Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tigers Blank White Sox 9-0

The Tigers blanked the White Sox 9-0 today to gain a split of the rain shortened series at Comerica. It was another solid game for Armando Galarraga who worked through 6 1/3 innings allowing just four hits and two walks. He now has a 13/3 K/BB ratio and has yet to allow a homer in two games. He will likely need to improve his peripherals this year in order to repeat the low ERA he had last year and so he's off to a good start.

Offensively Miguel Cabrera had another big game with three hits and his fourth homer of the year. Josh Anderson also had two hits and walked twice. It was good to see him get a bunt single as well. He had a bit of trouble in some of his earlier bunt attempts and bunting for hits is is something you want to see from this guy. The two walks were nice too as that is something he has not done much in the past.

The bullpen was sharp again today as Bobby Seay, Ryan Perry and Fernando Rodney pitched 2 2/3 hittless scoreless innings. Perry was a bit wild and walked a batter but got strikes when he needed them. Rodney has now gone four games and four innings without allowing a base runner.

the Tigers are now 5-4 and are second in the league with 6.2 runs per game. However the statistic which encourages me the most so far this year is K/BB ratio - for hitters and pitchers. Offensively, they have 52 K and 41 walks for a 1.2 ratio. That is good for second in the league behind the Orioles. On the pitching side, they lead the league with a 67/29 or 2.3 K/BB ratio.

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