Game 2012.131: White Sox at Tigers

69-61, 2nd place, 3 games behind CWS, 3 games behind WC.

Well, after getting swept by KC while the White Sox lost 3 out of 4 to the Orioles certainly has dampened everyone’s spirits, there is still a lot of baseball left, and the Tigers could very well find themselves tied for first place on Sunday night. Isn’t this why we love baseball? So rather than focus on the negatives, which would be all too easy, let’s try to get back into this thing, one game at at time.

We’ve got our top three starters going for us, we’re at home, and we have a guy named Miguel Cabrera. We can do this.

Last time we played the White Sox, we swept them in 3 home games. We can do this.

We start tonight with the towering Doug Fister. If you can overlook his last start…Fister has been nothing short of dominant since the All-Star break. Prior to the Orioles outing, Fister had seven consecutive quality starts, and allowed 1 ER or less in 5 of those. He’s 6-3 over his last 10 and has reminded all of us of why we came to love him during the 2nd half of 2011.

It won’t be easy, as the Tigers face White Sox ace Jake Peavy tonight. After a sub-par July, Peavy has had a scorching August, posting a 2.83 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. His 9-9 record is really more reflective of poor run support than his success this season. Fielder is 9-27 lifetime off of Peavy; Cabrera is 9 for 38 and he and Delmon Young’s 1 homer each are the only Tiger homers. Note that Peavy dominates innings 4-6 (.543 OPS against), so we have to take advantage of any early opportunities as there aren’t many holes in the Sox bullpen. UPDATE – Cabrera has 2 career HRs off of Peavy.

A few quick notes:

- Jeff Baker is done, I expect him to get picked up somewhere else. It was worth a try. Prospect Avisail Garcia is up, and remember, since he got called up before Sept 1, he can be on the playoff roster.

- Al Al will be back on Saturday, the first day he’s eligible to be back. I think he’s okay for the playoff roster because he was on the DL, can someone confirm?

- If Infante has a big night (4 hits) he may reach 1,000 for his career. I like that guy a lot.

Tonight’s Hope Restoring Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Dirks, LF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH
6. Boesch, RF
7. Avila, C
8. Peralta, SS
9. Infante, 2B

69 Comments

  1. Kevin in Dallas

    August 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Not quite the start I was looking for.

  2. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I am stuck with the Chicago feed and i have to listen to the Hawk and his homer nonsense, so the Tigers better put a beat on Chicago to keep Hawk from spewing too much!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Torture.

      • StorminNorman$

        August 31, 2012 at 7:15 pm

        in houston, MLB Network is running the Yankee game…and WGN has America’s Funniest Home Videos…so no ‘watching’ the game for me… which could be a good thing.

  3. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Young-Boesch-Avila-Peralta looks so much like a black hole right now. If YBAP can even manage gray, we might be ok.

  4. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    As Hawk would say “it’s GONE!”

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    August 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    The Tigers HR stats above have been updated.

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    August 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Before you applaud the Boesch single – remember that it was a first pitch swing…

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    August 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    And remember what I wrote above about Peavy’s first few innings.

  8. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    The dreaded DP again took us out of the possibility of a big crooked number this inning. Hopefully Fister can shut them down this inning.

  9. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Does anyone else notice that most of Fister’s pitches are up. If he continues pitching like that it’s just a matter of time that they start hitting him.

    • Florian

      August 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      That seems pretty obvious to me, though I hope those pitches were intentional. They are way up in the zone.

  10. Florian

    August 31, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Is Miggy still limping?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Dan Dickerson mentioned that his swing follow-through looks like he’s still hurting.

      • Florian

        August 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        Thanks. Of course, such details are lost on the Tigers Video broadcasters… wish I could have the MLB Video broadcast with the radio commentators, but they are a few seconds behind.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    August 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Goodness Infante…he just forgot how many outs there were. I jinxed him.

  12. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    What a bumble by Infante! This is one of the many reasons why the Tigers will not make it. You can’t be giving the opposition extra outs.

  13. jud

    August 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    If you turn fewer DP’s than anyone but you hit into more DP’s than anyone….thats a ton of outs!!!!!

  14. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Looks like the circus is in town tonight.

  15. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Fister already at 82 pitches thru 4

    • Vince in MN

      August 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      He hasn’t got it tonight, but Leyland will probably insist on leaving him in for the mandatory 125 pitches.

  16. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Home Rhun! The black hole just brightened.

  17. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Fister 101 pitches thru 5…i wouldn’t bring him back out for the 6th…w/CWS top of the order coming up…don’t need another Dunn HR

  18. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Fielder is batting .429 against CWS this year

  19. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Alex Avila makes me sad.

  20. jud

    August 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Hey Avila I know you only have 38 rbi for the entire year…but the idea is to knock the runners in….6 l.o.b so far

  21. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Tigers, once again, 0-2 with a runner on 3rd less than 2 out…this will eventually doom them.

    • Florian

      August 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      But they are still 2nd with RISP…

    • Vince in MN

      August 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Try to enjoy it for what it is. ;)

      • Kevin in Dallas

        August 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        +1.

