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

31 thoughts on “Game 2012.142: Tigers at White Sox”

  1. 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.

    1. 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?

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

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

    1. agreed… but ‘W’

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

    2. 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.”

        1. 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.

  3. 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.

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