Game 144: A’s at Tigers

PREGAME: It’s my birthday, so if the Tigers don’t win I’m going to be pissed. It is also Samara’s birthday. And it’s Natalie’s birthday, and while she’s not quite as emotionally invested in the team, she’ll still be a little sad. So win damn it. So if they don’t win she’s going to be pissed.

Of course if it keeps raining things might be out of their control.

OAK @ DET, Monday, September 8, 2008 Game Preview –

Game Time 7:05


  1. Eric Cioe

    September 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm


    Things have been out of their control for the whole season and they didn’t need any rain for it. Happy birthday.

  2. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Happy Birthday to Bilfer, the singer Pink and a free Macedonia. Go Tigers.

  3. Kathy

    September 8, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Happy birthday, Billfer. The Tigers gave me a very nice birthday present yesterday. Hope they do the same for you!!!

  4. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Nice start.

  5. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Real nice start.

  6. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    That boy oughta be in what relay, says Rod?

  7. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Aw yeh. Bring em’ all back.

  8. Andrew in Toronto

    September 8, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Next homer is 250,000 in MLB history.

    #249,999: Gary Sheffield (DET) off Gio Gonzalez (OAK)
    #249,998: Magglio Ordonez (DET) off Gio Gonzalez (OAK)
    #249,997: Jason Bay (BOS) off Edwin Jackson (TBR)

    How about Inge?

  9. Amanda

    September 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    *~Happy Birthday Billfer! Also Samara & Natalie 🙂 So far so good bottom of the 1st 3-2 Tigers~*

  10. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Oh man. Renteria coulda been the man.

  11. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I hope it’s Brandon.

  12. Andrew in Toronto

    September 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    He shoulda tried to stretch it for an inside the parker

  13. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    249,999.75. Darn.

  14. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Andrew, your right, he should have.

  15. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    That was a shot to Miggy’s spleen.

  16. Amanda

    September 8, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Woot! Sheff with a Grand Slam!

  17. Chief Monday

    September 8, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Wow. Sheff crushed another one.

  18. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Andrew, did he do it?

  19. Andrew in Toronto

    September 8, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Whoo…. looks like Sheffield was 250,000. None others on the board anywhere else.

    Just hope the game doesn’t get rained out!

  20. Jeff

    September 8, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Nice job Sheff. I’m guessing they’ll go really late if need be to get this one in (last visit of the A’s and all that).

  21. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks Andrew for keeping us updated. That was exciting.

  22. Amanda

    September 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    omg looks like your birthday wish has become a birthday curse for the A’s. Can’t believe he dropped that ball..haha

  23. Adam

    September 8, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    SHEFFFFFFFFFFF. Maybe he’ll get to five hundred in this game.

  24. Andrew in Toronto

    September 8, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks Ron. Gotta log out now for a while. I just emailed the FSN Detroit booth because nobody seems to know anything about #250,000.

    Too bad it wasn’t Sheffield’s 500th. Would have been interesting numbers.

  25. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    So approx. 1 out of every 500 HR hit by major leaguers has been hit by Mr. Sheffield? Is that correct?

  26. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    This kind of game makes you want to cry “what coulda been”.

  27. Amanda

    September 8, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Agreed Ron.. It’s oh so bittersweet

  28. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Josh Outman has not lived up to his name tonight

  29. Andrew in Toronto

    September 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Yeah, that’s right Ron. So his 500th homer could have been 1/500th of history.

  30. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Leave him in.

  31. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Zach could have done that.

  32. Adam

    September 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    This was supposed to be a feel good game.

    Listen up, Maggs, Miggs, Sheff. You aren’t done.

  33. Adam

    September 8, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    This is exactly why “getting ground balls” isn’t really a good plan.

    3 flyouts and the inning would have been over.

    SEE: Fossum’s first batter – Flyout. Fossum’s third batter – Flyout. COME ON. Every other one of those hits was a ground ball that got through the infield.

