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MLB Tigers at Angels

July 28, 2007

MLB Baseball - Detroit Tigers at L.A. Angels (-118, 9.5) 3:55 PM EST

You certainly can’t blame manager Jim Leyland for wanting to have somebody, anybody step up in the late innings to help shutdown opponents.

The Detroit bullpen has a 4.67 ERA, with 17 losses and 16 blown saves in 49 attempts.

Leyland is big on accountability and never asks a player to do something they are not capable of. When he plays hunches or percentages, he believes and expects those chosen to perform.

The bullpen will likely be called upon today with 22-year sensation Andrew Miller (5-3, 3.78) the starter.

The Tigers are hoping he emerges as another dependable pitcher in the Justin Verlander mode. Miller uses his 6’6 frame well and is unafraid to saw off batters on either side of the dish.

He still walks too many hitters as young pitchers are wont to do and has only pitched seven innings once in nine starts.

Los Angeles will start Joe Saunders (4-0, 2.89) who has this unusual penchant, he just wins. Since being called up last season the 26-year old lefty is 11-3 for the Halos.

With the changes in the make-up of starters, Los Angeles might finally have a left-hander to balance the staff, like Jarrod Washburn used to. Saunders mixes cutters, sinkers and running fastballs effectively.

This will be on the Fox afternoon schedule and L.A. is 20-15 in day games and the Tigers 21-13.

Despite Saunders being good luck charm for Angels, Detroit roasts lefty’s with 22-8 record, the highest winning percentage in baseball.

The Angels are currently -118 favorites with a total of 9.5 at

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