Game 2011.126: Indians at Tigers
2-for-2, and a series sweep is looking good with Justin Verlander taking the mound–wait, what? An extra day’s rest? Oh, nevermind…
Well, the Inge call-up is looking like a bit of genius, isn’t it? I would have predicted that (although he was Player of the Pre-Game). And sure it was all in a blowout victory, but it was only 2-0 when he hit his HR, and 4-1 when he hit his double. If Inge can do this even a handful of times the rest of the season, it could make the Tigers pretty tough to take down in the Central.
Rick Porcello will man the broom and try to pretend it’s July, or even September. After a 5-0, 3.06 July, Porcello has gone 0-2, 8.44 for August.
Ubaldo Jimenez looks to win the re-match with Porcello (he gave up no earned runs in 8 innings for the victory), and to keep Cleveland from dropping to 4 1/2 games back.
In unrelated news, ESPN has a nice article about Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell in Arizona.
Player of the Pre-game: Alex Avila
He has caught 14 straight games, and is hitting .429 with a 1.269 OPS over the last 2 weeks, and .442 for the month of August. Last year Tiger catchers combined for a .223 BA and .624 OPS. Avila is making a huge difference this season.
Today’s New Standard RHP Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Delmon Young LF
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez DH
- Alex Avila C
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Betemit 3B
- Ramon Santiago 2B