After a quick and satisfying 4-game home stand vs the Yankees, the Tigers hit the road for a costly 4-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Not that I’m predicting it will go badly, it’s just that players’ taxes are pro-rated depending on venue of performance, so they have to pay the higher Canadian taxes for playing in Toronto.
One presumes they left the bus home. At any rate, sadly, the Tigers may have dibs on the team plane again soon.
The Blue Jays are also known as the Toronto Jose Bautistas. Bautista not only leads the AL in OPS, he leads the league in each category: BA (.357) OBP (.530) and SLG (.762). And to make matters worse, the opponent he did best against in 2010: Detroit.
Fortunately, the Tigers don’t have to face him today (neck spasms), and he is day-to-day for the rest of the series. Time to capitalize on our good fortune.
The Tigers send Phil Coke to the mound, who has so far mixed flashes of brilliance with problems finding the strike zone. The Jays counter with Jesse Litsch, whose numbers this season are about the same as Coke’s.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Brandon Inge
Jim Leyland has proclaimed–and this time I paraphrase–that Inge is “due,” adding that we have to understand that Inge is a “Spurt guy.”
Today’s Overtaxed Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Scott Sizemore 2B
- Brennan Boesch LF
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez DH
- Maggio Ordonez RF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila C
- Brandon Inge 3B