Game 2012.103: Tigers at Red Sox

Detroit Tigers, 54-48, 2nd place, 1.5 back.

The Tigers, who were a Peralta away from being swept by the Blue Jays, will stay East and try the Red Sox for a 3-game set that ends Wednesday night on ESPN.

Even though the Tigers have started strong in the 2nd half (10-6), they have still been a bit of an offensive jugger-not.  They are batting .257 as a team since the break (.269 before), with a bit less power (.400 SLG vs .420 first half).

Maybe Fenway will perk them up:  Detroit hit .296 in its first 4-game series there, smashed 6 home runs, and scored 18.

If the suddenly-consistent Max Scherzer has another outing like his last, they may not need much offense.  Scherzer now is 5-1, 2.54 over his last 7 starts, with 54 Ks and only 14 walks, although he has given up a home run in 4 consecutive starts.

Stat of the Day: Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn are batting a combined .000 at Fenway in 2012. The bar is low for Infante.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Jhonny Peralta.  The H-Factor already has 2 home runs at Fenway this season.  Can he do it 2 games in a row?

Today’s Leftist Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Quintin Berry LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Brennan Boesch RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Omar Infante 2B


  1. Vince in MN

    July 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    0 for 3 RISP so far.

    • Coleman

      July 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      I prefer to think of it as a Rangers-Like Offense.

      • Coleman

        July 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        Except, you know, with the GIDP accessory.

  2. kw

    July 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I’m predicting a big game for Infante. “He’s due!”

  3. Vince in MN

    July 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Delmon Young, your clutch No. 5 DH.

  4. Coleman

    July 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I’m predicting we will wish Delmon Young came down with the flu today.

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    July 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Too many strikeouts.

    • Coleman

      July 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      He could’ve used 1 more.

  6. Coleman

    July 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    OK, there’s the obligatory home run, at least that’s out of the way.

  7. mcb

    July 30, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    When is Dirks back? And is it me or should Laird play more?


      July 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      He is batting below the Mendoza line at Toledo.


    July 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    You can at least say that the Tigers are consistent ….. consistently swinging at pitches way out of the strike zone!

  9. mcb

    July 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Ha, Avila right on cue.

  10. Vince in MN

    July 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    And Leyland wakes up.

  11. Vince in MN

    July 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    This is looking like the same lethargic bunch that sleep-walked its way through May and into June.


      July 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      The bats have gone back into hibernation.

  12. mcb

    July 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I’m amazed at how many of these guys insist on pulling the ball. Use the whole field!

    • Vince in MN

      July 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      The seduction of the Green Monster.

  13. Vince in MN

    July 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    With Young, Boesch and Peralta, I’m predicting a 1,2,3 ninth on less than 10 pitches

    • Coleman

      July 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      A lead off walk to Delmon Young…this is NOT what one wants to start off the 9th…very Papa Grande…

  14. jud

    July 31, 2012 at 12:31 am

    if Young..Peralta…Boesch and Avila went to the plate with no bat in their hands they might just get on base more that 2 out of 15 at bats

  15. jud

    July 31, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Last 7 game totals for Boesch~Peralta~Avila~Young
    2/13..2 r..2rbi
    3/15..1 r..1rbi

    Rayburn isn’t going to be the reason the Tigers lose the
    ALCentral the reasons will be Avila…Young..Peralta.. and Boesch

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  17. Vince in MN

    July 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Basically, the Tigers just don’t do very well outside of the Central:
    This year: 33-33
    Last year: 45-45

    On the bright side, the WSox are doing approximately the same. The division title will likely come down to those head-to-head games with the Sox. After that, if the Tigers take the division, Fate (or if you prefer, Luck) will probably decide how far they go in the playoffs.

    The little things, like baserunning, plate discipline, fielding (this is actually a big thing, but they treat it like it isn’t veery important), and coaching acumen, add up over a 162-game schedule and become even more important in a short post-season series (e,g, pitchers fielding in ’06 Series.) As a team, most of the fine points of play and strategy are a negative for them, has been for quite some time (e.g. pitcher fielding), and is unlikely to change any time soon. But I guess we can still wish them Good Luck.

  18. jkl

    July 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

    14-13 against East.Only team in the central over 500

  19. StorminNorman$

    July 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

    apparently any hopes for a VMart return this season may be dwindling

    • Vince in MN

      July 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Soriano, huh. Panic creeping in? It’s taken almost 100 games to admit they need major upgrades at 2B, OF and DH (I’ll give them a pass on C and SS.) And then there is the bench.