Game 2011.159: Orioles at Tigers

The Tigers try to even the series with Baltimore using the time-tested strategy of starting Brad Penny in a day game.  In theory, he could even show that he is worth keeping on the playoff roster.

Player of the Pre-Game: Brandon Inge

You wouldn’t think it, but Inge is actually hitting .355 since his return from Toledo.

Today’s Who’s-At-Third 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. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B



  1. Mark

    September 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Did Betemit get DFA’d or something? I thought we traded for him.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      Betemit is scheduled to play on Monday, 26SEP11. I hope the final three games will be a tune up for him for the playoffs.

      I enjoyed hearing Rod and Mario talk about all the scouts at the game. I hope they walked away and told their clubs that the Tigers are a TEAM with everyone stepping up for batting, pitching or fielding. If one goes array, somebody covers. Meanwhile the catayst is set around Carbera with Martinez safely backing him up. Oh….and then their are hitters such as Avila, Peralta, Young, Ordonez, and Betemit along with an added a spark and flash from Kelly and Raburn. Did I also tell you that Jackson can field?
      BTW, I was looking at my season journal and noticed that Avila batted 9th on opening day. What a long way he has come on his breakout season!

  2. Andrew in Toronto

    September 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Cabrera is now hitting .340, and he is one of only two people with OPS over 1.000.

    For people who don’t want to vote for a pitcher for MVP, he’s got a pretty good argument over the New York and Boston guys.

    • Vince in MN

      September 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Winning the batting title would give him a big boost. He seems to be in the zone right now and is finishing very strong. He leads the Tigers in almost all offensive categories and has only missed 1 game.

  3. Andrew in Toronto

    September 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Betemit hurt his knee sliding into home a week+ ago. Should be back soon.

    • Vince in MN

      September 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      I think Kelly + Inge is the new platoon. Besides, Kelly can bat 2nd, and that is a very important considration in the Leyland scheme of things.

  4. Vince in MN

    September 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Penny gets lit up by the AA part of the Orioles lineup.

  5. Vince in MN

    September 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    By the way, Inge is hitting .254 since his return from Toledo (15 for 59).

    • Vince in MN

      September 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Check that, 15 for 51 (before today) = .294

      • Coleman

        September 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        My fact checker is so fired.

  6. Andrew in Toronto

    September 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Hopefully that’s Brad Penny’s last pitch in a Tiger uniform.

    He ate some innings. Some innings ate him. But we can do better next season…

    At least he has a chance to go out with a .500 record

    • Vince in MN

      September 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Some team will see that 11-11 record and think “he had a pretty good season.” Hopefully it isn’t the Tigers! We need to replace him with a good (mid-rotation at least) lefty and move Porcello down to No. 5.

  7. Vince in MN

    September 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I have no room on my playoff roster for any pitcher whose last name begins with a P ends in a y.

    • ouchudied

      September 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      I’m thinking that one of the Perry, Penny, and Pauley trio would make the playoff roster.

  8. Vince in MN

    September 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Batting leaders
    1. Mi Cabrera .341 (2 for 3 today)
    2. A. Gonzalez .338 (0 for 4 today – 1st game)
    3. M. Young .338 (not in starting lineup today)

  9. Andrew in Toronto

    September 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Three games left to gain one on Texas. Hope we can do it!