worsening offense (looking at you, Iracane) looked good once again vs. Tigers pitching. But we’ve got a lot to look forward to with the home opener:
There are a lot of reasons to be hopeful. In spite of the 1-3 record, the Tigers could have easily gone 3-1 as well. The only game that wasn’t close for the most part was the opener. The bats were swinging really well – Miggy had a batting average of over .600 and swatted a pair of dingers, BInge hit a homer in 3 straight games, and Curtis hit a pair as well! A great start against one of the best pitching staffs in the American League.
The pitching wasn’t totally awful – with the exception of Verlander, Juan Rincon (mostly), and Brandon Lyon. Edwin Jackson was amazing. Zach Miner did just fine. Rick Porcello pitched well for the most part. Ryan Perry had a 1-2-3 debut, too! So did Fernando Rodney! Heck, even Rincon pitched 2 decent innings after a hideous start.
BUT BUT BUT….
The Tigers gave up a lot of runs to an offense that is not likely to be nearly as good as the one that’s coming to town, the Texas Rangers. Little Cat is going to need to be solid tomorrow against the Rangers and then JV is going to have to bounce back strong on Saturday. And then Edwin Jackson will be making his home debut as well. The meat of the rotation is coming up and it’s going to be a great chance to get back to .500.
It also helps that the Indians are 0-3, The Pale Hose are 1-2, the Twins are 2-2, and the Royals are leading us all at 2-1. Hardly in a bad place after the first series. Oh, and Boston and New York are also 1-2.
Chin up, Tigers fans! The Big Tilde returns to the Motor City at last in the morrow!