Game 2013.109: White Sox at Tigers

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

24 Comments

  1. judpma

    August 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t care if you have won 50 in arow. Thats no excuse for batting Dirks 2 and Kelly 3

    • TIGERS RULE

      August 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Touche ….. our great manager feels like this is a throw-away game.

      • Vince in MN

        August 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        Sunday Lineup.

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    August 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Sick, sick play by Iglesias there. Made it look so easy. If he’s at SS I think he makes both of those plays in the 1st as well.

  3. judpma

    August 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    well tomorrow being the big day for Peralta and others, what do you do with him when he comes back..??.I think the Giants set an excellent precedent with Milkey last year…you cut your ties with him….thanks Jhonny, appreciate what you have done…..but you cheated, big time.

  4. judpma

    August 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Ramon an Avila strike again…good job!

  5. StorminNorman$

    August 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    though Konerko hit a HR, I still would have brought out Smyly in the 9th…he’s been stellar for the past couple months…and he had only faced one hitter prior

    guess DET offense is going to need to wake up if they want to pull a W out of this game

    • Coleman

      August 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      A shame Porcello won’t get a W out of this one though.

  6. Coleman

    August 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    And I can’t help it, but now *I* want to see the email.

  7. StorminNorman$

    August 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    why not pinch run for Avila here?

  8. Vince in MN

    August 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Should have let Kelly hit and have Fielder bunt in last of 10th.

  9. Vince in MN

    August 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Rondon with 14 pitches, 12 strikes. Is he going to get in hot water with the old man again?

  10. Vince in MN

    August 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Anybody hear anything about Castellanos? He has not played in the last four games.

    • StorminNorman$

      August 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      he was out for the birth of his son…back in the TOL lineup today

  11. Coleman

    August 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Tigers just optioned Evan Reed, are calling up Jeremy Bonderman!

    • StorminNorman$

      August 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      i’m not a fan of Reed being on the roster, but c’mon Bondo…really?!?! I guess he’ll give Coke someone to talk to in the pen

  12. judpma

    August 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Bondo and Coke…..what is this world coming too???

    • StorminNorman$

      August 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Bondo has pitched 9.2 innings for Toledo, given up no ER and only 3 hits

      • Vince in MN

        August 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        Is this a case of Bondo being promoted on his merits (although 9.2 IP in 7 games seems to be a pretty small sample size), or is it Leyland’s penchant for lobbying for “guys that used to be pretty good when I managed them xx years ago”. Hopefully Bonderman has made some kind of magical transition, but I am always a bit suspicious during the current “Leyland Era” (with very good reason) when some blast from the past shows up on our ML roster.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Bondo and Coke sounds like a sweet cop show.

      • PHToy in HK

        August 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Sounds like a drink to me.

        • Vince in MN

          August 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

          Another PED?

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    August 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Indians and Royals win again.

    • William

      August 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      all three teams 9-1 in their last 10.