Game 2011.161: Indians at Tigers
The Tigers take the field for game 161 a single game behind the Rangers for 1st round home field advantage in the ALDS. That’s nice to write. Because we hold the tiebreaker, our magic number is 3. The Rangers will have to lose at least once tonight or tomorrow.
Scherzer looks to notch win #15 tonight against Jeanmar Gomez. Scherzer has been up and down over the last month, including a season low 65 pitch outing when he gave up 7 earned against the Royals on August 29th. Scherzer has given up 5 ER or more in 1/4 of his 32 starts; but he’s give up 2 ER or fewer in 20 of his 32 starts. So he can be just as dazzling as he can be disappointing.
Betemit is back at 3B tonight. That’s nice to write as well.
Did you know? - If the Tigers’ pen gets a save in each of the next two games, that would beat out ’84 (51) as the most saves in franchise history?
Tonight’s Player of the Game Prediction is Austin Jackson. AJax bangs out two hits (one bunt and one XBH) and scores twice as he heats up for the playoffs.
Tonight’s Playoff Tune-Up Lineup:
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Wilson Betemit, 3B
3. Delmon Young, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Magglio Ordonez, RF
8. Jhonny Peralta, SS
9. Ryan Raburn, 2B