Found August 10, 2012 on Tigers Weblog:

Post image for Game 2012.113: Tigers at Rangers

60-52, 2nd place, 1 game behind CWS, tied for WC lead.

Well, the Tigers blew a fantastic chance to take over sole possession of 1st place last night when Joaquin Benoit gave up back to back HRs in the 8th to relinquish the lead, and then the Tigers went R3L2O fail R3L2O fail R32O fail with an opportunity to tie the game in the 9th; which is arguably the most life force draining consecutive at bats that a fan can endure.

It’s hard to come away from the Yankee series on a positive note, but I will admit that the Tigers are playing better all the way around, and I certainly wouldn’t be scared to face the Yankees in the playoffs.

There is, however, a team that worries me, and we start a three game series against them tonight. Though their pitching staff has been hit hard with injuries (Colby Lewis is out of the year, and Neftali Feliz may be out until 2014), guys like Scott Feldman have stepped to help keep the Rangers comfortably in the lead. Feldman is 6-0 over his last 7 games, during which his ERA has dropped from 6.50 to 4.52.

The Tigers look to continue their hot hitting streak in the scorching Texas heat (it was 108 yesterday). The Boys have collected 13 hits or more in each of the last 5 games (which makes yesterday’s loss even tougher) and are batting .356 with 11 HRs in 8 games this month.

I will be a few rows back up the 3rd base line, look for me, I’ll be the one explaining to Gene Lamont that base runners need to touch home in order to score a run.

A few notes:

- Joaquin Benoit is a league leader…his WHIP in July/August….is .84.

- Leyland being Leyland on a potential Castellanos call-up in September.

- 37,661 per game at Tiger Stadium, good for 3rd in the AL. I see you Tigers fans.

Stat of the day – Miguel Cabrera leads all major leaguers with a .369 BA against the Rangers.

Tonight’s Back on Track Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Dirks, LF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Boesch, RF
6. Young, DH
7. Avila, C
8. Peralta, SS
9. Infante, 2B

BTW, I’m still upset about last night.

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