I blame the bus.
The Tigers took the unusual step of going to Cleveland by bus instead of plane, and look what happened: a three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians. So, yes, I’m throwing the bus under the bus.
Unfortunately, they will be taking the same bus back to Detroit to face the Yankees. Or will they? Does the bus drop them off and then wait 3 days, or does a different bus take them back? Or might they go by bus, and return by plane? Details on this are frustratingly scarce.
Brandon Inge did not mention how the team got back to Detroit, but he did call a team meeting, which he referred to as a unifying meeting, and added “we are going to be a winning team.”
At any rate, the Yankees have been hot, winning 4 of their last 5, and the hottest of the hot has been none other than our old friend Curtis Granderson, who hit his 8th HR of the season yesterday. Granderson credits his hitting coach, Kevin Long, with helping him refine his swing.
An intriguing match-up to watch will be Granderson vs Justin Verlander, who opens the series for Detroit. They have faced each other once before, and Granderson has a HR in 4 ABs to show for it. And that was with his old swing.
The Yankees send out a reanimated Bartolo Colon, taking the rotation spot of Phil Hughes, whose arm apparently died. Colon did not pitch in 2010, added another 30 pounds or so to his already portly frame, and was signed by the Yankees in the spring. Now what kind of message does that send to the youngsters out there?
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Austin Jackson
Austin’s mission is to find a way to sneak in a bit of time with that Kevin Long guy.
Today’s Magglio’s-back lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Ramon Santiago 2B
- Magglio Ordonez DH
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Ryan Raburn LF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila C
- Brandon Inge 3B