Just when you thought the Tigers were nice and safe, the White Sox make a nice run. In a lot of ways, the White Sox are a better team this year then they were last year when they won the World Series so nobody thought they’d roll over and die. They took two of three against the Yankees earlier in the week in a series that could have been a sweep, and now they pretty much blew us out yesterday. Jose Contreras looked like he knew exactly what the Tigers’ hitters were going to do yesterday and he got them to swing at a lot of bad pitches. The net result was Contreras’ first career complete game shutout. On the other side, Justin Verlander gave up thirteen hits over only five innings. Not good. I was worried that he maybe got too much rest when his start was skipped so we’ll see what happens next time around.
Jeff Passan, who’s become one of my favorite columnists, recently did a story on Jim Leyland. I remember hearing Passan on AM1270 when the Tigers drafted Andrew Miller and he was very articulate and told some great stories about the Tigers first round draft pick so it wouldn’t surprise me to see he makes it in radio.
Today’s game is on FOX at 1:20 and it pits two struggling pitchers. Mark Buehrle has been awful since the All Star Break, and Kenny Rogers hasn’t been lighting it up either. We’ll see if either guy can bounce back and get the job done today.