“I don’t recall any team ever winning a game without scoring a run.”
This is one thing we learned from yesterday’s game, courtesy of Stormin’ Norman.
For all of the hand-wringing over Leyland’s decision to go with Schlereth, and stay with him after he walked Crawford (not to mention the decision to lift Coke at 78 pitches after a short rain delay), the real story of the game was the failure to capitalize on 2 opportunities with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 out. In fact, after a big recent surge, the offense has started sputtering a bit
A big reason for this has been the slump–yes, it’s time for the “S” word–of Miguel Cabrera. Over the past 2 weeks, here are the numbers of Cabrera, and the much-maligned Inge:
.188 .372 .281 .653
.200 .314 .300 .614
Inge with a bit more hitting and power, Cabrera with more BBs…otherwise, almost identical. Yikes.
Tonight has all of the makings of another game where capitalizing on scoring opportunities will sort the winner from the loser, as the 2 hottest starting pitchers in the AL, Justin Verlander and Josh Beckett face off. While Verlander has been nearly unhittable, literally, in his last 2 starts, Beckett has posted a 1.75 ERA for the season himself, so this will likely be good stuff for fans of the pitching duel.
Tonight also has the makings of another rain-delayed affair. Weathermen are standing by. Brandon Inge has the hockey gear ready.
One more thing we have learned: it isn’t just here at DTW that clowns are unwelcome. The anti-clown backlash has been sweeping the nation–even Ronald McDonald is not immune: Critics to McDonald’s: Stop the clowning
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Miguel Cabrera
Was his double yesterday against the tough Buchholz a sign that he is emerging from his little “s” thing? In a game where one big hit could make the difference, we hope so. Hit one for all of the classy Red Sox fans who were chanting “DUI” yesterday.
Today’s Mr. Dirks meets the Green Monster Lineup: