Game 2011.70: Tigers at Rockies

Well, well, well.  I wake up from my Mavericks exuberance state and look where our beloved Tigers are.  First place.  Who, other than Mr. X, can say they saw this coming?

For all of his idiosyncrasies and questionable moves, Ol’ Smokey has been pulling all of the right strings as of late.  Dirks, Worth and Santiago have contributed, and the bullpen has been outstanding over the last month or so.  In fact, since an ill-fated Ryan Perry appearance on May 21st which saw his ERA skyrocket to an even 10, the bullpen has posted a 2.48 ERA and limited opponents to a .198 BA.  The Furbush call-up and Purcey deal have contributed heavily to the bullpen’s success, and Al Albuquerque leads all AL relievers with 15.49 K/9 and a .128 BAA.

The Tigers resume interleague play tonight at Coors Field, as they look to continue their interleague dominance, and keep Cabrera away from the Coors part of the field.  The Tigers are 64-29 since ’06 against the NL, which is second best in the majors behind Boston during that time.

A very good Jason Hammel climbs the mound for the Rockies tonight.  For the season he’s posting a 3.65 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.  He doesn’t strike out many (45 in 81.1 innings), and he walks just under 3 per game.

Porcello looks for his 7th win tonight, coming off three quality starts in a row after a blowup against Boston.  Since that Boston game, Porcello has only allowed 6 ER in 19 2/3 (2.75 ERA) with a 1.27 WHIP.  Note that Porcello is 4-1 on the road this year with a 2.27 ERA away from Comerica.

Tonight’s pre-player of the gamepost is Brennan Boesch.  The altitude helps his swing as he looks to continue his hot hitting after his 5-11 performance against Cleveland.

Tonight’s Special Alex Avila Experiment Lineup looks like this:

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, C
5. Magglio Ordonez, RF
6. Alex Avila, 3B
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Ryan Raburn, 2B
9. Rick Porcello, P


  1. Mr. X

    June 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I never thought I’d ever say this, but Peralta has the most range and the best glove of all our starting infielders.

    • judpma

      June 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      hey Avila looked like a veteran 3rd sacker there with his range

  2. ouchudied

    June 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    The left side of the baseball field worries me. Then again, so does the right side of the field.

    • Mr. X

      June 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      and VMart shores up the middle. I guess Leyland thinks AJax has enough range to cover the whole ballpark.

  3. Vince in MN

    June 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Porcello being a groundball pitcher, we may see a lot of hits go through the infield tonight.

  4. JOE Z

    June 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    miguel in the three hole?!? tear in my eye

    • Vince in MN

      June 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      And about time too. I like moving everybody up one in the order, while dropping the usual low OBA suspect out of the 2-spot. But Ordonez batting 5th? – c’mon. He hasn’t earned that. What’s Leyland trying to pull?

  5. judpma

    June 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    hey have to swing at the strikes …Now you strikeout with out even swinging.lately,,at least get some exercise swinging and missing

  6. Vince in MN

    June 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Kayburn chalks up another one.

  7. Vince in MN

    June 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Looks like it’s going to be a short night for Porcello.

  8. JOE Z

    June 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    lets walk the pitcher with bases loaded…………….

    • Stormin Norman$

      June 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      a prime ingredient in a recipe for disaster

  9. JOE Z

    June 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    awwww hell

  10. Vince in MN

    June 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    That was ugly.

  11. Vince in MN

    June 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Didn’t see the play. Don’t tell me – Gene Lamont, right?

  12. Vince in MN

    June 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    That was ugly too.