Game 2012.142: Tigers at White Sox

74-67, 2nd place, 2 games behind CWS.

Well, can one swing of the bat turn around a miserable two week stretch? It certainly felt like that in the 5th inning of last night’s game when AJax parked one 400 feet away in the left center field seats.  The Tigers won and remain a manageable distance behind the Sox. It’s manageable because with a win tonight, JV can bring home a 1st place tie tomorrow.

Tonight will be Gavin Floyd’s first game back from the DL. Floyd has been pretty average all year, posting a 1.43 WHIP and 4.55 ERA. He hasn’t made it into the 7th inning since July 7th, though he’s only allowed 2 ER against the Tigers in 13 innings covering 2 starts this year. Floyd is 7-2 with a 3.42 ERA against the Tigers in his career.

A Jax (.926 OPS in 19 ABs, hence the glory of a game post photo) and Peralta (.928 OPS with 2 HR in 35 ABs) have absolutely hammered Floyd in their career. Also note that Delmon has a .970 OPS at Cellular field in his career.

Despite the fact that he’s 0-17 off of Floyd lifetime, Brennan Boesch (.000 OPS) finds himself batting 6th tonight. Leyland relied on lefties’ successes against Floyd this year (.314 average and .936 OPS) and the hope that Boesch will run into a 3 run homer when he made tonight’s lineup. Quentin Berry remains a ghost on the bench.

Hopefully the Tigers won’t have to face a dreaded bases loaded situation, as they are the 2nd worst team in the Majors in bases jammed situations.

Dunn is still out, and Beckham sits tonight for the Sox.

Everyone is getting in on the lineup fun as Denny McClain thinks that swapping Fielder and Cabrera will ignite the whole offense.

Tonight’s Streaking Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Dirks, LF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH
6. Boesch, RF
7. Avila, C
8. Peralta, SS
9. Infante, 2B


  1. Vince

    September 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Leyland: –21 and counting.

  2. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    A sacrifice bunt! A sacrifice bunt! A sacrifice bunt!

  3. scott

    September 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    now how the hell can Peralta just stand there with a WP that goes 30 feet away? this has to be the stupidest baserunning team in the history of the sport…….I can’t even blame Lamont on that one. Luckily, AJ got him home anyway.

    • Jeff Molby

      September 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

      It’s a reaction play, Scott. If you hesitate, you’re out. Peralta didn’t read it off the initial bounce, so he played it safe by staying at third. Ideally, he would have read it right immediately and gotten the run, but be realistic. It’s not like the ball flew over the backstop. There are a ton of guys in the league that wouldn’t have scored on that ball.

      P.S. How are we doing with that Turner bet? It looks like I’ll be collecting my payout early next spring. Did we decide on an amount yet?

      • Jeff Molby

        September 13, 2012 at 12:48 am

        Edit: Ooops, that was Chris that made the Turner bet. Sorry, Scott.

  4. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    The dreaded Bases Loaded Fail.

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Weird, Gameday had Cabrera’s single only loading the bases.

      • jud

        September 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        it barely got thru and it was off the bat slowly…..would only have scored Jackson or Berry..fortunately it was Jackson on second

  5. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Max at 101 pitches after 5.

  6. KW

    September 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Anyone else hear Cabrera drop an MF’er in the dugout after Prince hit that bomb?

    • Mark

      September 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

      At least his English is getting better.

  7. Coleman

    September 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Feast or famine. Enjoy the feast!!

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      That’s baseball.


    September 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Where was this team in the KC and Angeles series?

  9. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Benoit here! Why? Oh, it’s the 8th inning.

  10. mary

    September 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I love the tigers but Cabrera should be more careful about dropping the F bomb. Kids watch these game & that was totally unneccessary.

  11. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Benoit sets up a potential save situation.

  12. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Classic 2012 Tigers: turn a sure thing into a nail biter.

    • StorminNorman

      September 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      agreed… but ‘W’

      so much for the style points. tommorrow is the key, lose tomorrow, and gain no ground (or lose any ground)

    • Jeff Molby

      September 13, 2012 at 1:04 am

      Classic neo-DTW: It was a nail-biter the entire game. We scored a bunch in the 7th and 8th, but there wasn’t even a single positive comment at that time. Not one. There were a couple back-handed comments, but not one person said, “Yeah!! What a clutch it in such an important game!”

      20 minutes later, though, and Chicago responds with a couple clutch hits… unsurprisingly the naysayers quickly appear to berate the Tigers for giving up some runs. Nevermind that the Tigers had a net gain in runs over those two inning… DTW can only focus on the negative.

      Sigh… “Sometimes it makes me sad, though… Billfer being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

      • Tom in Lakeland

        September 13, 2012 at 9:05 am

        Good post.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          September 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

          Really interesting stuff guys.

          In general, I think my posts are pretty upbeat (though this one may not be the best example), but I will definitely be cognizant of this moving forward.

          Thanks for stopping by.

      • Vince in MN

        September 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

        I miss Mr. X too.

      • Coleman

        September 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

        We could have used the rally celery in all those 3-2 games!

      • stephen

        September 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

        Billfer is busy digging his way out of prison with a spoon..

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    September 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Win tomorrow and we’re in first place.

  14. stephen

    September 13, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Lose tomorrow and Tigers have the 8th best record in a 14 team league. They would be 4th place in the other divisions. 4th place! Seriously I’m so sick of the crappiness of the AL Central covering up for the fact that this top 5 payroll team is maybe the 15th best team in the major leagues. Rather have them be in another division where mediocrity isn’t rewarded and we’d be clear of Leyland and Dombrowski’s no field approach to baseball.

    • Tom in Lakeland

      September 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Verlander, Scherzer and Fister. The best starting three in the playoffs.

      • stephen

        September 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

        Cabrera, Jhonny, Infante, Fielder worst infield in majors

  15. Coleman

    September 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Raburn to the DL.

  16. stephen

    September 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    That’s weird and drastic with 40 man roster. Something hinky going on.