Detroit Tigers, 60-51, 2nd place, .5 back.
Too many runs. Too many runs finally ended the Tiger win streak last night, although the bats kept going and kept them in the game.
There were some things to like about last night: the offense plated 8 runs, Jeff Baker’s Detroit debut was a success (“looks like he knows what the bat is for,” said Leyland), Dirks and Boesch continue to come up with big hits, we have a 2nd baseman who can put the ball over the fence, and Chicago lost.
On the other hand, there may be a few cringes the next time they hand the ball to Anibal, Ramon looks utterly last at the plate, and whatever has happened to Phil Coke, let’s hope it unhappens.
The likelihood of Too Many Runs is low this afternoon, with Doug Fister going up against Hiroki Kuroda (weren’t the Tigers rumored to be pursuing him this offseason?).
Mister Fister has come out roaring since the All-Star break, going 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA, and a remarkable 0.769 WHIP. He has been on close terms with the strike zone: he has only walked 5 in 39 innings since the break.
Kuroda has been no 2nd-half slouch himself (2-1, 2.27). He faced Detroit June 2, and gave up 2 runs, a Cabrera home run and an RBI single to Quintin Berry.
Stat of the Day: Ramon Santiago is only hitting .118 in the 2nd half, and has yet to plate his first RBI or get his first extra base hit.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Quintin Berry. If he can get himself on base, watch for him to be turned loose on the bases for a change.
Today’s Resting-AJax Lineup: