May 10, 2009

HUMMING THAT SEED:

Future fast approaching for Porcello (Jason Beck, 5/10/09, MLB.com)

The Tigers entered the season with the potential for a solid pitching staff if some of their key youngsters could emerge. Now that Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson seem to have broken out, it could be young Rick Porcello's turn.

Not since 1990, back at old Municipal Stadium, have the Tigers swept a three-game series in Cleveland -- the same season that Cecil Fielder broke the 50-homer milestone. The Tigers have managed just three wins at Progressive Field in each of the previous two seasons, a total they could match already with a win in Sunday's series finale.

If Porcello picks up where he left off earlier this week, however, Detroit could end up with one of their more dominant series -- from a pitching standpoint -- in recent years. In so doing, the Tigers could end up with a statement series for a pitching staff that was a question mark when the team broke camp little more than a month ago.


Last night they followed Jackson, who was throwing 98 in the 7th, with Joel Zumaya, who hit 100 in the 8th, with Fernando Rodney who was at 98 in the 9th.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 10, 2009 6:20 AM
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