PPD Until June 13: Rays at Tigers

The Tigers have the brooms and the tarps handy, as they look to sweep the 3-game series with the Rays, weather permitting.  Last night the Tigers pulled off the rare feat of overcoming both a subpar performance by Justin Verlander and a Tiger Clown Show.

This afternoon manning the broom is Bad Brad Penny, who is looking to overcome a subpar performance of his own, as his 5 walks led to 5 Pittsburgh runs.  He will be faced by Andy Sonnanstine, who has transitioned from the bullpen, but is yet to make it past the 5th inning of any game.  That and the fact that the Rays’ bullpen has been well-used this series bodes well for Brutus’ chances to wield the broom.

On a side note, reading a Rays blog it is clear that Rays fans really, really don’t like Kelly Shoppach.  Laird was a fan favorite last season by comparison.  Shoppach’s failure to block Boesch from scoring was seen as the main cause of the first loss in the series, and when he was later hit by a pitch one fan said, “good, he needs to get hit with a pitch every at bat for the rest of the season.”  Ouch.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Alex Avila

Alex was the hero in last night’s game, and gets another RHP to jump on today.  And he is not Gerald Laird or Kelly Shoppach.

Today’s Back-to-Back Kelly Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Don Kelly 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez DH
  6. Andy Dirks LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Scott Sizemore 2B

16 thoughts on “PPD Until June 13: Rays at Tigers”

  1. A few days ago I was thinking that as an experiment, switching Inge (.200) and Sizemore (.200) in the lineup would be worth a try. Given their respective production I didn’t expect it would have much impact one way or the other. However, I kind of like this particualr switch. I’m not a big Kelly fan, and although he isn’t your prototypical No. 2 hitter (let’s face it, we don’t have one), at least he does hit LH. Sizemore definitely belongs at the bottom of the order, but I expect after Inge’s short demotion, he’ll be right back up there.

  2. Don Kelly is winning me over. He’s looked better than Inge, Raburn, Ordonez, and Sizemore so far this year. I’d rather have him over Carlos Guillen too.

  3. OK, we have the lead, and there is a good chance of rain, so it would be nice if Brutus weren’t taking about 2 minutes between pitches here.

    In other news, Boston put up 9 already on Cleveland (of course we play Boston next).

  4. Andy Dirks made ESPN’s Top 10 plays last night. I do believe he may have just made tonight’s also.

    1. I missed his catch when I was pumping water out of my yard. I’ve never seen so much rain. Looks like some more sever weather is on the way too.

  5. Boston scored another touchdown, now lead Cleveland 14 – 0, beginning of the 4th quarter

    1. Beck says “looks like a night game now.” I assume that means Penny is done for the day.

    2. Unfortunately, the heavy stuff has just started coming down. By the look of the radar, it might not stop raining until some time Tomorrow 🙁

  6. This could be a while, but based on schedules I think they may try to get it in at just about any cost.

  7. The Twinkies lose again today (in a shutout), they’re 16 games under .500 and only 5-13 at home in Target field… apparently they also are feeling the sting of the ‘dome curse’.

    1. Looks like the boys won’t be getting many off-days the rest of the year. Whatever happened to the ol’ double-header? Sigh…

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