The Tigers got the season off to a good start today with an 8-4 win over the Royals. They had to overcome a 4-1 deficit to do it. They scored six runs in the seventh inning against three Royals relievers to complete the comeback. Rookie Scott Sizemore opening the seventh with a walk and Ramon Santiago followed with pinch single. The other fresmman starter Austin Jackson then doubled in a run to make it 4-3. Free agent acquisition Johnny put them ahead 5-4 with a two run double. Later in the inning, Cabrera added an RBI single and Brandon Inge a two run double.
Other thoughts on the game follow:
Justin Verlander was not too sharp today. He was unable to put away Yuniesky Betancourt (.688 lifetime OPS) in 9 pitches before his home run. That is something that shouldn't happen to a pitcher of Verlander's caliber. He gave up four runs in five innings to a very weak line-up
Ryan Perry looked superb retiring all four batters he faced with ease. Jim Leyland had him in a set-up role today with may be an indication of how he will be used in general. Joel Zumaya pitched a 1-2-3 sixth before allowing a lead-off infield single in the seventh.
Jose Valverde appeared to forget how many outs there were on an apparent game ending double play ball in the ninth. He went to first for one out instead and had to face one extra batter.
Jackson looked fine in his debut. He got the one big hit and hit another ball hard. He also threw a runner out at the plate in the seventh. He threw it from fairly shallow center and it bounced on the mound before reaching Gerald Laird. It was not a great throw but it got the job done. He has a very good arm and will make better throws than that.
Placido Polanco had 6 RBI today? Good for him. I always liked Polanco and will root for him in the National League.