The Tigers are 59-29, thirty games over .500. Back on May 1st, yours truly had this to say about Detroit:
There, I said it, and I stand by it. I don't think the Tigers are this good, and I don't think they'll win more than 83 or 84 games. Too much age and fragility in the lineup, too much Jimmy Leyland exposed to too much young pitching arm.
Tonight we're gifted with the return of closer Mike MacDougal for the first time all season. Mac's a truly entertaining pitcher to watch with his strange appearance, proclivity for walks and strikeouts and flair for the dramatic. In a week we may be complaining about his roster spot, or praising his virtues. Or, a little of both. If he can be effective, it should take some of the strain off the Dessens-Burgos combo that Bell has used constantly, and possibly mean we'll see less Andy Sisco in the 7th inning. All good things.
"Andrewmiller" shared this Mac/Grudz tidbit in the comments earlier today,
p.s. In honor of MacDougal's return, and thus the return of "Rock You Like A Hurricane," I should share that he once told me, with some dismay, that the team selected this Scorpions song on his behalf, after he had requested Danzig's 'Mother.'
This is all prelude to the matchup tonight, an epic battle between Brandon Duckworth (1-1, 5.33 ERA) and Jeremy Bonderman (8-4, 3.46 ERA). Taking the first game of this series would be great fun, and would really put some pressure on the front-running Tigers. Lets do this.