Detroit Tigers, 53-45, 1st place, tied.
Where did Mysterious Max go? Max Scherzer is looking downright consistent these days, and he racked up a W in his 4th consecutive decision. He held the Indians to 3 hits and struck out too many (8), and now has 35 Ks in his last 32 innings.
Quintin Berry had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a walk, and knocking in 2. Quintin credits his hitting ability to…bunting practice.
Berry’s continued success gives the Tigers a very interesting problem in the outfield. With Dirks finally on his rehab path, there will be a body too many on the Outfield section of the roster. If it seems obvious Raburn must go, remember that Berry, Boesch, Dirks, and Kelly are all lefties. Considering that Leyland loves the RH/LH platoon, there is a good chance that we will be gnashing our teeth over Raburn for a while.
Tonight Detroit has a chance to win its 3rd consecutive post-break series. A very good chance, since Justin Verlander takes the mound. Also a very good chance for another too-many-strikeouts night. That is if they play–looking like a good possibility of at least a delay tonight.
Meanwhile, in Indian news, the Player Previously Known As Fausto Carmona begins his career as Roberto Hernandez with a rehab assignment (“rehab” for identity fraud?) against the West Michigan Whitecaps.
Stat of the Day: Since the break, Detroit starters are 8-2, 3.46 ERA, with a 1.077 WHIP
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Joaquin Benoit. He may not be needed with Verlander on the mound, but he’ll be in the bullpen enjoying his birthday.
Today’s Infantiago Lineup: