Game 2013.108: White Sox at Tigers

62-45, 1st place, 3 games up on Cle.

I’m going to make the bold claim that my son, and PHToy in HKs child, are the most spoiled Tigers fans out there. The Tigers are 10-2 in my little guy’s lifetime, and to be honest, he slept through most of those losses.

And he’s also very curious as to who this “Miguel Cabrera” guy is that we won’t stop talking about. Miggy is not in tonight’s lineup, and his day-to-day injury has become week to week. Had he sat out of the 1.5 games he played in last weekend, he’d be nearly done with a 15 day DL stint. Even with the two off days this week his abdominal strain isn’t fully healed. (Wasn’t it his hamstring before? Are we getting good information here?)

With the 1 day off in August gauntlet that began last night, this is beginning to be troubling. Though I’d rather sit him for a few weeks now to be ready for late Sept/Oct. Meanwhile Chris Davis has taken this opportunity to overtake the RBI lead, and increase his HR lead to 8, and presumably, jump ahead in the MVP race.

The Tigers look to continue their winning ways against the White Sox, losers of 8 in a row. CWS is only a few games ahead of the Astros for rights to next year’s top amateur.

Can we take a second to appreciate stand up and applaud Joaquin Benoit? Here are his stats since he was handed the closer role in early June (I’m using June 9th, correct me if I”m wrong): 18 IP, 1 ER, 23 Ks, 5 BB. That’s an ERA of .50, a WHIP of .78, and a K/BB of 4.6. That’s domination. If he’s just remotely this good the rest of the year, then he’ll be the best closer we could possibly have.

Today’s Let’s Eat ‘Em Up Tigers Again Lineup (with #s off of Danks):

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (12-29, 3 HR)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (12-37, 2 HR)
  3. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF (1-8)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (5-7, HR)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (7-35, 3 HR)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (10-46, HR, 11 Ks)
  7. Jose Iglesias, 3B
  8. Brayan Pena, C (2-9)
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B (0-2)


  1. Kevin in Dallas

    August 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Remember when 10 games over seemed like a big deal?

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Yeah I was looking at the standings and the Tigers are closing in on the Red Sox’s 66-45 record. I drink coffee with a Red Sox fan (glad somebody likes them) and this will make those get togethers some much better.

  2. PHToy in HK

    August 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Kevin – Yes she is indeed spoiled in this regard. But then again, so was I when I was born in the summer of 68….

    • Coleman

      August 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      The ’68 World Series were the first baseball games I ever watched. No wonder I got hooked.

  3. PHToy in HK

    August 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Good morning to you too Mr. Hunter!

  4. PHToy in HK

    August 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    and to you too Mr. Peralta!


    August 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    It looks like Iglesias knows how to use a bat just as well as a glove.

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    August 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Not crazy about these unis. I’m all for Hispanic night, but these uniforms remind me Mexican League ones I used to see growing up.

    • Coleman

      August 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      I predict this will Peralta’s last game in a Tigres uniform.

      • Coleman

        August 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

        *will be*

  7. PHToy in HK

    August 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    For a while there I thought Benoit was going to be jinxed by the pre-game write up.

  8. judpma

    August 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    one of the best 68 stories I flew home from my year in Viet Nam landed in Alaska sat down at a TV and watched Gibson fan 16 in the first game of the series as they re-feuled our plane!

  9. StorminNorman$

    August 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Including today’s (Sunday) game, DET has 10 games left with CWS