Game 2013.129: Tigers at Mets

75-53, 1st place, 6 games up on Cle.

Solid win last night.

Hunter and Cabrera put the Tigers up early, and Fister pitched well enough over 6 1/3 innings of 1 run ball for the W. Martinez looked good behind the plate and I like that he was spelled by Pena late in the game.

Bruce Rondon closed out the 9th nicely, allowing 1 hit and striking 1 one in the 9th. He’s been doing a lot of this lately. Here are his numbers over his late 10 games: 11 2/3 IP, 11 Ks, 3 BB, and a .94 WHIP. On the season his ERA is down to 3.65 and he’s nearly as effective against Lefties (.257 BAA) as he is against righties (.246 BAA). Eight of his last 10 appearances have been for at least an inning, and 3 of those have been for longer. Salty.

Today’s matchup pits Scherzer against All Start starter Matt Harvey, on the same mound, no less. How weird is this? It’s the first time the All-Star Game starters have met at any point during that same regular season (I borrowed that from the Elias Sports Bureau). A little more – the only two times the All-Star starters pitched against each other in the same season came in the World Series, according to Elias: Dwight Gooden vs. Roger Clemens in 1986, and Red Ruffing vs. Paul Derringer in 1939. This will certainly be the last Harvey Scherzer match-up of the season.

Should be the game of the week on Fox.

Today’s Hunter/Martinez/Iglesias Less Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Infante, 2B
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Tuiasosopa, RF
6. Dirks, LF
7. Pena, C
8. Santiago, SS
9. Scherzer, P


  1. Coleman

    August 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Yep, Game of the Week on Fox, which means you have to watch it on TV, not Except that if you watch your Tigers on, you won’t be able to watch it on TV, because where you are, it is not on TV. Yes, I find this irritating.

    Here is a map of where this “National” game is showing (we are the blue game):,513,515

    • Tom in Lakeland

      August 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks. So that is why I cannot get the game. Totally irritating.

      • Smoking Loon

        August 25, 2013 at 1:26 am

        Watch it later. That’s what I do. Of course, this only works if you can insulate yourself from spoiler info prior to the game.

    • William

      August 25, 2013 at 7:35 am

      complete BS, this is.

      the only way I ever see the Tigers on Fox is if they are playing the Braves. or maybe the Yankees/Red Sox.

    • Coleman

      August 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Well, at least I know I have Tom and William for company next time I am irritated. It is just silly to have three “National” games and black out the fans of all 6 teams from They know where you are (when I drive to Michigan I lose the feed as soon as I enter Tigers territory, and they know where the games are being broadcast (see maps above), so it would be easy for them to blackout the games televised where you actually are. And yes, I realize it is a contract thing, but that doesn’t make it less irritating. I suppose Fox assumes if we are blacked out from watching the Tigers on TV and that we will just go ahead and watch the Dodgers?

      • Smoking Loon

        August 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        I agree that it’s stupid and irritating.

  2. Coleman

    August 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I wonder how Harvey would do against the real Tigers lineup?

  3. Coleman

    August 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Max should be batting 5th.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    August 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Good start. Could be better.

    Let’s go Tigers.

  5. Vince in MN

    August 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I see we have the Sunday Lineup today.

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    August 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    What the heck is Brookens doing out there?

    • Coleman

      August 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Trying to get Infante killed?

      • Smoking Loon

        August 25, 2013 at 1:32 am

        Yes, Brookens as 3rd base coach does what the wind does or what you do with a straw. He’ll back at it next season (or as soon as tomorrow), though, so all we can do is hope it gets better. Hard to lose a job on a winning team.

        Sure was an awful send, though. God-awful. After the lousy missed call at 2B, I was in a bad mood for the rest of the game.

  7. Coleman

    August 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Brookens -1

  8. judpma

    August 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    who thought we would want Lamont back at third..Brookens is beyound clueless

  9. Coleman

    August 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    0 runs on 4 hits. That’s hard to do.

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    August 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Even the Mets announcers say Tui was safe.

    • KW

      August 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      What a horrible call–you could even tell he was safe at normal speed. Not sure how the ump botched that one.

      • Smoking Loon

        August 25, 2013 at 1:33 am

        Ump was right on top of it, too. There are mistakes, and then there are… worse mistakes.

      • Jerry the Tiger Fan

        August 25, 2013 at 2:04 am

        ……………and this is why we will be going to instant replay soon. The umps have made their own bed. They routinely blow calls all year long.

  11. judpma

    August 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    atta boy…Donkey..good situational hitting!..big run…

  12. Coleman

    August 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Don Kelly +1

  13. StorminNorman$

    August 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Scherzer doubles in (what proved to be) the winning run and goes to 19-1… not a bad day at work

  14. judpma

    August 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Good pitchng beats NO Hitting everytime!!!

    • Smoking Loon

      August 25, 2013 at 1:47 am

      Good pitching IS no hitting much of the time. We should keep that in mind as we judge the Tigers hitters. They can be outpitched, too. Not today. Today’s problem was turning hits into runs.

  15. Tom in Lakeland

    August 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Twins announcer just commented that Scherzer has more RBIs than losses. Profound!

    • Smoking Loon

      August 25, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Except that Scherzer only has 1 RBI. He should have had 2. Pena could have scored. Well, maybe. Rare caution with the fleet Pena by Brookens.