OT: Buckle up! Tigers & White Sox tied for first with 8 games left.

Submitted by Blue boy johnson on September 25th, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Lot of Tiger fans and a lot of White Sox fans on Mgo. Who you got? Tigers or Sox.

Have to admit I had about given up on Tigers, but these pesky Sox won't let the Tigers fade away.

Preemptive strike: Yes I realize Tigers or White Sox would be buried in the AL East, but they ain't in the AL East. Somebody going to win this thing; Might as well be the Tigers.

Added bonus of watching Miguel Cabrera's fantastic run at a Triple Crown in the heat of the Division Race,

Caveat to stat geeks: Yes I know there are more accurate measurements of a player than Triple Crown Stats, but when you look at the players who have won Triple Crowns, combined with the scarcity of Triple Crowns, it would be a monumental accomplishment.

Ok. Here is remaining schedule for the contenders for the AL Central Championship: who wins this thing. My Mgo points are on the Tigers of course.

White Sox:

Wed, Sep 26 vs 8:10 PM Santiago (3-1) Masterson (11-15)
Thu, Sep 27 vs 8:10 PM Peavy (11-12) Shields (15-9)
Tampa Bay
Fri, Sep 28 vs 8:10 PM Quintana (6-5) Hellickson (9-10)
Tampa Bay
Sat, Sep 29 vs 4:05 PM Floyd (10-11) Moore (10-11)
Tampa Bay
Sun, Sep 30 vs 2:10 PM Liriano (6-12) Price (18-5)
Tampa Bay
Mon, Oct 1 @ 7:05 PM Santiago (3-1) Kluber (2-4)
Tue, Oct 2 @ 7:05 PM Peavy (11-12) Masterson (11-15)
Wed, Oct 3 @ 7:05 PM    



Wed, Sep 26 vs 7:05 PM Porcello (9-12) Guthrie (7-12)
Kansas City
Thu, Sep 27 vs 1:05 PM Fister (10-9) Mendoza (8-9)
Kansas City
Fri, Sep 28 @ 8:10 PM Scherzer (16-7) Diamond (12-8)
Sat, Sep 29 @ 4:05 PM Verlander (16-8) Walters (2-4)
Sun, Sep 30 @ 2:10 PM Sanchez (9-13) Hendriks (1-8)
Mon, Oct 1 @ 8:10 PM Porcello (9-12) Chen (11-13)
Kansas City
Tue, Oct 2 @ 8:10 PM    
Kansas City
Wed, Oct 3 @ 8:10 PM    
Kansas City




Blue boy johnson

September 25th, 2012 at 10:00 PM ^

Side bar: Here is a list of Triple Crown winners in baseball history: Pretty elite group.

Rogers Hornsby's Triple Crowns in '22 and '25 are off the charts

Year Lg Player Team/(BA, HR, RBI)
1967 AL Carl Yastrzemski BOS .326, 44 HR, 121 RBI
1966 AL Frank Robinson BAL .316, 49 HR, 122 RBI
1956 AL Mickey Mantle NYY .353, 52 HR, 130 RBI
1947 AL Ted Williams BOS .343, 32 HR, 114 RBI
1942 AL Ted Williams BOS .356, 36 HR, 137 RBI
1937 NL Joe Medwick STL .374, 31 HR, 154 RBI
1934 AL Lou Gehrig NYY .363, 49 HR, 165 RBI
1933 AL Jimmie Foxx PHA .356, 48 HR, 163 RBI
1933 NL Chuck Klein PHI .368, 28 HR, 120 RBI
1925 NL Rogers Hornsby STL .403, 39 HR, 143 RBI
1922 NL Rogers Hornsby STL .401, 42 HR, 152 RBI
1909 AL Ty Cobb DET .377, 9 HR, 107 RBI
1901 AL Nap Lajoie PHA .426, 14 HR, 125 RBI
1887 AA Tip O'Neill STL .435, 14 HR, 123 RBI
1878 NL Paul Hines PRO .358, 4 HR, 50 RB



September 25th, 2012 at 10:03 PM ^

Definitely have to go with the Tigers based on teams they are playing. However the tigers are not very good on the road and having to close out the season with 6 away scares me. Heres to hoping Cleveland and Tampa get hot!


September 26th, 2012 at 8:54 AM ^

Who DVRs any game and then clicks on a thread discussing said game.  

Or even goes on the internet where they might casually come across the result.  Seriously, this time of year the "OT" tag means "Tigers" about 60% of the time.

Westside Wolverine

September 26th, 2012 at 9:17 AM ^

To answer the above questions. I can watch a game in little more than an hour and not miss anything. I have better ways to spend my time than watching the same five commercials between innings or during each pitching change.


September 25th, 2012 at 10:19 PM ^

Well I had thrown in the towel after the loss to the Sox last Monday so I really don't know what to think still. Getting swept in a double header by the Twins, then coming back and looking impressive in their final home series of the year.

With Anibal pitching like the way he has the Tigers rotation is very, very impressive, we're going to need Cleveland to hit a lefty tomorrow in Santiago so that should be a game the Sox win. Just keeping winning games and you'll put yourself in a position you want to be in.


September 25th, 2012 at 10:28 PM ^

Max's velocity was noticably down during his first start since the injury, which is understandable but he also had the change/slider working nicely so I'm hoping he can regain his 2nd half Cy Young form, and Sanchez over his last 5-6 starts has been very very solid, he seems to be coming into his own as a Tiger. 

The bats still aren't doing nearly as much as they should and Jhonny has basically gone 0-Septemeber, he has been abysmal. Pitching is going to need to continue to be strong if we want to get deep in the playoffs, let alone get there, so Eat em Up!


September 25th, 2012 at 10:40 PM ^

We'll probably find a way to fuck up the last series against KC like we did in '06, but there won't be a Wild Card to fall back when/if we do.  Damn Billy Butler and Bruce Chen make a living out of playing Detroit.

Moonlight Graham

September 25th, 2012 at 10:43 PM ^

He's in a bit of a micro-slump these last couple games, Trout is libel to catch him in BA and Hamilton is back hitting HRs. That situation is going to come down to the wire, too ... it's going to be way more fun that we ever expected from a bunch of games against the Twins and Royals. I have faith in the big guy ... and nice vertical at third tonight. 


September 25th, 2012 at 10:46 PM ^

really appreciate this update. As a guy who used to watch the Tigers in his grandma's Royal Oak living room on a black and white set and who has never had any other team (but only checks into baseball once in a blue moon), I really appreciate it. Perfect way to fill the lull between Michigan games too, no?

Blue boy johnson

September 25th, 2012 at 11:01 PM ^

Too late. If you are posting in a Tiger thread at 11:00 at night, you are already suckered in.

Sweet dreams of a Tiger parade down Woodward in late October/early November

Jim Leyland will be Grand Marshall of the Thanksgiving day parade, receiving a hero's welcome as he sits atop the Marlboro float.


September 26th, 2012 at 4:10 AM ^

I'll get to seem them for at least 1 game in KC!  Hopefully, Tampa bay helps us out! On paper we have the easier schedule, but I thought that a few years back when all we had to do was to win our last game to win the division!