Detroit Tigers, 75-67, 2nd place, 1 back.
OK, let’s try this again. Rained out yesterday, Justin Verlander still has the ball for tonight’s game against Cleveland and Corey Kluber. You may remember him: Cy Kluber beat Detroit (3-2, naturally) on Sept. 3 for his first, and only major league victory.
The result of pushing back the Verlander start will be that the last game against the White Sox will now feature Doug Fister against Gavin Floyd, instead of Justin Verlander vs Chris Sale, a swap that seems to favor the White Sox (despite Sale’s brilliant season he has struggled against Detroit). Although Drew Sharp seems to think otherwise, for reasons I can’t quite make out.
As a couple of commenters here (stephen and Mark) noted, there was something odd about the moving of Ryan Raburn to the DL, now that rosters have expanded to 40. What this move does do is actually free up an extra spot on the postseason roster. If a player on a team’s roster is on the DL on Aug 31 he is eligible for the team’s postseason roster; if that player is also on the DL at season’s end, he can be replaced by any player who is in the team’s organization as of Aug 31.
What does this mean? It means that Al Alburquerque could replace Raburn on the eligible list.
Not that that has anything to do with the Raburn move, as Leyland says. But if it had, he couldn’t have set it up better: first Leyland says Raburn is “talented,” causing fans to groan everywhere. Then he says that Raburn looks “sluggish.” Then they find a quadriceps strain (dang! and he was so talented!) that gives them some roster flexibility.
First things first though: let’s get these guys into the postseason.
Stat of the Day: The Tigers are the only Central team with a winning record within the division–and that’s with a 6-9 mark against Cleveland.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Delmon Young. Happy Birthday!
Todays Rain-Delayed Lineup: