Game 2011.31: Yankees at Tigers

Do you ever feel like the Tigers are never going to lose again?  Me neither.

In off the field news – Zumaya is going to have exploratory surgery, reports the Freep.  This just confirms the inevitable.

The Tigers bring their 1 game win streak and 1-0 record with SS manning 2B to Comerica tonight to take on the resurgent Freddy Garcia.

Garcia is a wily 12 year vet who has a trio of 17+ win seasons on his resume (’99, ’01, ’06). Problem is that he also has spent significant time in the minors over the last three years rehabbing various injuries (including 3 starts for the Tigers in 2008), and was a non-roster invitee for the Yanks this spring.  A combination of a tremendous showing in spring training plus a lack of depth for the Yankees leads us to today.  Tonight will be Garcia’s 4th start of the season, with his first three going about as well as they could.  To date he’s allowed only 4 ER in 18 IPs, and the first one came in a relief appearance on April 10th.  He’s struck out 15 and posted a 1.17 WHIP during that time.  I’d like to go ahead and jinx Garcia and point out that in his career he’s 18-7 against the Tigers, and 8-3 at Comerica.

Scherzer got a little roughed up last time out, largely due to 5 walks in 6 2/3.  Though his 4-0 record is stellar, his peripherals are about average, with a 1.51 WHIP, 3.82 ERA and 4.3 BB/9. With the way the Yankees take pitches, control will be imperative tonight.

Note, Derek Jeter, who’s stolen more gold gloves than Rafael Palmeiro, only has 2 XBH this year. And Adam Dunn is still batting .153, though his .576 OPS dwarfs that of Maggs (.411).  Still, I expect him to be Maggs is batting 6th tonight in JLs new lineup.

Today’s player of the game – Miggy Cabrera.  He’s going to get a big boost with SS and BB ahead of him, and VMart behind him.  He’s also a career .400 hitter off of Garcia (8-20) with 3 jacks.  I’m looking for a three run bomb from him today.

Tonight’s Why is our 2nd Best Hitter Batting 8th Oh Yeah That’s 2nd Cleanup Lineup:

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Scott Sizemore, 2B
3. Brennan Boesch, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B


  1. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Uh oh, the wily-injured-rehabbed-vet guy, he beats us almost as much as first-major-league-start guy


    May 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Let’s see if KJax or AJax shows up tonight?


      May 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm


  3. The Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Batting before Cabrera will hopefully allow Boesch to see better pitches? Let’s hope so as he hasn’t been batting too well this past week. (However, no doubles please as they will only walk Cabrera.)

  4. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    IF AJax gets on track, and IF Boesch isn’t going 2010 on us, and IF Victor can be back to average-Victor levels, and IF Avila doesn’t go completely cold, and IF Magglio–OK forget that one, too iffy–this could be a decent lineup.


      May 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      If if’s and but’s were candy and nuts oh what a Christmas(Tiger season) it would be!

  5. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Magglio in RF = ankle strain = excuse for Magglio to DL. At least we aren’t playing Raburn Roulette in LF; the combination might lead to a nervous breakdown for AJax in CF.

  6. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Rumors that the Giants have been talking to the Mets, who are entertaining offers for Reyes. Imagine, if you can, our lineup with Reyes leading off at SS, Ajax at the bottom of the order, Peralta at 3rd, and Inge replacing Kelly as utility guy…

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Turner or Crosby?

      • Coleman

        May 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        Whichever one is the next Andrew Miller

  7. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    It looks like Freddy Garcia is due vs Cabrera

  8. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Inge can’t hit, and he’s lost a step at 3rd. But the guy is still money chasing popups and putting a tag on someone.

  9. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Groundouttlio -> Singglio = Winnlio

    • Coleman

      May 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      OK, now he’s Homerunnlio, look out everyone! Bonus points for Smokey for finally fixing the order.

      • Coleman

        May 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

        Ironically, now suddenly I’m worried about his ankle

        • Coleman

          May 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

          Ghost comes in to save Ankklio


    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Will the real slim Magglio please stand up?

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    May 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Early candidate for POG.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      This should have been a reply to Coleman’s ankle comment. I still stand by it.

  12. Brenden

    May 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    What the heck is going on? Magglio is a hit machine.

  13. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Mad Max is dealing (but beware! 7th inning dead ahead!)

    • Brenden

      May 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Anybody else feel like we stole Max Scherzer from Arizona? This guy has been incredible.

      • Coleman

        May 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Arizona was the 3rd wheel in that trade…Detroit benefited, NY benefitted, AZ…thank you for playing

    • Coleman

      May 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      8th inning today = 7th inning last start. Leadoff walk = bullpen! bullpen!

  14. Kevin in Dallas

    May 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    John Sterling and Suzie Waldman spent the entire 5th inning talking about how great a manager and GM combo JL and DD are. They’ve been reading some of the local media and were surprised by the articles calling for JL and DD to be canned.

    Waldman said “you can’t blame the injuries (Zumaya, VMart), 2B uncertainty, and Maggs’ slow start on JL.”

    I thought that everyone might find that amusing.

    • Coleman

      May 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Are they the same ones that called a Texeira home run by saying “and Texeira sends a Tex message to the Tigers!!”. Yes, I think so

  15. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Derek Jeter = only SS for whom defensive substitutes are sent in.

    • Coleman

      May 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      That should be “only Gold Glove SS.”

  16. Vince in MN

    May 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Maybe both Jackson and Wells should be sent packing to Toledo to find their strokes. We could then bring up Dirks and who else?

  17. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Buddy Carlisle: not a good baseball name. More golf, really.

    • Vince in MN

      May 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      That’s Carlyle. And Sparky would be a better first name.

      • Coleman

        May 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm

        That’s what happens when you take radio broadcast + iPhone posting

  18. Vince in MN

    May 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    We don’t care about no stinking shutouts – Albaturkey in.

    • Coleman

      May 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      Captain Querque has huge upside it seems

  19. Vince in MN

    May 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    OK, two in a row vs NY because the pitching came through. But the offense still needs to put more than 4 runs on the board to make me a believer.

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  21. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Quite considerate of the Tigers also to wrap this thing up in time for the fans to catch the 3rd period of Wings/Sharks

  22. Coleman

    May 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I feel like the Tigers are never going to lose again…well, not really, but my feelings are tending to the positive