Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
As title says:
[ED:BISB - The politics. They is everywhere. I'd like to excise the naughty bits and leave the white meat, but it's just too pervasive. Something about the combination of Congress and the Justice Department makes people asplode.]
Tigers are cruising right now, up 5-0. Some important/interesting storylines:
- Tigers are going for their third straight series win. This is clearly a positive, though in each series (especially the last two) they could have been sweeps.
- Austin Jackson's return cannot be understated. He is hitting .325 after two more hits today. His OBP is .418. He has a legit shot at the All-Star game.
- Laird has been a very good replacement for Avila who has maybe another week on the DL.(?)
- Scherzer is cruising, through 6 scoreless. A day after Fister went 6 scoreless.
It looks like the Tigers may finally be turning it around. If it weren't for shoddy defense we could argue they would be only a game or two out of first place. Instead, they are 4 GB with a good chance to cut it to 3 by the end of the day.
Stony Brook UCLA
Matt Cain of the San Fransico Giants has just pitched the 22nd (cough cough 23rd cough cough) perfect game in major league history.
Per the giants:
@SFGiants June 13th, 2012: Matt Cain becomes the 22nd pitcher in #MLB History to throw a #PerfectGame #SFGiants 10 #Astros 0
Great Job Matt.
As ESPN and Ace joked,
Clearly, Cain...puts on sunglasses...is able
I just read an article this morning over on ESPN by Dave Schoenfield, and he thinks Detroit is the front-runner to land Ryan Dempster before the trade deadline. Needless to say, that got me thinking. Obviously, Detroit is far from being out of it. Chicago and Cleveland are both coming back down to earth, and we're slowly starting to get more healthy. Plus, it's June and we're only 5 games out. So, we certainly will not be sellers at the deadline.
We have some pretty apparent holes on the team, and they just might be holes that could be fixed through a trade. Namely: inconsistent starting pitching, weak infield defense, total lack of production from whoever has played second, and lack of consistent hitters outside of Cabrera and Fielder. Having Jackson back is a huge boost, and I'm looking forward to when Dirks gets healthy and we have Jackson and him hitting in front of Cabrera and Fielder.
That said, what do you think of Dempster? Who would we have to give up to get him? Would he be worth the price? Is there someone else out there who you think would be a better addition to the team (at any position)?
Personally, I like the idea of Dempster, depending on who we give up for him. I wouldn't give up Turner for him, but I would give up Porcello. I just don't think Porcello will see success in Detroit with the kind of infield defense we have right now. It hurts me to say that, since I've followed him closely since he was in the minors, but it's true. Dempster is less of a groundball pitcher, gets more Ks, and would obviously benefit from pitching in a bigger park. I don't think he's as good as his numbers appear right now, but he's been a pretty consistent pitcher over the last 4 years or so: 200+ IP, FIP in the mid-high 3s, and about 8 Ks/9IP. I think he would fit well in our rotation, especially as a replacement for Porcello. Do you think the Cubs would take that straight up, though? To you Cubs fans, what do you think of that?