Game 2013.91: White Sox at Tigers

50-40, 1st place, 3.5 games up.

Last night’s win was about as ho-hum as an 8 -5 win gets. Porcello got the W by pitching well enough. Cabrera, Fielder and VMart each collected 3 hits, but only 1 XBH (a fielder HR) among them. And I gotta say, it’s a little disappointing when Cabrera only gets 1 RBI. Smyly was incredible and Benoit avoided trouble after 2 walks for his 8th save (is that in 8 chances?). Rondon makes me believe that we’ll have a new closer in here in the next 20 days.

This afternoon the Tigers face Chris Sale, who has established himself as one of the best lefties in the AL. His 5-8 record is purely a reflection of a complete lack of run support, as his stats paint him as one of the elite in the AL. Check this out (AL Rank in parenthesis):

ERA: 2.78 (4th)
WHIP: .96 (2nd)
BAA: .202 (3rd)
K/9: 9.77 (3rd)
brWAR: 4.5 (1st)

13 of his 16 starts have been quality, and he’s lost 4 games when he allowed 2 or less ER over 7+ innings. Thus, we need Sanchez to be sharp today.

Look, friends. We have to win this afternoon. You shouldn’t lose series at home, especially against the White Sox. The Rangers are coming into town tomorrow, so we’ll have our work cut out for us leading up to the AS break.

Today’s Series Winning 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. Perez, 2B

28 Comments

  1. Coleman

    July 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    How about some Tui Time?

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    July 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Tui!

  3. Coleman

    July 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Not so good: wasting a lead off triple.

    • Coleman

      July 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Correction: it was a one-out triple.

  4. Coleman

    July 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Brookens -1

  5. Bill

    July 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    If fielder runs out his groundball it wouldnt have been a DP and we would have had at least 1 more run. Not surprising that Rod Allen didnt mention that!

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    July 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    We are so incredibly fortunate to watch Cabby every day.

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    July 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Are you kidding me.

  8. Coleman

    July 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Sanchez was left in too long, and Hawk Harrelson is crowing.

    • Vince in MN

      July 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      In search of the Magical Quality Start.

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    July 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Best payback would be a rally and a win.

  10. Vince in MN

    July 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Major clown show averted. Good try though.

  11. Vince in MN

    July 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Three hits off of a LH today. That’s a very good sign for V-Mart, who was struggling against them until recently.

  12. Kevin in Dallas

    July 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Phil Coke’s last 10 outings before today:
    8 2/3 IP, 2.07 WHIP, 7.27 ERA, 6 BB, 5 K.

    He’s gotta be sent down. He’s not a major league pitcher right now. Hopefully he can get it back.

    • Vince in MN

      July 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      “He’s an important part of this team. We go to get him going. Can’t do anything without him.” Etc., etc.

  13. Vince in MN

    July 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    The wheels have come off for Jhonny since the end of June: .189/.232/.245/.477 with 17 Ks in 53 AB before today.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      I think that’s just a slump. He’s likely not going to be an All-Star the 2nd half, but I think he’s earned some more time before we worry about him.

      • Vince in MN

        July 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        Agreed. He hasn’t had a day off in a while, so maybe the manager should give him a chance to freshen up a bit.

        • Coleman

          July 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

          Or maybe he is distracted by the MLB investigation.

  14. Kyle

    July 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Coke needs to go and this just stinks

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    July 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Rally time.

  16. Vince in MN

    July 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Because a HR really won’t help, you obviously have to PH for Tui here.

  17. Kyle

    July 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Kelly is up for the comeback!

  18. Vince in MN

    July 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Another lackluster effort and Leyland continues to show that he is a complete dunderhead.

  19. jud

    July 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    yup Coke is my LH specialist and that’s how I am going to use him…..unless a RH hitter comes up!!! Mumbles…mumbles

  20. scott

    July 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Coke won’t be here next year…..and Put[z]konen is more useless than tits on a boar. Smyly should be starting, and Porcello is a RH Nate Robertson: barely adequate mostly with a quality start here + there. Alvarez has looked crappy in his couple starts and Sanchez hasn’t really lit things up…….neither has JV. I guess Scherzer is god and has to carry the pitching load…….hope he’s up to it.

  21. Tom in Lakeland

    July 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Don’t get too low. And don’t get too high. Time and chance happen to all.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Amen.