Detroit Tigers, 46-43, 3 1/2 games behind Chicago.
The Tigers try to continue their 2nd-half surge with a 4-game series against the redundantly named Los Angeles Angels. The series will feature neither Justin Verlander nor Jered Weaver, much less a rematch between the two, since they both pitched yesterday. Perhaps that will have to wait until the 1-game wild card playoff.
Instead Rick Porcello will take the stage for tonight’s ESPN Monday Night Baseball affair, and try to stop the Trout-Trumbo express, which has combined for an 8.0 WAR (a fancy way of saying they are worth as much as the rest of the team combined).
They are right handers, but the righty-righty match won’t necessarily help Kid Rick: Porcello this season has given up a .319 BA against RHB, and .318 against LHB. (Yes, that seems awfully high…but you see, there are all those ground balls, and there is the Tiger infield…).
The Tigers face Ervin Santana, who has the AL 3rd worst ERA at 5.75
Or you could look at the matchup as the meeting of the two highest priced free agents: it’s Pujols vs Fielder! (Just trying to guess the ESPN angle).
In other news, the Tigers are still supposedly interested in Ryan Dempster and Marco Scutaro.
Stat of the Day: The Tigers have yet to be shutout this season.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Jhonny Peralta. Over the past 2 weeks he is hitting .344 (.989 OPS), and even his outs have been largely of the hard-hit sort. Is he coming back into 2011 form?
Today’s Trying-To-Score-From-2nd-On-A-Shallow-Single Lineup: