Detroit Tigers, 79-70, 2nd place, 1.5 back.
OK, let’s try 150 again. The weather doesn’t exactly look promising today either, and with a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, the Tigers are already in a jam with their pitching rotation; Detroit will need 6 pitchers over the next 5 days.
The good new is that Max Scherzer has been cleared to pitch, so it looks like Max will pitch the first game Sunday, with Drew Smyly taking the rescheduled rain-out game Sunday night.
In other news, Ron Gardenhire thinks that Cabrera, not Trout should be the MVP: “you can saber all you want.”
Lee Panas has a good breakdown of why “sabering” gets you Trout as the MVP.
Stat of the Day: Detroit leads the AL in first-pitch hitting at bats with 666. (Their results are a bit above average: the average OPS for first-pitch at bats is .884, the Tigers come in at .899).
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Alex Avila. Alex will try to avoid another bout with Prince Fielder, and try to pick up from the hot-hitting Gerald Laird (.364 over last 2 weeks).
Today’s Rain, Rain Go Away Lineup: