Mike Lantry, 1972
The official thread to test the trend of a Tigers loss when an open thread has been created. Last night's thread was started when Detroit held a 4-1 lead, thus violating* the Rules and Regulations of Curse Management and Jinx Control. Let's hope Max Scherzer gives a solid outing. Go Tigers!
*Bylaw 1.2b allows for creation of a thread mid-game under the circumstances that the bases are empty and the game is tied.
EDIT: Whoever failed at an embed with the first post broke the Internet (unless you're using the mgoblog app).
[ed-S - no idea, but this foe may be beyond my powers. Sticking a sword through the monitor makes the whole internet go away, though]
So, there's been a scary trend of Tigers losing when there's a game thread and winning when there isn't. The Tigers are currently up 5-1, in the 3rd, meaning we can break that trend tonight. Or, we can confirm it if the Tigers give up a 4 run lead after this thread starts.
Fister tonight and he looks really good so far, sans Pujols homer. This would make two good starts in a row.
Delmon with a 2-out RBI single early in the game, his average is creeping towards .280.
Scherzer goes tomorrow, meaning we have a very nice shot at 3/4 against the Angels if things continue. Sets up for a big home series against the Sox, meaning the Tigers could make a huge push towards (if not claiming) first place by Monday.
After a big win to pull within 2.5 games of the White Sox and pass Cleveland, the Tigers look to go up 2-0 in the series against the Angels.
Jacob Turner promptly lets the first 4 batters score with the help of a Trumbo bomb. Let's see if the bats can continue their magic.
The deadline for Major League Baseball draftees to sign is 5 p.m. ET today, and it appears that Michigan signee Kevin Ross will forgo college and sign a last-minute deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who drafted him in the 8th round. This is according to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game:
It looks like the Pirates won't be The Pirates were not able to come to terms with their first-round pick, Mark Appel, and that might have enabled them to offer more money to Ross.
UPDATE: It seems that Ross signed for $130K, which is actually less than his slot amount, so I guess Appel and the Pirates not reaching a deal didn't have any effect on Ross's decision:
The good news for Michigan baseball, according to this annarbor.com article on recent signee Alex Daar, is that the remainder of the incoming recruiting class is intact:
A university spokesperson said no members of the class asked to be released from their letters of intent after the coaching change
Also, Michigan baseball issued this release on Daar yesterday: Michigan Adds Daar to 2012-13 Recruiting Class
Jon Morosi's has reported that Castellanos is starting in RF tonight for Erie, a possible showcase? I would want a bonefide young star if Dombrowski decided to move him within the next 2 weeks, possible Justin Upton (we'd have to send more prospects though) even though he had previously listed Detroit as one of the teams he wouldn't want to be traded too along with the rest of the AL Central in the 2011.
Theo is still most likely looking for the world for Garza and Barney, so I'd stay away from that, but regardless it's a very important next 19 days for Dombrowski and the Tigers.
Nick Baumgardner did a write up on the Lebron James Skills Academy (Link Here), and noted that Burke and Hardaway Jr. were among the 6 standouts at the camp. Burke was noted as looking 'particularly outstanding', by Joe Kotoch of ProBasketballDraft.com, who chose Burke as his 'best slasher' and 'best midrange shooter'.