Game 2012.85: Royals at Tigers

Detroit Tigers, 42-42, 4 1/2 games behind Chicago.

Today the Tigers have a chance to win 4 in a row, which they last did when their starting second baseman was named Brandon Inge (April 15-18), and would tie their longest winning streak of the season.  Indicators are positive: the April 4-game winning streak was also against the Royals.

The Tigers will send Doug “Five-Inning” Fister out to the mound, who seems to have misplaced his fastball velocity when he returned from the DL.  The Royals counter with their lefty-du-jour, sometimes troublesome Bruce Chen (3-1, 3.00 in his last 4 vs. Detroit).


The player of the game last night was Drew Smyly, who once again struggled after the 4th inning, but pulled it together, clowns be damned. And what a first 4 innings those were: Smyly struck out 9 batters, and only gave up 2 singles and no walks.  The Royals seemed to have no idea what he was throwing.  Was it a new pitch?

Or maybe he was just trying to impress Kate Upton. Yes, apparently Miss Upton has jumped on the Tiger bandwagon now that they are a .500 club.  Her appearance at Comerica last night set off a Twitter firestorm.

Personally, I have more important things to worry about.  Like these 4:00 starts.  When they do day/night game splits, they count as day games.  But don’t you think there are players who struggle in early day games, but do perfectly fine in 4:00 games? Should there be a 3rd category in the splits? Who has time for supermodel gossip when there are issues like this at hand?


Stat of the Day: The Tigers have attempted 41 stolen bases this season (33 successful), the lowest number of attempts in all of MLB.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Gerald Laird.  The Royals like to run, and like to get caught–22 times in 75 attempts.  Laird obliges, and also nails Prince Fielder with a pickoff throw as retribution for the black eye Fielder gave him.

Today’s Winning Record Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Quintin Berry LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Ryan Raburn RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Ramon Santiago 2B
  9. Gerald Laird C


  1. Brenden

    July 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    So, what is going on with Fister? He has been absolutely ineffective since returning from the DL. Any thoughts that he is actually still injured?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Someone posted after his last start that his velocity is down 2-3 miles. If that’s the case, I think that’s the difference right there. Not only is his FB easier to hit, but he’s likely over-thinking location b/c of the reduced speed, and thus is having a tougher time with his control.

  2. Coleman

    July 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Nice job by Peralta admiring his not-a-home-run.

  3. Coleman

    July 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Ah yes, the wonders of the Non-save Valverde….

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    July 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    You gotta go get Valverde right now. JL won’t, but he really should.

  5. Coleman

    July 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I’m glad Kate Upton isn’t having to suffer through this.

  6. Doug of troy

    July 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Another clown show performance by valverde.

  7. jud

    July 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Maybe this will jump start Fister…a win is a win

    As a side note according to Capt Mumbles standards Rayburn had another very good day and now stands 1-18 and still 2 for July.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Only two guys didn’t have a hit today. One of them still contributed with a run and an RBI. His name is Miggy Badass. Want to guess who the other one was?

      • Kevin in Dallas

        July 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        Andy Dirks was cleared to resume baseball activities today. He can’t be more than a few weeks out.

  8. jud

    July 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    this kinda puts things in perspective but Rayburn has exactly 11 hits at Comerica for the entire yeat……

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    July 8, 2012 at 12:26 am

    CWS just keeps on winning. They’re on pace for 91 wins.