Game 2013.105: Nationals at Tigers
Detroit Tigers: 59-45, 1st Place (2.5 ahead of Cleveland).
It is Tuesday night, the trade deadline draws nigh, and the Tigers have one of those oh-so-2013 two-game Interleague series with Washington, who is out for revenge for that 1970 trade that sent Denny McClain to Washington for Joe Coleman, Eddie Brinkman, and Aurelio Rodriguez.
I predict Denard Span will do something annoying (Span career BA: Overall-.282 vs. Detroit-.344).
As Kevin posted yesterday, the Tigers obtained Jose Veras from the Astros to shore up their bullpen. Following the Jim Leyland rule of dealing with new players, expect him to appear in the 7th or 8th tonight.
With a day and change left before the trading deadline, will that be the only move the Tigers make? There has been a lot of speculation that the Tigers will looks for some Shortstop Plan B in case, just in case, Jhonny Peralta gets waylaid. There seems to be very little noise, rumor-wise, in that direction. I assume Dave Dombrowski is fully apprised of any shoes that may be dropping, and take this to mean that Peralta, for this season at least, will be around. We shall see.
Mr. D, actually, decided the best place for him to be on Monday was in Toledo, where he took in a Mud Hens game, in which he just happened to be able to watch Jeremy Bonderman pitch two perfect innings. Hmm. The Tigers are rumored to still be after one more relief pitcher. Is Bonderman that one more?
When the Tigers nabbed Veras, the question became, who goes to Toledo, Putkonen or Evan Reed? Putty drew the short straw, and was optioned to Toledo today.
Stat of the Day: July OPS:
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Victor Martinez. VMart has become, well, VMart. He is batting .385 for July, with a 1.011 OPS. Martinez was just killing the team the first half of the season, and how long to wait on him before pulling the plug was a legitimate topic. Leyland was patient, for the win.
Today’s Torii is Well-Rested Lineup: