Tigers Tigers 2012

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  1. TaS

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    It's 13 in a row against the Royals and Twins after this 3 game series vs Oakland.

    That gives me hope. That and the 10 home games in a row starting now.

    The White Sox have a cream puff ending too, but it's a little tougher than ours. They play the Angels instead of Oakland, which is sort of a push. But then they have a 4 game series against the Rays. '

    Although they are outside the playoffs, the Rays have given up the fewest runs in the AL and have a +71 run differential, which basically means that they are better than we are. They even have more wins.


    To put our position in perspective:
    If the Sox win according to their average, then they are expected to go 9-7 (I rounded up due to the easy schedule).
    That means that Detroit would have to go 12-4 to catch them and 13-3 to overtake them. Either of those are certainly possible, but are probably factored into ESPN's calculation that our playoff odds are down to 18% at this point.

    8-8 by the Sox means we have to go at least 11-5. This seems much more achievable.

    What we really probably need is for the Sox to lose some of those 1 run ballgames and to somehow play sub .500 baseball on the final lap.

    Just gotta get in... ala the NY Giants.
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    for the Tigers right now it is the opposite Situation Serious, but Not Hopeless....by the way this was a great movie...
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    Tigers return to the friendly confines of Comerica and put up 12 runs.....going yard 4 times...Fielder, Peralta hit one out and Miggy reacting to the MVP chants, knocks in six runs on two dingers, including a grand slam in the 8th...

    He Ajax and Laird all had three hits a piece.
    Tiger ace.2 Max Scherzer went out after two innings with a sore shoulder. JL's best move of the week was to take him out right away and get an MRI. His second best move was to put Berry back in the lineup and move Dirks down to 7th to take out Boesch. Dirks didn't get on base, but Berry did get two hits and two RBI.

    Unfortunately we could not rely the Royals to hold their lead as they squandered an early 2-1 lead and lost to the ChiSux 3-2.

    So despite the party at Comerica, we are still 3 games back...:crossed: Oh well, still got fifteen games and we can win them all if we are lucky....
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    That was nice. We need a 10-game win streak. Cabrera is a freakin' beast.
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    Yep we won...but the best news of the night is that Sox LOST!!!!

    Miggy adds to his HR and RBI totals, Verlander gets another a Win and Valverde gets boo birds from the crowd after giving up another2 runs in the ninth in a non-save opportunity...........to blow the shut out
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    There are several pitchers in the pen with lower ERA's than Valverde. Keep in mind that those guys are critical to even giving Valverde a save opportunity though.

    Valverde- 3.77 ERA in 62.0 innings.

    Compared to:

    Villareal- 2.29 ERA (best on the team). And he's pitched 51.0 innings, almost as many innings as Valverde's 62.0.
    Dotel- 3.21 ERA in 53.1 innings.
    Benoit- 3.34 ERA in 64.2 innings.
    Coke- 3.61 ERA in 52.1 innings.

    With less innings, you have:
    Downs- 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings.
    Albequerque- 0.00 ERA in 4.1 innings.


    Last year, Al Al had a 1.87 ERA in 43.1 innings. Not exactly a lightweight. ...except that in the postseason his ERA was 81.0 with 3ER in 0.1 innings. Doh!
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    It's crunch time ! :
    strike out
    ground out
    fly out
    or get off the mound !
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    Cabrera- 2 HR's behind Hamilton. He needs to overtake him in that and maintain his BA and RBI lead to become the first triple crowner since 1967. 45 years!

    If we are unfortunate and fall out of the playoff race, that would be a reason to keep watching.
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    Miggy got another home run (#41) last night. He trails Hamilton (42) by just one dinger....until today!!!!!
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    From Drew Sharp's column on the possible end to Leyland's career in Detroit: "What would Terry Francona, or Mike Scioscia, or anybody else for that matter, strategically do that Leyland hasn't done with the roster available to him?"

    Gee, Drew, I dunno. Maybe not play Raburn so much early in the season. Play small ball once in a while. Try to grit out some wins and not hope for the No. 3 and 4 guys to bash it out in that ballpark. Keep playing Berry when he was hot.

    There were two bunts in a row last night by Dirks and Laird. The A's infielders were clearly taken by a surprise since it was so un-Leyland-like. Leyland really does believe Detroit is The City of the Bunt.
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    As much as Leyland likes to make others believe that he play hunches, he really is more of a stats guy than he lets on. He knows the numbers.

    There is a downside to bunting- in that it almost always results in an out. The sabermetric studies have proven that it is almost always worse than not bunting. Even in the case of runners on 1st and 2nd with 0 outs, it takes an unusually strong pitcher or an unusually weak batter (a pitcher for instance) for it's expected value to exceed that of swinging away.

    By the Numbers: Bunting in baseball can be downright medieval | The Columbian

    A Sabermetric View of Bunting - Bless You Boys
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    I often wonder if Drew Sharp actually believes the crap that he writes or if he is just trying to get a rise out of people. The other day, he was blaming the entire failure of the Tigers season on Omar Infante's defense. I hope he resigns after the season.
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    They scouted Anderson, he falls off the mound to the right.
    Jackson with the big error last nite.
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    Yea, and they didn't even score it as an error. Poor Sanchez actually pitched pretty well, but the numbers don't show it.
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    I am traveling in Seattle so missed yesrterdays game....but didn't Infante caused the error in 5th or 6th inning that generated the eventual winning run? And the error on Sunday that allowed the tying and game winning run....that should have been a double play? It's a long shot but if not for those two errors....we'd be currently tied with the Sox.....
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    If you play the hypothetical game like that, then you have to take away the game-winning hit and 3 RBI of Infante's the day before...the 2 hits and 2 stolen bases from last Thursday's 5-3 win....
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    Rained out today. Double-header on Sunday.
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    Yeah, Infante with the error prior.
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    Frankly, it was a surprising column from him. He's usually the first guy to pile on.
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    I think he intentionally writes the opposite of what most people are thinking.

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