Game 2011.65: Mariners at Tigers

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:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Don Kelly 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez C
  6. Andy Dirks RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Alex Avila DH
  9. Ramon Santiago 2B


  1. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    My pops and his UM buddies used to go around to burger joints and rate the burgers. They called themselves “Society To Rate Outstanding HamburgerS.” He took me to one of them about 10 years ago and there was a newspaper article with him and his buddies in it hanging up in one of the better ranked establishments.

    No word on whether the success was attributable to the high Strohs rating.

  2. judpma

    June 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I’m a thinkin Porcello is over his “soph jinx”
    I’m also thinkin Jackson might be back with the hitters again!

    • Coleman

      June 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      And I’m thinking we left another leadoff triple stranded on 3rd

  3. R3L2O Trooper JL

    June 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I feel like something is wrong here. Not sure what, but something could be wrong.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    VMart, wow.

  5. judpma

    June 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    it was if Lamont actually knew what he was doing….

  6. judpma

    June 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Brando who??? great play Kelly

  7. Brenden

    June 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to have Peralta batting behind Martinez instead of the spot outfielder of the day? Seems like such a waste to have a guy hitting .309 batting 7th.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      That’s a very rational point, and just the type of thinking that JL hates.

      • Brenden

        June 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        Kinda like having whoever is playing 2nd base batting 2nd, rather than one of the guys who is actually hitting .290+…

  8. Brenden

    June 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, our hitters just are not catching a break today. That double play couldn’t have come at a worst time…

  9. Coleman

    June 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Maybe Schlereth needs to be the guy heading to Toledo tomorrow

    • Brenden

      June 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Yeah….and good old Benoit, our million dollar man, probably could use the trip as well… Bull pen meltdowns always put me in a bad mood…

  10. Coleman

    June 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Babe Olivo

  11. Brenden

    June 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    So….I’m hoping the Tigers are planning on trading for another bullpen arm and a 2nd baseman, because those two areas could come back to haunt us in the 2nd half of the season.

    • judpma

      June 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      that makes three areas that could haunt us in the second half
      …2B, the Blowpen and Leyland

  12. judpma

    June 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Olivo has 10 dingers this year…..Hasn’t he hit at least 12againast the Tigers….just sayin

    • Brenden

      June 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Yeah…amazing how this Seattle team starts hitting whenever we start playing them….

  13. Brenden

    June 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Ramon, show some more patience man, come on!

  14. judpma

    June 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    the “blowpen” has been pretty good lately,but when they meltdown ,,,they really meltdown