Game 2011.101: Tigers at Twins

Well, you can’t win them all.  You can, conceivably, win three of four.

The Tigers finish out their four-game series at Minnesota today, then head off to Chicago for three.

Rick Porcello looks to continue his string of solid starts:  he has given up 3 runs in each of his last 3 starts.  Porcello faces Francisco Liriano, who has done even better of late.  He has given up 2 total earned runs in his last 2 starts, including a 2-1 victory over Cleveland last out.  On the other hand, in his last 5 tries against Detroit he is 0-4 with a 8.27 ERA.

Tiger starters are on a bit of a roll:  over the last 12 games they have combined for a 2.96 ERA.  You can never have too much starting pitching though, and with one week left before the trade deadline, the Tigers are rumored to be among the most likely to land the Dodgers’ Kuroda. Among other top contenders for Kuroda:  Cleveland.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Wilson Betemit

So far, Betemit has hardly made anybody forget Inge.  In fact, he has been quite Inge-like, with a .222 OBP and 5 strikeouts in 9 plate appearances since joining the team.  Not to mention Friday’s 9th-inning clown event.  Wil-Bet needs to pick it up.

Today’s Right-Field-Burn Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Brennan Boesch LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez C
  6. Jhonny Peralta SS
  7. Ryan Raburn RF
  8. Wilson Betemit 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago 2B


  1. Coleman

    July 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Make that 6 Ks for Beteminge

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    July 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Raburn in July .300/.333./.550. And that’s a pretty ordinary OBP for a .300 average.

  3. Mr. X

    July 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    The Twins suck. Beating them is like taking candy from a baby.

    • Coleman

      July 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      They’re our FWB

  4. Mr. X

    July 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Cleveland lost it’s 4th game in a row also. So we’ll be 2 games up after this game.

    • Coleman

      July 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      Yes, but they lost to the White Sox, who will finish the season ahead of CLE

  5. Vince in MN

    July 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I hope the bullpen is well-rested. I don’t think Porcello is going to last very long today.

    • Coleman

      July 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      Purcey has limited availability; they will only use him if they need to walk a guy.

      • Vince in MN

        July 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

        Or two.

  6. ouchudied

    July 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Twins are really beating themselves so far

    • Vince in MN

      July 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Uncharacteristically, they have been doing that a lot this year.

      • ouchudied

        July 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

        It is strange. Must be because they now have a high payroll.

  7. Vince in MN

    July 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    It’s kind of amazing that anybody can score on a wild pitch at Target field – there isn’t that much room from the stands to home plate – yet the Tigers managed it twice today.

  8. Vince in MN

    July 24, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Two easy 1-2-3 innings helps to breathe a bit easier. Still, let’s get some more runs.

  9. Vince in MN

    July 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Porcello with two consecutive easy 1-2-3 innings, at only 93 pitches, and with the bottom of the order coming up, so it must be time to go to the bullpen!!!!!!!!!! Why am I not surprised.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      I was just about to post the same. My guess is that Benoit needs the work, and Jimmy wanted to force his 7/8/9 routine.

      • Vince in MN

        July 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

        Emphasis on the “force the 7/8/9 routine.” In this PARTICULAR game I would have saved AA to face the top of the Twins order with his devastating slider. 1,2,3, and 5 hitters are all LH and that slider is a killer vs LH (another reason we don’t need the extra LHRP on the staff). If Porcello got into trouble vs the bottom 3, then bring him in. Leyland doesn’t think situationally though, but by the above mentioned routine.

        • Mr. X

          July 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

          I’m not surprised. That’s been the standard procedure for the bullpen.

  10. judpma

    July 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Benoit…….1-2-3 like its supposed to be!

  11. judpma

    July 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Nice series. Now lets go down to Chicago and lay a 2 outta 3 hurt on them!

    • Vince in MN

      July 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      Hopefully that punctures any hopes the Twins have of a comeback. I’d love to see them throw in the towel early for a change.

  12. Vince in MN

    July 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Now we need to take 2 out of 3 from the WS (while CLE has 3 vs LA) before returning home to play LA.

  13. ouchudied

    July 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Chance Ruffin called up. Didn’t take him very long to make it to the bigs.

  14. PJ Lincoln

    July 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I’ll be interested to see how Ruffin does as well. Let’s hope he’s not another Ryan Perry or Robbie Wienhardt. Can someone tell my why David Purcey is still on the roster? Yes, he has a good arm, but so what? He doesn’t throw strikes.

    • ouchudied

      July 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      I’m pretty sure the only reason he is on the team is because the arm he uses to throw the ball with is his left one.