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:

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  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. Ramon Santiago, 2B

 

30 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    September 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Who is this Ordonez guy batting 2nd?

  2. Coleman

    September 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    It appears the tarp is off

  3. Coleman

    September 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Comment on Beck’s Blog: “Or as the man said, tonight’s it’s Slowey vs Slower.”
    So now I’m The Man…don’t you forget it.

    • ouchudied

      September 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      I notice how ‘the man’ wasn’t capitalized on Beck’s blog, but you made sure to capitalize it when you referred to ‘The Man’ as yourself. Nice.

      • Coleman

        September 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

        Ouch…or would that be “ouch?”

        • ouchudied

          September 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm

          Touche.

  4. Vince in MN

    September 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Nighttime Penny looks like daytime Penny to me.

    Note to DD and JL: Just Say No.

    • Vince in MN

      September 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      I think Slowey and Blowey is more appropriate.

      • Vince in MN

        September 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        With Slowey and Blowey, just say No -ey.

      • Vince in MN

        September 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        JaKson hot streak definitely over.

  5. Steve

    September 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Two more hits and this is UG-ly

  6. Coleman

    September 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Brutal Brutus

  7. Chris

    September 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Wow! Is Penny completely worthless, or what? He’s struggling to a weak Twins lineup, as if were murderer’s row.

    • ouchudied

      September 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      I can’t wait until the calendar turns to October and we don’t have to watch him pitch anymore.

      • Vince in MN

        September 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

        Hopefully when the calendar turns to Sept 10 we won’t have to watch him pitch anymore.

  8. ouchudied

    September 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Avila is the man. That is all I have to add.

  9. Chris

    September 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Let’s hope we don’t see Penny on the mound in October. Because the only role I can see him in is mop-up duty where the Tigers are down big.

  10. Scott

    September 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    isn’t there a clause in Penny’s contract: “If you suck, and we determine we made a mistake, we can release you”….I know there is; all contracts have it in there somewhere. Well, the first portion has been met………he sucks. The second portion has never been in doubt in my mind…….a serious mistake from the start. So…..what about portion #3 there DD?

  11. tbran in Troy

    September 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Nice one Betterthaninge!

  12. tbran in Troy

    September 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Unbelievably, Brutus is back in the running to win this game.

    • Coleman

      September 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Leyland is a genius. This starting Penny to practice big comebacks thing will pay off later

      • tbran in Troy

        September 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

        You have exposed his evil genius.

      • Vince in MN

        September 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        As long as he continues to face AAA lineups anyway. Unfortunately, his “resurgence” since the 1st inning will likely guarantee his continued spot on the rotation for the remainder of the season and possibly (NO NO NO) at least a staff spot in the playoffs.

  13. Coleman

    September 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Betterthanraburn Santiago!

  14. Vince in MN

    September 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Nice one Betterthanguillenraburnetc.
    Ramon sucessfully auditioning for the starting 2B spot for he playoffs.

  15. Chris

    September 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Well, I’ve got to give props to Brutis. Nice recovery and some good innings.

  16. Vince in MN

    September 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Schlereth has been pretty reliable lately.

  17. Vince in MN

    September 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    How do we feel about a Betemit/Inge platoon for a full season? Since Inge is already paid for for ’12….

  18. Vince in MN

    September 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Caught a break there – Benson swung at ball 3.

  19. Stormin Norman$

    September 10, 2011 at 9:52 am

    http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/.....eedID=5930
    Interesting story involving Brad Thomas, Michael Cuddyer and 9/11 – and how Cuddyer saved Thomas’ life