Game 2012.132: White Sox at Tigers

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


  1. Kevin in Dallas

    September 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Jesse Palmer just called the Ohio U QB the son of “baseball HOF catcher Mickey Tettleton.” Did I miss something?

    • William

      September 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      he was feast or famine..he’d fit in well on this year’s team.

      on a football note, good luck to all the UM fans from (I assume) the sole Bama grad on this blog. hoping for a good matchup.

      Roll Tide, Go Blue and sweep Hawk’s bunch out of town.

      • StorminNorman$

        September 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        objectively i can’t see UM beating ALA, i suspect ALA’s offensive and defensive lines will be too much for UM, and will take over the game at some point…hopefully not in the 1st or 2nd qtr.

        ALA will be able to run the ball and UM won’t, and ALA will reap the benefits of that on both sides of the ball.

        • William

          September 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

          your prediction was dead-on. UA out-rushed UM by about 180 yards.

          Robinson is a tough kid…we hit him repeatedly, and he kept coming back. Good luck to UM this year.

          • StorminNorman$

            September 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm

            …that was brutal…like watching men vs boys.

  2. StorminNorman$

    September 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm;mlb.html

    Sept call-ups = Raburn, Kelly, Worth, Marte, AA, and catcher Haladay

  3. jud

    September 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    That means Rayburn, Kelly,Worth, Marte, AA and Haladay will start tomorrows game…

  4. Coleman

    September 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Garcia with a walk…kid has yet to get the memo.

  5. jud

    September 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Boesch…playing for his Tiger life…atta boy

  6. Coleman

    September 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Alex Avila makes me sad.

  7. jud

    September 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Avila fails to add his 38 rbi total…nice at bat also three pathetic swings

  8. jud

    September 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Avila has now stranded 9 in one and a third games..Laird can easily do better than that..why is Avila even in there against the LH pitcher????

    • Coleman

      September 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Smokey: oh wait, Laird’s on the team!! (furiously scribbling with #2 pencil).

  9. Coleman

    September 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Double Fail. Avila is atrocious.

  10. jud

    September 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Avila strands #10…what is the worlds record anyway…..???

  11. jud

    September 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Huge first hit……atta boy….Garcia!!!!!!!

  12. PHToy in HK

    September 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Seems DY now realizes he is playing for a new contract.

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    September 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Standing Ovation for Scherzer. Standing O.

    • Coleman

      September 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Scherzer–and Tiger pitching in general (except for Verlander…what’s up with that?) has been stellar.

  14. jud

    September 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Starting pitching……bullpen…….pretty darn good lately…should make the difference the rest of the way….

  15. StorminNorman$

    September 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Couldn’t have asked for a better outing for Scherzer…superb!
    DET plays a night game tomorrow, then will have to turn around and play a 1pm game on Mon. against CLE…while CWS will go home to face MIN…at night. Great time to put together about a 10-12 game winning streak…like they did last year right about this time.

  16. Jim Eggers

    September 2, 2012 at 12:33 am

    The bride wants the garage SWEPT tomorrow… told her she has to wait till approx. 8:45 PDT, before I break out the broom!

  17. StorminNorman$

    September 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Tonight’s starting lineup against lefty Chris Sale: ERA 2.81 15-5…born in Lakeland, FL (3.98 ERA post All-Star). Sale has been much more effective in Chi (ERA 1.72), than on the road (3.86)… 27 BB’s on the road, while only 12 @ home for virtually the same number of innings
    CF Austin Jackson
    2B Omar Infante
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    1B Prince Fielder
    LF Delmon Young
    SS Jhonny Peralta
    RF Avisail Garcia
    DH Brennan Boesch
    C Gerald Laird