Preview: Tigers at Mets June 22, 2010

Detroit Tigers (38-30) at New York Mets (39-29)  7:10 pm

Justin Verlander (8-4 3.54) vs Jon Niese (4-2 3.64)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Tigers come to town 1.5 games behind the Twins in the AL Central. They’ve won 8 of their last 9 games. Verlander has some nasty stuff and hasn’t really pitched poorly since May 25. He’s won his last three starts. Niese has pitched just as well or better since coming off the DL on June 5. He’s made three starts in that time and allowed 4 runs and won all three games.

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Off Season Activity Grading

Jon Heyman of SI gives the Mets the highest grade for off season activity this year. I agree that the Mets did very well with the Santana trade/contract extension. But I think the Tigers had the best off season. Their lineup is a modern day murderers row! It looks like Ivan Rodriguez is going to be hitting ninth. Now that’s a lineup. They added Edgar Renteria and Miguel Cabrera, and don’t forget they got Dontrell Willis too.

Johan Santana is a fantastic acquisition for the Mets, but the Tigers were better this off season.