Game 2011.36: Tigers at Blue Jays
The Tigers look to win their second consecutive asphalt game, as the Tigers look to close out their second straight 3-of-4 series.
Max Scherzer will take the mound for Detroit, fortified with steak, courtesy of Justin Verlander, who took a few of the guys out to celebrate the no-hitter. Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer, Alex Avila, and Don Kelly all were there. Don Kelly? I guess Coke doesn’t go with steak. And poor Brutus Penny was seen at a local hamburger joint, pestered by some guy who wanted to eat and pay Tuesday.
And while Justin Verlander has the no-hitter, Mad Max is the guy with the perfect record (5-0). Standing in the way of 6-0: Brandon Morrow, who is coming off of a 1-run, 5-hit, 6 1/3 inning victory over the Rays. He also has a nice 1.69 career ERA vs Detroit, and has held Jhonny Peralta to an 0-9.
And of course there’s Jose Bautista–but I know Max wouldn’t make the mistake of pitching to him, like Bad Brad did. Will you Max?
And then there’s Juan Rivera, who looked out at the mound after his 7th inning AB and said to Verlander, “you’re getting lucky.”
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Don Kelly
The Donkey is in the key 6th spot in the lineup, a potential bridge between guys who can hit and other guys who maybe can hit. C’mon, earn your steak Don.
Today’s Where are the lucky no-hitter guys? Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Ramon Santiago 2B
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez DH
- Don Kelly 3B
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila C
- Ryan Raburn LF