Game 88: Tigers (48-39) @ Indians (46-42)

“Oh what a niiiight, late July back in twenty thirteen.”

(Try it a few different ways & you can get to the rhythm of the actual song.) If all goes well tonight, I probably still won’t sing those words in my high pitched, wince inducing, tone def voice to my grandchildren – but I and Tigers fans everywhere will have one hell of a special memory to bank.

At 7:05pm ET, Maxwell M. Scherzer goes for 14-0 and a place in history (if he wins, he’ll be the first pitcher in 27 years with that many consecutive winning decisions to start a season – Roger Clemens was the last in ’86). By the All-Star game, he could be tied with Cleveland’s Johnny Allen (’37) and Baltimore’s Dave McNally (’69) for the all time AL record. The Tigers are 5-2 in July and, despite a late inning surge that preceded a later inning let down last night, are 2.5 up on the 2nd place Tribe in the AL Central. So a win tonight would not only cement Max’s place in history but will also solidify what most of us already know – that the Tigers are simply better than the Indians and should have little trouble taking this division.

I look forward to these things happening as well as Max striking out Michael Brantley a few times to remind him of his place.

And lineups:

Tigers (M. Scherzer – R)

 

 

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