Like one you’d play in March.
Marlins 3, Tigers 2
Jose Alvarez (6 GS and 8 relief appearances, 38.2 IP, 5.82 ERA, 5.19 FIP, -0.1 WAR) started tonight so that Porcello could get some work out of the ‘pen and while Alvarez wasn’t great across 2.2 innings, allowing 3 runs in a meaningless game isn’t much about which to worry. The TIgers ran through five pitchers and all kinds of other substitutions en route to tonight’s loss, but seeing Peralta return and hit a double to right center should be a very welcome sign. Fielder walked and came out in the 2nd and Cabrera came out in the 6th after “singling” off the wall. The Tigers will work another tune up Saturday evening with a few innings from Anibal Sanchez (28 GS, 177 IP, 2.64 ERA, 2.46 FIP, 5.9 WAR) as he makes his final case to start game one and, heck, win the Cy Young.
The Moment: Peralta returns to the lineup and doubles in a run.