Sunday Buffet: Father’s Day Edition

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To steal a line from Fungo contributor Doug Hill, it’s time to clear out a cluttered mental notebook:

  • The Tigers were so bad for so long in the ’90s and early ’00s that it’s hard for me to believe they managed to sustain a winning record against any club. But, after today’s win against the Brewers, Detroit has an all-time record of 221-197 against them. The question I have — and it’s not answered in the Game Notes — is whether that record includes the one year (1969) that the Brewers were the Seattle Pilots.

  • I’ll admit that I get creeped out easier than most, but am I alone in thinking that spending the night in the bowels of Comerica Park — as Jim Leyland does often — is eerie on another level?

  • With today’s victory, the Tigers raised their daytime record to 18-7 record this season.

  • Speaking of records, everyone knows that the Tigers were able to eek into the postseason in 2006 based on their record against division rivals and interleague opponents. So far this year, their 14-11 against the Central and an even 6-6 against NL clubs. Let’s hope they can make some hay against the Cubs and Astros this week, because the division will likely be a tough road for this team here on out. Agree?

  • Poor Ken Macha. His ’06 Athletics get swept in dramatic fashion at Comerica Park and then he returns as Milwaukee skipper and sees the resurrection of the Tigers’ offense — however temporary it might be.

Finally, Happy Birthday to a pair of former Tigers, starting with lefty reliever Sean Runyan. He pitched for Detroit from 1998-2000 posting a 1-5, 3.66 ERA in 103 games. He appeared in 88 games for the ’98 team. He turns 35 today.

Gene Pentz made his debut for the abysmal 1975 Tigers and appeared in 13 games (0-4, 3.20) that season. That offseason the Tigers dealt him to Houston with Terry Humphrey, Mark Lemongello and Leon Roberts for Jim Crawford, Milt May and Dave Roberts. Pentz is 56 today.

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and every Dad out there.

Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

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