55-44, 1st place, 3.5 games up on Cle (11 games over .500!)
Miggy who? The Tigers (who will be Miggy-less again tonight) put up a 3 spot in the 4th and 6th inning last night to cruise to a 6-2 victory over the White Sox. That is now 3 in a row and a win tonight will lock-up a series win prior to tomorrow’s JV afternoon outing (I’m already nervous).
The hot talk these days surrounds the bullpen, and whether the Tigers will make a deadline deal. Luke Gregorson of the Padres seems to be top of their list. With the emergence of Benoit as the closer, I don’t think the Tigers are looking for a closer as much as they are just help. Apparently the Braves were/are looking at Phil Coke. I’m not sure why. Are LOOGYs that valuable?
A few notes:
- Jair Jurrjens is back in the organization. The guy was really good for Atlanta for a few years there. He never really recovered from a knee injury in 2011. The kid is still only 27. I like the low risk signing.
- Fox Sports Detroit (I get that channel!) will air batting practice for both the Tigers and Phillies on Saturday beginning around 4:30 PM local time.
- Tigers have the best fans in all of baseball. No other team in MLB has more local TV sets tuned in on their team than the Tigers.
Tonight’s Series Clinching Lineup:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Hunter, RF
3. Tuiasosopa, LF
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Peralta, SS
7. Kelly, 3B
8. Perez, 2B
9. Avila, C