Tigers clinch a tie!!!

Sit back and enjoy.  We are tied and proud of it.  Naysayers will talk about how weak our division is.  Who cares???
Gotta love it!!

The Magic Number is now 3

Can't get cocky yet (look at what the Sox have been through in the last week), but it is looking good for us. 
It appears that the Orioles and Oakland will be the wild card teams - I am really excited for those teams.
Enjoy your day.

Remember to make some time to Prasie God!!

Your first place Detoit Tigers

This thing is a nail biter.  Too much drama for this Polack.  I still feel great and look for great things to happen in the next five days.  Cal Ripken just said the Tigers are the one team he wouldn't want to play in the playoffs.
Go Get 'Em Boys.
MVP for Miggy - he needs to lead and burn them up!!

Two Game Lead

Some were giving upon the team last week and now look at us.  And Tampa is clawing for a playoff spot.  Looking good from where I sit.  Am I a homie?
Did go to the last home game yesterday.  Sat three rows behind 1st.  Two observations:
1. Perralta made two very weak throws to first - is this typical or is he ailing?
2.  Fister electrified the crowd.  The entire top of the 7th  the crowd was on its feat as he chased a record, that he was not aware of.
2a   But when Fister ran out of gas, he sure was on empty and stayed in too long.

Loving this end of the season.

I'll Gladly Eat My Words If I'm Wrong

but these guys are heartbreakers. Like a jilted lover, they ripped out my heart, and stomped that sucker flat. Ran over it with the truck, then backed up, and ran over it again.

But hope springs eternal.

Look at today's Free Press article. (below) Who's gonna stay, and who's gonna go.  Here's my take: (that's why we have a blog, right?)
  • Leyland - It's all or none, a World Championship or you're gone. But the old boy might surprise us, he might pack up his Camels and go home regardless.
  • Valverde - Like Ken Harrelson says, "He Gone!"
  • Laird - Not a bad guy, but not essential. Let's make a deal, Jerry!
  • Boesch - Adios amigo. He's trade bait. Maybe Leyland could be his agent.
  • Peralta - R U KIDDING? The reason he commits one error a month is that he can't get to 60% of the balls hit to short. Bye Bye JHHONNY.
  • Young - He's been valuable, but he's expendable with Martinez back.
  • Sanchez - Pitching is always in short supply. If he does fairly well for the rest of the season, let's keep him. 
Which means the Tiger's shopping list this winter is a shortstop a reliever, and maybe another starting pitcher. (you can never have too much.)

Several Tigers, including Jim Leyland, could be near end of Detroit career 
Today is the Tigers' final home game of the season. That means that if the Tigers don't make the playoffs, it could be the final home game in the Old English D for several people whose future with the team beyond this season is unclear.

Here are the most obvious ones, listed in order of how long they have been with the Tigers:

• Manager Jim Leyland (seven seasons): He is unsigned beyond this season. The question has circulated widely about whether he'll be back and whether his return hinges on whether the Tigers win the division. That's a lot of "whethers" in one sentence, but when a manager is unsigned this late in playoff race, that's what you get.

• Closer Jose Valverde (three seasons): He is eligible for free agency.

• Catcher Gerald Laird (three seasons): He is eligible for free agency.

• Outfielder Brennan Boesch (three seasons): He's not eligible for free agency, but he has been on the bench lately. There might not be room for him on next year's team, especially if either Avisail Garcia or fellow talented outfielder Nick Castellanos makes the Opening Day team.

• Shortstop Jhonny Peralta (three seasons): The Tigers have an option on Peralta for next season at $6 million. If the Tigers let him go, they will be betting they can find a shortstop who has more range and who produces more at the plate than Peralta has this season. But they might not. And they probably won't find anyone steadier; Peralta headed into Wednesday averaging one error per month this season.

• Designated hitter Delmon Young (two seasons): He's eligible for free agency, and it's not easy to see where he would fit on next year's team, with Victor Martinez due to return to the DH role.

• Pitcher Anibal Sanchez (one season): He's eligible for free agency. But in his shutout Tuesday night, Sanchez was cheered like a man who might have found a home in Detroit.




