A few numbers for you guys…
14, .5, 10, 3. Answers at the end.
JV takes on Masterson for the sweep. Is there any question that it’s going to happen? I can actually see the momentum. It looks like this – Phil Coke throwing breaking ball after breaking ball for 4 strikeouts in 5 batters. Delmon Young working a walk. AJax ripping a double in the 8th. Rick P recording 13 out of 19 ground outs.
Chris Singleton on MLB tv postulated last night that perhaps the Tigers are peaking too early. I don’t buy that because they’ve had extended winning streaks this season, and Porcello, Scherzer and Fister all have track records of outstanding pitching ability. I think the real difference is that the lineup chaos has been thwarted. The Tigers are getting production from the least productive spots, and that in turn allows Cabrera, Martinez, Avila and Peralta to be even more productive. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but it seems like Ordonez, Inge and Guillen have seen the least number of at bats during this win streak relative to everyone else.
I know that we had a 7 game lead around this time 2 years ago, but that was the Twins chasing us. This year we have momentum.
The Freep has some really cool stats this morning regarding historical consecutive win streaks for Tigers pitchers, check out the absurd number of complete games those guys were throwing back then.
Magic number. Games behind the Rangers for the #2 seed and home field advantage. JV going for his 10th consecutive win. Triple Crown.
Today’s Double Sweep Lineup:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Rhymes, 2B
3. Dirks, LF
4. Cabrera, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Avila, C
7. Betemit, 3B
8. Kelly, RF
9. Santiago, SS