Game 2011.89: Tigers at Royals

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:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Casper Wells LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta SS
  7. Ryan Raburn 2B
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Brandon Inge 3B

 

37 Comments

  1. Coleman

    July 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    That is the 26th time we have led off a game with a K, the most in the league, it’s not even close. KC is 2nd with 19.

    • Vince in MN

      July 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Quiz of the day:
      How many times has Austin JaKKson led of the game with a strikeout in 2011?

  2. Brenden

    July 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Raburn and Inge both in the line-up today….ugh…

    • Coleman

      July 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Raburn says: you were saying?

      • Brenden

        July 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        Ha, yeah, go figure….that’s why I said it, to give him some encouragement?

        • Vince in MN

          July 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

          Rumor has it that McClendon has found the missing notebook “How to Teach Secondbasemen to Hit” and is intensively working with Raburn now. Unfortunately, the “How to Teach Thirdbasemen to Hit” book is still missing.

  3. Coleman

    July 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Wow, Raburn dings Cy Rookie-Guy

  4. ouchudied

    July 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Someone told Raburn that technically the second half of the season has started. Silly Raburn, the second half of the season CAN start before the all-star break.

  5. Brenden

    July 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    What happened to Jackson?

    • ouchudied

      July 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      No word on the telecast as of yet. I’ll let you know if they say anything.

  6. ouchudied

    July 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Per Mario – Jackson out of the game with left wrist soreness.

    Doesn’t sound like a big deal to me.

    • Vince in MN

      July 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Could all those swinging strikes cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

      • Brenden

        July 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        If that were the case, how does Raburn still have both of his arms? Is it because he stares at so many strike 3s?

  7. ouchudied

    July 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    The Yanks don’t have a player with 3000 hits? Wow.

    • Coleman

      July 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Before Jeter, Gehrig had the Yankee record (2721). (Jeter already has 1200 more PAs than Gehrig).

  8. Mr. X

    July 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I love it when Coleman pitches

    • Coleman

      July 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      I specifically requested to come in in an inning when Raburn was due up

  9. Coleman

    July 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    This Coke guy is just what our bullpen needs

  10. Coleman

    July 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Oops, I’m pitching the 8th, gotta run. And I get to start the inning with Inge, fun stuff!

  11. tbran in Troy

    July 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    K.C. is leading the league (probably all leagues) in sucking and all we can muster is 2 runs through the 8th inning (with 7 ks along the way)? Wow.

    • Coleman

      July 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Yeah, but Rookie Pitcher Guy + Cy Coleman is a potent combo

  12. ouchudied

    July 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I’m listening to the police scanner for the hostage situation occuring in Grand Rapids currently… truly an awful situation.

    We can only hope that it ends with the hostage being safe.

  13. tbran in Troy

    July 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I can’t help it. Here is my nightly Inge rant: He’s hitting .189 with 2 ks tonight. This is a new low for a guy who has seen many lows. No additonal evidence is needed. The case has been made. RELEASE HIM ALREADY! Let Kelly play 3rd. By doing so we’ll get a 40 point jump in BA compared to Inge.

    • Vince in MN

      July 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      40 if he is playing RF, 60 if he is playing 3B.

  14. Vince in MN

    July 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Cleveland scored 5 in the ninth (walk-off Grand-Slam by Haffner) to beat Toronto 5-4.

  15. Coleman

    July 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    See what happens when you take Coleman out? The Donkey makes you pay…

  16. tbran in Troy

    July 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Kelly v. Inge — Case closed. Again.

    • Coleman

      July 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      We may need Kelly for the bullpen

  17. Vince in MN

    July 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Kayburn. I don’t think Ryan can hit the slider. Of course, when it is out of the strike zone, one shouldn’t swing at it.

    Seems like there is someone else on this team that does that regularly too…..

  18. Kevin in Dallas

    July 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    We’ve got three holes – Raburn, Inge & Ordonez,and two plugs – Kelly and Wells. Can’t we convert Kelly into a 2B?

    This leaves Inge at 3rd, but I’m okay with that b/c of his defense.

    • Vince in MN

      July 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      Most defensive metrics indicate Inge is only average now, so he still may be in negative territory overall.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        July 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        Roger that. Good point.

  19. Vince in MN

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    OK, let’s hope the Big Potato doesn’t get peeled here.

  20. Vince in MN

    July 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Todd Jones LIVES!

  21. Coleman

    July 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Did you see the exasperated look Raburn gave to The Ghost on that fly ball? It was a bit like the look he gives the ump all those times he takes a called 3rd strike. Very unbecoming, especially from such a frequent clown show participant.

    • Mr. X

      July 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      I know that look.

  22. Kevin in Dallas

    July 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Tragedy in Arlington tonight. Let’s remember that it’s just a game.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/spor.....llpark.ece