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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:

*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:

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

Posted by on July 8, 2013.

Categories: 2013 Season, Game Post

29 Responses

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

    by TIGERS RULE on Jul 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  5. Loved the write-up Coleman. Interesting stuff.

    Let’s go Max.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  6. A disabled Tui ain’t so disabled.

    by Doug of troy on Jul 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

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

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

  11. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  12. 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.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  13. 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,

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

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

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  15. A quick inning for Rondon. That’s good.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  16. The typical 7-8-9 Show returns.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

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

    by TIGERS RULE on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  18. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm

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

    by TIGERS RULE on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm

  20. Extra innings:

    Det 2-9

    Cle 5-0

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm

  21. Plus, what is the Tigers record for getaway games?

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm

  22. Atta-boy VMART!

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

  23. Yes!!

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm

  24. Good come from behind win and great road trip!

    by PHToy in HK on Jul 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm

  25. OK, a winning road trip.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

  27. 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…

    by judpma on Jul 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

  28. Infante to DL. Hernan Perez called up from Erie.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

  29. That took long enough.

    by Coleman on Jul 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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