Game 157: Tigers at Twins

Hello friends, I am back. You may have noticed that I was busy with a small tweak to my other site. Since the last time I posted anything on this blog, the Tigers are 9-5 and have gained three games on the Chicago White Sox. Maybe I should have stayed away…

Tonight’s lineups are after the jump.

Tigers (D. Smyly – L)

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
7. Andy Dirks (L) LF
8. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
9. Gerald Laird (R) C

Twins (S. Diamond – L)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Ben Revere (L) RF
3. Joe Mauer (L) C
4. Justin Morneau (L) 1B
5. Ryan Doumit (S) DH
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Matt Carson (R) LF
8. Eduardo Escobar (S) 2B
9. Pedro Florimon (S) SS

Thoughts:

  • Smyly’s last start, also against the Twins, was short but effective. He allowed just one run in 4+ innings (and only 78 pitches) before being lifted.
  • While I feel bad for Ryan Raburn, his injury has provided Andy Dirks with a golden opportunity to show the organization that he is ready to shoulder a larger load next season.
  • The Tigers’ magic number is currently 5. The White Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays again tonight in Chicago. Jeremy Hellickson and Gavin Floyd are the starting pitchers.
  • It is probably a good idea for Avisail Garcia to start the 2013 season in the minors, but it won’t stop me from clamoring for him to be on the big league roster soon after.
  • Jhonny Peralta’s career line at Target Field: .345/.414/.586. If playing in this park doesn’t break him out of his slump, nothing will.
  • Joe Mauer is hitting .323, just .003 behind Miguel Cabrera. For as good as Cabrera has been, Mauer is hitting .394 in September. I wouldn’t hate the idea of intentionally walking him every time he comes to the plate this weekend.

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