Welcome back from the break everyone. Maybe I’m just becoming increasingly curmudgeonly, but every year I become less and less interested in the All Star game. The Home Run Derby is actually more fun to watch than the game. Maybe that’s just me.
The Tigers will be coming back from the break without Justin Upton, who has been placed on the bereavement list (which means he is out for a minimum of 3 and maximum of 7 games). To replace Upton, the Tigers have called up The Finger, Tyler Collins.
One thing the Tigers have to look forward to in the 2nd half (besides, hopefully, the return of JD Martinez): home games. The Tigers had the league’s most imbalanced home/road ratio in the first half, with only 39 games at home and 50 on the road, leaving them with 43 home games after the break.
Home – Road splits:
- .590 23W 16L Home
- .460 23W 27L Road
If the Tigers continue winning home and road games at the same pace as they did before the break, they would finish with an 86-win season.
Today’s Welcome Back from Break Lineup:
- Kinsler, 2B
- Maybin, CF
- Cabrera, 1B
- V Martinez, DH
- Castellanos, 3B
- Moya, RF
- McCann, C
- Collins, LF
- Iglesias, SS
Player of the Game prediction: Ian Kinsler, rested and possibly motivated by an All-Star snub, faces Ian Kennedy, who he is 6-for-9 lifetime against.