alternate headline: man does job
Broncos and Falcons, in the ATL.
10-0 Falcons early. Peyton's thrown 3 picks in the first quarter.
I need 18 points from Matt Ryan/Julio Jones to win my fantasy matchup, so I'm hoping they do that and ease the pain of the Tigers' loss from earlier today.
Who are you pulling for tonight?
The betting line slightly favors the White Sox over the Tigers tonight, with Fister (8-8) scheduled to pitch versus Peavy (10-10.) Dunn is still out with a strained oblique.
I could see this going either way, but the mood in Chicago is to go for the kill by winning tonight.
Do the Tigers still have some fight, or are they dead men walking?
I don't know if this qualifies as a "snowflake" post. If so, I'm fine with Bisbino sending the post over to oblivion in the moderator action board. Nonetheless, I'm curious what Tiger's fans are predicting for the 4 game series with the Sox beginning today, and also what they predict for the Central Division. As a Sox' fan, I watched them wither away to the Tigers last year. I pretty much expected the same thing this year, but have been pleasantly surprised by how well the White Sox have done.
Here's what I like about the Sox.
- Young pitching. Sales came out of seemingly nowhere, Quintana has been good, and Reed isn't a bad closer.
- Comeback years. With Dunn and Rios hitting so much better than last year, it has made a huge difference in the lineup.
- Defense. The Sox have been a very good fielding team this year.
- Management. The biggest difference has been Ventura instead of Guillen.
However, I have no confidence in the Sox finishing out the season well. The Tigers have had the White Sox number this year. The only thing helping is that the Sox don't play any more games in Detroit, and they have a two game lead.
Tonight is critical. If the Sox can win with Quintana to get a 3 game lead, and either Peavy or Sales can win, I like the Sox' chances. What do you predict for the Tigers?
I'll predict that they win tonight, split the series, and the Sox end the season one game up over the Tigers.
Erik Bakich keeps reeling 'em in. And he has his first 2015 commit: Charlie Donovan, ranked #2 in the state of Illinois' 2015 class according to Prep Baseball Report:
IL: The first 2015 prospect is off the board, as SS Charlie Donovan (Westmont HS) commits to Michigan. Donovan is ranked No. 2 in Illinois.— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) August 30, 2012
Westmont is a western suburb of Chicago.
Here's about all the scouting-type info I could find on Donovan (from a PBR item from April 2012):
Charlie Donovan, Westmont HS, Class of 2015 came in for relief and might be one of the best freshmen in the state. The 6-fooot, 160-pound RHP/SS ran his fastball up to 83 mph and features a 69 mph breaking ball with tight spin and sharp break.
His travel team, Gravel Baseball, recently won the 15u Perfect Game World Series, with Donovan leading his team with 10 RBI during the tournament.
Original caption: Westmont's Charlie Donovan shifts from shortstop to pitch in relief in the Sentinels home game with Lisle on Monday, April 23, 2012 (photo source).
Well lets keep the winning streak and open thread streak going.
- Austin Jackson CF
- Omar Infante 2B
- Miguel Cabrera DH
- Prince Fielder 1B
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Delmon Young LF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila C
- Ramon Santiago 3B
No idea why Leyland went with Delmon in left over Dirks against a RHP but whatever. Greinke holds has a 6.19 ERA since joining the Angels so here's to hoping the Tigers bats can finally live up to potential and tag some pitchers.
Note: Pujols not playing for the Angels tonight but they did score 14 runs without him last night as well.
Tigers bats are silent against a soft tossing lefty again, color me surprised. Miguel left the game in the 2nd with what's being called a, "sore ankle" and he is now day-to-day, get healthy soon big man.
JV has been strong but gave up back to back hits in the 4th with the latter being a 2 run HR. Here's to hoping the open thread has some sort of curse lifted and the Tigers can pull this one out before the halos come in tomorrow.
EDIT: Tigers win 3-2