They might be giants.
Than again, who knows. The Giants are the reigning champs of MLB, so they are certainly not to be discounted. And once again, their pitching is top-notch. Lincecum, Cain (who recorded his career 1,000th K last night), and the surprising Vogelsong are easily the class of the league, and The Beard leads the NL in saves.
On the other hand, they have been struggling like mad to score runs lately; they only managed 2 in 13 innings against the Cubs yesterday in their 2nd consecutive walkoff loss, and the loss of Buster Posey becomes larger and larger the more Tejada and our old friend Aubrey “Ham Sandwich” Huff drop down the downside of their careers. It’s gotten so bad they are rumored to be interested in picking up Mike Cameron.
The Tigers, meanwhile, have the momentum of yet another Verlander gem behind them. The great thing about the way the DTW rotation has worked out is that I seem to get all of the post-Verlander posts, which is always fun.
This was Verlander’s 9th straight win, which is the longest streak for a Tiger pitcher since David Wells pulled off 9 straight in 1995.
On the downside, in a stretch where we’re likely to need our bullpen, we are going to have to do it without Captain QuerK: Al Alburquerque has been placed on the DL with a sore elbow, or in layman’s terms, right flexor mass inflammation. Right-hander Lestor Oliveros has been recalled from Toledo to take his bullpen spot. His Toledo stats have been underwhelming; it wouldn’t be a surprise, if Al-Al’s stay on the DL is extended, to eventually see Chance Ruffin get a shot at his role. At the very least he would be able to keep up the cool-nameness factor.
Oh, and the last time the Tigers faced the Giants, there was a minor stir caused when the game-winning run was knocked in by Ryan Raburn, and the SF Chronicle called him “a scrub.”
In other news, Carlos Guillen has crept up the rehab ladder from Lakeland to Toledo. A representative of Guillen says Carlos expects to be back in the lineup after the All-Star break. Stay tuned.
Today Brad Penny takes on Madison Bumgarner. Penny has been a Good Enough Penny of late, so it will in all probability come down to run support. Speaking of probability, ESPN voters say there is about a 55% chance the Giants win this. Accuscore says there is about a 55% chance the Tigers win this. Game on!
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Andy Dirks
Andy goes for 4 tonight–he has homered in 3 straight games.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game Deux: Ryan Raburn
Ryan says: Scrub this!
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game Trois: Casper Wells
The Faceoff: The Ghost is the only player in MLB history named Casper. The Bum is the only player in MLB history named Madison. Who will prevail?
Today’s Raburn’s Batting WHERE? Lineup: