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This worry anyone?
The Tigers have had just one run score this series on a hit — a solo home run by Alex Avila. Of the Tigers' seven runs scored this series that didn't come on Avila's homer, three came via error, one on a Don Kelly sacrifice fly, the rest on groundouts.
Makes me think that the law of averages is on our side. But that's the glass half full approach.
time for them to start hitting
"Put your mother in a straight-jacket you punk ass white boy." ~ Mike Tyson
Another thing that hasn't factored in yet is the Tigers' crappy defense. Hoping it doesn't Make an appearance again until April.
I think the tigers will win tonight, need another solid pitching performance from Scherzer but someone will come alive tonight. Last time Griffin pitched against the Tigers he gave up 5 earned in 4.2. That would be more than enough.
Bats are worrisome, been a pretty mediocre lineup all year. Sherzer hopefully can cruise early because I doubt he goes much past 100 in the pitch count and I really don't want to see a bullpen war with Oakland.
Agree about the bullpen. Hope Scherzer can go 8 and Tigers can get 4-5 runs and limit A's to 2-3. Don't like the Tigers in a slugfest because I'm not sure the Tigers know what a slugfest is...
The moment is eternal
Was thinking today what is the Tiger bullpen going to look like next spring. Likely need a closer although Benoit has done his best to make Valverde look reliable.
Valverde as FA signed with Boros and will be looking for a multi year deal, doubt the Tigers want to commit to him again for any length of time.
The will also need to add a lefty given Coke's abysmal second half.
Said it before, say it again....this Tiger team is flawed in that they really can't play consistent small ball when needed....the entire offense is predicated on 3 run homers just like the Baltimore Orioles of Earl Weaver....the difference is that to hit a 3 run homer, you need 2 men on base and that seems to be a challenge. One and two batters don't work the count for walks or bunt well....if the Tigers lose the game tonight I think they lose the series to the A's.
and compared to the other teams in the playoffs, they don't hit that many homers to begin with.
Prince is worrying me a little. He's now a career .172 hitter in the postseason. This team will have trouble beating anyone if he doesn't show up.
Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.
True, but he hit the ball better than anyone last night and had nothing to show for it. In a small sample size average is often misleading.
True, that's why I'm not , but he's now played in 18 post season games and has never had more than 5 hits in a series.
Well, the Tigers have Verlander going tomorrow if they lose tonight.
This is interesting as Prince seems like this last guy to really crack under any sort of pressure. He's only had 18 post season games though, so you've got the whole small sample size thing to consider.
cue the "JV CANT WIN BIG GAMES" crowd
Bats are afraid. Need to offer the team Jobu some rum.
Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Yeah, I mean he could go 3-5 with 3 RBIs tonight and that wouldn't help his career numbers, but it would get the job done here so I'm not too concerned about him.But I think it is something to keep an eye on going forward.
I don't know what the story was with Prince in Milwaukee, but the Tigers have faced two very tough lefties so far.
We have 7 other RH hitting starters who should be carrying their weight against lefty pitchers.
About those other righties.... Jackson, Cabrera, and Peralta all have reverse splits. Cabrera hit .335 with 40 home runs against RHP. That is fucking absurd.
I had never watched Anderson pitch (missed the game he started against us), but he looks like something special. Those sliders looked flat out brutal and our hitters fell for it almost every time. I cringed watching Avisail fall for the curve time and time again, but that's how rookies fare against that kind of stuff.
Hopefully tonight against a rookie RH, our best line up can go out and produce like they know they can.
Buttmaker: What does this game mean to the Athletics? Ahmad?
Ahmad: It means a hell of a lot of badass news for the Athletics!
I saw a vendor that looked like Mr. T last night at the A's game.
What Tiger hitters need to do is show some patience.
Example was last night we had a man on first and and Infante up. He has a 3-1 count and swings away at a marginal pitch with Cabrera on deck. You have to know getting on in that situation is more important than anything. He gets a walk Cabrera is hitting with two on, instead i think Infante hit into an inning ending double play.
Agree to an extent.
I don't know how the Tigers hitters couldn't tell Anderson was going to go to his breaking ball below the knees (would be a called ball every single time) every time he needed to get a strikeout.
Just let the pitcher try to strike you out. A called strikeout in the early part of the game isn't a bad thing. Instead of knowing that he can and should strike you out with breaking balls at your feet, it gives him a false sense of security that he can strike you out with legitimate strikes.
As a team, your other hitters are better off since the pitcher will invariably throw more strikes.
What do tigers dream of, when they take a little tiger snooze.
Do they dream of mauling Athletics, or Halle Berry in her catwoman suit.
Don't you worry your pretty stripped heads we're gonna get you back to Detroit and your cozy tiger beds.
1. Austin Jackson CF, .167
2. Quintin Berry LF, .500
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B, .333
4. Prince Fielder 1B, .083
5. Delmon Young DH, .222
6. Andy Dirks RF, .222
7. Jhonny Peralta SS, .444
8. Alex Avila C, .500
9. Omar Infante 2B, .250
SP. Max Scherzer RHP, (0-0, -.--)
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