Detroit Tigers, 26-31, 6 games behind Chicago.
Day-to-Day injuries: 2 (Benoit,
Laird). 15-Day DL: 4 (Jackson, Fister, Avila, Dirks).
The Tigers hop on the bus and ride their 1-game winning streak south to Cincinnati, where they will engage in a 3-game Sparky Bowl series with the Reds.
The Reds have taken over first in the Other Central, led by MLB Most Valuable Player Joey Votto (if you take WAR rating as a guide), who failed to get the memo about how performance should tail off after signing a huge contract.
The Reds will be facing Rick Porcello, who tries to follow up an a good 1-run, 6 inning outing against New York. The Reds will counter with Mat Latos, who they received this offseason from the Padres in exchange for Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal, and Brad Boxberger. Just wanted to type those names.
So here is today’s challenge. In Jim Leyland’s future career as a singer, his signature song will be: ______.
In other news, Detroit won’t have Omir Santos to kick around anymore: he has refused his assignment to Toledo and is now a free agent.
Stat of the Day: Something is foul here. The Tigers lead the AL in the propensity to foul off pitches: 29% of the team strikes are from foul balls. I have a feeling this is a good thing, although I can’t quite articulate why.
Tonight’s Player of the Pre-game: Rick Porcello. Rick Porcello and his .250 career average gladly grabs some lumber and helps his own cause.
Tonight’s Un-Designated Lineup