Game 2011.155: Tigers at Kansas City

The two headed monster of Scherzer Fister tries to get the Tigers back on track tonight against the Royals.  Has anyone worked out the playoff rotation yet?

I’m guessing Scherzer will go 4-5 tonight.  If he can qualify for a W, he can get to 15 wins for the season.

With a Rangers win yesterday, and a Yankees win this afternoon, a win tonight is as important as ever.  Though John Lowe made a compelling argument today that short of Tampa Bay sneaking into the WC, the Tigers would have the better rotation against their likely first round foe.

A few notes:
– ALCS tickets go on sale Monday at 1oam.  Prices range from $95 – $170.  Details here.
– With 3 more RBI, Cabrera will join 4 other Tigers with 100/100/100 RBI/Runs/Walks.  Any guesses?  Note, none of them have played in the last 4 decades.
– Since May 20th, Benoit has a 1.47 ERA and 45Ks in 43 IPs.

AJax is the Pregame Prediction for Post Game Player of the Game.  I really want him to heat up again, because when he gets on base, he scores.  And runs are good.

Don Kelly at 1B tonight, as Cabrera gets a rare rest.

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


  1. Coleman

    September 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Nice game picture

  2. Coleman

    September 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Well we may not get home field in the playoffs, but at least we won’t have to face the Royals.

  3. Brenden

    September 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    So….is our offense just taking this series off?

    • Vince in MN

      September 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      See post below.

  4. Vince in MN

    September 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Watch, as Leyland “tunes up” the team over the last 9 games.

  5. Brenden

    September 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    So….I guess Home Field Advantage isn’t important? No need to keep starters playing from getting rusty….

    • Vince in MN

      September 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      To paraphrase a line from ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’: “We don’t need no stinking home-field advantage.”

  6. Coleman

    September 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Great, now they bring me in, Tigers are doomed

  7. Brenden

    September 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    So….what exactly was the reason for working Fister and Scherzer today? Are any other playoff contenders doing this kind of madness? Aren’t they risking throwing off their routines?

    • Vince in MN

      September 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      See my above post.

  8. Coleman

    September 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Good call on the PH by the Smoking Man

  9. ouchudied

    September 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm


  10. Ryan

    September 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Lol, at the mention of Sean Casey. I still forget why we thought he was so great. He was a slick defender and a great guy, but he wasn’t even an upgrade over Chris Shelton.

    • ouchudied

      September 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Sean Casey’s swing was really ugly. It sucked.

  11. Andrew in Toronto

    September 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I don’t get pulling Fister after 39 pitches just so that Valverde can get an easy save.

    • Vince in MN

      September 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      It’s in THE BOOK.

      • Andrew in Toronto

        September 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

        Yeah, but… bringing a starting pitcher in to start the 6th inning to get schedules arranged for the playoffs is not a by-the-book situation.

        I know, I know, doesn’t matter…

        • Vince in MN

          September 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

          I guess that’s what makes Leyland such a great manager – you just never know what he is going to do. 😉

          • Kevin in Dallas

            September 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

            I’m guessing (hoping) that Fister threw an extended session before or after.

            • Andrew in Toronto

              September 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

              Yeah, Beck tweeted: 39 pitches for Fister tonight. He’s finishing out his pitch count in #Tigers bullpen.

    • Jeff Molby

      September 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Same reason you never pull a pitcher that’s throwing a no-hitter. Valverde is dancing with history; he’s earned every save opportunitity that the team can give him. If it were a 4 run lead, Fister would have finished the game.

  12. Vince in MN

    September 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    We only need to tie Texas to get home-field advantage due to our winning the season series against them, but I think their schedule is easier from here out. On the other hand, I don’t feel especially bad about starting the season in NY with Verlander and Fister, before coming back home. Also, it may be better to play a 5-game series vs the Yankees as opposed to a 7-game series.

  13. ouchudied

    September 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Also frustrating: Brandon McCarthy gets pulled after 79 pitches against the Rangers after 7 with a one run lead. Balfour enters and gives up two homers in the eighth to Kinsler and Hamilton.