Game 2011.146: Twins at Tigers

Smokin’ September continues. as the Tigers extend their win streak to 8 games, the longest September win streak since the magical 1984 season.

The last time through the Tiger rotation Fister, Porcello, and Scherzer were all better than Verlander, and with Alburquerque back the pitching staff looks in top form right now.

Tonight Doug Fister takes the mound with a fist full of broom as Detroit goes for the Three-Sweep. It’s too bad the Royals aren’t up next.

Magic Number:  9
Division Series tickets go on sale Monday 10 am.

Player of the Pre-game: Brandon Inge. Inge has the best walkoff to home run ratio in the majors.

Today’s Avila-Gets-A-Day-Off Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Omir Santos, C


  1. Vince in MN

    September 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    What, no JaKKson POG? He could use a little comeback practice himself. After the hot streak he is 2 for 22 with 2 BB and 10 K in last 5 games.

    Tigers go for win no. 14 vs the Twins this year – when was the last time that happened?

    By the way, corrected lineup:
    Austin Jackson, CF
    Magglio Ordonez, RF
    Delmon Young, LF
    Miguel Cabrera, 1B
    Victor Martinez, DH
    Ryan Raburn 2B
    Jhonny Peralta, SS
    Brandon Inge, 3B
    Omir Santos, C

    This could be a case where Fister gets little run support, but I guess he is used to it.

    • Coleman

      September 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks, added Raburn in behind Martinez. I think I subconsciously rejected that one.

  2. Vince in MN

    September 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Gameday had Butera popping out softly to 2B. Yahoo had him lining out to 2B. Who do you believe?

  3. Vince in MN

    September 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    According to Gameday, the home plate umpire sucks today.

  4. Mark

    September 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Gameday. It was a pop up off the handle of the bat. Didn’t have much altitude though. Maybe it was a slow motion liner.

  5. Vince in MN

    September 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    For what it’s worth, Maggs has an 11 game hitting streak now.

  6. Vince in MN

    September 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    If a guy strikes out 4 times in a game and gets a Golden Sombrero, what does he get if he hits into 4 DP?

    • Coleman

      September 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Golden Girdle

      • Vince in MN

        September 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

        I thought that was from All-Star Wrestling.

      • Vince in MN

        September 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        And the winner is…..

  7. Vince in MN

    September 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I don’t understand the logic of replacing Maggs for a defensive replacement in the top of the 7th, when he is due up 2nd in the bottom on the inning. If JL wanted to replace him after 3 AB, he should have pinch run for him after his walk in the 5th.

    • Vince in MN

      September 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Never mind. I just checked the How to Manage Book, and right there on page 2 it says: Rule 1.2: “If you are ahead by 1 run or more in the 7th ining, you must put in your defensive replacements.”

  8. Coleman

    September 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm


  9. Vince in MN

    September 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Yet another 1-run win.

  10. Andrew in Toronto

    September 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    This is like 1984, but in reverse. We’re 19-4 since Aug 18.

    Our starting rotation (at least the top 4), our bullpen, and our offence are all working so well right now!

  11. Andrew in Toronto

    September 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    By the way, the Tigers have now been in first place 65 days this season. So, Leyland has now had the Tigers in first for 408 days since he joined the franchise. That puts him ahead of Hughie Jennings (406) for most days in first as a Tigers manager. He still hasn’t actually finished a season in first, but looks like that’s just a few weeks away.

  12. Andrew in Toronto

    September 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    White Sox lost: magic number is 7

    Red Sox lost: we’re only 1 game back from 2nd place in the AL

  13. Stormin Norman$

    September 12, 2011 at 7:58 am

    For home advantage in the first round of the playoffs, the Tigers need to finish ahead of the Rangers (or Angels)… it would be nice to finish with a better record than the red sox also, but the wild card cannot have the home field advantage.

    • Andrew in Toronto

      September 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

      You’re right. I was thinking of the second round. But if we have a better record than the Sox, we have to play them in the first round.

      Oh well, I guess we’ll have to finish higher than the Yankees. We’re just 4.5 back from them…