Jeremy Bonderman had been struggling most of the summer, not being able to convert his potential into production on the field; prompting some to even question whether or not he is worthy of all the hype he's been receiving as a future ace of the Detroit Tigers.
On Monday night, Bonderman showed why he had been given the title and received all the hype, as he simply baffled White Sox hitters all night long.
Bonderman went the distance, throwing 114 pitches and getting the win. Bonderman did allow 7 hits and 1 walk. But the most noteworthy stat? 14 strikeouts. If you're looking for a comparison, here's the best one - the last time a Tiger starter did better than that number, Bonderman wasn't alive - it was Mickey Lolich in 1972.
And Bonderman's opposition, Jose Contreras, simply couldn't come near Bonderman. Contreras allowed 5 runs in 5 innings, with an uncharacteristic 7 walks.
Bonderman didn't need much support, but he got plenty. Carlos Guillen hit a 2-run Home Run (his 19th) and scored 2 runs, while Brandon Inge went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Rondell White also had a good game, scoring 3 runs for Detroit.
The White Sox managed very little (obviously). Carlos Lee did manage a pair of hits, but that was the only noteworthy performance.
It will be tough to match Bonderman's effort from Monday, but fellow youngster Nate Robertson will attempt to do just that on Tuesday, as he takes the Tigers into battle against Jon Garland and the White Sox. Game time is 7:05pm.