  34. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Left the bases loaded again. Whew.

  35. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I hope no one now retains the notion that our problems are not overwhelmingly about pitching

  36. Coleman

    September 8, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    When’s the last time, before Hessman, that a guy got hit by pitches twice in the same inning?

  37. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I think they said it happened once before, Brady Anderson?

  38. Anaaki

    September 8, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Ahhh. Happy birthday to two of the best Tigers bloggers on the web. Unlike most Tigers bloggers, you post everyday. What would we do/read without you?

  39. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    2nd guy in A.L.

  40. Amanda

    September 8, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Ya I heard that too ron, didn’t say when it happened though
    p.s. I hear the annoying whistler is back

  41. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    What the heck? Watching the game on MLB and they’re just showing the announcers booth while game going on. Camera man taking a whiz?

  42. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    1999, Coleman.

    Still no acknowledgement from FSN about the 250K homer

  43. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Good hustle by Maggs.

  44. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I e -mailed em too.

  45. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    “and a free Macedonia”

    OMG does Marcus Thmaes know???!?

  46. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    My protege Rapada is in — game over, A’s!

  47. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    You don’t have to be a lip reader to pick up what Renteria said on that error.

  48. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    One pitch, one out. Gary Glover is almost certainly the greatest pitcher of all time.

  49. Adam

    September 8, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Someone should e-mail Beck too.

  50. Coleman

    September 8, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Hah, Hessman made them pay!

  51. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Hilariously awesome play by Inge ends the game. 70 wins and tied for third!!!

  52. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Maybe baseball doesn’t regard that HR as a big deal. Could be waiting for no.1,000,000 in the 24th century. Tigers win. Tigers win.

  53. Adam

    September 8, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Hah, Inge made that play!

  54. Kathy

    September 8, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I suppose hitting the HR isn’t really such a big deal because it really was just a matter of luck as to who would do it. Some ‘ol scrub like Raburn could have gone out there and hit it out. But, since Gary probably likes things like that, I’m happy for him.

  55. Adam

    September 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I just saw it on the bottom of the screen – G. Sheffield 250,000 Home Run Ever Hit. So FSN got the e-mails?

  56. Dave BW

    September 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    I guess. They probably just wanted to get us to stop writing them.

  57. Andrew

    September 8, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Billfer! It was my birthday yesterday. Nice that our birthdays are happening along with a nice little Tigers win streak. Coincidence? I think not.

  58. Eddie

    September 8, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Sheff comes through on the big 6-0!

  59. ron

    September 8, 2008 at 11:58 pm


  60. David

    September 9, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Happy Birthday Bill

    Hopefully by my birthday (Nov 14) they will have their first world championship in 24 years 😉

    lets see now to tie them for a 1 game playoff (twins dont count ;))

    Detroit 18-0
    Chicago 8-12

    Detroit 17-1
    Chicago 7-13

    Detroit 16-2
    Chicago 6-14

    Detroit 15-3
    Chicago 5-15

    Detroit 14-4
    Chicago 4-16

    Detroit 13-5
    Chicago 3-17

    Detroit 12-6
    Chicago 2-18

    Detroit 11-7
    Chicago 1-19

    Detroit 10-6
    Chicago 0-20

  61. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Tigers win! Tigers win! Tigers win! I’m all swept up in 3rd place fever.

    Who was the last Tiger to have 116+ RBI? OK, other than Ordonez. Cecil Fielder? Go Miggy. How about 130+?

    Wow, Gary Sheffield. Just had to ruin my carefully laid plans for having Thames and Inge finish with more RBI, didn’t you? But your marketability increases by the minute, if only in my mind.

    I agree that Gary Glover is the greatest pitcher of all time, right after Casey Fossum (absurdly low ERA all of a sudden), who I’ve always staunchly supported through thick and thin, and who still has a chance to finish with more wins than Nate Robertson. Poor Aquilino Lopez. He can’t buy an out lately. OK, that’s not exactly true. But he’s sure letting those inherited runners score at an alarming rate.

    Granderson’s 0 for 6 with 2 K line looks odd in a game like this. Reminds me of that 10-9 win over Boston in May where he also went 0 for 6, I think (except that he also managed to drive in the tying run that time).

    Offhand, I would guess this is the first time the Tigers have hit 5 HR in a game this season. Nice. Just very, very nice to see the Tigers do what they’re supposed to do, come home after a successful trip and NOT LOSE the first game, and hand out a proper beating to an inferior team.

    Happy Birthday, Billfer.

    More birthdays, please!

  62. ron

    September 9, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Ezra sutton hit the first two homeruns in MLB history on May 8, 1871. It was a cold and blustery day in Cleveland, my friends, when ole’ Ezra stepped to the plate and pounded out two against Chicago, just like Gary did tonite against Oakland, 137 years later, hitting no.249,999 and no. 250,000.

  63. ron

    September 9, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Gee, our G.G. guy outpitched their G.G. guy tonite.

  64. ron

    September 9, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Smoking Loon, if you look like a duck and quack like a duck, then you are a duck. I’m sure Amanda will back me up on this.

  65. Amanda in camouflage

    September 9, 2008 at 6:32 am

    you betcha ron

  66. ron

    September 9, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Smoking Loon, After further review, a Loon is a bird of a different feather. If you were to have smoked duck, a good Smoking Loon Merlot would be proper as well as Cold Duck would be with bits of Baby Loon and Squab mixed into a spinach salad.

  67. Andrew in Toronto

    September 9, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I haven’t noticed anyone mention it here, but with Quentin out for surgery, Cabrera has to be the favourite to win the AL home run title this year.

    He’s also 8 off the RBI lead, but that’s going to be tougher to do unless Josh Hamilton also starts punching bats.

    Despite all that, Cabrera’s not near the top of the league for OPS. He’s not even the top Tiger. (Granderson is.)

    Meanwhile, Ordonez’s hot streak now has him back up to within 5 points of the batting average race. He’s one great game away from being at the top. (4 for 4 would do it.)

  68. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Yeah, enlist the support of the duck killer now. FYI, I don’t quack like a duck. Soon you shall have your rude comeuppance, when you are awakened by a blood-curdling wail and look to see a blood-red eye staring at you through the hole you put in the mirror with that apple.

    With 12 HR in 4 games and 19 in their last 9, the Tigers are having their biggest power surge this year. Team OPS is .902 over this (9-game) stretch, and the line reads like Thmaes the Macedonian in June.

    Only once before in 2008 have the Tigers hit 5 HR, April 24 against Texas in Detroit. Only 4 other times have they hit as many as 4, each time at… Comerica. In these 6 games, Maggs and Miggs have 4 HR each. All of these games were in the first series after a road trip, most often (3 times) the first game back home.

    The Tigers have not hit more than 3 HR in a game on the road. 3 HR on the road has happened only 6 times, against the Yankees, Orioles, Rays, White Sox, Rangers, and Twins.

    The longest the Tigers have gone without a HR was also at home. 5 games in May (they went 2-3, scoring 20, allowing 30, squeaking out 2 1-run wins).

  69. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 9:30 am

    “bits of Baby Loon and Squab mixed into a spinach salad.”

    Taunt me at your peril, bird eater.

  70. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Happy (belated) birthday billfer! I heard that Sheffield hit those two dingers on your behalf. Also, I’m contractually obligated to channel my inner Kenny Mayne and say “Sheffield hits the 250,000th HR. Not in this game – that would be a record”.

  71. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Andrew had to be all Canadian with the “favourite”, didn’t he? What’s your favorite colour?

  72. ron

    September 9, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Smoking Loon, Why is it okay for you to eat innocent fish but it’s not okay for Amanda to go out and slaughter ducks and a few loon and for Sarah Palin to mow down a Moose to feed her ever growing family. Have you heard of the food chain? That’s why Jimmy and Miggy get first dibs at the after game food fest.

