Monday, April 23, 2007

Monday Morning Manager

(my weekly take on the Tigers)

Last Week: 3-3
This Week: (4/23-24: at LAA; 4/25/26: at CWS; 4/27-29: MIN)

Interesting fact that the Free Press' Jon Paul Morosi pointed out in today's paper: yesterday's 6-5, 12-inning Tigers win over the Chicago White Sox was their first extra-innings win at home since last June. And, Morosi said, that streak included five such losses in September, when the Tigers were in the middle of their 19-31 slide to close their regular season.

Things that make you go, "Huh!"

No matter if it was the first in ten months or ten days, the Tigers needed yesterday's win in the same way that Rosie O'Donnell needs a prophylactic between her thoughts and her words. Our blessed boys were staring down the barrel of a four-game losing streak and a three-game sweep at the hands of their bitter rival White Sox. Down two runs. Two outs, nobody on base. Dead in the water.

Ahh, but as all Tigers' rallies seem to do nowadays, this one started with Carlos Guillen. He usually walks to start it, but this time he slapped a single. That brought up Marcus Thames, who slammed a two-run homer to tie the game.

My new nickname for Placido Polanco: Mr. Reliable.

Seriously, is there anyone you'd rather see at the plate when a base hit will win a ballgame than Polanco? Goodness gracious.

Mr. Reliable with his ALCS MVP Award (we won't talk about the WS)

And it was Polanco, of course, who sent everyone home happy -- and relieved -- with a smoked line shot into left field, scoring Pudge Rodriguez (who'd just drawn his first walk of the season) with the winning run, who'd been sacrificed over by Brandon Inge.

This week, the Tigers have a scheduling oddity. They play in Anaheim on Tuesday afternoon, then play the White Sox in Chicago the next night. You rarely see that. At least MLB made the Tuesday game a matinee.

Another oddity is to play a team over the weekend and then play them again on Wednesday.

Something else to make you go "Huh!"



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