photo illustration by Samara Pearlstein
Thank cats. Thank cats the Tigers managed to pull this one out. I know that Arrrrmando got a win the last time he pitched, but I didn’t see that game, so my most recent memory of him pitching was this scream-worthy bullpenplosion. I am not sure I could have remained sane if I had had to watch the team find ANOTHER fun and inventive way to screw him over.
This time out Arrrrmando pitched 8 innings, giving up six hits, two walks, and a SINGLE RUN, with six strikeouts. If he had NOT gotten a win after that…. well. Great and frothy would have been my rage. With this outing he lowers his ERA to 3.11 and his WHIP to 1.15, and raises his record to 11-4. He has the best WHIP on the team (this INCLUDES the relievers) and has the second-best K/BB ratio among the starters (after, weirdly enough, Nate).
He remains, by far, our best and most consistent starting pitcher. The complete and utter craziness of this fact also remains undimmed by time.
So out of a four game series with the Blue Jays (who, I might remind you, are 12 games back in the AL East), the Tigers managed to scrape one measly win, and even THAT almost didn’t happen, as the Tigs clearly didn’t learn their lesson yesterday and once again mistook a non-Halladayan Jay for Roy Halladay himself. Litsch went 7 innings, giving up ZERO runs on FOUR hits, despite the fact that he is, again, NOT ROY HALLADAY.
It is amazing that we did not face Roy Halladay at ALL in this series, and this stuff still happened. Obviously the problem is more pervasive than we had thought.
Friday brings the orange birds to town for a 7:05 pm EDT game. Should be Nate vs. Chris Waters. A guy named ‘Waters’ playing for Baltimore… I expect the Divine jokes to be FLYING for this one. Or maybe that’s not in the normal sports fan repertoire? I really hope it is. Go Tigers!