Detroit Tigers, 73-63, 2nd place, 1 back, WC 5th place.
Every game counts.
Don’t blame me for that, that’s the official Tigers.com slogan. A lot of us were saying that back in May, but they didn’t seem to count as much back then, at least officially.
Anyway, let us not detract from the matter at hand, which is: Battle of the MVPs! Tonight Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers take on Mike Trout and the LA Angels, with the AL MVP on the line!!
(I don’t know, works for ESPN, thought I’d give it a shot).
I don’t have a real plan for how the Tigers will take this series (no thanks to Kevin the Greek), but my gut tells me tonight might be a good time to take a game. Here are the pitching match ups for the series:
- Scherzer (15-6, 3.93) vs Santana (8-11, 5.32)
- Verlander (13-7, 2.73) vs Wilson (11-9), 3.85)
- Sanchez (7-11, 4.08) vs Greinke (13-5, 3.72)
So on paper, this looks a bit like the rubber game of the series.
And let’s hope Kansas City continues to be a royal pain.
It looks like the Tigers may have gotten a bit of a break: Jered Weaver is missing his scheduled turn in the rotation. On the other hand, if recent history is a guide, the 5.00+ ERA Santana tonight will turn out to be the real challenge.
Strangely consistent Max Scherzer will try to strike out Too Many tonight (8+ strikeouts in last nine starts). Max has an ERA of 1.03 over his last 5 starts, and is 2-0, 1.29 vs the Angels this season.
The late start tonight (10:05 EST) will test the endurance of the DTW posters; it will be interesting to see who sticks this one out; at least we have some West Coast followers. Tomorrow night should be better, with the special 9:05 start time, which seems to have nothing to do with anything.
Stat of the Day: Ramon Santiago in the 2nd half practically makes one long for Raburn. In addition to various clown episodes in the field, he is hitting .136, with a robust .376 OPS. Although he is 1-for-3 lifetime against Santana, so there’s that.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Austin Jackson. In Wednesday crucial game against Cleveland, Detroit was making Jimenez look all Cy-ish, and was about to become the first team Jimenez faced in 2012 to leave the field without a single walk. When Jackson finally broke the spell and worked him for a walk in the 8th, the floodgates opened. I don’t think 2011 AJax would have pulled that off.
Todays ‘MonyBall Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Andy Dirks LF
- Miguel Cabrera 3B
- Prince Fielder 1B
- Delmon Young DH
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila C
- Ramon Santiago 2B