63-45, 1st place, 3 games up on Cle.
Jhonny Peralta has nerves of steel. Over his last ten games he’s hitting .351 with 3 HR and 8 RBIs. I don’t know how he’s not vomiting every time up the plate with what he’s facing on Monday. This reminds me of that time my boss called me into his office during a summer internship. Had he seen the email? Or had he not?. Rumors were that he had, but that was last week. Why the wait? Maybe he just wanted to discuss the project I was working on.
Turns out he had seen the email. Anyway, Peralta has proven to quite a few people that he can be a tremendous hitter, without PEDs (I think) and rejoining the roster will be a good problem to have if we stay the course into the playoffs.
As dominating as Scherzer has been all season, these past two games arguably have been his best stretch all season. 13 2/3, 3 H, 0 ER, 13 Ks, and 3 BBs. His 16-1 start is the best start in the majors since the Rocket in 2001.
Porcello gets the ball this afternoon after earning pitcher of the month honors for July, when he was 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA. Tigers starting pitchers have turned in 14 QS out of their last 17 starts. Off of the top of my head, 2 of those non-QS were JV.
Miggy who? The Tigers are now 7-1 without Cabrera in the starting lineup. They’ll try again today. Benoit is unavailable, look for Smyly or Veras to pitch i the 9th if necessary. Also, Downs down to Toledo.
Today’s Eat ‘Em Up Tigers and Homestand Sweeping Injury Filling Lineup:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Dirks, LF
3. Kelly, RF
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Peralta, SS
7. Avila, C
8. Iglesias, 3B
9. Santiago, 2B