Gary Sheffield has shown a little bit in the last few games what we expected from him when we traded for him. Now, he looks to break out against a team he’s man handed in the past. Sheffield is a career .306 hitter against the Orioles and in 67 games, he’s scored 48 runs and driven in 63. His one RBI every 4.05 at bats is third amongst active major leagurers and with the way Curtis Granderson and Placio Polanco have been hitting, you’d hope he might be able to even bring those numbers up with them setting the table for him.
Magglio Ordonez and Curtis Granderson had 16 extra base hits a piece in the month of April and that’s good for the second best start a Tiger has had since 1957. The most extra base hits in the month of April was set just last year by Chris Shelton with 19. And the 24 RBIs that Ordonez has picked up is the most that a Tiger has pushed across the plate in the month of April since 1997 when Tony Clark drove in 27.
I picked all of this up from the Press Pass. A few other quick facts are that Jeremy Bonderman (today’s starter) leads the American League with only 1.1 walks per nine innings and that since 2003, Bonderman is seventh in the American League with strikeouts per nine innings with 7.49