Tigers finished the second inning yesterday (if you break the season down into 9 innings, there are 18 games per inning) at 10-8. This inning saw three 3 game win streaks, and a 7 game losing streak. Tigers enter the third inning at .500, and in third place in the Central. They are 5.5 games behind Cleveland, but 4 games ahead of Chicago and 4.5 ahead of the Twins.
The Bizarro Twins take the field against the Tigers tonight. They have had injury problems, Carl Pavano leads your rotation problems, and even Justin Morneau isn’t hitting, as John Lowe points out in today’s column. Even so, the organization knows how to win, so we need to take our swings while they are down.
Liriano climbs the hill for the Twins after throwing an excuse me no-hitter last time out against the meager White Sox. He managed to walk 6 and strike out two on his way to throwing 47% balls over 123 pitches, yet did not allow a hit. A no-no is always great, but I don’t think he necessarily had great stuff. Had last week not gone so well, Liriano might find himself out of the rotation, as he’s putting up a 1.56 WHIP and 24 BBs against only 20 Ks…with the complete game last week. His 9.13 ERA dropped to 6.61 after the outing.
Today’s Playgglio of the Gamegglio is Magglio. Ordonez is a career .327 hitter against the Twinkies and leads all active players with 230 hits, 45 doubles and 145 RBI against them.
– Cabrera (7/20), Ordonez (10/26) and VMart (8/18) all hit Liriano well.
– VMart is on a nine game hitting streak, batting .438 during that time.
– In his last 11 games, Austin Jackson is hitting .341 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBIs.
Today’s DTW Player of the Game Friendly Lineup is:
1. Jackson – CF
2. Sizemore – 2B
3. Ordonez – RF
4. Cabrera – 1B
5. Martinez – DH
6. Peralta – SS
7. Boesch – LF
8. Inge – 3B
9. Avila – C
Today’s senseless DTW feedback question of the game is: why in the world are airplane seats shaped such that your head is in front of your body?