Game 2013.95: Tigers at Royals

Detroit Tigers: 52-42, 1st Place (1.5 ahead of Cleveland). 

Baseball is back!

The Tigers head into Kansas City to kick off the 2nd half of the season (which, with only 68 games remaining, is actually almost 60% over). Which also means we have less than 2 weeks remaining before the July 31 trade deadline. The Tigers, who seem to have lost Octavio Dotel, have jettisoned Jose Valverde, and have watched Bryan Villarreal and Al Alburquerque struggle, would seem to be prime players in the relief pitcher market.

There were murmurings that the Tigers may be pursuing Tim Lincecum: not as a starter, but to do a Smoltz and make a closer out of him. Lincecum’s no-hitter and subsequent praise by the Giants General Manager make it unlikely they will move him anywhere, although if they do, there would be a very short list of teams willing to take on his contract ($22 million this season).

Whatever trade rumors are brewing though, be assured Mad Max will be on top of it all. Scherzer says, somewhat redundantly, that he is a “pretty fanatical fan” of the MLB Trade Rumors web site, which he reads almost every day.


Also of note as the second half of the season begins: it is beginning without Omar Infante. Infante’s injury was originally deemed minor enough that he was not even put on the disabled list: now it is beginning to look increasingly bad (it is not the shin contusion that is the problem, but the accompanying sore ankle). At any rate Infante is still down in Lakeland and will join the team Saturday for a medical re-evaluation.


It’s yesterday’s news now, but the Tigers shone in the All-Star game, which resulted in AL home field advantage for this year’s World Series. Scherzer pitched one perfect inning; Fielder tripled, Cabrera doubled and made some nice plays at third, Peralta singled, and even Torii Hunter, who hit into a DP, contributed by making the AL pre-game speech. Good job, guys!


Today’s Player of the Pre-game:  Prince Fielder. Prince has finally caught his breath from his All-Star Game triple, and is ready to start the 2nd half with a bang.

Today’s Oh My No Omar Lineup:

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


  1. Vince in MN

    July 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Where’s Tui?

    • Coleman

      July 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      He couldn’t possibly possibly hit a baseball that is being thrown from a pitcher’s right hand! What are you thinking?


    July 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Winning the ASG has swollen Smokey’s head so much that he now thinks he can do no wrong. This will show up on his poor decision making running the team, even more than usual, for the rest of the season. I just hope the talent on our team can overcome Smokey’s blunders!

  3. Judpma

    July 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Avila , not only can’t hit but he can’t throw either…..Why does Rod blame every single pitcher on the Tiger staff for ALL stolen bases!

  4. Coleman

    July 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Wait–the break IS over, right?


      July 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Our offense doesn’t think so!

  5. judpma

    July 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    if this game were any more exciting Mumbles might stay awake til the end….do the Tigers know the break is over???


    July 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    The Avila drop is going to cost us.


      July 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      We dodged a bullet!

  7. judpma

    July 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    can’t run
    can’t hit

    and can’t catch…

  8. tbran

    July 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Avila nees to sit. He can’t hit, he can’t throw and he just proved he can’t catch.

    • Vince in MN

      July 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Well, he is hitting .007 higher since he returned from injury.

  9. tbran

    July 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Are these guys back from the break yet?

  10. judpma

    July 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I would vote for Santana for the Cy Young except my sister and every other pitcher in baseball can do that to the Tigers when the Tigers don’t come to pkay….which is often!

  11. Coleman

    July 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    The rest didn’t seem to help Avila.

  12. Vince in MN

    July 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    You just have to tip your cap.

    • Coleman

      July 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      I threw mine, does that count?

  13. judpma

    July 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    hey Jim how do you explain your team being shutout for the 7th time..which is more than most teams in baseball??..well as Mumbles spits some sandwhich at you…” thats baseball”

  14. Vince in MN

    July 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    A typical performance after a long break. This has been happening for years (remember ’06 Series?) and we’ll just have to wait for Smokey to get them going.