77-63, 1 game behind KC. 2.5 games behind WC#1, .5 games ahead of Sea for WC#2.
The Tigers return home for a three game set against the Giants before the giant series vs. KC on Monday. The Tigers ended the Cleveland series in dramatic fashion, putting up 7 in the top of the 11th, to blow out the Indians 11-4, and more importantly, to take 3/4 in Cleveland. For a minute there, it looked as if the series would be an absolute disaster, having led 4-0 early in the game with the reigning Cy Young winner on the mound, and then looking like another Cle late inning come from behind victory. A split after winning the first two would have been devastating.
But then Miguel Cabrera led off the 10th with a double, and Ausmus wisely inserted Oh-E-genio Suarez, forecasting that we would need his bat in the 11th. I’ll admit, then when Dan D announced that Suarez was pinch running for Cabrera, my immediate reaction was to run to my computer to hammer out an angry DTW comment, predicting that Cabrera’s spot would come up again in a key situation in the ensuing innings. Am I right here? Doesn’t it seem like we are 0 for 100 in our last “late inning faster runner guys” replacement attempts? Only to see those guys bumbling around defensively, or worse, failing at the plate when Cabrera or MVP Mart would have been preferred?
But Suarez lined a single to left, then VMart ripped a HR to right, and then some other stuff even happened after that.
So the Tigers ended an 18 game stretch in 17 games, 15 of those on the road, with an 11-7 record. That’s what a playoff team does.
Pitching Matchups for this weekend:
Peavy v Porcello
Bumgarner v Price
Hudson v Lobstein
I gotta admit, I get sweaty palms thinking about Panda Bear and Sergio Romo. Holy cow did we get dominated in that WS.
Baseball Reference Game Preview Here.
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Torii Hunter, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
4. Victor Martinez, 1B
5. J.D. Martinez, LF
6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
7. Bryan Holaday, C
8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
9. Rajai Davis, CF