The Tigers start a 4-game series tonight in Kansas City, which currently has the worst record in the American League, so now might be a good time to find out if the Tigers have actually been struggling lately, or have just run across some very good opponents. Avila, Cabrera, Verlander, and Valverde get to wear special stars on their hats and jerseys for the series because they are special.
The Tigers managed to salvage the last game of the Angels series when Miguel Cabrera woke up from a week long nap (.130) in time to hit a 2-run home run, and after Bad Penny re-emerged in the 2nd inning as Shiny New Penny, after going Bonderman in the 1st inning.
Max Scherzer continues his quest to become the first Tiger pitcher ever to win 20 games with a 5.00+ ERA (9-4, 4.90). His last outing he was bombed for 9 runs by the Giants during Rick Knapp’s going away party.
Detroit will be up against the dreaded Rookie Pitcher Guy, who has dominated them the past few seasons. Tonight’s version is named Danny Duffy, and he brings a 1-3 record and 5.09 ERA into the game. As if statistics matter when you are facing Rookie Pitcher Guy.
In other news, Carlos Guillen, who reportedly will re-join the team after the All-Star break, is hitting .176 (3-for-17) in his Toledo rehab stint.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Victor Martinez
Victor gets an All-Star vacation after finishing 2nd to Paul Konerko in the last-guy-in All-Star voting. Tonight he takes it to Rookie Pitcher Guy.
Today’s Avila-Sandwiched-Between-2-Slices-of-Whiff Lineup: