Detroit Tigers, 72-62, 2nd place, 1 back, 3 back for WC spot.
Apparently sweeping the White Sox is a momentum killer. The last time the Tigers swept the White Sox they followed up by losing to Cleveland, who took 2-of-3 for the series.
Well, you know the old saying that momentum in baseball is the next day’s starting pitcher. Except…Anibal Sanchez did well, and the Tigers were facing a pitcher with 0 major league wins. So much for that.
At any rate, Delmon did his part yesterday. As frustrated as everyone had been with Delmon all season long (this writer included), Jim Leyland kept telling us he was going to get hot, and get hot he did. Over the past 7 days Young leads the team in OPS (1.383), has hit .429, and has 42% of the Tiger RBIs. And he has been consistent game after game, with a 9-game hitting streak, a 4-game RBI streak, and a 4-game extra base streak. Smokey was right.
Now that Delmon has the D-train in gear, the next order of business is…to get Prince Fielder “off his feet.” Huh? Yes, Fielder will be DH-ing today, to get him off his feet (what about Cabrera’s feet?). Maybe this is Fielder’s reward for making 2 impressive plays in the field yesterday.
This means Delmon has been bumped from DH, and gets the day off. Leyland may have done what opposing pitchers could not do–find a way to cool off Delmon.
Not to worry though: Don Kelly is there to pick up the slack. Batting 6th.
Alex Avila states the obvious, speaking of a guy who looks like he could use some time off.
Stat of the Day: Prince Fielder leads the league in both HBP (15) and IBB (17).
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Don Kelly. The Donkey replaces the hot bat of Delmon Young in the lineup. Good luck with that. Maybe Kelly will surprise us all and this will be one of those Lucky Leyland moves.
Todays Who’s On First Lineup: