Game 2012.118: Tigers at Twins

Detroit Tigers, 62-55, 2nd place, 2 back.

Doug Fister didn’t disappoint, and despite a carnival of a 3rd inning, and Gene Lamont being A Great 3rd Base Coach, the Tigers ended their 3-game losing streak.  Cabrera reached the century mark in RBIs, and Dirks hit one out, which I’m still trying to figure out, because both he and the pitcher are lefties, and I didn’t think that was possible.

The Tigers finish off the three-game series with Max on the mound.  Scherzer was impressive Friday against Texas (2 runs in 6 innings), although he had too many strikeouts (8) and ran up a pitch count of 112 in 6 innings.  With the way the bullpen has been lately, a longer outing is recommended for today.

He may need to be at his best, since the Tigers will encounter dreaded Rookie Pitcher Guy again, this one named Cole De Vries. CDV was pounded his last time out–8 runs in 1 1/3 innings.  Will the Tigers finally break out of their Rookie Pitcher Guy slump?

Stat of the Day: Delmon Young is only hitting .217 in day games.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game:  Andy Dirks.  What a difference having Dirks back!

Today’s Berry Different Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Andy Dirks RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Alex Avila C
  6. Delmon Young DH
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Omar Infante 2B
  9. Quintin Berry LF


  1. Kevin in Dallas

    August 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    The lefty/lefty HR made me laugh.

  2. Vince in MN

    August 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Cole De Vries, no relation to Cole De Man.

  3. Coleman

    August 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    That was a nice tidy win.

    • Vince in MN

      August 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      And a nice tidy thread as well.

      • Coleman

        August 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Well, it’s an off day tomorrow–so plenty of room to post here then.

  4. Vince in MN

    August 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I like this lineup vs. RH starters, but with a potential platoon setup at DH with Young and Bosh. However, some time on the pine for BB may not be at all a bad thing right now – might help get him going. I suspect with DY’s HR, he will move back into the 5th slot though, which just might put a full stop to his getting going.

    No HRs off of Benoit in his inning of work – maybe Leyland has him going now.

    Sanchez has been bumped back three games even though “he is pitching better than” his 2.11 WHIP (2.00 is probably a fairer estimate.) Jeff Jones says there is nothing wrong mechanically, which leaves open the possibility that maybe he is just really bad. We’ll see in about a week – maybe the extra time off will help get him going too.


    • William

      August 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      ChiSox just hung a 5 spot in Toronto to break open a tie game. 9-4, pale hose.

      • PHToy in HK

        August 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        I am tired of being 2 games back….

        • Vince in MN

          August 16, 2012 at 1:10 am

          That will all change tomorrow.

        • Coleman

          August 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm

          I guess that’s now officially in Be Careful What You Wish For territory.

  5. Coleman

    August 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Interesting…Soriano cleared waivers, and reportedly the Cubs are will to pay the majority of his salary to any taker…hmm…

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  7. Vince in MN

    August 16, 2012 at 11:27 am

    An interesting clip from an article in today’s Detroit News by Gregg Krupa:

    Daily drills
    Perhaps the greatest defensive outfielder in Tigers history, Al Kaline, had a different approach. His extensive, daily routine consisted of both shagging flies and repeated drills involving game situations.
    After shagging, Kaline fielded fly balls for outs and made believe runners were on first, then first and second, then on third.
    He then repeated all the drills while fielding base hits.
    But these days, once the season begins, most major leaguers practice fielding only during batting practice.
    “It is a difference in eras,” said Brookens, who began playing five years after Kaline retired.
    “We used to take infield every day when I was a player. And Al did outfield every day, too. In today’s game, it’s different.
    “We come out early when we want to throw to home and throw to bases a lot, right before batting practice. We’ll do that, but not too much. Other than that, it takes place in batting practice.”
    Players spend more time on hitting than fielding, Brookens said, in part because it got them to the majors and they believe it is what keeps them there.

    From The Detroit News:

  8. ron

    August 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I dont see the tigers winning this division and i ahve an article which talks about this topic