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Sal Romano vs Oil Can Boyd

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After their 28th off-day in the last six weeks, this evening the Reds will toss out the first pitch of a short two-game set against the Tigers. Mustang Sally is coming off one of the best games of his entire career, having pitched eight spectacular four-hit innings against the Royals. His position in the rotation is still perhaps a mite tenuous, but he sure did earn a ton of credit with that. Now get a slug of water and go out there and do it again, Sally.

For some completely incomprehensible reason, the Tigers aren’t a depressing go-cart pile-up of a team this season. In fact, they are in second place and just a half-game under .500 right now. Matthew Boyd is one of the biggest reasons why.

Boyd has been a serviceable-if-unremarkable pitcher for the Tigers up to this point in his career, but this season he decided he isn’t going to let anyone get a hit anymore. He is allowing just 6.5 hits-per-nine so far, which is like Nolan Ryan or something. Who knows if he can even keep it up or for how long, but right now the dude is one of the best hurlers hurling. So this could be a fun one.

Lineups

Jose Peraza and Tucker Barnhart are at the top of the order today, which is just way tmf if you ask me.

Too much fun. “tmf” means too much fun.