  73. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Hey, I didn’t even notice “favourite.” Andrew rocks. He’s Canadian. That’s cool by definition. I wonder if it’s Andrew McNaughtan. Maybe it’s really Geddy Lee using Andrew’s computer!

    Ron, fish aren’t as innocent as you think. Sarah Palin, either.

    Miguel Cabrera’s numbers are really something else. I remember back in May-June when he was still “slightly disappointing,” and I don’t think even the staunch supporters saw 35+ HR and 125+ RBI coming. He’s making Carlos Guillen look bad.

  74. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 10:29 am

    “What’s your favorite colour?”

    The Colour Of Right.

  75. Natalie

    September 9, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I’m so honored to share my B’Day with the Blogging Elite! Birthday shout outs are the best!

  76. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 11:31 am

    “My favorite colour is candy!”

    -Ralph Wiggum

  77. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 11:54 am

    “has an imaginary leprechaun friend who occasionally tells him to start fires”

    a) Todd Jones
    b) Fernando Rodney
    c) Joel Zumaya
    d) Kyle Farnsworth
    e) Ralph Wiggum

  78. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 11:58 am

    The answer is, of course, f) all of the above. He tells me to burn things!

  79. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Edgo Renteria has reached base on an error 10 times in 2008, 22% (in 9% of team PA) of the 46 times Tigers have done so.

  80. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Magglio Ordonez over the last 14 days: .469/.500/.898, 4 jacks, 14 knocked in.

    Miguel Cabrera over that same time: .304/.358/.696, 5 and 16

    Curtis Granderson’s most recent fortnight: .365/.468/.731 3 and 9.

    I’m just saying that these guys are a drop of alright, and have been awarded blanket no-trade clauses by me, because as you of course know I have the power to do so.

  81. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    While we’re on the topic of E-Rent, don’t look now but he’s pounding out a .302/.356/.478 line since the All Star break. There’s no word on whether or not those totals include hits he’s given to the other team through lack of range at SS, so I’ll be forced to assume that they do.

  82. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks, Chris. I’ve been looking for a new excuse for why I smoke. Now I have a leprechaun.

    So how many times, out of 10, has Renteria scored after reaching on an error? Would you believe 5? It’s true. No way you don’t bring this guy back.

  83. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Since the break, despite 40% of his hits being for extra bases, Edgar has 15 RBI in 44 games and 175 PA. He must lead off innings a lot. Yes, he’s been low in the order, but still. But he’s scored 26 runs from being on base 65 times. That seems pretty good. I suspect this is where most of Granderson’s 24 RBI come from. So nice going, Edgar.

    It’s his defense that’s the thing. Can Tigers pitching live with another year of it?

  84. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Incidentally, I’d like to thank billfer for adding naughty women from my area as part of this site. My love of boobies and baseball can now be fulfilled with just one mouse click.

  85. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Tabbed browsing has been made obsolete.

  86. ron

    September 9, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Don’t let this latest run fool you. Too many losses when we scored 3 runs or less. A lot of these guys mailed it in for 3 months. No wonder they have so much pop. They have done very little work up until now. Still need a major housekeeping. And not only the pitching and management. You gotta play 6 months and hit in the clutch. This is a lazy ballclub.

  87. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    “Still need a major housekeeping”


  88. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    OK, now I’m on this whole total bases per plate appearance kick. Here’s how some Tigers stack up:

    Granderson .594 (11th in AL)
    Fatty .581 (14th)
    Maggs .554 (26th)
    Guillen .525 (32nd)
    Polanco .461 (54th)
    Renteria .434 (63rd)

  89. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    OK, Stat Boy. Let’s really mess with Ron now.

