this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Sounds like the MLB is seriously considering realigning. Not sure exactly how I feel about it. I know purists will hate the interleague games happening all season long, but that doesn't bother me that much. What concerns me is getting rid of divisions all together - while I like the idea of larger divisions (as opposed to 4 teams in the AL West), I also like for a pennant race to mean something. Determining a fair advantage to the league champion in the postseason is critical, IMO.
So what do you guys think? Anybody have some crazy, complicated ideas on re-aligning the MLB and re-doing it's postseason?
So the Tigers are now on a 4 game winning streak and are looking to sweep the Rangers (who currently sit atop the AL West) tomorrow. Is this the mid season tease that they seem to always offer to keep me excited until at least mid August? Or does this team actually have something special in them this season?
I personally like the middle of the lineup and the rotation looks relatively solid. If the bullpen can continue their recent streak of reliability, I think they could be a contender down the stretch. Also, the Central looks fairly mediocre this year. The White Sox could be troublesome. Any thoughts?
Anybody else following the game at work via Gamecast or MLB.tv?
Looks like Victor is picking up right where he left off last night!
Ed: Tigers win 9-7! Game notes:
Twins' SP Scott Baker has been yanked for Glen Perkins. Baker's final stat line:
- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R (all earned), 5 BB, 6 Ks, 99 pitches.
- Victor Martinez is beyond hot right now. So far today: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R. Just a triple away from the cycle!
- Cabrera has been ejected in the top of the 6th for arguing a called third strike. Sounds like it was a pretty quick reaction by the ump to toss him. Cabrera has been replaced by Don Kelly in the field.
After 5.2 innings, Phil Coke's day is done. He has been replaced by Al Alburquerque. Coke did alright today, and certainly did enough to give the Tiger's a chance to win the game. Here's his final state line:
- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 3Ks, 85 pitches.
- Our bullpen has caved: 5 ER between 3 pitchers in 2.1 IP.
- The offense really stepped up in the last couple innings to bail out the bullpen.
- I'll take a 2-game sweep on the road of a division rival (no matter how crippled they may be) any day of the week.
Go Tigers and go blue!
Anyone game for some baseball discussion? I'm bored and baseball is on the mind.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano got a no-no against the White Sox today throwing 123 pitches. As much as I hate the Twinkies, I gotta give the guy props.
In other news, the Tigers ended their 7 game losing streak and beat the Yankees! Not a bad team to break a slump against.