Post-game Update The Tigers didn’t have a very strong showing at the All-Star game and Roar of the Tigers has the breakdown (in typically humorous fashion). What wasn’t funny at all is Miguel Cabrera’s strained oblique muscle. They are saying it’s a slight strain but ouch.
The Detroit Tigers head into the All Star Break 1/2 game in the lead in the AL Central with a 49-43 record. That record is well reflected in the fact that the Tigers placed FIVE players on the AL roster.
In just his 3rd season, Avila makes his first All Star appearance. With 4,144,384 votes, he’s the first Tiger voted to the starting lineup since 2007. He carries a .286 average into the game with 10 homers and 46 RBI. Tiger skipper Jim Leyland commented “That’s a pretty good tribute to him and the job that he’s done. Good stuff, and certainly well-deserved.”
A four-time All-Star, Verlander is 12-4 and tied for second in the Major Leagues with Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens, one behind Yankees ace CC Sabathia. Yesterday Verlander also became the first Tigers pitcher to reach 12 wins by the All-Star break since Jack Morris did it in 1987. His 2.15 ERA is 3rd in the Majors, he’s already tossed one no hitter in 2011 and he was named AL Pitcher of the month for June for his ridiculous dominance (.92 ERA in June). He’s only lost once since April 29th.
A six-time All-Star, Cabrera makes his 3rd consecutive trip as a Tiger. With a 2011 batting average of .311, the slugger is right on his .313 career numbers and has smacked 18 homers with 59 RBI. With 1498 hits at age 27, Miguel is halfway to 3000 hits and considered a candidate for the elite 3000 hit club.
With 24 saves, Valverde is the American League leader in saves and has been a big part of the Tigers strong start. Now in his 9th season, “Papa Grande” makes his second straight All Star appearance. He is also one of the most animated players in the majors, as you can see in this video.
Peralta just joined the Tigers from the Division rival Cleveland Indians. Although he’s in his 9th season, he makes his first All Star appearance in 2011. He’s hitting .312 with 14 homers and 50 RBI. He was named to the team by AL manager Ron Washington to replace Derek Jeter.
From the Blogs….
Kurt over at Bless You Boys has some cool All Star moments including Lance Parrish throwing out 3 runners in 1982. The Daily Fungo talked with Jason Beck of MLB.com yesterday and has some good insight about where the Tigers are right now.
Also be sure to check out our post on Michigan in Pictures about the first All-Star game and Charlie Gehringer, who scored the winning run of the first All Star Game in 1933 on a Babe Ruth homer and played every inning of the first six All-Star games!