Game 2012.87: Tigers at Orioles

44-42, 3rd place, 3.5 games behind CWS, win streak is at 5

The Tigers kick off the back half of the season with a 3 game set against the Orioles. The Orioles are in the middle of their predictable pattern of everybody’s darling to mediocrity to irrelevance as they get passed up by everyone else in the East. But this doesn’t mean that they aren’t full of talent, they simply have the unfortunate consequence of playing in baseball’s best division.

Tonight’s pitcher, Jason Hammel is in the midst of a career year (which also happens to be a contract year). On the year he’s 8-5 with a 3.47 ERA and 101 Ks against 38 BBs in 106.1 IPs, though he’s had a tough go against Detroit in his career. Covering 6 outings, the Tigers have roughed up Hammel for a 6.20 ERA.  Hammel’s worst inning is the 4th, so look for a Raburn bomb there. Peralta is averaging an RBI every 1.7 ABs against Hammel. Hopefully we can get to Hammel because the Orioles bullpen leads the majors in ERA (2.75) and Jim Johnson leads the majors with 26 saves and sports a 1.21 ERA.

Fister has allowed 18 ER in his last 14 1/3 IPs. To boot, the Orioles are batting .314 off of him as a team.  Let’s see what Fister can give us this 2nd half.

A few notes:

- The Orioles video production department was recently recognized by the other video guys at the “Best Overall Video Display In Baseball” as the sparsely attended and new to me Information Display Entertainment Association conference in Minneapolis earlier this week.
- Worth up, Ortega down.
- What could Delmon Young have in common with the following names that I know from Tony LaRussa Baseball for PC Circa 1991 – Rudy York and Vic Wertz, along with Hank Greenberg, Willie Horton and Marcus Thames? If he hits a HR tonight he’ll find out.
- AJax is on a 15 game hitting streak.

Tonight’s  Lineup:

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

31 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    July 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    What does Delmon Young have in common with the Mighty Casey? At least Boesch comes through fro a change.

    • Coleman

      July 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Young is going to get one more chance.

  2. Coleman

    July 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    What’s up with MLB.com?? (“This Game Will Begin Shortly”)

    • Vince in MN

      July 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      It was a bit slow at the start. At first I thought it was my reception, but it seems to be doing better now.

  3. Vince in MN

    July 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    How long does Fister last with his 89MPH fastball?

  4. M. Mikoda

    July 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    No kidding with MLB.com, even at bat is having issues!

    • Coleman

      July 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Must have used the break to “upgrade” something.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        July 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        I can’t get it to work on any of my devices, though other games work fine. I’m guessing it’s something with the Bal tech setup.

        Raburn must have misread my 4th inning homer call.

        • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

          July 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          Same here,,,no MB audio with Dan and Jim…Balt must still be reeling from the storm blackouts? Got to watch/listen to Mario and Rod.

  5. Vince in MN

    July 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    OMG a non-solo homer.

    • Coleman

      July 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Home Rhun!

  6. Vince in MN

    July 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Liriano auditioning for a trade deadline move to a contender – 8 Ks in 3 IP vs OAK.

    • Coleman

      July 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      And only one of them were Inge!

    • Coleman

      July 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I guess the audition is officially over.

      • Vince in MN

        July 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        Amazing (and frustrating for Twins fans) the inconsistency there.

  7. Vince in MN

    July 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Fister’s out-pitch seems to have been the curve tonight.

  8. jud

    July 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    this outing by Fister is pretty huge all things considered….

  9. Coleman

    July 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    The Orioles have used 6 pitchers already…this will help the rest of the series.

  10. jud

    July 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Rayburn is on track to have 80 hits and 80 RBI in the second half…just sayin!

    • Vince in MN

      July 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      They’ve got him going now.

      • Coleman

        July 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        If only he can keep up the 1-for-4 pace, he’ll finish July with a batting average of….189.

        • Vince in MN

          July 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          What I said.

  11. Mark

    July 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    MLB is back up finally on the west coast…

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      July 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Mark as audio is strong in steamy Miss. Royals take the lead over the White Sox too!

  12. Vince in MN

    July 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I guess Coke’s ERA is relatively low due to guys like Benoit bailing him out. His BAA before tonight was .308 with an OBA of .348, and LH are hitting him at a .280 clip.

  13. jud

    July 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    nice win….keep it rolling!!!

  14. jud

    July 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    moment of silence…Inge just joined Rayburn south of the Mendoza line….business as usual.

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    July 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Broxton walks 2 on 8 pitches…CWS loads the bases with 0 outs in the top of the 9th.

    • Coleman

      July 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Royals seem to be going out of their way not to win this (runner picked off 2nd in the 9th).

      • Kevin in Dallas

        July 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

        If you get in the game, don’t blow it.

        • Coleman

          July 14, 2012 at 12:29 am

          Piece of cake…probably should have left me in longer though.