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Monday, September 9, 2013

Leyland and Cabrera ejected early again; Scherzer may be impacted most

Max Scherzer has gotten an ungodly amount of run support from all of his teammates, but particularly Miguel Cabrera.

He won't get any help from Miggy toward winning No. 20 on Monday, as Cabrera and manager Jim Leyland were ejected in the first inning, arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Brian Gorman.

Cabrera appeared to take a pitch off his right knee, but Gorman ruled that he'd swung at the pitch. One pitch from White Sox starter Chris Sale later, and Gorman had had enough of Cabrera's jawing, tossing him from the game.

Here's the video of the play. [CLICK HERE]

Leyland said after the game that Gorman called that play — and an identical one later in the game, when Ramon Santiago swung at a pitch that hit him — correctly, and noted that he's a good umpire. But he wouldn't excuse the way the situation was handled.

"After I heard his explanation of why he threw him out, I was a little upset. ... Doesn't warrant an ejection, in my mind," the manager said on Fox Sports Detroit's postgame show.  "I just thought the ejection was totally, totally unnecessary. Didn't warrant an ejection in my mind."

It's the fourth time this season Leyland was ejected (July 11, July 28, Aug. 17), and the second time he was ejected while arguing a Cabrera ejection mid-at bat. Both were ejected from the July 28 game against the Phillies.

It's the first ejection of the season for Gorman. Ramon Santiago slotted into Cabrera's No. 3 hole in the lineup after the ejection.

Scherzer has been among the league leaders in run support all season long, certainly a factor in his 19-2 record, one that he's acknowledged. Cabrera has done more than his part in that, hitting .414 (41-for-99) with 24 runs, four doubles, 10 home runs and 32 RBI in Scherzer's 28 starts before Monday.

“Blahblahblahblah. I don’t want to know that, but I know he always hits well in my starts,” Scherzer kidded a few starts back, when he won No. 18 on Aug. 18. “I gave him some crap last time because he went 0-for-5 in Chicago. I said ‘That’s just unacceptable. You’re my guy. When I pitch you always hit and hit for power, so I expect more out of you.’ Sure enough, first pitch of the game he sees it’s a bomb. He was right back on track.”

It's no surprise, though, that Cabrera's gone 4-for-12 with no runs and no RBI in the three starts since that day, and Scherzer's correspondingly gone 1-1 with one no-decision.


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