Game 2012.155: Royals at Tigers

82-72, 1st PLACE!

Anibal Sanchez picked a prime spot for his best performance as a Tiger when he picked through the Royals lineup with ease, allowing only 3 hits in a complete game shut-out. Sanchez K’d 10 against only 1 walk. Sanchez had to be nearly perfect, because Chen was surgical, according to Leyland. Chen was great, but Sanchez was spectacular.

Ricky P returns from vacation just in time to start for a first place club. Things haven’t been going so well during his recent outings. The Tigers have not won in his last 7 starts, and Porcello has taken the loss in 6 of those. Though he’s hardly to blame. During that 7 game stretch Porcello has allowed more than 3 runs just once, and the Tigers are 0-5 in one-run games (remember, we’re on an 0-11 one run game streak). Porcello’s ERA has actually dropped (4.68 to 4.57) during this 7 game span. Porcello is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA against the Royals this season, and 5-3 with a 4.50 ERA versus KC over his career.

Jeremy Guthrie has been fantastic for the Royals as of late, only allowing 6 ER in his last 36 1/3 (1.49 ERA) and posting 5 straight quality starts, including 7 1/3 of 1 run ball against the Tigers on August 30th – though the Tigers did have 10 hits. In two starts against the Tigers this season, Guthrie is 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA. Cabrera is 7-19 (.368) with 2 HR off of Guthrie.

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A few notes:

- Looks like ESPN has Bob Holtzman trailing the Tigers to cover the Triple Crown. He said that he asked Cabrera in the locker room if Cabbie was keeping an eye on Hamilton (on the TV), and Cabrera said “no, why would I? I’ve got a game to get ready for tomorrow.” Cabrera’s head is in the right place.

- Though I’m not sure if Leyland’s is…he was quoted yesterday as saying: “I’m surprised we haven’t won more games than we have. I figured this team would win somewhere between 90 and 95 games.” It’s a little disconcerting that the manager of the team is surprised by anything. It’s as if he’s not paying attention.

- The last two selections for the DTW post image have thrown 10 innings of 3 hit, shutout ball, FYI.

- Papa Grande has hired Scott Boras. Boras and Dombrowski have worked together over the years (Pudge, Maggs, Rogers, Fielder). Curious time to get a new agent.

- 4 Ks from Porcello would set a new season high (currently 104 in 2011).

Tonight’s 1st Place Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Berry, LF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH
6. Dirks, RF
7. Peralta, SS
8. Avila, C
9. Infante, 2B

41 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    September 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    The correct lineup would be:

    1. Jackson, CF
    2. Dirks, RF
    3. Cabrera, 3B
    4. Fielder, 1B
    5. Young, DH
    6. Avila, C
    7. Infante, 2B
    8. Peralta, SS
    9. Berry, LF

  2. Vince in MN

    September 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Porcello – the weak link in the rotation. I would hope, if we do make the playoffs, that Rick is the one relegated to the bullpen. Sanchez has certainly shown enough in his last several starts to place him solidly as the No. 4.

  3. mcb

    September 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Some good ABs 2nite but lotta impatient ones too

  4. Coleman

    September 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    What, did someone pass out gold gloves in the KC dugout before the game?

  5. StorminNorman

    September 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    The AlAl train arrived just in time. If my opinion mattered, he’s replace the Potato as ‘the closer’.

  6. StorminNorman

    September 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    going to try and squeeze one more inning out of Guthrie…98 pitches and counting

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    September 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Bad time for Cabbie to go into a slump.

    • StorminNorman

      September 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      personally and collectively

  8. Vince in MN

    September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Speedster Don Kelly pinch-running for Young.

  9. StorminNorman

    September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    CLE just tied CWS 3-3

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    September 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Where did Dirks learn that?

    • Vince in MN

      September 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Nice takeout on the dhouble play ball.

  11. stephen

    September 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Wow actual small ball. This can’t be happening.

  12. stephen

    September 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Valverde due for 3 line drives and fly out type of save. Seriously, there’s 8 guys behind him.

  13. StorminNorman

    September 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    7-8-9 hitters for Papa, no excuse not to execute, and close this one out

  14. Vince in MN

    September 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Leyland: –7 and counting.

  15. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    We just passed the soft belly of our starters and our bullpen rose to the call. Next we have Messrs. Fister, Scherzer, Verlander, and Sanchez! GO INDIANS!

  16. Kevin in Dallas

    September 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Wouldn’t you love to see Al Al making hitters look silly in the 7th inning on a chilly October night?

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Especially in NYC!

    • Vince in MN

      September 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      I’d like to see AlAl making hitters look silly in the 9th inning RIGHT NOW.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        September 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm

        Post of the Game.

  17. PHToy in HK

    September 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    The worst part of the Leyland quote above was that he went on to say that if they won 8 of the last 9 games they would make it to 90. Wrong! He didn’t even know their record when he spoke.

    Regardless, good win tonight. Let’s hope they keep this train going….

    • Vince in MN

      September 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      If they make it into the playoffs, I’ll be waiting for the “We haven’t done anything yet” line.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        September 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm

        Leyland will be looking for a “sign here” flag.

  18. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    If anybody wants to go over to the Indians/White Sox game and comment here, I am all eyes and ears!

    • Vince in MN

      September 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Acta left Masterson in way too long – Sox up 4-3 in 5th.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        September 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        We’re tied again with bases loaded and no outs!

        • Vince in MN

          September 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

          Great 12-pitch AB by Santana.

  19. Vince in MN

    September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Hafner GDP to end the threat. He is a mere shadow of his former self; so many injuries over the last few years. I think his contract is up at the end of the season and I bet he retires.

  20. jud

    September 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    How about our boy Peralta ..recording his 4th actual highlight of the year he gets a game winning RBI by not hitting into a double play….that’s how bad a year he is having when this is one of his few highlights

    In fact what are the chances of Avila and Peralta actually both getting an RBI in the same game….might not have happened all year..so huge day for the “do nothings”

  21. stephen

    September 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    White Sox have allowed 21 baserunners. God, they’re terrible.

  22. Kevin in Dallas

    September 26, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    You have got to be kidding me…Lillibridge with an Infante to extend the inning.

  23. stephen

    September 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    That was ridiculous. BTW, Kevin Youkilis is done.

  24. Kevin in Dallas

    September 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Ballgame.

  25. stephen

    September 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Seriously, White Sox are done. This will be over by Saturday. Rays much better.

    • Florian

      September 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      The Sox won all four games against the Rays this season, though…

    • Kevin in Dallas

      September 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Do I sense some optimism stephen, perhaps even a little glee?

      • stephen

        September 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

        Optimism that the Tigers are better than the White Sox? Yes. The rest, not so much.

  26. jud

    September 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Is Leyland managing the Sox down the stretch??

  27. Kevin in Dallas

    September 27, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Trout, Mauer and Hamilton all with 0 fors (Trout still playing).

  28. StorminNorman$

    September 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/d.....1;mlb.html
    “Detroit’s Max Scherzer to miss next start” – not encouraging… shoulder issues don’t usually clear up after just missing a start.