Detroit Tigers vs. Colorado Rockies: Series Preview

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJune 26, 2008

The final series of Inter-league play has come.

The Tigers get to face the Colorado Rockies, who appeared in the 2007 World Series. The Rockies are struggling this year with a record of 32-47 and have lost four straight and were swept by the Royals coming into the start of the series, Friday June 27th.

The Tigers have played great in June thus far, (15-8) and have climbed to third place in the AL Central division behind the White Sox and Twins. After two Walk-Off wins versus the Cardinals in two nights, the Tigers are riding some confidence into the series.

With Sheffield recently back from the DL, 8-12 over the past three games with two homers, chances are he continues his offensive surge.


June 27th (7:05pm ET): DET: Eddie Bonine (1-0) vs. COL: Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7)

  • Jimenez has pitched well the last month without any run support, but did get a win Saturday night, holding the Mets to two hits throughout eight innings.
  • Bonine got a no-decision versus San Diego in his last start. He has taken advantage of the fantastic defense behind him to throw strikes and mix pitches. If needed, Bonine can always bail himself out with his knuckleball.

June 28th (7:05pm ET): DET: Justin Verlander (4-9) vs. COL: Jeff Francis (3-7)

  • After a 17-9 record last year, Francis has struggled this season controlling his fastball and simply throwing strikes. In his last start, Francis lasted just 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs.
  • Verlander did not pitch well at all in his first ten starts this season, but his last four or five have been almost masterfull. In his last start, Verlander whiffed a season high ten over five and 1/3 innings. He has absolutely dominated the National League the last three years, going 8-0.

June 29th (1:05pm ET): DET: Kenny Rogers (5-5) vs. COL: Greg Reynolds (2-5)

  • Reynolds gave gave up eight runs in just three and 1/3 innings pitched versus the Giants on the 12th. His last start versus Cleveland was different, only allowing one run over six innings pitched, he kept his sinker down and fool the Tribe hitters with a nasty change.
  • Rogers has parhaps been the Tigers best pitcher this year. He has only allowed four earned runs over his last 36 innings pitched. His last start versus St. Louis resulted in a loss after a Brian Barton homer knocked him out of the game.


Expect the Tigers to put up a ton of runs versus the Rockies' struggling pitchers.


Expect the Rockies to use their bullpen a lot and play small ball to get some runs.