and the 2011 Season has begun!
Detroit opened in the Bronx, an instant classic already in the eyes (and mouths) of Those Who Know: Justin Verlander and his less than 1.0 spring ERA and the Thumpin Tigers against the pinstriped Yankees with Cy Young CC Sabathia on the hill. JV threw alot of pitches early but kept the Tigers in the game by allowing 3 runs through six innings of work. He seemed to be getting ahead in the count, but had trouble putting folks away like we would have liked him to (8 K, 4 BB, 3 ER = 4.5 ERA); in the end though, the bullpen didn't do its job. Phil Coke replaced JV in the 7th and immediately gave up the game-winning dinger to Curtis Granderson..
Trends to watch: We'll see if the tumultuous RISP continues from last year (1-7); runners LOB was also quite bad as I recall (6, yestreday).