Thank goodness yesterday’s game was rained out. Wait, scratch that. It actually counts.
Though the Tigers are still over .500 and stand comfortably in second place, they are 6.5 games behind the Indians and are hitting about as well as the Gas House Gorillas. In fact, the first few innings in that clip look eerily similar how Max Scherzer did yesterday. Rosenberg put together a piece today in the Freep on some of the aforementioned troubles, but here was the strongest line (not that it’s news to us): “They are getting below-average production from second base, third base and — perhaps most critically — all three outfield positions.”
The red hot Red Sox have won 11 out of 13 and are now tied atop the AL East. Their bats are booming, plating more runs in the past two games than the Tigers have in their last 10 games (and that includes 13 in the short sweep over Tampa Bay). The elder statesman of the Majors, Tim Wakefield, takes the mound celebrating his 44th year and 298th day birthday. Wakefield has been a spot starter for the Red Sox, posting a 4.50 ERA for the year. In his 3 starts he’s had two decent ones, allowing 1 ER in each though he never made it out of the sixth, and got drilled for 6 ER in 4 1/3 innings against the meek Twins on May 6th.
The Tigers counter with Rick Porcello, who has been phenomenal for over a month now, posting a 1.59 ERA and .98 WHIP over his past 6 starts. A win tonight would match Porcello’s career best of 5 consecutive wins.
Today’s Miggy at DH/VMart at 1B for the first time all year lineup is:
1. Jackson cf
2. Santiago 2b
3. Raburn lf
4. Cabrera dh
5. Martinez 1b
6. Peralta ss
7. Avila c
8. Wells rf
9. Inge 3b