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Game 2012.137: Tigers at Angels

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:

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:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Andy Dirks LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Brennan Boesch RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Ramon Santiago 2B

Posted by on September 7, 2012.

Categories: 2012 Season, Game Post

42 Responses

  1. Ok night owls, I’m finally back home from the dismal KC series and ready to watch some Mad Max magic. We really need to start out well against the Rally Monkeys.

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  2. Delmon is batting .421 during the last week with 8 RBIs. He is batting .326 during the last month. Keep it going!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

  3. I guess Leyland decided to thumb his nose at the fans who don’t know who is and isn’t hitting. Nya na nya na nya na.

    Black holes at the bottom of the order (6-9 = 2/15 0 BI?) bode a low scoring game for the Tigers, so hope Max is Mad again tonight.

    As for Weaver, I would rather face him than Greinke right now. He has been getting hammered lately and probably has less of a shot at Cy than Verlander now.

    CHI v KC is a back and forth affair so far. 5-5 in the 6th. If KC could pick up some good starting pitching this coming off season they might make some noise next year. That’s been their biggest problem for years of course.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  4. Let’s go Tigers.

    by Kevin at Slows on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  5. Not a good start…

    by PHToy in HK on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  6. I think this beginning qualifies as inauspicious.

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  7. Sweet home Alabama..the Prince of Motown!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

  8. That’s more like it, Max back on the Too Many Strikeouts Plan.

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  9. The Boss’ son with a buggywhip blast!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  10. OK, gold star for anyone who called that one.

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

  11. White Sox with the R3L2O fail in the 8th, still 5-5.

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm

  12. We’ve been waiting all year for Avila to get hot – this would be an acceptable time.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

  13. Yes, he and Mr. Boesch!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

  14. And KC makes them pay, 7-5

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm

  15. What’s with the green White Sox uniforms?

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

  16. Royals take a 7-5 lead in the 9th!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

  17. I have more faith in Avila than Boesch. At least he takes a reasonable amount of walks.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

  18. KC beats the White Sox who were wearing green tonight!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

  19. Royals win. There must be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth in Chitown tonight.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

  20. 5 complete innings for Santana, 0 ground balls.

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

  21. Santiago’s last extra base hit was July 7th. His last RBI was June 25th.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

  22. He has become the Human Popup

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm

  23. On the other hand he is 1 for 5 lifetime vs. Santana (no XB hits and no RBI.)

    by Vince in MN on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  24. What the? Cabrera has the rare opportunity to don the sombrero tonight.

    by Coleman on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm

  25. Felix Hernandez got knocked around for 6 runs and 11 hits in 4+ innings tonight. Maybe that CYA is still up for grabs.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm

  26. Raburn alert!!

    by Coleman on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

  27. The .172 hitter PHing for the .209 hitter…sigh.

    by Coleman on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:01 am

  28. All that time away, Raburn hasn’t lost a thing.

    by Coleman on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

  29. Genius!

    by PHToy in HK on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

  30. Surprisingly grounds out. I guess now we see him more often, since he has to build a lot of confidence.

    by Florian on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:05 am

  31. Those are the kind of situations where managers really earn their pay; where genius wins out.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:06 am

  32. I can hear the wheels in Leyland’s brain squeaking from here.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:09 am

  33. Scherzer has been so solid in August and now Sept. I dare wonder where we’d be without that?

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:11 am

  34. shoot I thought Rayburn had a home run there….but it was a GB to the pitcher

    by jud on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:23 am

  35. At least he spared us from having to watch that called 3rd strike face he makes.

    by Coleman on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:36 am

  36. Same old same old.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:47 am

  37. Boesch–Peralta—Avila….to win………that h a 0 chance of happening

    by jud on Sep 8, 2012 at 12:47 am

  38. Telegraph pole Peralta. Too bad.

    by Florian on Sep 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

  39. Tigers get runner to second and three of the 4 Stooges make outs…The Angels get runner on second and base hit…..this team sucks sucks sucks……same old crap!

    by jud on Sep 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

  40. That is bound to happen now and then with totem poles playing 3rd and SS.

    by Coleman on Sep 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

  41. If you can’t win on the road, you don’t make the playoffs, simple as that.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 8, 2012 at 1:02 am

  42. 5-9……3 for 17 one run one RBI…..business as usual…….make those fishing and golfing dates for October because Peralta-Avila-Boesch-Young-Rayburn- Infante-Santiago and Leyland will join you!!!!!

    by jud on Sep 8, 2012 at 1:06 am

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