Game 2012.79: Tigers at Rays

Detroit Tigers, 38-40, 4 games behind Chicago.

Is it time to move Austin Jackson back in the lineup?

AJax continues to impress, still leading the Tigers in batting average (.326), on base percentage (.408) and OPS (.945), and only a few points behind Cabrera in slugging percentage (.537 to .541).

With runners in scoring position, the big bat in the Tiger lineup is not Miguel Cabrera, and not Prince Fielder, but Austin Jackson, who is hitting .372 with an OPS of 1.212 with RISP, with 3 HR and 29 RBI.  Cabrera is at a healthy .368/.966, also with 3 HR and 41 RBI–but he has had the advantage of twice as many plate appearances with RISP as Jackson has had (103 vs 56) because of Jackson’s spot in the lineup.

Jackson came up big again last night with 2 out and 2 on, and put the game away with a rare multi-run home run against Pine Tar Peralta.

The win last night means that the Tigers still have a chance to hit the halfway point of the season above .500, but they will have to win today to do it.

That task will fall to Drew Smyly, who after a blistering start, has had a string of rather ordinary outings.  There was nothing ordinary about the last start of his opponent, Alex Cobb.  In what coach Joe Maddon called a “heroic” performance, Cobb pitched a complete game against the Royals–an 8-run, 13-hit complete game. Let’s hope there is more of that heroism this afternoon.

Stat of the Day: Over his last 2 starts Rick Porcello has an ERA of 0.69, and a WHIP of an even 1.000.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Raburn, Kelly, and Santiago, who between them will find some way of getting a runner or two into scoring position for Austin Jackson

Today’s Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Don-Kelly Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Quintin Berry LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Alex Avila C
  7. Ryan Raburn 2B
  8. Don Kelly RF
  9. Ramon Santiago SS


  1. Vince in MN

    July 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    In his last 7 starts Smily has given up 29 runs in 34 innings, which is far from ordinary. I’d call it very bad. We are looking at the very likely need for a new #5 starter.

    He isn’t helping himself so far today either.

  2. Vince in MN

    July 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Kelly should be kicked out of the B.O.O.B.s club.

    • Coleman

      July 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Santiago is in.

      • Coleman

        July 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        I guess I jinxed Jackson though.

        • Vince in MN

          July 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

          Right about Cabrera though – at least so far today.

  3. Coleman

    July 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Delmon was totally cheated out of a GIDP there.

  4. Vince in MN

    July 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Pathetic. Without the help from Conrad, they come up with nothing that inning.

  5. Coleman

    July 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    OK, let’s try this again.

    • Coleman

      July 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      And Delmon gets another shot at the GIDP.

  6. Coleman

    July 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    OK, now we’re talking, Double R3L2O success!

  7. Vince in MN

    July 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    The expected implosion arrives.

  8. Coleman

    July 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    OK, Kelly back in the B.O.O.B.s club.

  9. Vince in MN

    July 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I would feel very confident in a bullpen that had both Villarreal and a healthy Al-b-KK for the late innings.

  10. Vince in MN

    July 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Raburn has a 5-game hitting streak.

  11. Vince in MN

    July 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Why Coke? Was Villarreal tired after 12 pitches?

  12. Kevin in Dallas

    July 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Leylands manual clearly says your 6th inning guy must be different than your 7th inning guy.

  13. Vince in MN

    July 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Joe Vaseline, I mean Valverde, in for the save.

  14. Sean

    July 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Maybe it is time to flip cabby and let him protect Fielder. Maybe a lineup like this, Berry, Jackson, Fielder, Cabrera, Boesch, Young, Avila, Peralta, Santiago.

    Might get more out of fielder and cabby seems to produce regardless of who hits behind him.

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