Game 2012.148: Athletics at Tigers
78-69, 2nd place, 3 games behind CWS, E# 13 (same as Oak).
Well, last night was fun, but we actually lost ground if you consider the fact that we have one less game to catch-up to the White Sox. This is going to be a very tough last few weeks.
The Cabrera for MVP and Triple Crown race is in full swing. Verducci wrote this article yesterday, before Cabrera’s offensive outburst. He does make a good point about Trout’s unbelievable WAR advantage (10.2 – 6.1), but I think that a good close by Miggy and the MVP is his. He’s only 2 HR behind Hamilton for the HR and Triple Crown lead. Despite Morosi’s claim that the MVP is a mere formality at this point in time, Dave Cameron argues that a true evaluation of all around play decidedly points to Trout.
Some outlets have suggested that JV is still among the leaders in the Cy Young hunt, and I think a dominating stretch and a Tigers playoff appearance earns him the award again. A similar performance by Scherzer could thrust him into contention.
The other subplot is Jim Leyland’s contract (or lack thereof) situation. He’s contract expires in 15 games, and to date, there have been no extension talks. Lynn Henning suggests (and stephen is dreaming of) Terry Francona. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince thinks that no playoffs means no more Leyland.
Scherzer’s MRI report came out okay. No word on his next start.
Oh, JV pitches tonight. Do your thing, JV.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Omar Infante, 2B
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Delmon Young, DH
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Avisail Garcia, RF
- Andy Dirks, LF
- Gerald Laird, C