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

23 thoughts on “Game 2012.132: White Sox at Tigers”

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  2. 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????

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

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