Armando Galarraga fell to 4-7 on the season with his second straight rough start in the Tigers 9-6 loss to Kansas City. The first four innings went fairly well then the floodgates opened in the fifth and he gave four runs (blowing a 3-0 lead). Alfredo Figaro and Eddie Bonine were also tagged for a pair of runs each.
Despite Galarraga’s recent struggles, I think he’ll still stick as the Tigers fourth starter next year. The big questions is whether Jeremy Bonderman is going to back as the team’s fifth starter. He showed some signs of improvement (namely he pitched the entire season) we’ll just have to see what the asking price is.
Brandon Inge went two for four with an RBI. Ryan Raburn hit home run number fourteen and Miguel Cabrera belted his 35th of the season.
One interesting note, the Royals have 62 wins and Joakim Soria has 40 saves. That’s a pretty high percentage and I wonder if anyone out there knows if this is a record or close to one.
My latest BOB Report should be up over at the Hardball Times soon. It’s been a couple of weeks but I touch on the McCourt’s divorce and the Athletics stadium situation amongst other things.
The rubber game is tonight (I might be at the game). Max Scherzer throws for the Tigers and Kyle Davies is the Royals starter.