Game 2013.114: Tigers at Yankees

Detroit Tigers: 68-45, 1st Place (7 ahead of Cleveland). Winning Streak: 12. 

Sneaking under the radar a bit: Detroit Tigers, American League’s Best Record.

Well, there we go. (Tap). A four-game sweep of the division rival Cleveland Indians, who have now become the “division rival” Cleveland Indians. (Tap). That’s a four-game sweep AT Cleveland. (Tap). The Tigers are now 13-3 on the season against the Indians, including 9-1 on the road. (Tap). (That tapping sound you hear are the nails going into the coffin of Cleveland’s division title hopes). I’m not sure how Cleveland can bounce back from this, but for those who think Terry Francona is the best manager around, it’s time to see what he’s got.

Despite the comfortable division lead, tonight’s game is significant because the Tigers have a chance to extend their winning streak to 13 games. Just kidding: we all know the most important story tonight is the Alex Rodriguez home debut. Will they boo? will they cheer? Will we care? At least the Tigers are playing the Yankees, so they won’t cut away from the Tiger game to show A-Rod bat like the MLB Network did to broadcast Derek Jeter’s First At Bat of the Season live (yes, they did). Hey, the Yankee fans need something to distract then, they have been pretty much eliminated from the playoff picture.

OK, back to our regularly scheduled program. It has been a long time since the Tigers franchise has won 13 in a row; in fact, as ESPN points out, Jim Leyland was not alive the last time it happened (which is amazing, since I was pretty sure Abner Doubleday was his 3rd base coach at one point). 1934 was the last time Detroit won 13 straight. Can anything stop the Tigers right now? Maybe the weather: rain is predicted. [Update: 6:00, light rain, tarp on the field].

Tonight’s game looks as though it may be an unexpected pitcher’s duel.  Rick Porcello vs. Ivan Nova hardly seemed to be a marquee matchup, but look at their records over their past 5 starts:

Porcello: 5-0, 1.87 ERA

Nova: 3-2, 1.66 ERA

Porcello should get an extra boost tonight from the new Jose Iglesias/Hernan Perez infield behind him.


In some ex-Tiger news:  the Chicago White Sox put Caspar Wells on waivers, and he has been claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies in turn cleared a roster spot for Wells by giving the ol’ DFA to…Delmon Young! Wells has now been a member of the Mariners, Blue Jays, A’s, White Sox, and Phillies this season. And also pitched one scoreless inning for the White Sox, a la Ryan Raburn, which I somehow missed.

The White Sox, by the way recalled Avisail Garcia today.


Jose Iglesias is now a REAL Tiger–he has changed agencies and will now be represented by Scott Boras. If anyone is interested in who represents who, MLBTradeRumors has an Agency Database. How about that!


Today’s Player of the Pre-gameAlex Avila. Alex was sent back to Detroit, rather than traveling with the team to New York, for observation, since he had complained of dizziness and nausea after taking a shot off the mask which left him with a bloody ear. He was cleared, and has caught up with the team. Alex Avila takes more abuse than other catchers, maybe more than any other catcher, and it has been going on long enough that it is hard to brush it off as bad luck. Is it the way he sets up? Is there a catching coach who could help him? Is it the way the Tiger pitchers pitch? Would it help him to have a goalie-style mask?

[Update: Avila was originally in the lineup, but has been scratched for Pena. Let’s go with AJax as POPG, 5-for-13 off Nova]

Today’s Baker’s Dozen Lineup:

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


  1. StorminNorman$

    August 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Kazmir & CLE got rocked for 5 runs (against LAA) in the 1st… appears they’re still reeling

  2. Vince in MN

    August 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm



    August 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    So far tonight our new middle infield has cost us a run in the field and have looked absolutely brutal at the plate.


      August 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Perez sure has the yips in the field.

    • Coleman

      August 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Not as brutal as Martinez and Dirks.

  4. scott

    August 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Nova throws a curve………it hits the dirt in the LH batter’s box……and the batter swings?? what the hell is going on? all K’s are via the curveball…….anybody notice a pattern here? c’mon guys, get the act together…….. 🙁

  5. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Andy Dirks, King of LOB.

