Discussion in 'Football, Baseball, and Hockey' started by TaS, Nov 9, 2012.
If Justin spits the bit, I would yank him after 3 bad innings.
One more thing to mention... Even with his 8 runs allowed a couple games ago, Porcello's ERA since July 1 is 2.98! 2.23 without the blowup against BOS in 12 starts. Would it be insane to pitch him at the 4 spot and bring Verlander out of the pen? Will never happen, but he's kind of hot right now. Has any modern era team gone with a 5 man rotation to keep the pitchers in their normal rhythm? Probably not.
Maybe it would be good to give JV a little more rest going into the playoffs to see if that gets him fresh. He's thrown the most innings in baseball over the past few years I believe I heard. Miggy and JV are so good that I wouldn't worry quite as much about rust with them.
Porcello would be my 3rd starter.......
Good summation of Porcello with some interesting stats: Duff: Porcello makes case for post-season role | Windsor Star His 61 W's over the past 5 years place him 10th in MLB (very surprising). 26 of his 29 starts have resulted in 2 or fewer walks! Recent success credited to his breaking ball, which is a theme for Scherzer and Sanchez as well. Does anybody think that the Angels would trade Trout for Cabrera?
Would you trade Lebron for Kyrie Irving? Despite the salary problems (not so much an issue in baseball) that is a heartbeat trade for me. Tigers would be silly to it in my mind!
Leyland is strickly by the rule book. No over thinking going on there. Why ? It's written in stone.
I'd argue that Trout is a better baseball player than Irving is at bball. Trout was the runner up for MVP last year and is about to post his 2nd straight year with a WAR above Cabrera and everybody else in baseball. In contrast, Lebron had 19.3 WS compared to 5.3 for Irving last year. He dwarfs him. I'm looking at it this way. Would you trade a 30 year old MVP for a 21 year old MVP runner up? Trout is #1 in WAR, #1 in adj OPS+, #1 in base stealing, #1 in runs scored, a superb defensive player, and hits with power (#2 in extra base hits, #3 in SLG). I've heard a lot of people say "no way", which makes me wonder if LA would actually say yes to it. Trout is getting paid the same amount this season as Cabrera makes in 4 games. I'd toss in another player or two to get it done. I'd even include the Lions.
Would you trade Cabrera for LeBron?
No, but I'd trade Cabrera and Stuckey for LeBron...................
It's crazy that a quality start actually raised Sanchez's ERA today. The only downside is that he threw a lot of pitches for only 6 innings, 2 walks, and 5 hits. Leyland pulled all the right levers with the bullpen and Don Kelly tonight.
Another great pitching effort by a starter and another no decision. Oh well, a win is a win for the team. Please make sure that Phil Coke does not see any post season action. Miggy goes yard for the first time since August 26th,,,, and of course Chris Davis stays 7 ahead by blasting one out too. Rumor has it that Davis and Trout are moving up on the MVP race....
Maybe, but leaving Sanchez out there to pitch to Morales (a lefty) was not a good move. Normally, I wouldn't second-guess this, but as I watched the game, I said aloud, "Don't let him pitch to this guy." Other than that, Leyland and staff handled the bullpen well, and it was not an easy task given some of the limitations (no Benoit, no Smiley, no Bonderman and no Rondon). Well done, Smokes.
Agreed that Coke didn't pitch well -- he got behind a lot of hitters -- but the uncharacteristic Iglesias error didn't help. Speaking of postseason, I wonder if in some games we might see an infield of Martinez, Fielder, Infante, Iglesias and Peralta (assuming Peralta can still play third base) with Cabrera at DH. Do you put Peralta on the roster or Perez? I guess we should worry about clinching first, huh?
I think the only "lock" for postseason accolades is Martinez as Comeback Player of the Year.
Peralta has been practicing in the outfield.
when was the last time a healthy all star position player came off the bench for his team in the playoffs?
Has he played out there before? Looks like it could be a Dirks/Peralta platoon in left.
I think that they probably figure an all-star MLB shortstop has the instincts to figure out the outfields. Leyland stated something like, "he can catch fly balls, but I worry about him picking up spin off the bat and identifying sinkers, floaters, etc)". Seems valid.
The Tigers are implementing the 1968 scenario where Mayo Smith & co wanted the "old Pro" Al Kaline to start in the world series with Horton and Northrup so they moved center fielder Mickey Stanley to shortstop ahead of Ray Oyler who couldn't bat his weight. It worked out!! Per JL and Dombroski,... Iglesious is their SS, so Peralta will be platooning in left field when the Tigers oppose a lefty and Dirks will be there for the righties. He will probably be the first PH off the bench too when the need for power is there. We will probably see him in left field in that last series of the regular season in Miami.
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