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.
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.
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:
- Jackson, CF
- Hunter, RF
- Cabrera, 3B
- Fielder, 1B
- Martinez, DH
- Peralta, SS
- Tuiasosopo, LF
- Pena, C
- Santiago, 2B