Winning! The Tigers are now a winning baseball team.
Thanks to an outstanding effort by Bad Brad Penny (to be distinguished from Brad “Bad” Penny), some timely hitting by about everyone, and a hint of clown show by the White Sox, this afternoon is now the closet game of the 3-game series.
The Tigers send Max Scherzer out to grab the broom. The Sox will try to keep the closet locked by means of John Danks, the backwards lefty. Backwards because:
Consequently, Leyland has loaded the lineup with RHB, because Danks is a LHP (not to worry; it will somehow turn out geniusy).
Danks has a good mid-90ish fastball, a cutter, a sharp slider, and a good changeup. He also has a big slow curve which he sometimes throws, often on the first pitch. I’m not sure if any of this really explains his backwardness. Perhaps it’s just part of an inherent dankness.
But Mad Max is armed with broom, and poised to become the 4th AL pitcher with 4 wins, joining Jared Weaver (5), Dan Haren (4), and Justin Masterson (4).
While Max is 3-0, 4.30, Danks is 0-2 3.00, which gives you some idea how much fun it is being a White Sox pitcher at the moment.
If Max is going to get run support today, where will it come from? Not likely Inge or Raburn (combined .215 and 13K in 42 AB) or, sadly, Cabrera (.211, 4-19, all singles). Which leads us to:
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Magglio Ordonez
Today’s Lucky Nickname lineup: