More fun from the Tigers Press Pass for today’s game. Magglio Ordonez leads all active players with a career .411 OBP and .611 slugging percentage against Red Sox pitching in his career. Of course he’s never faced Dice-K before so we’ll see how that goes. Ordonez is also second among active players with a .358 batting average at Fenway Park.
The Tigers aren’t settling for the singles this year. They lead the American League with 11 triples and 135 extra base hits this season. They’re second in the AL with 84 doubles and fourth with 40 homeruns.
Nate Robertson, tonight’s starter, has done particularly well against David Ortiz. While the sample size is small, Ortiz has just one hit off of Robertson in fourteen at bats. The only pitcher who Ortiz hits worse against (and who he has at least 15 plate appearances) is Ricardo Rincon.
As expected, Virgil Vasquez was sent back down to Toledo and left handed reliever Tim Byrdak was called up in his place. Byrdak has struck out 25 in 20 innings so hopefully this will give the Tigers another quality left handed option out of the pen.