Game 2011.134: Royals at Tigers

by Kevin in Dallas on August 29, 2011 · 19 comments

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The Tigers return home from a rather memorable road trip on the heels of a rather forgettable loss to the Twins.  I found this in an MLB.com story today:

“Despite the loss, the Tigers still finished 5-2 on the trip.  Over seven games, the Tigers’ pitching staff posted a 3.16 ERA, while the starters went 5-1 with a 3.37 ERA. Entering Sunday’s game, the Tigers had a 1.84 ERA through the first six games of the trip, including the starters with a 2.15 ERA.”

The Royals come to town for 4, and open up a Tigers homestand in the middle of a 19 game AL Central only stretch.  The White Sox will round out the homestand this weekend.

Hochevar has been pretty good as of late, posting 4 QS in his last 6 outings.  This is his 4th start against the Tigers this season.  He’s 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA, including 6 earned in 3 1/2 in early July in Detroit.  Cabby is a lifetime .480 hitter off of Hochevar with 2 bombs, I’m looking for him to get to 5 today.

Max Scherzer toes the slab in an effort to get his ERA below 4.20 for the first time since May.  Scherzer has had two streaks of 5 QS this season, let’s get one started tonight to carry us through September.

A few notes:

- Jacob Turner is going to get a “spot” start on Thursday so that JV can get an extra day of rest.  I’m guessing that this is an audition for the “5th spot”.
- Did you know that a recent SI poll of ML players ranked Leyland as the 3rd skipper on the list of managers that they would like to play for?
- Guillen will start a rehab stint in Toledo tonight.  Not sure if this is a good thing.
- Raburn and Boesch are still day to day with sore fingers.  Boesch needs to get healthy soon before JL gets any ideas.

Tonight’s Lineup:

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
3. Delmon Young, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Wilson Betemit, 3B
9. Don Kelly, RF

 
 

{ 19 comments }

Brenden August 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I get nervous when we start falling behind KC in September. The Tigers have a way of letting KC ruin the end of the season.

Vince in MN August 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I get nervous when Scherzer, Porcello or Penny take the mound against any team. I’m guessing Texas, NY and Boston also get nervous at the prosepct, but it is probably a different kind of nervous.

Vince in MN August 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I read somewhere a couple of years ago that the average IQ of a professional baseball player was about 84.

Brenden August 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

What the heck is going on with this team? Are you going to get consecutive pitching meltdowns? We’ve gotta beat KC!

Brenden August 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Wow….that was great…

Chris August 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Giavotella is today’s Luke Hughes

Brenden August 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

No…The Kansas City Royals are today’s Luke Hughes.

Brenden August 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm

This team is so bi-polar… How can this team shut down a team like Tampa Bay in Tampa, but get pounded by KC in their own park!?!?!? Every year KC plays a spoiler for the Tigers!

Vince in MN August 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Courageous move by Leyland to pull Scherzer. Max probably doesn’t like him any more now.

Vince in MN August 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

League average ERA is 3.92.
Verlander 2.38
Fister 3.45
Scherzer 4.52
Porcello 5.01
Penny 5.07

Kevin in Dallas August 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Turner starting on Thurs…

Andrew in Toronto August 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

At one point early in the season I thought we might have one of the best rotations in the league!

Chris August 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I’ll be happy and relieved if this team wins the central. As far as I’m concered, this team is hugely flawed and their record is an overachievement.

Brenden August 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Yup..it is consecutive pitching staff blowups. This team really knows how to win a division…not…

Chris August 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

It’s making me insane to see the bottom of the order, AGAIN, being this impossible to get outs.
WTF!

Brenden August 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Don’t worry, the Tigers bottom of the order will go quietly.

Stormin Norman$ August 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

CLE just won 2-1 over OAK, and CWS leading 1-0 against the (depleted) Twinkies in the 8th.

Jacob Turner could be auditioning for the #2 or #3 starter spot – based on the inconsistency of the non-Verlander starters.

Knowing the Tigers, its going to be interesting pretty much all the way to 9/30.

Brenden August 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

So…what are the odds that we lose the division on the last day of the season again? Twice that has happened since 2006.

TSE August 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

About 20%.

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