Game 2011.153: Tigers at A’s

A bit of  post-celebration malaise perhaps?  At any rate, the Tigers are in danger of losing their first series since approximately the invention of styrofoam.

Magglio Ordonez continued his September surge with 3 more hits, raising his September batting average to .464.  Seriously.

Taking the mound today at the absurdly named Coliseum (shouldn’t Bud Selig be doing something about that?) is Justin Verlander, looking for win 24, and his 12th consecutive start, which no Tiger has ever done.  He will also be competing against the Sports Illustrated jinx–this is his first start since appearing on the cover.

Best Record Standings:

NY Yankees      91  59 

Detroit Tigers     88  64   4

Boston Red Sox 87  64  4 1/2

Texas Rangers   87  65   5

Player of the Pre-Game: Justin Verlander

Verlander is Justin Time with a good outing to save his #1 spot in the rotation (relax, just playing here).

Today’s Verlander’s-Pitching-So-It-Doesn’t-Matter Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Carlos Guillen, 2B
  8. Andy Dirks, RF
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS



  1. Mark

    September 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Jackson! And I was thinking he should bunt for base hit…

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    September 19, 2011 at 12:52 am

    This is fun.

  3. Stormin Norman$

    September 19, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Verlander is THE MAN!

  4. Andrew in Toronto

    September 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Cabrera is only one hit behind Gonzalez in the batting title race (.333 vs .331) and trails only Bautista in OPS. It’s silly that nobody’s really talking about him for MVP at all.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      Good observations Andrew. Perhaps Cabrera can make his mark in the playoffs? (I know, I know, MVP is not supposed to be judged during post season. However ask Austin Jackson about last year’s Rookie of the Year votes!).