They are 14-for-38 (.368) with four doubles off Darvish. Right-handers have just three singles in 12 at-bats. The Tigers aren't stacked with left-handers, but they do have Prince Fielder, Alex Avila, Don Kelly and Brennan Boesch in their lineup swinging from the left side.
"It's not just left-handed hitters," Darvish said. "I have to make quality pitches and stay strong and get in better condition."
Manager Ron Washington said the two best pitches for a pitcher to use against left-handed hitters are a cut fastball inside and a sinker that rides away from them. Those are the two pitches -- when working -- that make Scott Feldman effective against left-handers. In a reverse manner, they are left-handed starter Matt Harrison's best pitches against right-handed hitters.
"He's got those pitches, it's just a matter of learning how to use them," Washington said.
Darvish is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in two starts.
"I think you'll be pleasantly surprised tomorrow," Washington said. "Each time he has had the ball, he's gotten better. If he shows the same progress, I expect he'll throw a really good game. He'll have his hands full with that Detroit lineup, but they'll have their hands full, too. It doesn't work one way."