The trouble with work is that it tends to get in the way of hobbies, kind of like this blog. I was in San Luis Obispo this week, and I found myself with out a lot of time to write. The result is another crappy bullet point post.
4 game Fun
So the Tigers have been battling the weather, and losing. Fortunately, they’ve been battling their opponents and winning. The result if a 4 game, six day win streak. Without changing tactics, the Tigers have suddenly figured out how to win close games. Their wins include an extra inning one run game, another one run win, a two run win, and a blowout.
Finally, Trammell’s plan for a Farnsworth 7th, Urbina 8th, and Percival 9th came to fruition in last night’s contest. The 3 relievers protected a one run lead over the last 3 innings.
During the 4 game stretch, the Tigers starters have an ERA of 3.03, a K/9 of 7.1, and K/BB ratio of 3:1. The last two numbers are especially impressive considering that Mike Maroth pitched two of the games.
Last night the Tigers’ first 5 hitters were a combined 7 for 18 for a .389/.450/.556 night. On the other hand, the bottom 4 hitters were a combined 0 fer 14 with 6 strikeouts (half of which belonged to Carlos Pena). The only offensive bright spot for the Tigers bottom hitters was a Craig Monroe sacrifice fly.
The good news is that the top of the order continues to produce. Brandon Inge, Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Guillen, Rondell White, and Dmitri Young are a combined .354/.401/.551 with 82 runs created.
Picking their spots
Alan Trammell’s troops ahve only attempted 9 stolen bases this year, and they’ve been successful on all but one attempt. Conversely, opponents have tried 18 times to run on the Tigers, but have been gunned down 56% of the time.
So this Verlander kid might just work out. In last night’s start he through seven innings of two hit ball, striking out 12 against two walks.