June 17, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) hits a RBI double during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
It looks like the Pirates are going to have three sellouts with Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers coming to town for the weekend. Tonight it's A.J. Burnett (7-2, 3.52) vs. Doug Fister (1-3, 2.68) at 7:05 at PNC Park. Burnett is trying to become the first Pirates pitcher to win seven consecutive starts since Dock Ellis won eight in a row in 1974. Fister is coming off a 6 IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 6K performance his last time out, when he picked up his only win over the year against the Colorado Rockies.
The Pirates and Tigers met three times at Comerica Park a month ago and the Tigers won two of three, with Burnett getting the only win for the Bucs. Since the Sunday loss in Motown the Bucs are 17-10.
Jose Tabata sits tonight. The lineup for the Pirates:
This is one of only three chances to see Prince in Pittsburgh this year. Beast Mode.
UPDATE by Charlie: As nifty as some of the matchups against the Twins were, these three games against the Tigers should be tough. This one, Fister against Burnett, is the easiest. After that, it's Max Scherzer and Brad Lincoln. Then there's Justin Verlander and Kevin Correia, which is probably the worst matchup the Pirates have had all year. If the Pirates can get one out of three here, I can live with that.