Detroit Tigers, 77-67, 2nd place, 1 back.
After 6 2/3 innings of no-hit pitching and a 5-3 victory, the Tigers continued their push for the Central division title. And after 6 2/3 innings of no-hit pitching and a 5-3 victory, the White Sox continued their push for the Central division title.
I think I’ll go ahead and predict a 163-game season here.
Even before the no-hit bid set in, yesterday’s game was entertaining, with the Tigers posting an un-run on the scoreboard, and Quintin Berry trying to end his perfect streak not once, but twice from second base (for his part, Avila says he did touch third). What must Berry have been thinking?
“I had a feeling on Twitter it was going crazy.”
The Tigers look to continue their Sunday dominance (17-6) in today’s 3:05 series finale, which gives Cleveland fans time to give up on the Browns at halftime and make their way out to the ballpark.
Detroit will face Ubaldo Jimenez for the 6th time this season. Jimenez mystified them the first three times around, and the Tigers turned it around the last two. Today they will look to even the books with both Jimenez and the Indians (9-8 vs Detroit).
Detroit arms Rick “No Run Support” Porcello with the broom. Porcello has only gotten an average of 1.06 runs in support over his last 6 starts. Look for the bullpen to play a big role today: Porcello tends to struggle later in games, especially with his sinker, which batters hit at a rate of .410 in innings 5-7.
Stat of the Day: Rick Porcello has the league’s highest BABIP (batting average on balls in play, which measures how effectively the defense turns plays into out) at .346. The league average is .293. 2nd worst? Max Scherzer at .337.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Quintin Berry. Berry draws multiple walks from the strike-zone challenged Jimenez, and creates some havoc on the base paths. Austin Jackson is a late scratch (possibly some soreness from crashing into the wall trying to save the no-hitter), so Q-Berry will be leading off and patrolling center.
Todays Broom-Brandishing Lineup:
Austin Jackson CFQuintin Berry CF Quintin Berry LFAndy Dirks LF
- Miguel Cabrera 3B
- Prince Fielder 1B
- Delmon Young DH
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila C
- Omar Infante 2B