Game 2013.89: White Sox at Tigers

49-39, 1st place, 3.5 games up on Cle.

The Tigers head home for 6 against the White Sox and Rangers after a successful 7-4 road trip that ended with the club taking 3 of 4 from Cle. The White Sox are not good. We gotta win the series.

A few stars from last night’s game, other than VMart.

1) Brayan Pena. Pena made one of the smartest plays you’ll see all season. In case you missed it, Swisher hit a nubber down the 3rd place line to lead off the 8th. He watched it roll foul, assumed that was it, and turned towards the dugout to get ready for the next pitch. Pena watched it like a hawk and snatched it up when it rolled back fair, and then raced over to tag a bewildered, and embarrassed, Nick Swisher.

2) Drew Smyly. Wow. Other than Miguel Cabrera, has anyone been more valuable than Drew Smyly this season? He entered in the 9th after Rondon gave up a leadoff single. A Pena passed ball put a runner on 2nd with no outs. That’s a run expectancy of 1.06. Smyly then gets a fly out, a K, and a fly out. A well deserved W. On the season – batters are hitting .198 off of him, and he’s posting a 2.04 ERA and .98 WHIP.

3) The late inning walk. Seems like we are constantly burned by them; well, VMart made two count in the top of the 10th.

A few notes:

–¬†Victor Martinez’s last 10 games: .390/.538/.928. No home runs, but I can live with the double brothers hitting 5 and 6 in this lineup.

– Prince Fielder’s splits: .314/.398/.520 ** .243/.346/.431. Man, lefties are killing him…except that those splits are the other way. His OPS v. lefties is .918, and it’s .777 v. righties. I’m expecting a monster 2nd half from him.

– Infante to the DL, retroactive to the 4th. I wonder if Colby Rasmus will send a card. 22 year old prospect Hernan Perez up and in the lineup.

– Are the Tigers eyeing someone from the Brewers’ bullpen?

– Could Miggy be joining Prince in the HR derby?

Tonight’s Series Opening Lineup:

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


  1. Vince in MN

    July 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    The Tigers better start eying shortstops. Biogenisis related suspensions likely coming after AS break.


  2. Vince in MN

    July 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I’m glad to see Perez getting an immediate start at 2B. Santiago is probably tired and in need of rest, especially since he might be our regular SS after the Break.

    Tui gets 2nd start in a row! I expect Dirks will PH asap though.

    Hopefully JV has his arm angle thing fixed and we’ll get another shutdown performance.

    V-Mart has been very productive the last couple of weeks. However, for the season he is .206/.252/.275/.527 vs. LH (7 2B, 0 HR, 11BI) in 111 PA.

  3. Coleman

    July 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Tui Time! Maybe he can get one more before he’s lifted for the pinch-hitter.

  4. Vince in MN

    July 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Leyland leaves Verlander in too long (should have been out after the 7th) and then follows with the wrong relief pitcher.

  5. Bill

    July 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Most troubling about Verlander is he threw only 1 pitch 95mph or faster and only 50% of his pitches were fastballs. Obviously he doesn’t have the good fastball anymore.

  6. Coleman

    July 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    At least The White Flag gets some work tonight.

  7. StorminNorman$

    July 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    going into today CWS was dead last (AL) in runs scored and 2nd to the last in hits… “but that’s baseball”

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    July 10, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Verlander got drilled today. He gave up quite a few hits even before that 8th inning. Man, he could go to the all star game at 9-7…

  9. Brenden

    July 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Wow…the bullpen is a mess…When they blow it, they really blow it.