photo illustration by Samara Pearlstein
Hope you all had a good 4th of July. It certainly seems like the Tigers did, judging from the way they came out swinging the bats today.
There was some chatter to the effect that this game, Sabathia vs. Verlander, would determine the All Star Game starter. If that was indeed the case, Verlander’s got to start now, doesn’t he? (Barring a crrrrazy-good outing from Beckett tonight, which is always a possibility.) One guy goes 7 innings and gives up 3 runs, only 2 earned, on 6 hits, with 7 Ks…. the other guy goes 4 innings and gives up 7 runs, all earned, on 10 hits, with 3 Ks. What do you call that? I call it Verlandomination (note to self and fellow bloggers: term does not work as well as “Bondomination”).
Stuff it was nice to see happen in this game:
-The aforementioned Verlandomination, with extra special happyjoyjoy because it came against the Indians, a team Verlander has had trouble with this season.
-Polanco’s third homer. As usual, Placido Polanco homering is a surefire sign of a struggling pitcher. Carlos and Sheffield homered as well, but it’s Polanco’s longball that made everyone in the world aware of Sabathia’s difficulty with all things baseball today.
-Magglio riding up on the All Star break batting .370. Nobody can say that it’s a small sample size anymore. In fact, his line is .370/.448/.613. Does that make you wee yourself a little in excitement? Or is it just me?
-Every starter getting at least one hit. Thank you CC!! Hugs and kisses!
-Mr. Capellan having a hit-free outing. More of this, please, good sir.
-Only 2 of the 12 Tiger batters who hit today have a BA under .240, and one of them is Neifi!!!, which is how the world should be.
The other is Craig Monroe, which is most emphatically NOT good (and I know some of you readers agree most wholeheartedly on that point). We’ve had quite a few ups and downs with the Craigger, but it may be time to start thinking about making him go away. Do we wait for Cameron Maybin to achieve a state of major league readiness and move Granderson over to left? Do we trade for help now? I don’t know. I just know that it’s not OK for us to be getting less production from our left fielder than we’re getting from a broken-toed third baseman who spent the entire first part of the season dragging his stats through the dirt.
Next up is Boston, which means a glorious period of brain breaky for me as I try to root for everyone at once. Expect insanity ’round these parts.
Oh, and voting just closed on the Final Man Vote for the ASG. I don’t know when they announce the results; most of the voting (all of it, maybe?) was electronic, so it shouldn’t be much longer before we know if Bondo’s going or not. Will keep you updated.
edit: Ah well, it’s Okajima. At least it’s not as though Bondo got beat out by someone less deserving.