Game 2011.156: Orioles at Tigers

The Tigers try to keep pace with the Texas Rangers for 2nd-best AL record, and try to take one last look this season at what rookie prospect Jacob Turner has to show.  Turner will be pitching to his old Mudhen buddy, Omir Santos.

The Orioles will be no pushovers;  in fact they just finished throwing a monkey wrench in the wild card plans of the Red Sox, taking the series with them after a series win against Tampa Bay which similarly wrenched their plans.  The Orioles have played the Tigers even so far this season, splitting the 6 games they have played.

To make things even more difficult, the Tigers have to face the dreaded Rookie Pitcher Guy They’ve Never Seen, this one named Zach Britton (10-10, 4.28).

Jim Leyland has clarified the playoff rotation (inasmuch as anything is clear with him).  Verlander will not pitch on short rest;  he will start games 1 and 5 (regardless of opponent), Fister game 2.

Player of the Pre-Game: Ryan Raburn

Raburn continues his typical September surge:  he is hitting .367 for the month and leading the team in OPS with 1.158

Today’s Omir-Goodness 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. ouchudied

    September 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Oakland A’s – 4
    Texas Rangers – 3

    1/2 game lead over the Rangers heading into tonight.

  2. Stormin Norman$

    September 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    …and with that SO, Mr Inge, i’d like to introduce you to Mr Mendoza

    • ouchudied

      September 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      And he got there with his patented check-swing strikeout. He couldn’t have written the script better himself.

    • Vince in MN

      September 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Like the old saying goes, “Mendoza taught Inge everything he knows, and he still doesn’t know anything.”

  3. ouchudied

    September 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Gosh darnit.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    September 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Remember, we have the tiebreaker with the Rangers.

  5. Vince in MN

    September 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Kind of a throw away game today, running Turner out there to “see what he’s got.” Well, not much, as he is clearly not ready, but then I think we already knew that. With Penny going Sunday, that game may be a giveaway too.

    • Andrew in Toronto

      September 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Yeah, it is easy to say now, but what Leyland should have done was start Fister on Wednesday, Scherzer yesterday, and Turner in place of Penny.

      We didn’t really need to give up a quality start from Fister just to get him ahead of Scherzer in the rotation. We had an off-day Monday, so he could have gone on normal 5 days rest and Scherzer would have been on 7.

      Oh well. 6 games left, let’s win them.

      • Vince in MN

        September 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        That’s what I would have done too – simple.

    • The Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      It might have been a different game if Cabrera, in the second inning, slid at home instead of getting tagged out. The on-deck batter wasn’t in position to give Cabrera the slide signal. I guess he didn’t want to block Rod’s and Mario’s view? However that run and extra out could have made a big difference in the final score.