Game 12, Tigers at Mariners
Verlander vs Rowland-Smith, 6:10 pm.
On paper, this isn’t a very good match-up for the M’s. The Tigers line-up is pretty right-handed, so even though RRS doesn’t demonstrate a big platoon split, this is still not really the kind of line-up you want him facing. Verlander, of course, is one of the best pitchers in the game, and capable of throwing zeros at the M’s as long as he stays in. If the M’s hack at too many of his fastballs and give him easy outs, they have very little chance of winning. They have to make him work, get his pitch count up, and try to win the game against Detroit’s bullpen.