The Tigers lost their season opener yesterday and while Justin Verlander threw a nice game (six solid frames), he threw 30 pitches in the first inning alone and he managed through 115 pitches through six innings. It’s not clear whether it was the early work, or whether it was the higher early pitch count in such cold weather, but there was some soreness and the Tigers aren’t taking any chances and he’ll get to visit with renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews.
The pen let the Tigers down yesterday and Phil Coke’s outing was particularly troubling. Inge didn’t help with a throwing error but Ryan Perry came in to help but even he gave up one of the inherited runners left by Coke. The only guy to really get out of an inning unscathed was Dan Schlereth and even he threw a while pitch and let a Ryan Perry run score.
Brandon Inge was the lone Tiger with two hits. He singled and doubled. Miguel Cabrera went one for two with a walk, an RBI and two runs. There weren’t a lot of hitting stars with CC Sabathia on the mound and the Tigers managed just six hits in all.
As far as Verlander, let’s hope he’s okay. How would he be able to celebrate April Fools day with a bum arm?