September 1, 2011.
That is the day the Tigers look to finish the 3-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals, since Sunday they were thwarted by weather. By then, the Indians should be in the rear-view mirror. Breaking news: Grady Sizemore back on the DL (sighs from Grady’s Ladies).
Today, May 16, 2001, is the clash of the unbeaten streak teams–Detroit with a 7-game winning streak, and Toronto with a 5-game winning streak, the 2 longest current streaks in the league. Something has to give. Or does it? This could also be the 2nd of a 2-game rainout streak. Weathermen are standing by.
Today’s game features Max Scherzer, who looks to become MLB’s first 7-game winner, as he continues on pace to a 28-0 season. About that Blue Jays winning streak: their last loss? To Max Scherzer and the Tigers. The Blue Jays counter with, Kyle Drabek (2-2, 4.81), son of Doug. Jim Leyland coached his dad. Advantage: Tigers.
And also: Jose Bautista. For the love of Paws, pitch around him this time, do you hear what I’m telling you? For Detroit, Victor Martinez is cruising along with a 13-game hitting streak, and was named AL player of the week. Advantage: even
Two weeks ago in these very pages, looking for some bright spot after a demoralizing sweep by Cleveland, we noted that Brandon Inge called a team “unifying” meeting, and proclaimed “we are going to be a winning team.”
Tiger record since that meeting: 10-2.
Sure, the winning can mostly be attributed to pitching, starting with Justin No-Hit Verlander. But why has the starting pitching been so good? Clearly something has inspired them. Brandon “Team Chemistry” Inge should certainly be the Player of the Pre-Game. Advantage: Tigers
Yesterday was to be the much anticipated unveiling of Andy Dirks, the young LH OF called up to replace Groundouttlio while he rests his ankklio. Normally, when the Tigers call up someone from Toledo Leyland plays him immediately. Unfortunately, in Dirks’ case it appears the team inadvertently called up Andy Dick, who luckily was unavailable because of legal troubles. Management has now sorted out the situation, and Andy Dirks gets the start today.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Ramon Santiago
Yeah, I know I said it would be Inge. But then I found out via Leyland that there is no such thing as team chemistry, so forget everything I said above. But, Ramon Santiago: the most useful backup infielder in the league? Discuss amongst yourselves.