Reduced to a percentage, the baseball season is less than two percent complete. As such, it's not always advisable to get riled about games at this point in the year.
Both teams come in 3-0, and the hot starts are no surprise. Indeed, more than a few baseball writers had these teams pegged as contenders before the season even began. Sports Illustrated, for example, had a handful of experts predicting playoff berths for these two, as did ESPN.com.
The Tigers' offense is mashing thus far, as expected. Detroit is first in the league in batting average and slugging percentage, and second in both runs and on-base percentage.
But the Rays aren't far behind. They are third in batting average, second in slugging and first in OBP.
In the series-opener on Tuesday, the Tigers will send fourth-year man Rick Porcello to the hill, while the Rays' starter will be Matt Moore. Last season Moore pitched 19.1 innings -- all in high-pressure situations in September and October -- and struck out 23 batters.
Tuesday's game starts at 1:05 ET.