Game 2011.57: Tigers at White Sox

Well, so a bunch of streaks ended yesterday:  the Tiger winning streak, the Tiger winning streak against the White Sox, Charlie Furbush’s career scoreless streak, and Adam Dunn’s 0-for-40 against LHP.

The way the Tigers’ season has gone, one could expect a losing streak to follow.  Not so fast!  Tonight we get Justin Verlander, who not only is Justin Verlander, but has been particularly tough against the White Sox, going 6-0, 2.03 in his last 6 outings against them.  The only White Sox hitter who has hit Verlander consistenly has been AJ Pierzynski (.327).

Verlander will be matched by his former teammate and no-hit buddy, Edwin Jackson, who has struggled since his no-hitter last season (a combined 9-11, 4.44).

Also on the bright side:  Cleveland has to play Texas again tonight.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Jhonny Peralta

Peralta’s .920 OPS leads all MLB Shortstops.  In the All-Star balloting he trails Derek Jeter (.654) by about a million votes, which is inevitable.  He also trails Asdrubal Cabrera (.898), Elvis Andrus (.668), Yunel Escobar (.831) and Erick Aybar (.793), among others (they only have the top 5 vote-getters listed).  We need some love for the H-Factor.

Today’s He-Bats-9th-Because-There’s-No-10th 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. Ryan Raburn 2B


  1. Kevin in Dallas

    June 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I love defeated Hawk voice.

  2. Mr X

    June 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    “…we get Justin Verlander, who not only is Justin Verlander….”

    We got that Verlander!

  3. Mr X

    June 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Not many Peralta fans outside of Detroit, so I can understand why he’s not getting All-Star votes.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    June 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    White Sox radio guys have Moose Skowron in the box, who sounds like he’s lost every necessary vocal apparatus, yet he still insists on talking incessantly over the broadcast team. Can someone provide some color here?

  5. Coleman

    June 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I wonder what the over/under is on Edwin’s pitch count for today

  6. Coleman

    June 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm


  7. Mr X

    June 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Verlander is Verlander. He deserves the win.

  8. R3L2O Police

    June 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Mr. Boesch, you are a repeat offender today, you are under arrest.

  9. Manager Decision Police

    June 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Mr. Guillen, for pitching to Cabrera with first base open, you are under arrest

  10. Mr X

    June 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Good win. We haven’t won many like this on the road.

  11. Coleman

    June 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I would like to be there live when a reporter asks Ozzie Guillen why he didn’t walk Cabrera

    • ouchudied

      June 4, 2011 at 11:18 pm


  12. Stormin Norman$

    June 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    JV deserved the win and got one… and Cabrera may have broke out of his mini-ChiSox funk… i didn’t watch the game on WGN (because of Hawk), but i would bet the farm that Hawk didn’t say “he gone” when Beckham struck out to end the game.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      He said in a curt, low, and monotone voice “and the Tigers win.”

      • Coleman

        June 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

        I want that for a ring tone