Game 2012.156: Royals at Tigers
83-72, 1st place, 1 game ahead of CWS.
In case you’ve missed today’s theme, we’re in first place.
Final home game of the regular season today, the Tigers head to Minnesota and KC for the final 6 of the season. Little bit of a shake-up for the final road-trip as Scherzer has been scratched for tomorrow’s start due to a deltoid strain. Smyly will start in his place. Jon Morosi wonders if the Tigers may look for a last minute replacement in the event that Scherzer’s shoulder is worse than we hope.
Luis Mendoza is 8-9 with a 4.44 ERA this year. The Tigers roughed him up for 6 ER on 7 hits over 5 innings on August 28th. Cabrera is 3-8 off of Mendoza with 1 HR.
If you’re headed out to the game today, here’s a list of the people whom you may need to say goodbye to: Leyland (I do not expect him to be back), Gerald Laird (I do expect him to be back), Brennan Boesch (I’m 50/50 on him), Jhonny Peralta (I hope we can find a better defensive solution; but don’t forget the Adam Everett days); Delmon Young (he’s gone with VMart back next year); and Anibal Sanchez (I expect the Tigers to make a strong offer to re-sign him).
I recognize that there is a lot going on with the pennant race and the Triple Crown and what not, but please take a moment to enjoy the sanctity and beauty of meaningful late September afternoon baseball. I’m going to watch the game from my desk with a sandwich and some chips, maybe a cold drink if things go our way. How about you?
A few notes:
- The Tigers will pass 3 million in attendance today for the 3rd time in club history (’07, ’08).
- The Tigers are 14 games over .500 since late June, 2nd best in the AL.
- The Tigers are 32-11 at home since Independence day. Some quick math tells us that they are not so hot on the road, so a win today is crucial with no more home cooking left.
Today’s First 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