Tigers head to the Windy city after benefiting from a friendly series with the Twins. They find themselves a season high 2 games up in the central, and with an opportunity to do more damage to a division foe.
Heavy dose of trade rumors to discuss, the most interesting being a report that the Marlins are interested in Brandon Inge. The return could be closer Leo Nunez. With Al Al’s emergence and Benoit hitting stride, a closer really doesn’t make sense. Inge has a no trade clause and is a 10 & 5 guy to boot, so we may be stuck with him regardless of any interest.
Continuing, the Tigers are thought to be aggressively pursuing Kuroda (thumbs up), Guthrie (pass), Harang (prob gonna stay in SD) and Vargas or Fister (…interesting), talking about Volquez (yes, if we can keep Turner) and Marquis (meh), and still asking about Ubaldo Jimenez. Would you part with Jacob Turner for Jimenez? I would.
Tigers are also reportedly talking to Baltimore about Kenji Uehara, but I just don’t get that one.
Duane Below makes his second career start tonight. He was good enough against Oakland last week but suffered a bit of bad luck as an error led to two unearned runs and he left in the 5th after giving up 5 hits and walking 1 while striking out 2.
Tigers called up 2010 draft pick and fellow Longhorn Chance Ruffin today, sending Lester Oliveros oli way down to Toledo. Ruffin is a hard throwing former college closer who struck out 11.5/9 in stints at Erie and Toledo. His boss dad knows a little something about pitching in the bigs.
What’s it going to take to put Boesch into the 3 hole and slide Maggs into the 2 hole? Seems like a better fit considering their contact/power splits as well as the R/L/R/S we could pencil in every night.
Tonight’s Uh-Oh Jimmy is Screwing with Avila in the Lineup Now, Lineup is:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Boesch, LF
3. Maggs, RF
4. Cabrera, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Peralta, SS
7. Guillen, 2B
8. Raburn, 3B
9. Avila, C (pick to click)