Welcome to The Daily Breakfast, a new feature to welcome you to your day and, in the case of this morning, to the second half of the 2011 season.
Leading Off: Any concerns about Miguel Cabrera’s injury in the All-Star Game were put to rest yesterday. He’ll play tonight. … It’s not a great morning for Brad Thomas. Yesterday the Tigers outrighted the lefty to Toledo where he’ll toil with other jilted lefties, Fu-Te Ni and Daniel Schlereth … In case you missed it, I contributed to the SweetSpot blog’s second-half previews.
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The Tigers are tied with the Indians for first place at 49-43.
There are 16 days left until the July 31 trade deadline.
Today’s the 46th birthday of former Tigers infielder Scott Livingstone, who hit .286 in parts of four seasons, 1991-94.
On this date in 1973, the Angels’ Nolan Ryan no-hit the Tigers at Tiger Stadium. He struck out 17 — including eight straight at one point — in the 6-0 win. This is the game in which Norm Cash infamously walked to the plate in the ninth inning with a table leg for a bat. Check out the video below for more on this total domination.
You Can Thank the Mets and Giants: The Tigers have a run differential of minus-8 heading into play on Friday. Cleveland is plus-8. On the bright side, the Tigers are the highest-scoring team in the Central with 413 runs. Kansas City (!) is second with 406.
Tigers’ Postseason Outlook: Baseball Prospectus released its new postseason odds report and the Tigers have a 60.8-percent chance of making the postseason. But get this: B-P gives the Detroit a 60.2-percent chance of winning the Central and a 0.2-percent likelihood they’ll win the American League Wild Card spot. The Tigers’ odds have improved more than 19 percent since B-P’s preseason rankings. Why?
The Tigers have leaned on a lopsided lineup en route to the AL’s fourth-best offense, but league-average ERAs have been few and far between after Justin Verlander, making Detroit one of the majors’ easiest teams to score on (and a potential destination for pitching at the deadline).
Here come the White Sox. What to make of it? Here are two morsels from ESPN’s Stats and Info Blog:
- In 11 starts at home this season, Max Scherzer has a 3.86 ERA. In eight road starts, he has a 5.87 ERA.
- Adam Dunn is 6 for 35 (.171) with 19 strikeouts in his career against Brad Penny.
Finally, Happy 76th Birthday to former Lions All-Pro DT Alex Karras, whose post-NFL career blossomed as an actor in scenes like this one from “Blazing Saddles.”