Game 2013.88: Tigers at Indians

Detroit Tigers: 48-39, 1st Place (2.5 ahead of Cleveland). 

Well the Tigers made what looked like a potential blowout game interesting, only to have a bullpen fail that left them a few runs short. The 11 runners left on base didn’t help, former Indian Jhonny Peralta being the biggest offender (6).

At any rate, the Tigers still have an 8-3 lead in the season series, and have a chance to win the road series with a victory tonight, which would bring them to a very nice 7-4 on what looked to be a difficult 11-game road trip.

Tonight Magic Max looks to round off his charmed first half with a perfect 14-0 on his way to being the All-Star game starting pitcher (if I may make a wild prediction). The record, by the way, for consecutive wins to start a season is 15-0, set by Cleveland’s Johnny Allen in 1937 and tied by Baltimore’s Dave McNally in 1969.

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The Home Run Derby teams will be chosen tonight, too late for this post. I will be shocked if reigning champ Prince Fielder is not on the AL team. No word on whether Brandon Inge will get an invitation for the NL team.

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I mentioned yesterday that this season will be Miguel Cabrera’s first All-Star game start. Since someone asked me who the starters were on the other years he went, I figured I would list them:

  • 2004 NL RF Sammy Sosa
  • 2005 NL LF Carlos Beltran
  • 2006 NL 3B David Wright
  • 2007 NL 3B David Wright
  • 2010 AL 1B Justin Morneau*
  • 2011 AL 1B Adrian Gonzalez
  • 2012 AL 3B Adrian Beltre

*Cabrera actually started the game, since Morneau was scratched with a concussion.

You’ll note the gap in 2008-2009, which goes to show the difficulties in adjusting to a new league, if only in reputation–Cabrera’s numbers were actually quite good, even in the first half:

  • 2008 first half .284/.837, 16 HR 57 RBI
  • 2009 first half .321/.926, 18 HR 50 RBI

2009 of course is the famous season when Brandon Inge made the All-Star team and Miguel Cabrera did not.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game:  Torii Hunter. Torii is heading into the All-Star game in style: he is on a 7-game hitting streak in which he is batting .419.

Today’s Mash-For-Max Lineup:

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Hunter, RF
  3. Cabrera, 3B
  4. Fielder, 1B
  5. Martinez, DH
  6. Peralta, SS
  7. Tuiasosopo, LF
  8. Pena, C
  9. Santiago, 2B

29 Comments

  1. TIGERS RULE

    July 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    The Tiger Official site show Tui and Pena starting ….. what gives?

    • Coleman

      July 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      That was just a temporary placeholder until I saw the official list. It’s nice to know we have on-the-ball readers here!

  2. Coleman

    July 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Probably never should have started this game…waste of a Max outing.

  3. Coleman

    July 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Sloppy, rainy day. That double steal cost the Tigers a run.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    July 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Loved the write-up Coleman. Interesting stuff.

    Let’s go Max.

  5. Doug of troy

    July 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    A disabled Tui ain’t so disabled.

    • Vince in MN

      July 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      He should be playing a lot more. Chances are that after this game he sits for another week.

    • Vince in MN

      July 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      If Tui hit 3 HR in his first 3 AB and in his fourth trip to the plate he would be facing a RH, Leyland would pinch hit for him.

      • Vince in MN

        July 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

        In that situation, which player do you bat?
        Vs. RH:
        A) .256/.316/.354/.670
        B) .333/.400/.704/1.104

        Sometimes baseball is a simple game,

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    July 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Having tons of problems with MLB.com and At Bat. The gameday audio for Cle seems to be working.

    • Coleman

      July 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Yeah, it never quite came back after the rain delay.

  7. Vince in MN

    July 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    We shoud be hammering Kazmir, but the top of the order is on vacation.

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    July 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Scherzer is getting stronger. He’s at least got 1 more in him. Let’s get him a few runs here and take the series.

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    July 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Scherzer can only get a W or no decision now. Let’s go Tigers.

  10. Vince in MN

    July 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    A quick inning for Rondon. That’s good.

  11. Vince in MN

    July 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    The typical 7-8-9 Show returns.

  12. TIGERS RULE

    July 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Hey Smokey ….. where’s Al Al ….. he’s due for a good inning?

  13. Vince in MN

    July 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    The only difference I see between Rondon and Valverde is that Rondon’s fastball is faster. Big deal. Neither one of them has a second pitch they can count on, which makes them incredibly vulnerable at the ML level.

  14. TIGERS RULE

    July 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    We don’t need the clown show to come in now!

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    July 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Extra innings:

    Det 2-9

    Cle 5-0

    • Vince in MN

      July 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Plus, what is the Tigers record for getaway games?

  16. Kevin in Dallas

    July 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Atta-boy VMART!

  17. Kevin in Dallas

    July 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Yes!!

  18. PHToy in HK

    July 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Good come from behind win and great road trip!

  19. Vince in MN

    July 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    OK, a winning road trip.

  20. Vince in MN

    July 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Even with a little hiccup there, I think I could get used to the Smyly/Benoit 1-2 punchout thing.

  21. judpma

    July 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

    this series was a dagger to the Indians….we might look back on this win as a big one.Even though its early for those…

  22. Vince in MN

    July 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Infante to DL. Hernan Perez called up from Erie.

    • Coleman

      July 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      That took long enough.