The high-powered Phillies and Tigers offenses lead their leagues in runs scored and enter the series red-hot. With temperatures expected to climb, a weekend series at Citizens Banks Park could turn into target practice.
Preview: Jeremy Bonderman (6-0, 3.63 ERA) began the season with five no decisions and has since rattled off a six-game winning streak, despite giving up five earned runs his last outing. Bonderman has faced the Phils once before, earning the win in a 10-3 2004 victory. The Phils counter with Jon Lieber (3-4, 3.72 ERA), coming off a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, one shy of tying his career best. The Phillies (35-31) have won nine of their last 12 and have pulled to two games back in the NL East. The Tigers (37-28), had moved into a tie with Cleveland in the AL Central, but dropped their last two games to fall two back. Tonight marks the Philadelphia return of Placido Polanco, who was traded in 2005 for Ugueth Urbina. The Tigers second baseman enters the night third in the league in hitting with a .343 average and is a .337 hitter at CBP.
Best of the Tigers' press notes: The Tigers offense is off to a hot start in June, hitting .337 through the club’s first 12 games of the month. Sean Casey enters tonight’s game with a .447 batting average (17/38) during his career versus Jon Lieber. Casey is tops among all active major league players with a minimum of 30 plate appearances against Lieber with a .447 batting average. Gary Sheffield was named co-Player of the Week with Alex Rodriguez for the week of June 4. Over the club’s last 25 games dating back to May 18, the Tigers are hitting .365 (108/296) with runners in scoring position.
This is a "can’t miss" series featuring two hot offenses in a bandbox. Enjoy the show, and have a great weekend.[Live Boxscore]