64-56, 2nd place, 1.5 games behind CWS, 1 game behind WC.
Well, that stunk. The Tigers were completely shut down by the worst starting pitcher (statistically) that they’ve seen all season. Now, Britton was pretty good as a rookie last year, and is well thought of around Baltimore (he’s only 24), but they simply let him off the hook early with bad swings in crucial situations. 1-9 RISP pretty much says it all.
But they still have a great shot to win the series, and winning series is how you win the division.
Fister looks to save the series this afternoon against Lefty Wei–Yin Chen (not Tiger killer Bruce Chen). You could look back to the Fister start against Baltimore on July 13th as the one that got him going. He limited the Orioles to 1 run on 3 hits in 7 IPs, and that kicked off 7 straight quality starts, a 1.52 ERA and a .86 WHIP since then. Yes, .86.
Chen is the 2nd of 5 straight lefties that the Tigers are slated to face.
Hopefully AJax’s two hits yesterday will get him going…he’s batting .208 over his last 10.
A few notes:
– VMart’s not coming back this year.
– I still can’t believe that our DH’s OPS is .698. He’s the designated hitter.
Today’s Berry Interesting Lineup:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Infante, 2B
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Peralta, SS
6. Young, DH
7. Baker, RF
8. Laird, C
9. Berry, LF