Game 2013.117: Tigers at White Sox

69-47, 1st place, 7 games up. Yes, 7.

Well, all good things must come to an end, and my 3 week old son has now witnessed his first series defeat of his young life. He was hysterical about it, btw.

But, as many said in yesterday’s thread, if there’s a good loss, this series was one of them. Two late inning rallies to tie the game off of the greatest closer of all time, and a solid drubbing in between. The runners left on was a little silly (26 total in the 2 losses), but that’s going to happen from time to time when you get on base a lot. The Tigers lead the majors with a team OBP of .347. (Since I already know the follow-up, here it is – .842 – OPS with RISP, good for 2nd in the majors; oh, and 2 outs – .788, 2nd again. So let’s table any of that talk until it’s convenient again).

You know, JV wasn’t all that bad yesterday. He pulled it together after a rough start and gave the Tigers a fighter’s chance. Which they took advantage of. Kind of. But I was very encouraged by JV’s 5th, 6th and 7th yesterday. That’s the JV of old. I think that we impart a super-hero invincibility on him, but he’s just another guy. Who makes $20M a year and dates Kate Upton. In all seriousness, I can’t help but wonder how much his struggles this year have worn on his psyche and caused him to question things that had become instinct to him. So I think there’s a lot of good that can come out of yesterday’s effort.

How about those Miggy bombs? Remember when Magglio won the batting title in 2007? I remember Jim Price mentioning on the air that he asked Magglio if the ball was “slow” during a hot hitting streak. Maggs replied “yes, and big too.” I’m certain that’s what Cabrera is seeing right now. He’s a monster among men.

So now we start a 3 game set against the White Sox which should draw several hundred south-siders over the next few nights. Here are your matchups:

Monday: Fister v. Sale

Tuesday: Scherzer v. Santiago (Hector, not Ramon)

Wednesday: Porcello v. Danks

The matchups don’t exactly lineup to what we saw last week because, well, the White Sox need rest and all that.

Lineups and more thoughts coming tomorrow.



  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Good write up Kevin. You must be doing such during 2AM feeding with your son. I am sure he appreciates the quite time with Dad to discuss Tiger ball!

  2. StorminNorman$

    August 12, 2013 at 10:21 am
    JL says Dirks needs to solve his hitting woes soon… and there are probably more than a few people that agree with JL on this topic

  3. Coleman

    August 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

    The team is getting very concerned about Alex Avila.

    • StorminNorman$

      August 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      15 days on the DL for Avila might be the best thing for him and DET…as long as Pena stays healthy

      • Vince in MN

        August 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        DL is only 7 for a concussion, but they need to take as long as necessary and not rush him back after only one week.

  4. StorminNorman$

    August 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Sweet home Alabama!

  5. Coleman

    August 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Wow, Iglesias…as advertised.

    • Coleman

      August 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Then again, Peralta might have been positioned better where he could have made that play without leaving his feet (sorry, couldn’t resist).

    • Vince in MN

      August 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      The offense is as advertised as well. What are we looking at for the future: .250/.300/.350? Will he save enough runs with his glove to compensate? Boy, I hope he is that good.

      • Coleman

        August 12, 2013 at 10:38 pm

        He is tied with Ichiro for the lead in infield hits. To paraphrase an old saying, infield hits don’t slump.


    August 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    What a play by Iggy!!!!!

  7. judpma

    August 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I believe Iglesias to be the real deal!!! wow!

  8. judpma

    August 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    and then again maybe without his PEDs Peralta wouldn’t have come close to makibg that play….just sayin!

  9. Vince in MN

    August 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    All those in favor of trundling Albequirky back to Toledo say “aye”.

    It’s done then.

  10. judpma

    August 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Hunter swing two was in the Left batters box…swing three was in the Right batters box….nice trip to the plate!

    • Vince in MN

      August 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      He’s old. And he hasn’t had a day off this week yet.

  11. Coleman

    August 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Sometimes you just have to throw your cap at the other team.

  12. judpma

    August 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t know what ” trundling” is but if it has to do with Al Al being shipped out..then..AYE!

    • Coleman

      August 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      I don’t have the Internet, or I’d look it up. I wonder, though, if it is akin to being hoisted with one’s own petard.

      • Vince in MN

        August 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

        petard |piˈtärd|
        noun historical

        hoist with (or by) one’s own petard: have one’s plans to cause trouble for others backfire on one.
        [ORIGIN: from Shakespeare’s Hamlet ( iii. iv. 207); hoist is in the sense [lifted and removed,] past participle of dialect hoise (see hoist ).]
        ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French pétard, from péter ‘break wind.’

        By the way, the next time you read some Shakespeare and come across some unusual word or phrase, keep in mind that there were no dictionaries to reference in those days to check to make sure of the correct meaning. The man had some large vocabulary methinks.

        • Coleman

          August 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

          I think I heard Alburquerque pétard also.

        • Coleman

          August 12, 2013 at 11:08 pm

          That no dictionary thing works both ways–Shakespeare could make stuff up if he wanted, and no one could correct him.

        • Coleman

          August 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm

          This all may seem off topic, but most people don’t realize that Shakespeare is the ancestor of a certain Tigers pitcher (tell me you don’t see the resemblance):

  13. judpma

    August 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    wave the white flag….someone is going to get hurt by one of these shots…wow…

  14. Marrakesh Red

    August 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    everyone gunning for the Tigers

    • Vince in MN

      August 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Things just returning to normal (regressing to the mean?). The Streak was, well, a streak.

      • Coleman

        August 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        That is tomorrow’s poll question: which Tiger would you like least to streak.

        • Coleman

          August 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

          (Coaches not eligible).

  15. Vince in MN

    August 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    The Indians lost. KC up 5-2 over MIA. If they win, they will be in 2nd place. We have 11 games left with KC.

  16. Vince in MN

    August 12, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    trundle |ˈtrəndl|
    verb [ intrans. ]
    (of a wheeled vehicle or its occupants) move slowly and heavily, typically in a noisy or uneven way : ten vintage cars trundled past.
    • (of a person) move in a similar way : she could hear him coughing as he trundled out.

    • Coleman

      August 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      I think I could hear Alburquerque coughing.

      • JimEggersUSMC

        August 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

        So some Tiger baserunners trundle around the basepaths?

        • Vince in MN

          August 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

          Definitely the case with Avila, also Martinez to a degree and Cabrera has been lately. Not so with Fielder though, as he lumbers around the bases (wish he’d do more “lumbering” with his bat, but that’s baseball).

  17. judpma

    August 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Sale can shut down just about anyone so this lose was easy to take….lets get the next two!!….

    this just in ….:::White Sox to reinforce the fences all around the field to protect the fanes from line drives in case Albequerque pitches again!

  18. StorminNorman$

    August 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    DET’s lineup tonight
    CF: Austin Jackson
    RF: Torii Hunter
    3B: Miguel Cabrera
    1B: Prince Fielder
    DH: Victor Martinez
    LF: Matt Tuiasosopo
    2B Omar Infante
    C Brayan Pena
    SS Jose Iglesias