Today is the rubber game of the 3-game series with the White Sox, after which Detroit bounces off to Texas to take on the Indian-destroying Rangers, who will be already underway in Cleveland by game time. If all goes well Detroit could be 2 1/2 games out of first when today’s game ends.
So, yes, the losing streak was only one game this time. Because: Justin Verlander. And: Miguel Cabrera.
After the game, the Tigers took advantage of a little-known change in MLB rules and called up Adam Wilk to replace David Purcey, who was placed on paternity leave (twins!). Normally, a player has to spend at least 10 days in the minors once he has been sent down, which means Wilk would have been unavailable (which means the lefty would likely have been…Brad Thomas. Eek!). But last season in a fit of family-friendliness, MLB added a specific exception to the 10-day rule for players called up to replace a player on paternity leave. Who knew?
And Phil Coke is back, and scheduled to pitch Wednesday, which means that Oliver is to be a hen-in-the-mud, although it is not official yet.
And Magglio may join the team in Texas, so hopefully Omir Santos didn’t unpack all of his bags.
Today Bad Brad Penny aims to revert back to Good Penny, or at least Brutus. The Tigers draw the always tough Jake Peavy. Especially against Miguel Cabrera, who does worse against Peavy than against any other starting pitcher he has faced on a regular basis, 2-for-22 (.091). Brad Penny has as many hits against Peavy.
This will be the first time that 2 pitchers with 5-letter names starting with P faced each other since April 11, 2008.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Brennan Boesch
One of the lefties will need to step up today for the Tigers. A Boesch baesch would be just the thing.
Today’s No-H Lineup: