Game 2011.59: Tigers at Rangers

92.5%

That’s the current number for the Rangers on the ESPN poll of who will win tonight’s game.

The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, having won 11 of their last 14.  They just completed a 4-game sweep of Cleveland (thank you very much).  We all know the Rangers can score runs, but what was really impressive against Cleveland was the pitching:  Texas held the Indians to 6 runs total over the 4 games.

Max Scherzer will have his work cut out for him against the Rangers in hitter-friendly Arlington, especially coming off two consecutive shaky starts.  Colby Lewis looks to continue the Ranger streak of good pitching, himself coming back from 8 innings of 4-hit shutout pitching against the Rays.

So the Tigers have their work cut out for them tonight.  But 92.5%? C’mon.

In other news, Purcey returns from paternitizing, and Andy Oliver has been sent back to the mud.  Scott Sizemore has been called up to the Oakland A’s, as a 3rd-baseman.  And still no Magglio.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Andy Dirks

Texas hitters will keep Andy busy in the outfield;  Dirks had 2 2-strike hits in yesterday’s game, which should be a confidence-builder.

Today’s Return-of-the-H-Factor 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

41 Comments

  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Because they are playing during the middle of the week, this is the first Tigers v. Rangers series in Arlington that I have missed in years. I hope Kevin in Dallas is there representing us well….no Mags in the pregame line up?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      Family stuff/Mavs have me in the same boat OTFiM.

    • Coleman

      June 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Maggs is still with Mudhens

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        June 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

        Rats…Maggs in Toledo, Kevin with the Mav, me in Vicksburg and the river is high…who we gonna call??? Boesch busters!!!

        BTW, the last Tiger v. Ranger series was Boesch debute when he came to the plate and hit the first pitch in the right field gap for a double. I recall asking my brother, what was that guy’s name for the scorecard?

        • ouchudied

          June 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

          Completely unimportant and unrelated side note: I was in NYC a few weekends ago and I went to the apartment building where they battle the giant marshmallow man. I was psyched

        • Coleman

          June 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

          Boesch answers the call! Post of the game goes to OTFiM!

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    June 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Rangers have been nearly unbeatable since Hamilton and Cruz returned to the lineup. I’m pretty sure that 11-3 record reflects that timespan.

    • ouchudied

      June 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Tough loss last night. I was pulling for you guys.

      Signed,
      the rest of America

  3. Vince in MN

    June 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Bosh Baesch!

    • Mr X

      June 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Bonderman pitching for Texas?

      • Vince in MN

        June 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

        Lewis was a Tiger briefly some years ago, I think. Maybe…..

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    June 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    JLwas an accomplice on KBurn there for calling a hit and run on 0-1.

  5. Vince in MN

    June 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Bosh Baesch 2.0

  6. Coleman

    June 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    They are going to start pitching around Boesch to get to Cabrera

  7. Coleman

    June 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    The Dirkster! He wasn’t Player of the Pregame for nothing!

  8. ouchudied

    June 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Humor from Uncle Smokey in the dugout. That was great.

    • ouchudied

      June 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      For anyone who didn’t see it, Leyland stuck a piece of his gum on Lloyd’s elbow and didn’t say anything until Lloyd noticed it.

  9. Vince in MN

    June 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Dirks Doink.

    And they’ll have to start pitchinng around Dirks to get to Peralta.

  10. Vince in MN

    June 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I would take a .275/ 20 HR/ 75 BI line from a Tiger catcher.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    June 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Wow. Those aren’t cheapies.

  12. Vince in MN

    June 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Twins helping out vs CLE also; up 6-3 in the 8th.

  13. Brenden

    June 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Okay Scherzer…you have a 7 run lead, figure your stuff out and don’t blow this lead.

    • Vince in MN

      June 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Looks like we might have Bad Max going again tonight.

  14. Coleman

    June 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Dirks Doh!

    • Brenden

      June 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      So, what happened? That triple wasn’t Scherzer’s fault? Man I miss watching games live on TV…

      • Vince in MN

        June 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        I didn’t see it either, but am guessing he must have “rayburned” it.

      • Coleman

        June 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        Dirks dove for it but came up short, it went by him all the way to the fence

  15. Brenden

    June 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Boesch is on a roll tonight.

  16. tbran in Troy

    June 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    9 to 2 in the 4th?? Dare I say clown show or just a good old fashion beating?

    • Coleman

      June 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      We’re just taking advantage of the Launching Pad at Arlington (with an assist from some Lewis lobs).

  17. Coleman

    June 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    We might need all 9 runs

  18. tbran in Troy

    June 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Perhaps I was premature with the clown show sighting?

  19. Brenden

    June 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Man….what is going on with Max? He just can’t finish batters off. It’s only a matter of time before he gets dropped from my fantasy team if he keeps this nonsense up.

    • Coleman

      June 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      It’s only a matter of time before Enrique Gonzalez gets up in the bullpen, which is even more disturbing.

      • Brenden

        June 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        Don’t say that…please don’t say that…

        • Coleman

          June 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

          Phew, it’s The Furby

  20. tbran in Troy

    June 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Ah, Mr. Leland … a call to the pen may be in order?

  21. Andrew

    June 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Back to Toledo?

    • Brenden

      June 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      It worked last time….he just looks awful.

  22. Coleman

    June 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Max has stabilized a bit, we may not see the Furby

  23. Mr X

    June 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    92.5% of ESPN’ers are fools.