Discussion in 'Football, Baseball, and Hockey' started by TaS, Nov 9, 2012.
He heard you - 3 run jack in the 1st
He must have heard us. Jack Tripper in the first. You beat me to it, mik
Jackson goes yard. "Stretch it, stretch it. Put it on the board! Yes!"
Sanchez! And Perez playing his heart out. Don Kelly having a nice year and coming in very useful. .250 from his is fantastic. We're only 2 Valverde blown saves away from having the fewest losses in the AL. Every win without Cabrera (and Infante) is huge.
Here is a summary of our pitching in terms of OPS (on base % + slugging %). I filtered for only pitchers with 20 or more innings, and made an exception for Rondon since he appears to be a part of the regular relief rotation going forward. 1) Smyly- .517 (only a .196 ba against!) 2) Benoit- .568 3) Scherzer- .595 4) Sanchez- .627 5) Putkonen- .677 6) Porcello- .693 7) Fister- .701 8) Verlander- .708 LEAGUE AVERAGE- .728 9) Albequerque- .736 10) Rondon- .787 11) Coke- .795 12) Valverde- .796 (despite a very low ba against, the slugging % demolished him) 13) Downs- .809 Pretty interesting that Verlander is the worst in this important measurement compared to our other starters. On the other hand, Porcello has been surprisingly good even on average, and dominant in spurts. Scherzer and Sanchez are battling for best pitcher on the team IMO although Scherzer has him by a nose so far. While our bullpen has cost us many games so far, it appears to be stabilizing with incredible years by Smyly and Benoit. Smyly may be getting the benefit of short stints and favorable matchups, but he's taking full advantage and has been our most dominant pitcher given the opportunities that he's been given. Benoit doesn't get the matchup advantage and has been pitching in pressure situations, but has been nearly as dominant. Without these 2 guys, I think we'd be in some serious trouble. There was a motorcitybengals article about this already, but I'm starting to see the light. Instead of blowing money or prospects on a known closer, we should be looking to pick up great deals on guys to fill the middle of the bullpen. Al Al has the highest strikeout ratio and fewest balls in play, so he's OK when we need to get out of jams. Rondon is young and extremely talented, so we just need him to season a bit. But Coke, Valverde, Downs, Villareal, and all the rest of the bullpen filler could be seriously upgraded without breaking the bank. You also have to consider that if there are no injuries to our starting staff, Porcello will be moved to the bullpen for the playoffs, which would be huge. He leads the team in ground ball % with his sinkers and could also be a great pitcher to put in with men on base to generate double plays and infield outs (no sac flies). Optimism cool-aid: We have the biggest division lead in the AL, we have the 2nd highest run differential in all of baseball, we have done it with a struggling Verlander (who might snap out of it), and we have the weakest strength of schedule of any team in baseball for the remainder of the season. All we need to do is add some depth to the middle of the bullpen and we should be ready to rumble in September/October.
One more quick exercise out of curiosity. I noticed that Scherzer hasn't had a scoreless outing yet this year, while all 4 of our other starters have done it multiple times. Lets see how the starting 5 rank when you only look at their 10 best games. Verlander: 68.0 innings 7 earned runs 0.93 ERA 5 scoreless outings Sanchez: 67.0 innings 8 earned runs 1.07 ERA 4 scoreless outings Scherzer: 71.0 innings 13 earned runs 1.65 ERA 0 scoreless outings Fister: 68.2 innings 13 earned runs 1.70 ERA 2 scoreless outings Porcello: 65.2 innings 13 earned runs 1.78 ERA 4 scoreless outings So, when each guy is "on", which happens pretty frequently, Verlander is still king of the hill/ mound. Scherzer has become the workhorse though with the longest average outing. He tends to give up 1 or 2 cheap runs per game, but rarely has guys on base. He throws the most strikes and it bites him every once in a while.
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I guess Valverde forgot how to keep the ball down!
I didn't have a problem with Leyland using Benoit. You have to do whatever you can to get the win at hand. Tomorrow, you can deal with tomorrow. With Verlander on the mound today, perhaps the bullpen won't be an issue. Tigers are on a nice roll. I told you guys the sky wasn't falling in.
We knew the sky wasn't falling, we just like to be in panic mode when Leyland is around.
BL, they're not exactly playing stellar competition here. I would expect them to take 3 of 4 from Chicago, even in Chicago. As I write this, Verlander continues to struggle.
Verlander is giving up all kinds of hits and walks to start the game and Tigers are struggling against Peavy again.
10 hits and 6 runs over four innings. Verlander throwing BP.
Leyland will coddle him throughout the nite.
JV gave up a homer to the ninth hitter, some guy that is batting .209
Something is wrong with JV. He's been up and down the entire season. He has been more hittable and he makes many more basic mistakes like throwing something offspeed down the middle. They better figure it out fast or the postseason will be very uneventful.
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Arm fatigue, perhaps?
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