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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Clete Thomas gets Tigers started off right on home stand

Quick thoughts...

  • Justin Verlander channeled his inner Jeremy Bonderman in the first inning and was blasted for 5 ER. Then, he went into total shutdown mode and did not allow another ER the rest of the game. A strikeout an inning and just 1 walk on the night is impressive, and despite the rough start, this has to be considered one of JV's best outings. The Verlander in 06, 07 and 08 would probably not have bounced back from that rough first inning. What he did after that first inning just shows you how much he has improved this season.
  • Miguel Cabrera has the talent to really carry this team during the stretch run like Manny Ramirez did last year for LA, and Justin Morneau did for the Twins in 2006. The game-tying HR, a great defensive play that robbed Tigers killer Luke Scott of a hit, and a double that knocked in 2 runners is a heck of a start.
  • Clete Thomas is my hero.
Ideally, we take at least 5 of 7 on this home stand against the Orioles and Twins. 1 down. Celebrate tonight and get ready for tomorrow, boys.

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