By Kelly Rouse
(The Cardinal Nation Show) - The St. Louis Cardinals need a shot of confidence, and hope to get it starting tonight against a tough opponent, the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park.
Tonight is the first of a three-game set between the Cardinals and the Tigers. On the mound tonight? A reigning Cy Young Award winner against a potential Cy Young Award candidate.
Justin Verlander, 2011 Cy Young Award winner, will throw the first pitch tonight for the Tigers. He is 6-4 in the 2012 season with a 2.66 ERA,and has only won one of his past five starts. Verlander hasfaced the Cardinals five times in his career yielding a 5.59 ERA. However, in his career starts against the rest of the National League, Verlander has a 2.37 ERA.
The Tigers will not have it easy either, as they will be facing right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn. Lynn is currently 10-2 this season and is going for his eleventh win tonight. In Lynn's last start against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, he set a personal record with 12 strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.42. He held the White Sox to 7 and 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed only three hits. This is Lynn's first time pitching against Detroit.
The Tigers have won four of their last six games, taking their last series against the Colorado Rockies 2-1. After a long 15-inning game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, the Cardinals lost 5-3 costing them the three-game series. The Cardinals have won three out of their last six games.
These two teams last played each other in 2009 at Busch Stadium,with the Cardinals taking 2 of three from theTigers in the series.