Well they did it! The Tigers battered the tough Michael Pineda, and in doing so gained a first-place tie with Cleveland. Time to break out one of the bottles of ’68 Stroh’s that I save for such occasions.
Except…hmm, now that I look at it, the Tigers are tied as in they are 0 games behind, but if you calculate the winning percentage, Cleveland still has a slight edge. So back in the cellar with the Stroh’s.
It’s not too soon to celebrate the return of Mad Max Scherzer, who pitched like we know he can. Jim Leyland is a seer, he saw what he saw even when he didn’t see it. As Rod Allen would say, I see you, Skipper.
This afternoon Detroit has the daunting task of facing Felix Hernandez, who the Tigers last beat in 2006. Then again, Pineda can daunt too, and look how that worked out. Rick Porcello has quietly strung together some very good performances himself, allowing only 3 runs in his last 12 2/3 innings. One guy that does hit Porcello well: Ichiro, who is .417 lifetime against Kid Rick.
Word is that Magglio is back in Detroit, and will probably officially rejoin the team on Monday, when the Tigers play a one-game makeup series with the Rays. Leyland has said a reliever will be sent down to make room for him, though he didn’t specify which one. One would think it will be Wilk, but one can always hope it is Enrique.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Brennan Boesch
Boesch has hit .439 so far for the month of June
Today’s No-Burn Again Lineup: