09/29/09 11:35 AM ET
Weather should cooperate for twin bill
Slight chance of rain forecast, but wind could be big issue
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
The National Weather Service forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain Tuesday afternoon into early evening before any precipitation passes east Tuesday night. As of late Tuesday morning, however, radar showed no rain anywhere in Michigan. High temperatures are forecast to reach just short of 60 before falling through the 50s Tuesday night.
The challenge for the Tigers won't be rain, but wind. Though a wind advisory for southeast Michigan expired Monday night, breezes are still gusting around downtown Detroit. As of 11 a.m., the flags atop the scoreboard at Comerica Park were blowing almost straight out to left-center field. Thus, it would behoove Tigers starter Rick Porcello to have his sinker working to keep the ball on the ground.
The fact that skies will remain overcast all day was welcome news for Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson, who says sunny day games are challenging for an outfielder at Comerica Park. The winds, however, could be an adventure.
"This year, there's been no telling [how the wind will behave]," Granderson said. "Some flags are [blowing] the same [direction], some are opposite. You just have to see the ball off the bat. It's been the weirdest season in the outfield, so who knows what it's going to do today?"
Third baseman Brandon Inge says he usually looks outside the ballpark to best judge the wind direction. Way out beyond right-center field, along the downtown Detroit skyline, there's a flagpole atop the David Stott Building. He'll usually look out there as the game starts, he said, before tossing some of the stadium grass into the air to see how the winds are swirling inside the park.
"That's how the majority of the wind is blowing," Inge said.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.