70-61, 2nd place, 2 games behind CWS, 2.5 games behind WC.
One game at a time.
Doug Fister was uncharacteristically wild last night, and as a result, the Tigers’ 4 early runs didn’t hold up into the 6th. The Tigers had no problem reaching base all night, but they were still waiting for the big hit…and then came the 7th. Delmon Young smacked a bases loaded double to left center in the bottom of the 7th, and Dotel, Benoit and Valverde shut down the Sox for a 7-4 win. Considering the how hard it seemed the Tigers had to work to score early, and how effortlessly the White Sox were able to come back,, this would have been a depressing loss. But thanks to DY and the 7-8-9 guys, we’re 1 game into my 4 game plan for usurping first place.
Next step, win game 2.
On paper, tonight’s game looks be be favorable. Mad Max toes the rubber as the Tigers most consistent starter over the past month. Max has won his past 4 starts in dominating fashion. In 27 innings, he’s allowed 4 runs, 21 hits, 8 walks and has struck out 35. Max can have an off start every now and again, but he’s been pretty consistent since May. Take away the first month of the season, and Max’s ERA is 3.45 and his WHIP is 1.22. That works for me as a #2. Pierzynski is 10-26 lifetime off of Max and Konerko is 7-24 with 2 HRs.
Opposing Mad Max tonight is displaced Twin Francisco Liriano. Liriano has been so-so for the Sox since the deadline deal, but he’s been better in Chi-town than in Minnesota. Yes, he’s posting a 5+ ERA, but that’s mostly because of an atrocious April. With Chicago he’s 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He’s only pitched into the 7th once since the trade, so again, the Tigers should have their chances early. Cabrera (1.177 OPS) and Boesch (1.126 OPS) hammer Liriano….(and of course you can’t move Delmon Young from the 5 hole because he had a hit last night, so that means Boesch will bat…)
I know there are a lot of distractions tonight, namely about 20 miles to the West of me in Arlington. I’ll have two TVs going with the Longhorns (thank you UVerse for adding the Longhorn Network) and Michigan games, and then the Tigers game on my laptop.
Today’s Call-ups – Worth, Raburn, Kelly, Holaday, Marte. Al Al coming up tomorrow (he had to spend 10 days in the Minors).
Tonight’s Is It Really That Difficult to Work Garcia Into the Lineup? Lineup is:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Boesch, DH
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, LF
6. Peralta, SS
7. Avila, C
8. Garcia, RF
9. Infante, 2B