Two straight nights the Cleveland Indians showed up with a pitcher that is considered well below average and for the second straight night the Tigers couldn’t muster up any offense off him.
Outside of a Miguel Cabrera two run home run in the sixth the Tigers offense was non existent. Starting Don Kelly tonight did not pay off for Jim Leyland and despite Kelly getting a hit, will still be the main point in the “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?” questions after the game (if any Detroit writer’s ever wanted to question him on his move, but they won’t).
Rick Porcello pitched in true adequate fashion and it was fine and should have been fine against Justin Masterson. Drew Smyly came in and got a few outs, Al Albuquerque came in and got 4 outs including a critical strike out with runner’s on first and second and two outs in the 7th.
They may not have won tonight but with Smyly and Albuquerque in the pen, making it actually pretty decent, the offense has to come around in order for the Tiger’s to win the AL Central.
On Wednesday night the Tigers and Indians again match up the 2011 trade deadline pitchers with Fister v. Jimenez. Fister needs a good outing as his last three have been very poor. The Tigers’ bats may not be around but the pitching still needs to come through and a strong Fister start is desperately needed.
Ubaldo Jimenez has been nothing short of terrible for the Indians this season outside of his three starts against the Tigers. Going 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA despite 13 walks and only 14 strike outs in 24 IP.
The Tigers absolutely have to take advantage of Jimenez’s wildness and make him pay for all the walks, not letting him off the hook with more league leading double plays.
Only one DP on Tuesday so I guess that is progress, now if Leyland can just go with his top line up for a week maybe the team can get into a groove and start hitting.
And that top line up is: Jackson, Dirks, Cabrera, Fielder, Young, Peralta, Avila, Infante, Boesch/Garcia.