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Gameday Thread, #43: 5/17, vs. Tigers


Armando Galarraga
RHP, 2-1, 3.07


Max Scherzer
RHP, 0-1, 3.14 preview [opens in new window]

Dammit. I was going to fill this thread full of clever kung-fu references, pitting snake-style Wing Chun against tiger-style, led off by the DVD sleeve for Tiger vs. Snake. But I fear I must have mis-remembered the title of that particular martial-arts epic, as Google is not my friend in that matter. The closest I could find is a box-set called Invincible Warriors, which includes two films called Screaming Tiger and Snake-Crane Secret. Not quite close enough at all, really.

Galarrago came into the Detroit rotation to replace Dontrelle Willis and his acquitted himself quite admirably so far, with three quality starts in his five outings. He did get knocked around a bit last time out, against Boston, being tagged for five earned runs in 5.1 innings. Scherzer was excellent against the Cubs, pitching six innings without an earned run, and with a little better work by the bullpen, might have got the win. Over on Bless You Boys, they reckon Eric Byrnes might be due a little retaliation because of the fist-pump following his homer in the opening game: I guess they hadn't been watching the 6-for-63 slump which preceded it, or they might be a bit more sympathetic.

Won't be about for at least the start of this one, since as mentioned in the recap, we're off to see The Man With Pointed Toes at Gilbert's Hale Theater this afternoon - should be home for the end of it, depending on dinner plans. It's one of those weird, 5:10pm start times today - neither one thing nor another, which mean you need to free up both your afternoon and evening for the game. Not quite sure who those appeal to, but the combination of a Chris Young bobblehead and a free concert afterwards by some C+W guy I've never heard of, have helped this one head towards sellout territory. I'm hoping we can win, clinch the series early and then send away those Tigers, screaming...