Scouting Report: Tigers Update

August 03, 2009|By DAN CONNOLLY

It's a different team in Detroit this season, one that is paced by pitching and not a slugging offense.

The Tigers have the second-lowest ERA in the American League, thanks to strong starting pitching. Edwin Jackson and Justin Verlander rank in the top 10 in the AL in ERA, and so does the club's newest addition, Jarrod Washburn. He'll be making his Tigers debut Tuesday against the Orioles.

The Tigers, who have allowed the fewest runs in the AL, have not scored as much as their solid lineup would suggest. They are 11th in the league in runs scored, last in doubles and 13th in hits. But they are seventh in homers, courtesy of the trio of Curtis Granderson, Brandon Inge and Miguel Cabrera, all of whom have hit 20 or more this season.

The Tigers have only one other hitter, Marcus Thames, with double-digit homers. Fernando Rodney blew his first save in 22 chances Saturday.

The Orioles are 3-6 at Comerica Park in the past three years.

- DAN CONNOLLY

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