Game 2012.154: Royals at Tigers
81-72, .5 games back.
There was a brief moment of exuberance last night, when the Tigers were arguably tied for first, and Miguel Cabrera was arguably in the Triple Crown lead. Then stephen spoke and all hell broke loose. Minutes later a Josh Hamilton 6th inning HR and an Adam Dunn 8th inning 3 run blast wiped the smiles away, and the Tigers and Cabrera were knocked back down a rung.
But today is a new day…Cleveland just beat CWS, 1st place is on the line tonight. More coming in a bit, I wanted to get this going with the CWS loss.
Standing in the way of a first place tie is Tigers nemesis Bruce Chen. Or is he really our nemesis? Yes, Chen shutout the Tigers over 8 innings on August 29th, allowing only 4 hits and a walk in a KC win. But his 2012 ERA vs. the Tigers is 3.93, and for his career he’s 5-5 with a 5.49 ERA, and more importantly, 2-4 with a 6.82 ERA at Comerica. Pit that against his career 4.61 ERA, and we can conclude that 2 great starts against the Tigers in 2011 have colored our impression of Mr. Chen. Cabrera is 11-26 (.423) with 3 bombs against Chen, and DY is 8-18 (.444) with a homer.
Sanchez was roughed up his last time out, but he had posted 5 straight QS prior to the Oakland outing. Over his last 6 Sanchez has a 2.77 ERA and a handsome 1.05 WHIP. He can beat KC.
Speaking of good starting pitching, over the last month, Tigers’ starters have a 2.78 ERA and 180 Ks in 200 2/3 IP. Opponents are batting only .237 off of the starters during that stretch.
Tonight’s 1st Place Lineup:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Infante, 2B
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH
6. Dirks, LF
7. Peralta, SS
8. Garcia, RF
9. Laird, C