Friday: Tigers at White Sox

Max Scherzer was in the Tigers clubhouse a little bit ago and looked healthy enough to pitch, so it appears he’s good to go for the start despite whatever virus is circulating up and down the roster.

Jim Leyland said two relievers who won’t be available today, but he wouldn’t say which ones. One would assume Collin Balester will be rested after pitching two-plus innings. The other one is a fair question. Jose Valverde pitched each of the last three days, so he would seem like a safe bet to get rested. Octavio Dotel was out of yesterday’s game with back issues, but came into the clubhouse Friday morning in good spirits and moving around OK. He might be available on an as-needed basis. And if the Tigers don’t have their closer today, they might need to have Dotel available in a close game late.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Andy Dirks, DH
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Max Scherzer



This may sound crazy but Max could take the mound today in a weakened state from his recent illness, which could cause him to pitch better. Or not. Just throwing that out there.

I find it interesting that JL has been adamant about giving Delmon those starts in LF over Dirks. In an odd way, I agree with his rationale, even though, clearly, Dirks is the superior defender.
Raburn needs to get it going. His at bats have been little more than feeble.
I think it would be wise to DH Fielder and Cabby once a week each. One week Cabby-the next Fielder. Prince will need to learn how to do that next year more anyway. Presuming VMart is kept and there would be no reason to expect anyone would want his contract. I do like the options and the flexibility this team has at the DH slot. A dedicated DH is a luxury, and hard to find, but the advantage is that JL gets to rest all his guys without losing their bat.

Why wouldn’t anyone want VMart? Did you see him play last year? The highest average with RISP in all of baseball. Vmart will be kept and would be in demand if his knee is ok.
Dirks has been hitting very well. He is obviously a much better defender in LF than Young, but Young will not be a full time DH. I think you will see Dirks and Raburn getting most of the DH at bats, with Avila and Young sprinkled in. I get the feeling Fielder has no interest in DHing, so why rock the boat?

The theory is since every team in MLB knows that the Tigers ought to sell him if he is shoped , they could be forced to sell low.

Disagree – Illitch has the money, and with the NHL’s absurd salary cap, he is now putting money into the Tigers. When VMart comes back, he will be the full time DH. DD said during the Fielder Signing press conference that VMart will remain a Tiger when he gets healthy, and Leyland said he will no longer catch, so full time DH. There is no reason to trade VMart at all.

Miguel doesn’t miss anything on a baseball diamond, that’s for sure.

Well–I think the Sox should have had their 1st 2 hitters bat 8″ forward. That’s BS. and we all know mistakes like this are not accidental.
Good on Cabrera–points out how finely tuned his understanding of the game is.
As to VMart–yes most teams would want him—but salary structure is something every GM is acutely aware of and anyone coming off a knee injury which further limits the defensive side of his skillset, is also going to affect his demand.
I am quite happy with Victor- but let’s face it, if he plays then either Cabby or Fielder DHs- Period.

Why? Victor is the DH. He can’t catch anymore. I
Well, I’ve got to go back to work now. Will record on DVR. Miguel is supposedly a math whiz so am not surprised he noticed something.
Oh, man I hope we win this. A team in our division. These are the teams we need to beat. Go Tigers. Make my day, Max.

Are you assuming Miggy can’t play 3rd? Because I see Victor as the DH?

When, not if, VMart plays he will be the DH. Am I missing something here?

If intentional let them try it with Verlander, a 99 mph pitch will be even scarier

Hitters are looking silly against Peavy so far!

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