Earlier today, I joked that the Tigers' lineup was scary -- and not in a good way. After all, most of the lineup probably belongs in Toledo rather than in the majors with the Tigers, and unfortunately, their play tonight was proof of that. Why? Well, Tampa Bay's Matt Garza opened the series between the Tigers and Rays by throwing a no-hitter.
Garza walked one batter and struck out six en route to the first no-no in Tampa Bay Rays history and the first no-no against the Tigers since 1990 when Randy Johnson did it. None of the Tigers even came all that close to getting a hit outside of a nice catch or two Rays outfielders had to make during the course of the game.
The interesting thing about this game is that Detroit's Max Scherzer went 6.2 innings without giving up a hit. He ended up loading the bases during the sixth because of two walks and a catcher interference call, however, and former Tiger Matt Joyce hit a grand slam on a full count to give the Rays a 4-0 lead. Carl Crawford later added a home run to make it 5-0 Rays, which is what the final score ended up being.
Perhaps the saddest part of the Tigers getting no-hit is that it could definitely happen again this season. With the way the lineup looks both on paper and during actual games, it's certainly possible, because the only player currently worth anything is Miguel Cabrera. At this point you might as well call them the Detroit Mud Hens, because they are playing like a Triple-A team right now.