Jeremy Guthrie will start the game for Kansas City. Guthrie has pitched better than most expected, posting a 4.11 ERA with a 4.73 FIP over 190 2/3 innings. The veteran has pitched to contact throughout the season (12.5% K%, 6.8% BB%), with the Royals defense helping him keep his ERA manageable.
The Royals are using the same lineup for the second day in a row. David Lesky of Pine Tar Press brings us the Royals batting order:
#Royals lineup vs. Scherzer: Gordon LF Bonifacio 2B Hosmer 1B Butler DH Perez C Moustakas 3B Cain RF Dyson CF Escobar SS Guthrie P— David Lesky (@DBLesky) September 15, 2013
Max Scherzer will start the game for Detroit. The right-hander has been one of the best pitchers in the AL this season; he owns a 3.01 ERA with a 2.71 FIP. Scherzer still strikes out a ton of opponents (28.4%), but his biggest improvements this season has been a 7.5% HR/FB% and a .259 BABIP. Neither of those numbers seem particularly sustainable, so it's unlikely Scherzer pitches this well again next year.
#Tigers lineup: Jackson 8, Hunter 9, Cabrera 5, Fielder, 4, Martinez DH, Dirks 7, Infante 4, Avila 2, Santiago 6. Scherzer is starting.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 15, 2013
Bob Dutton says their is a good chance of an extended rain delay, so this one may not start on time. The game is scheduled to being at 12:08 p.m. CT, with coverage on TBS.
Song of the Day: Agalloch - Not Unlike the Waves
Agalloch is a unique metal band, mixing elements of folk, progressive and black metal. They also show a heavy post-rock influence, especially on "Not Unlike the Waves." It's a long song, but I hope it impresses as we wait for the game to start.