Game 2011.142: Tigers at Indians

The Tigers go for fatality tonight to the tune of MK’s “Finish Him.”  Ubaldo Jimenez was good yesterday, but just not good enough.  Doug Fister posted a career high 13 Ks leading to an 80 Game Score (matching a career best) as he dominated the Indians.  The Tigers, whom generally received a yawn from the pundits shortly after the trade deadline, are now regarded as the trade deadline winner.  I think it’s safe to say that Fister, Betemit and Young were all wins.

The buzz in Cleveland is that the season is already over and according to Cool Standings, Detroit’s playoff odds are at 97%.  But a win tonight would make me feel much better about things.

Rick Porcello auditions for the final spot in the playoff rotation tonight (assuming we get there). His last one didn’t go so well.

A few notes:

- MLB.com’s contest insurance company is sweating this one out…some guy may beat the streak.
- Danny Worth called up today.  Look for him to make an appearance in a key situation that he’s not prepared or qualified for.

Jackson is tonight’s pre-game player of the game, as I don’t want to believe that regular AJax is back just yet.  He’s 4-14 lifetime off of Carmona.

Tonight’s Series Clinching Lineup

1. Jackson, CF
2. Dirks, RF
3. Young, LF
4. Cabrera, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Avila, C
7. Peralta, SS
8. Kelly, 3B
9. Santiago, 2B

20 Comments

  1. ouchudied

    September 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Well… this is a decent start to the game

  2. Andrew in Toronto

    September 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Looks like we’re showing some killer instinct tonight. Finish them! Hope Porcello is ready for it too!

  3. Vince in MN

    September 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    That was Young’s first BB as a Tiger.

    • ouchudied

      September 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Wow.

      • Vince in MN

        September 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm

        Yep, batting .300 with a .301 OBP at gametime – must be a HBP in there.

  4. Andrew in Toronto

    September 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Looks like a Cleveland pitching clown show. They are showing it’s over, like Chicago on Sunday.

    • Vince in MN

      September 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

  5. Vince in MN

    September 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I guess JaKson’s hot streak is over.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      September 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      I’m very concerned about this.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        September 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

        0-4 in the 5th. He may need a day off.

  6. Stormin Norman$

    September 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    i’m not watching the game, but i see where there is a 60% chance of rain in CLE tonight, and there are delays and/or its raining all over the east… any chance they won’t get in at least 5 innings tonight (because of the weather)?

  7. Vince in MN

    September 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Miggy closing the gap for BA lead – now at .332.

  8. jean

    September 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    did Mario just say what I thought he said, in response to Rod saying he had gone out to dinner with a gentleman and ‘no he didn’t pay’??

  9. Brenden

    September 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Oh man….Coke could ruin this….

    • Brenden

      September 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Scratch that, well done.

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    September 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Really pumped about that double by AJax. Good way to go out.

    JV tomorrow for the sweep. WOW.

  11. Brenden

    September 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Great win! Al was looking pretty good with the first two, but kinda fell apart…Perhaps he just needs to knock of the rust?

  12. Kevin in Dallas

    September 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    If you haven’t already – check out Nick D’s interviews with some Whitecaps players, including Nick Castellanos.

    http://www.detroittigersweblog.....nterviews/

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    September 7, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Did anyone else notice how deliberate and consistent Porcello’s delivery was? Wasn’t very fluid, but seemed to be the most repetitive that I can remember seeing in a while.

    • Vince in MN

      September 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Minor mechanical tweaks? If so, that would be great – it seems to have worked for Scherzer.