Today starts the mid-week series between two APIAS homers in my Tigers and 2SL’s Cubbies. Obviously this is an interesting interleague matchup between 2 historic teams. It is also a rematch of the 1945 World Series, which I’m sure you all remember, was won by Los Tigres 4-3. This was the same Series Cubs’ writer Warren Brown called “The World’s Worst Series.” Seems like there may have also been somewhat of an international conflict going on around then, but who can say for sure?
The 1935 classic was also won by the Tigs (4-2).
You have to go all the way back to 1908 to locate a Cubby win against the boys from Motown. Something sticks out about that year… but I digress.
More interesting these days, however, might be the pitching matchups those in the Chicago and Detroit metro areas (and all of us with MLB.tv) will get to enjoy.
Let’s take a look at what we’re getting this week.
Tonight: Carlos Zambrano, RHP (4-2, 3.44) vs Edwin Jackson, RHP (6-4, 2.39)
Big Z is looking more like his old self after a quick stint on the DL. He’s rocking a 2.20 ERA since rejoining the team. Jackson, on the other hand, continues to be the horse everyone thought he was coming over from Tampa last year, only more impressive. He is currently #1 on the team in ERA and has thrown more innings than Tiger ace Justin Verlander.
Tomorrow: Rich Harden, RHP (4-3, 5.27) vs Rick Porcello, RHP (8-4, 3.54)
This battle of relative newbies should provide plenty of contact but not much scoring. Harden has held his spot nicely since coming over from Oakland and 20 year old Ricky P is doing nothing but validating his enormous signing bonus in 2007. He may wear down sometime toward the late summer (having never pitched above single-A before this year) but don’t tell him, with his 8 wins and sub-4 ERA.
Thursday: Ted Lilly, LHP (7-4, 3.04) vs Armando Galarraga, RHP (3-7, 5.62)
Galarraga is one more bad outing from losing his job in the rotation. The Tigers have hit LHP’s well this year, but Lilly has been consistently solid, with a team-leading 11 quality starts. I’ll take the Cubs to win here, but the story really will be: Can Armando find the 5th inning?
Get ready for some good-time historic baseball this week. I’m a sucker for tradition, so you can bet I’ll be on the porch watching this one.