"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
Tigers and A's is underway from Oakland. With the Indians currently losing 6-0 to Texas in the bottom of the 6th, the Tigers can win the AL Central with a win tonight. It's the MLB.TV free game of the night so all can watch:
Former Michigan Pitcher-DH Zach Putnam has been called up by the Indians. Putnam, you may recall, was the star of the Michigan team that eliminated heavily favored Vanderbilt a couple of years ago. Putnam then had a no-hitter into the 9th inning in the opener of the Super Regional, but the first hit of the game led to the only run and Oregon State beat Michigan and went on to win the NCAAs.
Sorry to draw away from last nights spectacle, but Doug Fister had another outstanding game today - 3 hits no runs in 7 innings of play. He has really been lights out the last few games. If he can do this in the playoffs we may have a damn good chance with JV, Scherzer, and Fister.
I think most have thought just getting to the playoffs would be it for the Tigers, but I'm seeing much more and loving DD's decision to bring on Fister.
Tigers have a big weekend in addition to our boys in blue. Figured I'd get a thread in now during the calm before the storm since tomorrow (and sunday) is out of the question.
On a 6 game winning streak the Tigers currently trail the Red Sox by 4 games (and Yankees by 6.5) for second best (best) record in the AL.
Sox currently trail Tampa 7-2 in the eighth. Tigers are up 7-4 on the Twins in the sixth.
Tigers' lineup and rotation seems to have been solidified. One thing of note: Don Kelley came in as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning tonight. It'll be interesting to see how much Leyland will be considering defensive lineups with Boesch gone and what affect that has on the team. You have to assume for now it is just to rest Maggs and once playoffs come JL will trust the veteran bat. But if Don Kelly can get hot, that would be a big help for the team.
EDIT: Tigers not really chasing the Sox (see below).
Tigers currently .5 games ahead of Texas. Both teams hold solid leads late in their games tonight. Winner of this race hosts Boston, loser visits NYY.
Middle of the week and the Tigers are putting the division away, so I figured this would acceptably fall into the "Infrequent Pro Sports" allowance.
Tigers score 5(!!!) runs on 6 hits all with two outs to start the game.
Currently 7.5 ahead of the Indians in the Central.
Only 5.5 behind the Red Sox for second best AL record... if the Tigers keep hitting they have a chance to catch the Red Sox which would allow them to
host Texas in the first round have home field advantage against the Sox in the first round. Tigers have an opponents winning % of .456 remaining and the Sox have an opponents winning % of .500. Not out of the question.
The home field advantage could be significant with the Sox' strong left-handed lineup.