      • Coleman

        August 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        What it is is that the Sox will win the division because the Tigers can’t hit a #%^*! sac fly (they are worst in the league), and they can.

  22. Vince in MN

    August 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    The Smily experiment didn’t work out too well.

  23. Kevin in Dallas

    August 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    BTW – was anyone else listening to Dan & Jim last night when Fielder led off with a double and then Young, Boesch and Peralta recorded 3 outs on 4 pitches? They didn’t hold back.

    • Vince in MN

      August 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      In recent years they haven’t been a team to take too many pitches, but the flailing away seems more prevalent this year to me. Boesch for sure, and Young has always been like that. What about Peralta though?

      • Kevin in Dallas

        August 31, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        Agreed. Young has always been that way, and Boesch is going to be a 4th outfielder b/c of it. But this seems to be a new habit for Peralta.

  24. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    i guess ‘stranding a runner @ 3B with less than two outs virus’ is contagious…let’s hope the CWS don’t get over for about another month or so.

  25. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    …also i hope Ventura tries to squeeze another inning out of Peavy

  26. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Gutsy performance by Cabrera, who obviously doesn’t have his legs under him.

  27. Vince in MN

    August 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    If Miggy does his Mr. September thing like he did last year, he could have another shot at the batting title.

  28. Vince in MN

    August 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Battle of the bullpens now.

  29. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Mazel tov Delmon!

  30. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Wow, Delmon! That one was fair…we’ll forgive you your baserunning.

    • Coleman

      August 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Good baserunning by Fielder though!

  31. Florian

    August 31, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Ok, electric home field crowd, and Delmon comes through with a double to clean up the bases. Does that mean the Tigers need extra “encouragement” from the home field crowd? They can’t get fired up by themselves on the road?

  32. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Peavy looks peaved.

  33. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    prior to that hit, Delmon was 0-8 this year w/bases loaded… good timing

    • Coleman

      August 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      It’s a feast game.

    • Vince in MN

      August 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      The law of averages caught up to him at just the right time.

  34. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Delmon The Destroyer comes through again.

  35. Vince in MN

    August 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I see a long term contract coming up.

    • StorminNorman$

      August 31, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      preferrably with a Nat’l league team ;)

      • jud

        August 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        +1

      • Kevin in Dallas

        August 31, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        Brilliant.

  36. jud

    August 31, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    DY…atta boy!

  37. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Can we hold the lead this time?

  38. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    BAL beat NYY tonight cutting the yankee lead over BAL to just 2 games. I would love to see both BAL and TAM overtake the NYY

  39. Kevin in Dallas

    August 31, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    We’re going to be a critical game here soon and a non-basestealer is going to walk to 2nd on Potato, and then score the winning run on a bleeder.

  40. Kevin in Dallas

    August 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    One game at a time.

  41. TIGERS RULE

    August 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    1 down ….. 2 to go.

  42. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Liriano – Scherzer tomorrow…with Sale pitching on Sunday (and JV iffy lately), losing tomorrow is not an option for DET.

    • Vince in MN

      September 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Liriano has an ERA over 5. Just sayin’.

  43. StorminNorman$

    August 31, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    http://www.freep.com/article/2.....tretch-run

    A-Alburquerque to return on Sunday – if (and that’s a big ‘if’) he’s close to last year’s form, that would be a huge boost to DET’s bullpen

  44. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Tigers trade Jeff Baker to Braves for PTBNL…who they will probably flip to Chicago along with someone else to complete that trade…to make room for Baker, Braves release Jack Wilson, who once upon a time was was desired by many a Tiger fan.

  45. Coleman

    August 31, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Just re-watched the Cabrera home run, which was exciting, except for the part where Lamont gives him the stop sign as he is rounding 3rd.

  46. The Rake

    August 31, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Anybody who can’t tell Cabby is laboring is blind. Big night for him at the plate, but ugh…in the field. That 3rd inning where CHW loaded bags on infield garbage only was brutal. Hopefully, this will kick start Tigers to a sweep. It’s time for them to step up and be heard. But, Avila…oh my, that guy hasnt had a big hit in ages. He is a disaster at the plate. Hard to take and needs to be shellacked for it.

    • Vince in MN

      September 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

      He should really be at DH right now. That would necessitate moving Young to LF however, and moving Dirks to RF (Boesch goes back to the bench, at least vs LH, which is OK with me) and Infante to 3rd and playing either Santiago or….. Raburn(?) at 2nd. Hard choices.

  47. travisfrymanfan

    September 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Al Al was not in DL. He was reactivated last week . He will be called tomorrow, 10 days after been optioned to Toledo.But he can be part of the playoff roster:
    http://www.detroittigersweblog.....ity-rules/

    • travisfrymanfan

      September 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Jason Beck‏@beckjason

      Alburquerque reinstated from 60-day DL, contract optioned to Toledo, #Tigers announce.
      aug 23

  48. Coleman

    September 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Uh oh…Leyland is trying to get Boesch going.