Game 2010.126: Royals at Tigers

Our red hot Tigers (including Johnny Damon) look to win their 5th game in a row tonight.  (More on Damon, courtesy of Jason Beck).

Kyle Davies is very hittable, posting a 1.53 WHIP in 136 2/3 IP this year.  He’s been decent as of late with 2 quality starts in his last three games.  The non-QS came against the Yankees where he gave up 3 runs in 5 innings, but still got the W.  In his career v. the Tigers he’s 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA, though he’s 2-1 with a 3.97 ERA at Comerica.

Porcello had two encouraging starts until he got shelled last Thursday in New York, allowing 6 earned in 5 innings.  Porcello hasn’t been right all season, but consistency can be the hardest thing to grasp for a young pitcher.  He’s still got great stuff, and well, it’s the Royals.

Cabrera has 11 BBs in his last 10 games, and 17 IBBs since the AS break.  It seems that he’s been getting IBBd every plate appearance, but note that Bonds had 120 IBBs in 2004 and averaged roughly 60/year over his final 7 seasons.  Dickerson pointed out yesterday via Twitter (Dan_Dickerson) that Cabrera’s last 4 intentional walks (over the last 3 games) have been followed by 4 hits that have driven in 6 runs.

Rhymes is batting .520 over his last six games, and .348 in August.  3/16 hits have been doubles.

Did you know that KC leads the all time series 280-264?

Tonight’s lineup is:

Jackson – CF
Rhymes – 2B
Damon – DH
Cabrera – 1B
Raburn – LF
Peralta – SS
Inge – 3B
Boesch – RF
Avila – C


  1. Steve

    August 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    A couple things come to mind here, one yes we have a 5 game win streak at the wrong time of the year and against two pretty crummy teams. We should be beating these guys.

    Second, the line up tonight give or take one guy could be next years lineup if we dont get some serious help in the winter. While we can beat KC and Cleveland we are not going to make the playoffs with this line up or anywhere close. I am not complaining or being negative, I love the Tigers, but I am also a realist in that we will be lucky to be 500. if some serious help is not given. I am sure DD and MI will spend the cash, but who is out there and who will come.


    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      Maggs would make a noticeable difference, even at his mature age. But you are right, that’s probably not enough to make a run at the division unless Boesch’s May becomes the norm for him.

  2. Coleman

    August 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Hey how about that, Wee Willie Rhymes knows how to move the runner from 2nd to 3rd

  3. Mark in Chicago

    August 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Inge gets his 1,000th career hit. I’m on pins and needles to see what stephen says, lol.

    Snark away, stephen!

    • Vince in MN

      August 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Undoubtedly Inge’s 1068 career strikeouts will be mentioned.

      • Vince in MN

        August 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm

        Check that, make it 1069.

        • Vince in MN

          August 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

          Check that again, make it 1070.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    August 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Love the reception for Damon. We do have great fans.

  5. Vince in MN

    August 24, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Given the hype on Sizemore as the 2B of the future, it’s hard to guess how the front office feels about the 2B situation, but given Rhhmes play so far, I think he definitely deserves a long look over the rest of the season. 80 AB isn’t much of a dample size (and look who we have played this last week) but I say let him play every day until he (un)hits himsellf out of the lineup. Sizemore, when they call him up, should ride the pine or play elsewhere until that happens.

  6. Vince in MN

    August 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    For anyone watching, does Porcello look particularly sharp, or does it have more to do with KC. He’s only thrown 90 pitches in 7 innings.

    • Mark in Chicago

      August 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm

      hopefully it’s at least a combination of the two. i’d like to think Porcello is getting better at making adjustments as he matures. it seems like he can run through a lineup once, but it’s the 4th/5th innings where the real problems start. it’s easy to forget that he’s only 21, and maybe he snuck up on people a bit last year.

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    August 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Maggs is confirmed to be out for the season.;c_id=mlb

    Let’s let the option debate begin.

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    August 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Bullpen this home stand (Cle & KC) 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER (courtesy of the Fox broadcast)

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    August 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Ever care to know what BP pitchers make? Not much.

    • Andre in Chi

      August 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      Considering what they did to the Gulf, I don’t think they should make much at all.

  10. Coleman

    August 25, 2010 at 4:26 am

    We are now:

    –at .500
    –at single digits in games behind MIN
    –at .500 vs KC (we would have won the division in 09 if we could have managed to play above .500 vs KC).
    –a place where people use their no-trade clauses to STAY here