ALCS Game 1 Pre-Game Grab Bag

When Brennan Boesch was shelved for the year, the Tigers pounced on the opportunity to acquire Delmon Young.

Now that Young will miss the ALCS due to a strained oblique, the Tigers can’t go out and get a bat to replace him on the roster. Nor can they simply slide the eternally convalescing Carlos Guillen into the lineup.

They can – and did – move someone into Young’s spot and who better than Miguel Cabrera? Another option would’ve been Magglio Ordonez but he’s now in the five spot, behind newly placed cleanup man, Victor Martinez.

Not having Young in the starting nine stings, but given the way Magglio’s been hitting and the better-than-average chance Ryan Raburn will heat up in Texas, the Tigers should be in decent, not necessarily great, shape.

What do you think?

[callout title=Tigers vs. Rangers All Time]

2011 Record: 6-3

2011 at Home: 4-2

2011 at Texas: 2-1

All-Time Record: 344-288

All-Time at Home: 183-136

All-Time at Comerica Park: 34-23

All-Time at Texas: 161-152

Justin Verlander vs. Rangers:

In 2011: 0-1, 2.00 ERA, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Lifetime: 6-2, 2.31 ERA, 9 GS, 1 CG, 58.1 IP, 47 H, 18 R, 15 ER, 15 BB, 58 K

In other news …

  • Fox is going to clutter their ALCS broadcasts with some new statistical bling:

    Want to know how the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton fares against a 95-mph-plus fastball? The swing-and-miss percentage of hitters against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander with two strikes? The chances of the Rangers’ Ian Kinsler getting on base on an 2-1 count against Tigers righty Max Scherzer with the score tied in the sixth inning?

    FOX will be ready with graphics for all that and more.

    You’ve been warned.

  • Let’s hope we never have to worry about Cabrera playing for the Yankees, but here’s what he told Buster Olney about what it might look like:

    The Tigers’ players loved hitting in Yankee Stadium, loved taking batting practice there because of the short porch in right field. For left-handed hitters, the nearby seats in right are an alluring target, and the right-handed hitters loved trying to flip the ball into the stands. In the midst of batting practice before Game 5, Miguel Cabrera — who has steadily hit 30-35 homers a year while playing his whole career in pitchers’ parks in Florida and Detroit — was asked how many home runs he would hit in Yankee Stadium if he were with the Yankees.

    “Thirty-five,” he said.

    The same number as usual? Why?

    Cabrera lifted his hand up to his chest. “They would pitch me in here,” he said. “They would pitch me totally different if I played here. Inside, all the time.”

    Some teammates totally disagreed with his assessment, saying that Cabrera would hit another 10-15 homers a year if he played for the Yankees, because his natural swing is to take the ball to right-center field and right field. But once Game 5 started, every Yankees pitcher working to Cabrera tried to throw fastballs inside to him, as he said.

  • Happy 61st Birthday to Enos Cabell.
  • On this date in Tigers Postseason History:
    • In 1940 with only one day off, Bobo Newsom came back for the Tigers and nearly had enough to win Game Seven of the World Series. The Reds Paul Derringer gave up seven hits in the first six innings but set the Tigers down in order in the final three for a 2-1 win, giving the Reds the Series.

    • And in 1945, Stan Hack’s double made a tricky bounce over left fielder Hank Greenberg’s
      shoulder with two outs in the 12th inning to score runner Bill Schuster and gave the Cubs an 8-7 win in Game Six to even the World Series with the Tigers.

Finally, Happy 68th Birthday to Chevy Chase.

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