Tied Up At One!!!!!

Huge game today that was filled tons of excitement. Tigers head home tied up at 1 and very much a part of this series. Here is a composite boxscore for the hitters through two:

Detroit Tigers              
Player AB R H RBI HR BB SO AVG
Granderson 9 1 4 3 1 0 1 0.444
Polanco 9 1 3 1 0 0 1 0.333
Casey 8 0 2 1 0 0 0 0.250
Ordonez 7 0 1 0 0 1 2 0.143
Guillen 6 1 3 1 1 2 0 0.500
Rodriguez 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000
Monroe 8 2 2 1 1 0 1 0.250
Thames 8 2 4 1 0 0 2 0.500
Inge 7 1 1 0 0 0 3 0.143
TOTAL 70 8 20 8 3 3 12 0.286
               
New
York Yankees
             
Player AB R H RBI HR BB K AVG
Damon 10 3 4 3 1 0 1 0.400
Jeter 9 3 6 1 1 0 1 0.667
Abreu 8 1 3 4 0 1 0 0.375
Sheffield 8 1 1 1 0 0 2 0.125
Phillips 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Giambi 4 1 1 2 1 2 2 0.250
Rodriguez 8 0 1 0 0 0 4 0.125
Matsui 8 1 3 0 0 0 0 0.375
Posada 6 1 3 0 0 2 1 0.500
Cano 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
TOTAL 70 11 22 11 3 5 11 0.314




The usually very patient Yankees lineup has only taken two more walks than the swing-happy Tigers. In fact, the Tigers have matched them tit for tat with just two fewer hits and as many home runs. I’m already extremely excited for tomorrow’s game. I’ll be working, so I’ll be watching it on a tape delay when I get home.

As for my thoughts on today’s game, I’m obviously extremely pleased. Justin Verlander labored through the first two innings, but remained composed and got the key outs, including striking out Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded. Speaking of Rodriguez, can he remain in New York after this season? I guess it will depend on a) what he does the rest of the playoffs and b) if they can find a taker for that contract, but with all the drama surrounding him this regular season and another tanking through two games in this postseason, I don’t know that he’s long for New York. Curtis Granderson drew some criticism from me as I suggested that he might be better suited somewhere other than the leadoff spot, but he has responded fantastically in the first two games. Meanwhile, Carlos Guillen has continued to be the team’s best hitter. I love it when he comes up, especially with runners on.

The end of season struggles for the Tigers’ hitters are well documented, but they have shaken it off and been able to hit both of the Yankees starters so far. The good news, aside from getting out of New York at 1-1, is that things should get easier from the starting pitcher standpoint. Randy Johnson dominated the Tigers earlier this season, but he’s dealing with a bulging disk in his back and he was awful to close out September. In the interest of consistency, I won’t put too much weight into his end of season struggles because I’ve been preaching the same with Detroit’s hitting. That said, he gave up five runs in each of his last three starts going 17 and 2/3 innings with a 7.64 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Jaret Wright is scheduled to pitch on Saturday night. He will put runners on and it will be up to the Tigers to cash in the way they did today.

Kenny Rogers toes the rubber for the Tigers. He hasn’t done much in four divisional series appearances with a 7.04 ERA in seven and two-thirds innings. He is 0-3 with an 8.85 ERA in nine total playoff games. His last playoff appearance was 2003 though, so it is hard to put too much stock in those efforts. An MLB.com article discusses Rogers and his playoff history.

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