photo illustration by Samara Pearlstein
The Tigers had a good win today, but I definitely want to say thank you to a very special friend: the Cubs. Thank you, Cubbies, for sweeping the Wrong Sox. It does our little feline hearts good to see something like that happen in Chicago, and it helps us in our quest to prove that the AL Central is the most ridiculous of divisions by climbing to the top of it. Thank you for giving Ozzie Guillen an opportunity to snark on Lou Piniella, and then giving Lou an opportunity to chortle heartily in victorious revenge.
We are, unbelievably, only 5 games back from first place, and 3 wins away from a .500 record. Ridiculous. Thanks again, Cubbies!
As for this game, it was a mixed bag, although obviously a win is a win and we’ll take it.
–Verlander’s 10 Ks in 5.1 innings, and his 4th win (who would’ve thought it would take him ’til June 22 to get his 4th win?).
–Magglio’s 2-run homer. Always lovely, and hey, it was probably going out on its own, even if Gerut didn’t sortofkindofmaybe tip it over the wall with his glove (er, the day before).
–Pudge’s homer, only his 2nd (!!) of the season. Another ‘who would’ve thought’ kind of thing.
–Pudge’s 2 walks. PUDGE WALKED TWICE WAIT WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?! In 218 at-bats so far this season Pudge has a grand total of 15 walks, so to get 2 walks in the same game is completely out of character for him and we are all agape with amazement.
–Todd Jones taking a liner off the knee and managing to stay in the game to finish it out, and incidentally remain perfect in save opportunities. When you take into account the Rollercoaster factor, this seems insane, but is 100% of fact.
–Granderson’s great wall-defying catch.
–Actually Turning Double Plays.
–Verlander only going 5.1 innings and throwing 115 pitches and issuing 5 walks. Oy. The strikeouts are great, but the rest of it, not so much.
–The River Thames getting hits that are not home runs! I demand a REFUND!
–Having to use 5 pitchers. This is not SO bad, because of the offday Monday, but still.
–Todd Jones taking that ball off the knee. Yes, he did get up and shake it off and do his pitching bit, but it’s probably going to bruise and swell up a little on him, and it’s certainly going to be sore, and Jonesy is not of an age where he can ignore that. Hopefully he’ll rest and ice it Monday and that will be the end of it, but, y’know, pessimism.
–Those cat-awful desert camo jerseys the Padres had on. Seriously: no.
Tomorrow is an offday, and then on Tuesday we are back to normally-timed games with a 7 pm start. Kenny Rogers goes up against a dude who once caused Mets fans’ heads to explode as a closer, and is now taking his terrible mold-like beard and behavin’ all starter-like. It should be a battle of the jaws, and may the best jaw win. Go Tigers!