Game 2011.99: Tigers at Twins

Whatever spell the Twins had cast over the Tigers in recent years seems to have been broken.  Last night’s 6-2 victory over Minnesota–with old nemesis Carl Pavano on the mound–was the 10th straight for Detroit in the rivalry, and also brings their record against Central Division rivals to a division best 20-10.

Justin Verlander did what Verlander does, showing that his previous rough outing was just one of those things, and for now the 2nd-half-collapse-panic can be shelved. Verlander struck out 9 in 8 innings, and walked nobody.  In fact this is the 3rd time in the past 5 games a Tiger starter gave up no walks.  Is this a Jeff Jones thing?

Tonight’s matchup features Max Scherzer of the improbable won-loss record (10-5, 4.53) vs Brian Duensing (7-7, 4.14), who has won his last 3 starts.

Newest Tiger Wilson Betemit tries to follow up on a record-setting debut which saw him shatter the Detroit baseball-skipping record with his 11-hop throw in the 9th.  Victor Martinez, meanwhile, will try not to continue his GIDP hot streak–Martinez has grounded into 5 double plays already since the All-Star break.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Alex Avila

Avila is the subject of a nice profile piece on the ESPN site.

Today’s Raburn’s Batting Where? Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Ryan Raburn LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera DH
  5. Victor Martinez 1B
  6. Jhonny Peralta SS
  7. Carlos Guillen 2B
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Wilson Betemit 3B


  1. Mr. X

    July 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm


  2. Coleman

    July 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    See what I mean about Raburn batting 2nd? He should be hitting 4th.

  3. Angus

    July 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Ol Smoky should put some $$ on a good horse tonight.

    • Coleman

      July 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Or on a horse that almost always runs out of the money, sometimes dumps his jockey off, and every once in awhile wins at long odds. Ideally it will be named Neighburn.

  4. Coleman

    July 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm


    • tbran in Troy

      July 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      You may be on to something but even if Beteminge’s BA drops 50 points he is still an upgrade over KBinge

      • Vince in MN

        July 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        Unless his fielding average drops another 50 points too – could happen.

    • Vince in MN

      July 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Aubrey Beteminge? I hope not.

  5. Angus

    July 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm


  6. Mr. X

    July 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm


  7. Kevin in Dallas (in Vegas)

    July 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Lions odds to win the NFC at the Aria book are 6-1…same as Cowboys, Falcons, Saints and Giants. Packers, Eagles and Bears are slightly better.

  8. Mr. X

    July 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Jhonny be good!

  9. tbran in Troy

    July 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm


    • Vince in MN

      July 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      1-man wrecking crew tonight.

  10. Kevin in Dallas (in Vegas)

    July 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Holy cow hitting is fun. Or looks like fun on TV.

    • Mr. X

      July 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      We absolutely routed the Twins. 11 wins in a row against them! Stretching out our 1st place lead too!