Detroit Tigers, 72-63, 2nd place, 1 back, WC not gonna happen.
Well, that’s baseball. And you’ve got to tip your hat to Cy Masterson. Etc. Etc.
See what happens when you don’t have a plan? Hopefully Kevin will use the day off tomorrow to devise something good. Or maybe we should all use the time to work on our lineup submissions.
For his part, Jim Leyland had an explanation for why he went with Don Kelly at 1B (batting 6th) yesterday: “He has not had a good year, obviously, this year, but that’s OK. I’m tickled for him. I’m glad for him.” See, this lineup business is harder than you think. Make sure you leave some tickle room when you fill out your cards folks.
Tonight the Tigers go for their 3rd straight series sweep, this one, like Kansas City, on the business end of the broom.
Doug Fister takes the mound for Detroit, but if this game goes according to trend it will matter more who shows up at the plate against Ubaldo Jimenez. So far this series Detroit has hit .177 against the worst starting pitching staff in the AL. Jimenez’ biggest problem is his control (he is 2nd in AL with 84 walks), which tends to be some sort of secret weapon against Tiger hitters.
Stat of the Day: We’ve said before that the Tigers just aren’t made to win a majority of close games. Well how is this: the Tigers are 2-8 in their last 10 1-run games, and their last 8 losses have been by a combined total of 9 runs.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Delmon Young. Will the day of rest cool him off?
Todays Delmony Lineup: