Prince Fielder is officially done for the season with season ending neck surgery (herniated disk). I always liked Fielder and wished the best for him, despite his lackluster playoff showing in 2013.
But with the full benefit of hindsight, the Kinsler for Fielder trade looks pretty good right about now. In addition to losing what is clearly now dead weight (hah!) in Fielder, Kinsler has performed well so far both at the plate and in the field. The ripple effect of moving Miggy back to first, having a capable second baseman in a fielder's (double hah!) park, and unloading Fielder's bulky (triple hah!) contract is making Dombrowski look pretty smart right about now.
I hope Fielder recovers well and returns to form for the Rangers, unless we see them in the post-season.
The #5 seed Michigan Wolverines take on the #1 seed Indiana Hoosies tonight in the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana beat #8 Iowa 5-2 yesterday while Michigan beat #4 Minnesota 3-2 with a 3-run Home Run by Travis Maezes being Michigan's only source of income. Michigan has lost to Indiana twice but beaten them once. Indiana is good but Michigan can win if we play well. Brett Adcock will be on the mound for Michigan.
Iowa and Minnesota are scorless right now in the 3rd inning. MSU plays Nebraska at 6 pm and Michigan plays Indiana tonight at 10 pm. Illinois elimated Ohio 6-5 earlier today.
Nebraska beat Ohio 7-6 and MSU beat Illinois 2-1 earlier today. Right now, Iowa is up on Indiana 1-0. Michigan plays Minnesota tonight.
Before I saw THIS, I did not even know that zubaz were a thing. They are a thing, and that thing is incredible. This is how the Tigers decked out for their trip to Cleveland for tonight's game when their aircraft broke down.
I get the sense the 2014 Tigers are a
tight knit group comfortable in their own skins cut of the same cloth a very fun group. Sweeps of the Orioles and Red Sox earn you the right to wear such things, I suppose.
It's been a bit since we've had one of these so here's your open thread for tonight's game.
8:05 PM first pitch, ESPN
- Anibal Sanchez
- 0-2 through 23 IP and a 3.13 ERA
- FIP of 2.43
- K/9: 9.39
- BB/9: 4.30
- Jake Peavy
- 1-1 through 48 IP and a 3.94 ERA
- FIP: 5.22
- K/9: 7.69
|1.||I. Kinsler, 2B||D. Pedroia, 2B|
|2.||T. Hunter, RF||S. Victorino, RF|
|3.||M. Cabrera, 1B||D. Ortiz, DH|
|4.||V. Martinez, DH||M. Napoli, 1B|
|5.||D. Kelly, 3B||G. Sizemore, LF|
|6.||A. Jackson, CF||A. Pierzynski, C|
|7.||J. Martinez, LF||X. Bogaerts, SS|
|8.||A. Avila, C||B. Holt, 3B|
|9.||A. Romine, SS||J. Bradley Jr., CF|
Sanchez will make his first start after coming off the DL, the interesting news of the day is that it was Justin Miller that was sent down to clear room for Sanchez, and not Robbie Ray. Apparently Rick Porcello has been having lingering soreness on his left side, and as a preventative caution the Tigers have pushed back his next start, thus giving Ray another chance to showcase his talents.
The Tigers look to make it 11 straight road wins tonight, let's hope they get it!