Detroit Tigers, 47-44, 3 1/2 games behind Chicago.
Alice Cooper threw out the ceremonial first pitch before last night’s game, and from that point on it was Welcome To My Nightmare for young Jacob Turner, who bombed.
An outburst of offense was predicted, but I didn’t quite have that in mind (the Tiger offense politely refrained from getting involved).
But the good news is that it only counts as one loss, and we go into tonight’s game all tied up in the series.
It isn’t going to get any easier to score runs though: the Angels send out C.J. Wilson (9-5, 2.43). Fister will try to duplicate his strong last out performance (7 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 8 Ks) and show he is back from his injury.
Actually the Tigers already won today–they won a pick in the Competitive Balance Lottery.
On the trade front, the word is that Detroit is actively seeking pitching. Ryan Dempster still tops the rumor list, but one angle not mentioned enough is that he would have to approve any trade, and has said he thinks the Dodgers would be a good fit.
Dempster isn’t good enough for Drew Sharp, who says the the Tigers MUST get either Cole Hamels or Zack Greinke. No, no says Lynn Henning. The Tigers should be cautious and just make a little trade for a 2nd baseman.
Stat of the Day: The Tigers fell 4 games short of the equivalent of an entire season without being shutout, when their streak ended last night at 158 games.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Ryan Raburn. He is SO due!
Today’s Let’s-Hope-Fister’s-Really-Good-Tonight Lineup: