I'm starting this with one out in the ... with two outs in the top of the second. If these calculations are right, it will be the bottom of the seventh by the time I'm done. Here goes.
Doug Fister doesn't walk people. Tom Milone doesn't walk people. Fister works quickly. Milone works quickly. This game is going to last an hour.
Milone was ninth among qualified starting pitchers with 1.71 walks per nine innings. Fister would have been 19th if he had qualified with a 2.06 mark.
The Tigers are well above the league average at making contact with pitches out of the strike zone. Tommy Milone thrives on getting hitters to make contact with pitches out of the strike zone.
The A's are the worldwide leader in strikeouts, but they do it a little differently than most whiffing teams -- they actually chase fewer pitches out of the strike zone than 28 of the 30 teams. Fister throws a lot of pitches in the strike zone, but he's also something of a strikeout pitcher now.
This should be a quick, well-pitched game.
Or not. It's the bottom of the second, not the bottom of the seventh. Fister hit a guy, and Milone labored in an at-bat that ended in a walk to Avisail Garcia, and then he hit Gerald Laird with his very next pitch ... which all ruins the point I was trying to make.
Going to post this right quick before the Tigers score ... wait, no, Austin Jackson flew out to end the threat.
I'll shut up now. This game is going to last four hours and end 11-10.