YANKEES @ TIGERS
By Mike Bauman / MLB.com 10/05/06 6:57 PM ETBy Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com 10/05/06 2pm ETRogers’ storied 2nd-half collapse turned out to be false prophecy:
"Rogers went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in August and 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA in September…‘We got ourselves a pitcher," Leyland said, "and he’s been fantastic.’"
By Jack O’Connell / MLB.com 10/05/06 6:35 PM ET
Tigers 2 (Kenny Rogers starter, Zumaya W, Jones S) White Sox 1 (Contreras starter, L)
White Sox or Tigers? As readers know, so much came my way with the Right Sox’ World Series win last year that I have no complaints when they win, and I had been following them for years anyway. For related reasons, the Tigers have a hold on me, and my underdog Series prediction for this season is Tigers-Reds! Two out of 3 to the Tigers shows the doubters that Detroit is "for real," even against the World Champions. And they play like Champions.
- I still do not understand what happened to turn Scott Proctor from a prospective starter on his way to AAA Columbus into a first-class middle reliever with a stomach lined with iron. Or, is it teflon? Actually, I think it is All-Clad. (There is nothing I have burned onto an All-Clad pot that I could not wipe off, and that is saying quite a lot. With the amount of cooking I do, I will settle for admiring it from afar, however.) Proctor says it is a matter of confidence, which he gained during the one start he was allowed last year. Readers know that I have felt he is a starter at heart for some time, and, yes, I felt gratified to learn that "the powers" had planned to send him down to turn into just that. That, however, was before we lost our pitching Now we all sigh in relief when he comes in, as we used to for Tanyon Sturtze, who, after another troublesome outing preceding Proctor’s today, finally admitted he is hurt.
- I think Joe Torre might really be upset. The locker room was clear by the time Suzyn Waldman was allowed in after the game. She compared Sturtze’s failure to report his injury (he did this last year, too) — and Torre’s apparent reaction — to the Kenny Rogers episodes back in 1995.
- Kerry Wood is on his way back! He encourages me by his caution.
Keep an eye on these guys, if you like:
A’s: Loaiza, Street Reds: Claussen, Harang, Womack Diamondbacks: Clark Boston: R. Seanez, Mota (+ Foulke no less!) (Wells says he commits) Beckett, Lowell Padres: Peavy, Estes, Greene Tigers: Rogers, Maroth, Robertson, Bonderman, Seay, Inge, Leyland Cleveland: Sabathia Rockies: Fogg Orioles: Benson (Bottalico, Yates), Duquette, Mazzone Mets: Trachsel, Heilman (+obvious Billy Wagner), Keppinger Angels: Figgins Cardinals: David Eckstein Cubs: Eyre, Jacque Jones Brewers: Capuano Tampa Bay: Marlins: Girardi Pirates: Zach Duke, Ty Wigginton Phillies: Rowand (great fielder, does not hit under pressure, though) Dodgers: Sele White Sox: McCarthy Rangers: Benoit, Eaton, Dellucci, Durazo Royals: Runelvys Hernandez, McEwing Astros: Taveras Yankees: Chacon, Small, Wang, Proctor (as a starter), Sturtze, Mendoza, Ron Guidry (Hughes, Cox)