  6. Marrakesh Red

    August 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    is it me or is this game zzzzzzzzz

    • scott

      August 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      yes this is a very dull game

  7. scott

    August 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    this friggin’ ump is a total joke! he has no strike zone. pitches that are low, he calls strikes…..pitches inside, he calls ’em strikes……can’t somebody throw out the ump?……. 🙁

  8. judpma

    August 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    something Sparky used to say…” hey ump the catcher aught to be able to catch strike three!!”

  9. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    A-Rod gets a standing O at his first AB, then a big round of boos after he dons the Tri-Corner Hat.

  10. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I never really paid attention before, but Pena has a very unique set-up behind the plate.

  11. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Rondon is in postseason form, judging by his fielding.

  12. Judpma

    August 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I guess the Tigers aren’t going to win all the rest of their games……darn1

    • Judpma

      August 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      maybe I wrote that tooooo soooonnn! WOW Cabby!

  13. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Uh oh…was just going to say that ending up on Cabrera vs Rivera makes up for all the zzzzs this game. We didn’t need another Cabrera injury though. He’s getting more banged up than Avila:

  14. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    And that, my friends, you just can’t beat, no matter how this turns out.

    • Judpma

      August 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm


  15. PHToy in HK

    August 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm


  16. Vince in MN

    August 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    So, who all wants to see Miggy go on the DL? 😉

    • Coleman

      August 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      If Leyland hadn’t pinch-hit Kelly for Iglesias, Miggy would be coming out in the bottom of the 9th (Santiago is also banged up…we have a thin bench). Cabrera is limping.

      • Vince in MN

        August 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm

        The Tigers might be on a nice winning streak, but Leyland is his same old self.

  17. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Walk Martinez to get to Dirks…I’d do that every time.

  18. Vince in MN

    August 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Where’s Tui?

  19. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Of course, this all may just be a set-up for the dramatic A-Rod walk off HR.

    • PHToy in HK

      August 9, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      A-Rod is done for the night.

      • Coleman

        August 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

        You are correct, sir. I missed that move!

  20. PHToy in HK

    August 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Too bad Smyly and Bondo had short nights. Hopefully the BOOBs can put something together and end this quickly

    • Coleman

      August 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      The BOOBs will need to be big if we are gonna win this.

  21. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Un. Believable.

  22. Vince in MN

    August 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Another pitching change!!?? Leyland is suffering from oxygen deprivation tonight.

  23. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Not to get all Kevin-ish, but that sac bunt last inning was a waste.

  24. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    AlAl will walk 4 for the walk walk-off.

  25. Judpma

    August 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    lets see we put the 12 game winning streak on the line with AlAl…….hmmmmm! and he walks the winning run!!!!!!!

    • Vince in MN

      August 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Dreadful bench and bullpen management tonight. The manager having his head up his ass can cost a game one in a while.

  26. Judpma

    August 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Pena pulls an Avila!

  27. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    AlAl pitching with bases loaded. Lets see, there must be something to drink here…

  28. Judpma

    August 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    here’s one we didn’t deserve to win ………and didn’t!!!!

  29. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Inge would have had that! Oh, sorry, flashback.

  30. Coleman

    August 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Well, credit where credit is due. Albuquerque’s beard is meticulously trimmed.

  31. Judpma

    August 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Leyland refuses to hold Al Al accountable for his lead off walks….does it over and over and over and over……Mumbles didn’t want to hurt his feelings by jerking him after yet another lead off walk!!!!

    • Vince in MN

      August 9, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      There was nobody left to put in but Benoit! He burned through the whole GD bullpen by the 10th inning in a 3-3 game. Complete incompetence proven once again.

  32. Judpma

    August 10, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Mumbles used 5 pitchers to get 12 outs…….got burned….. and the funny part is the Tigers were never in the game until Cabby cranked one!

  33. Vince in MN

    August 10, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Infante 2 for 4 tonight, so maybe he gets back soon.