Another rough outing by Kenny Rogers. He did cross another innings threshold in yesterday’s start (now has 130 1/3 innings) so it’ll be interesting to see whether he further regresses or can bounce back. His ERA is now up to 4.63 and his WHIP (1.30) and batting average against (.266) are both right around his career averages. He’s now only had one start in his last seven where he gave up less then four runs. Probably the most distressing was the uncharecteristic four walks that he gave up last night. Two of those guys ended up scoring runs so they came back to haunt as they usually do.
Wil Ledezma gave up a run and allowed an inherited runner to score in his two innings of work, but he struck out four batters. So he was a mixed bag. Those two runs didn’t end up coming into play, but after the two runs in the ninth, the Tigers would have been a lot closer then the 7-3 deficit they faced.
Casey Fossum made us look bad at times. He struck out ten Tigers and it wasn’t until the Tigers got deeper into the pen when they finally put a couple of more runs on the board. Craig Monroe and Dmitri Young hit back to back homeruns in the ninth but by then, the game was pretty much over. The Devil Rays bunched all of their runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Today, Justin Verlander goes up against former Royal J.P. Howell. Howell came over to the Devil Rays from the Royals in the Joey Gathright trade, and he was a decent pitching prospect who got stuck in the Royal’s farm system. He makes his season debut in place of the injured Scott Kazmir. Sean Casey will make his Tiger debut.