The big news is that Miguel Cabrera is back. John Hicks did a ridiculously good job filling in:
27 PA .423 BA / 1.098 OPS (both obviously better than Cabrera’s average numbers). The Tigers got lucky with that one.
Perhaps lost in the run barrage Monday: Victor Martinez bunted for a base hit, which was a career first for him. I love the mlb.com picture of it. The only people you can see are Victor and the 3rd base umpire. I think there was an outfielder blocked by the view, but that is a whole lot of open turf there. Even Victor could jog to first on that one.
If there is any cause for optimism this season–and Smoking Loon, at least, has picked the Tigers for the World Series–it’s that they are already 3-1 against the Indians. The Tigers started last season 0-11 against the Tribe, and didn’t win their 3rd game against them until September 27. And I like the matchup tonight.
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Justin Upton, LF
- Tyler Collins, CF
- Alex Avila, C
- Jim Adduci, RF
- Jose Iglesias, SS
Pitching: Justin Verlander vs Corey Kluber
Jim Adduci still out there flying the Mudhen flag at .333 / .926