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The Skid, Episode Seven

Yeah, it’s now 0-7.  Even worse, it was another shutout as Dice-K and the Red Sox bullpen did a number on the Tigers.  Keep in mind, these are the defending champs and the odds on favorites to win it all again this year and they’re playing on their home turf.  This would have been a series where there wouldn’t be much shame if the Tigers dropped two of three with but with the perceived (yes, it’s perceived) desperation, the series takes on a completely different meaning.

The Tigers managed just five hits and two of those came from Gary Sheffield.  It’d be nice to see Sheffield heat up because I’m still convinced that how Gary goes, so goes the Tigers.  Yeah, you have Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez but my bet is, the team’s success will be more closely correlated with how Sheffield is hitting.

Kenny Rogers had a mediocre start but it wasn’t one where he’d be neccesarily handed a loss if the team actually gave him some run support.  Jason Grilli had another rough outing and he gave up two runs while Aquilino Lopez threw a 2 1/3 shutout innings.

Jeremy Bonderman gets the start tomorrow and he’ll face Jon Lester.  I like this matchup, and hence I like our chances in this one.  All monumental taks begin with a single step and hopefully that first step comes tomorrow for the Tigers.

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