Game 2011.144: Twins at Tigers
The Tigers have roared into September with consecutive series sweeps against their closest division rivals, and now head back to Comerica with a chance for the Three-Sweep against the struggling Twins.
Tonight’s game features the epic pitching matchup of Slowey and Slower.
The Tigers, perhaps in the spirit of sportsmanship, will lead off the series with Brad Penny, who has given up 15 runs (and 5 HRs) in his last 10 innings. At least they are finally using him in a night game.
The Twins go with Kevin Slowey, making his 4th start after missing 2 months with an abdominal strain. He had a good last outing against the Angels, giving up only 2 runs in 7 innings, but got the loss, because that’s life on the Twins right now–Slowey has gotten just 3 runs of offensive support in his last 4 starts.
And just for fun, ESPN’s Aaron Boone’s power rankings has the Tigers as the #2 team in MLB right now, behind the Phillies.
Magic Number: 12. Division Series tickets go on sale Monday 10 am.
Player of the Pre-Game: Austin Jackson.
Since I last put the pre-game focus on Jackson, he has gone 2-for-16. This constitutes an un-jinxing. In games in which AJax scores a run, the Tigers have a .730 winning percentage.
Today’s Three-Sweep Lineup:
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Magglio Ordonez, RF
- Delmon Young, LF
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Alex Avila, C
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Wilson Betemit, 3B
- Ramon Santiago, 2B