Tigers lead the series 2-0
|Fri 07/02|| WP: Max Scherzer (5 - 6) |
LP: Doug Fister (3 - 4)
|7 - 1 win|
|Sat 07/03|| WP: Justin Verlander (10 - 5) |
LP: Jason Vargas (6 - 4)
|6 - 1 win|
#36 / Cleveland Indians
Aug 30, 1978
(Stats unavailable for some reason) vs.
#38 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers
Oct 28, 1982
|2010 - Jeremy Bonderman||4-5||15||14||0||0||0||0||86.2||89||46||42||9||24||62||4.36||1.30|
The Bless You Boys meetup is over, but Alli still hasn't seen enough baseball. She'll be at this game to see her left-handed boyfriend on the mound try to stave off a sweep at the hands of the first-place Tigers (despite how last year ended its' still fun to type that phrase whenever you can!)
The Tigers play at 1, but the All-Star Selection Show is set for noon on TBS. So let's double up this gamethread today and use it to talk about our expectations for the All-Star roster until then!
My All-Star picks:
- No starters, of course. But I think Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde make the roster. Valverde I have the least confidence in, despite his incredible numbers. But I think the AL staff might look at that ERA and give the benefit of the doubt.
- Left out: Brennan Boesch. He's very close to deserving of a spot. High batting average, a lot of long balls and RBIs, you'd think that would help him. But he isn't on the leaderboard due to a lack of plate appearances and he's a rookie who wasn't really heralded before the season. I think veterans get the nods.
Who do you think makes it in?
Factoids for you:
- Dating back to the start of May, Bonderman has allowed four runs or more just three times, but twice in the last two games. Against Seattle in April, he allowed 10 runs on nine hits. In May, one run on five hits.
- The Tigers' 27-11 home record is the team's best home record through 38 games since 1968. As you might expect, the team has the best home record in the AL this year. The Braves hold the MLB lead at 30-9, however.
- Johnny Damon has a tough row to hoe today, but he needs four hits for a career 2,500.
- Quoting the press notes: Austin Jackson is tops among all American League rookies with 46 runs scored and 88 hits, while he is second with a .306 batting average. Brennan Boesch is tops among all league rookies with a .342 batting average, 12 home runs and 46 RBI, while he is second with 75 hits.
- Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo thinks that Miguel Cabrera should be the AL's starting first baseman. That's the only Tiger he mentions, however. Uhm, Justin Verlander anyone? I know his ERA isn't great but still. He's an ace since April ended.
- The Freep details six Tigers with all-star potential.
- The Tigers made sure a boy with cancer had a fun say Saturday.
Tigers: Jackson cf, Damon dh, Ordonez rf, Cabrera 1b, Boesch lf, Raburn 2b, Inge 3b, Laird c, Worth ss.
MLB.com's Jason Beck reports Carlos Guillen has a regular off day.