All of those are great geographical rivalries. So on the first weekend of interleague play, we get the Reds-Tigers, A.K.A. “The Sparky Anderson Series.” The Reds travel to Detroit where the Tigers are riding a 7 game winning streak, their longest since 1993! Meanwhile the Reds are struggling, losers of 5 of 6 and are 7-9 in the month of May.
Here are the matchups for the weekend:
Friday: Brandon Claussen (2-4, 4.96 era) vs Jeremy Bonderman (4-2, 3.74 era)
Saturday: Eric Milton (2-1, 6.50 era) vs Mike Maroth (5-2, 2.18 era)
Sunday: Aaron Harang (5-2, 4.19 era) vs Nate Robertson (4-2, 3.50 era)
As for tonight’s matchup, Brandon Claussen’s ERA of 4.96 is inflated thanks to a bad outting vs the Brewers earlier this season. Take that start out of the books, and Claussen’s era would be a nice 3.40 on the year. Jeremy Bonderman is coming off of his best start of the year in which he pitched 8 scoreless innings against the Indians. In that game, Bonderman allowed just 3 hits.