Game 2012.39: Pirates at Tigers
Detroit Tigers, 18-20, tied with Pittsburgh Pirates.
Yeah, I know.
But Justin Verlander needs no introduction; Justin Verlander needs no bullpen; and Justin Verlander needs no Game Post photo.
Verlander by the way, is one of 4 pitchers who have gone at least 6 innings in 50 or more consecutive starts. The others are Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, and Catfish Hunter.
Tonight is one of those great home interleague games, where the AL team has a huge advantage because of the DH rule. Detroit runs out Delmon Young, who is putting up a .226 BA (.599 OPS), and the Pirates are stuck with Josh Harrison in the DH spot (.256, .711). Haha, take that NL!
For what it’s worth, The Beekeeper says that Tiger fans have a right to be upset.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Prince Fielder. Fielder has broken out of his 0-23 slump in a big way, and is batting .489 lifetime against pitchers named Charlie. (OK, I might have made up the last part).
Tonight’s Megatron (hands back, Calvin!) Lineup:
- Don Kelly CF
- Andy Dirks LF
- Miguel Cabrera 3B
- Prince Fielder 1B
- Delmon Young DH
- Alex Avila C
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Ryan Raburn 2B