1/2 game out

Does it get amy better than this??  And then there is the schedule - it is definately in our favor with Oakland and LA clawing for a -playoff spot while Minny and KC are ready to go home!!



Down,but not out -- on our way back

What an end to the season we will have.  We cannot do it alone -- will need helpfrom anyone who plays the White Sox, the last two games have been amazing. Hope this morning's rain is gone before 1:00.  I have a friend who is taking her mom to celebrate 100 years as a Tiger fan - yes 100 years!!
Go Get 'Em Tigers.

Bless you Boys!

Do NOT give up.
Yesterday's los make sit tougher, but doable.
Andy Poux always said, "when the going gets tough -- the tough get going!!

McLain's one change that would gurantee a division title

Denny is still at it.  All the local sports guys were talking about Denny's proclamation about one change that would turn the Tigers around.  He feels that Cabrera is a natural hitter that will give you the same numbers wherever he bats in the lineup.  Prince needs some help. (His 3 run blast last night was a welcomed sight.)  So Denny would switch Prince and make him bat 3 and Miggy and let him bat cleanup - thus making the pitchers give something better to Prince to hit.  Denny figures it will raise Prince's average 15 points.  Whatcha think??

"We're all behind our baseball team!!"

Love that song.
Finally found some power last night and needed all of it.
Don't give up, guys.
Two more wins and we are tied for first.

Cmon JIm: Rayuburmn and Garcia

We got to within two (now three) of the Sox with players like Andy Dirks, Brennan Boesch, even Quintin Berry.  Now, in the most important game of the year we start Garcia and Rayburn.  How many more times are we gonna hear Jim say, "I gotta get Rayburn going offensively."
We are down, but not out!
Let's go with our everyday horses.  Is he gonna sit Cabrera for Rayburn?  Of course not, Rayburn should be done!!
We're all behind our baseball team .....

Win a few, lose a few

As maddeningly exciting, and then frustrating as the Tigers have been the last week, I call your attention to a subject I brought up a few weeks ago: the Texas Rangers plethora of fine young shortstops.

If you recall, I said they have an all-star currently at short in Elvis Andrus, and had a phenom in Frisco (AA), Jurickson Profar.

Well, they brought Profar up to the bigs over the weekend. In his first at bat, he homered, and then got a double later in the game. He was filling in for the ailing Ian Kinsler at second. Clearly the Rangers middle infield is overstocked. Know anybody that needs a good shortstop?

Profar homers in 1st career at-bat, Rangers down Indians

Published September 02, 2012

Sports Network

Cleveland, OH – Highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar homered in his first major league at-bat, and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Progressive Field.

The scrawny Profar, the first player born in 1993 to appear in the majors, began his big league career by crushing Zach McAllister's 2-1 fastball about 15 rows into the right-field seats.

"I didn't feel any pressure," Profar said. "I got a fastball and put a good swing on it."

Profar's leadoff blast opened the scoring and ignited a four-run third inning that also included David Murphy's two-run single.

Murphy added a solo home run in the fifth, extending Texas' lead to 7-2 after McAllister (5-6) surrendered back-to-back homers to Josh Hamilton and the red- hot Adrian Beltre earlier in the frame. Beltre entered play batting .500 (20- for-40) with seven homers in his last 10 games.

Elvis Andrus matched Murphy with three hits Sunday and scored on Michael Young's eighth-inning double.

Ohioan Derek Holland (10-6) tossed seven strong innings for the AL West- leading Rangers, scattering seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Carlos Santana's two-out, two-run homer in the third was the lone blemish on the left-hander's afternoon.

McAllister allowed seven runs on 11 hits and walked two in five innings for the Indians, who haven't won a series since July 24-26 against Detroit.

"Zach didn't have very good stuff today," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta.

Profar debuted for the Rangers at 19 years, 195 days old -- the exact same age as Washington's Bryce Harper. He became the first teenager to play a game for the Rangers since Ivan Rodriguez (19 years, 309 days) in 1991 ... Profar, who also doubled, batted ninth and played second base ... Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler was a late scratch with a stiff back ... Andrus extended his hitting streak against the Indians to 29 games, the longest against one opponent in Rangers history ... Texas manager Ron Washington picked up his 506th career win, tying Johnny Oates for second place in team history.