Discussion in 'Football, Baseball, and Hockey' started by TaS, Nov 9, 2012.
I don't see any issues. Bout time the Central woke up.
I'm assuming you mean Friday, Saturday, Sunday and then on the road
I didn't, but was bummed when I tried to turn on the game tonight.
Darn Cleveland won again with Raburn homering twice. Raburn's .914 OPS would be 2nd best on our team this year, behind Miggy. .
It wouldn't be that high in our ballpark.
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Iglesias with a nice debut. Started at 3rd and drove in the 1st run of the game to give Tigers the lead.
At the moment, all five Tigers starters have winning records, kinda like '84:
Jack Morris, 19-11
Dan Petry, 18-8
Milt Wilcox, 17-8
Juan Berenguer, 11-10
Dave "Kung Fu" Rozema, 7-6
Last 10 games:
Our improved record of late has actually put us in the wildcard position (if Cleveland happened to be ahead of us). For most of the season, it was win our division or bust.
Last 6 starts for Porcello-
ERA for this stretch = 2.27 (Cy Young type effectiveness for more than a month)
Last 6 starts for all of our starting pitchers (this covers the period of time from June 30 through today. On 6/30, we were tied for the division lead with Cleveland):
1) Scherzer: 2.20
2) Porcello: 2.27
3) Sanchez: 2.45
4) Fister: 3.60
5) Verlander: 4.24 (2 shutouts and a 1 ER game though, all 3 were W's)
We are 21-9 over this period. +64 run differntial (+2.13 per game). With all 5 starting pitchers getting almost all quality starts and the top 3 coming in under 2.50 ERA, it's easy to see why we are winning. There has been less of a toll on the bullpen and we aren't blowing leads.
Verlander isn't playing to the level of last year, but he's still having very effective games. It's just that he's having off games sprinkled in. Needless to say, when Verlander is the worst pitcher in your rotation, you have some pretty spectacular talent.
I'm feeling really good about our bullpen at this point. Benoit is like 12-12 in save opps this year and is sporting an ERA that is a rounding error. Rondon has stabilized. Smyly is still kicking butt. And Veras is off to a nice start. Leyland goes to what he's comfortable with and fortunately for us, he's comfortable in players that are reliably performing since Valverde was demoted.
would you quit jinking them
Tui with the late inning walk off, 3-2 over CSox.
Actually, Hunter had the walk-off....and stop jinking them, Tas!
Jink you guys.
My bad, Tui was on Hunter drove him in.
And Miggy got the pinch hit before being replaced by Tui, who was subsequently bunted to 2nd.
Just another managerial win for Patches.
I don't second-guess the manager often, but I was surprised he left Smyly in to pitch to Konerko when he was a career 4 for 6 (now 5 for 7) against him. Veras is a proven closer. Should have started the inning with him.
I saw Leyland's explanation:
- Konerko's 4 prior hits were all singles, so he thought at worst case "the ball would stay in the ballpark"
- 2 lefties were coming up after, so if Smyly could get through Konerko, he'd probably get through the inning
- Smyly's ba against w/ lefties is .135
- Smyly's ba against w/ righties is .233 (still really good)
- Veras' platoon splits are .154 vs R and .221 vs L, so equally effective mirror image, but would have had the advantage on Konerko and not the next 2 batters. Not as optimal as Smyly.
- Smyly had only given up 1 HR this year
- In his last 11 innings, he'd given up 5 hits, 0 walks, and 0 runs.
Leyland is far more on top of his analyses that he seems. I've heard a few different explanations on things when he opens up and he seems to have gone through the numbers as opposed to purely going from his gut. His m.o. is old school in terms of keeping it close to the vest. So, I think that people assume he's not doing these calculations because he doesn't blab about them.
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