    Tigers (and an ex-Tiger) with 200+ AB:

    Runs Created/Game

    Granderson 7.8
    Cabrera 6.7
    Ordonez 6.5
    Joyce 6.1
    Guillen 5.9
    Polanco 5.3
    Thames 5.1
    Rodriguez 4.9
    Inge 4.4
    Sheffield 4.0
    Renteria 3.9

    Offensive Winning Percentage

    Granderson .695
    Cabrera .631
    Ordonez .619
    Joyce .593
    Guillen .581
    Polanco .526
    Thames .512
    Rodriguez .497
    Inge .446
    Sheffield .396
    Renteria .389

    Adjusted Batting Runs

    Granderson 25.7
    Ordonez 24.4
    Cabrera 24.3
    Guillen 11.0
    Joyce 6.3
    Thames 2.1
    Polanco 1.3
    Rodriguez -1.0
    Inge -6.3
    Sheffield -6.7
    Renteria -11.5

    Batting Wins

    Granderson 2.4
    Ordonez 2.3
    Cabrera 2.3
    Guillen 1.0
    Joyce 0.6
    Thames 0.2
    Polanco 0.1
    Rodriguez -0.1
    Sheffield -0.6
    Inge -0.6
    Renteria -1.1

    Nope. No trends are evident. Sorry.

  90. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I shall go out on a limb and use my extremely honed analytical skills to conclude that Granderson, Fatty, Maggs and Guillen have been the Tigers 4 most productive batsmen in 2008.

  91. Andrew in Toronto

    September 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    “Favourite colour” ha ha, I like your sense of humour…

    Anyway, I think it is fair to evaluate this team based on total runs scored. Sure, it feels like there have been some bad games, but the team’s record is just one game off its pythagorean w-l.

    The team has scored 734 runs. Is that enough? I figure that if they had allowed only 646 runs (as opposed to the 743 they really allowed) they would be in or tied for first place with the White Sox.

    How good is 646 runs allowed? It would put them 7th in the AL. (Right between Chicago and Minnesota, incidentally.)

    So, if we had a pitching staff that was around average for the AL, our offense is good enough to put us in first place.

  92. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    “Our offense is good enough to put us in first place”

    Seemingly. But not really. It only looks that way in aggregate.

  93. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Don’t jump to conclusions now, Chris.

    Besides the obvious, it was interesting to note how Ordonez is essentially equivalent to Cabrera, despite less flashy overall numbers elsewhere, due in part to the time Maggs was on the DL. But there’s another feather in Gil’s cap – he’s been the Tigers’ Iron Man this season. Haven’t heard much about that, but he deserves some credit.

  94. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I wondered how it would be if Tigers pitching had given 4-5 runs every game this season. 72 games each of 4 and 5 allowed would be… 648. 95 less than actual, considerably better. So I took the scores and replaced the opponents scores with 4 or 5, alternating 4-5, starting the first game with 4, then 5.

    4-5 alternating: 68 wins, 66 losses, 10 ties

    5-4 alternating: 66 wins, 64 losses, 14 ties

    Splitting the ties between win and loss, either way you come up with a record of 73-71.

    How about if the Tigers had scored 5 every game? Or alternated scoring 5-6 every game? (Which would yield 792 or only 58 more than actual, certainly not out of reach for the 1000-run offense.)

    Keep those checks coming, Chuck.

  95. Chris in Dallas

    September 9, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    This just in: Dontrelle Willis is starting Monday and Freddy Garcia is starting Wednesday in Texas. So I’ll be there to witness the rebirth.

  96. Andrew in Toronto

    September 9, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    But if our actual won-loss record is pretty much the same as our pythagorean won-loss record, I’d have to say that our runs-in-aggregate are the only offensive evaluation we really need.

    We are winning the number of games we’re supposed to win based on our runs-in-aggregate.

    If it feels like we have lost too many games where the offense didn’t show up, etc., those things must have evened out somehow.

    So… We’ve scored enough runs so that with an average pitching staff, we’d be in 1st place.

  97. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 10:29 am

    The AL average for runs allowed is 4.76 per game. So let’s call allowing 4 or 5 runs average pitching, and see how the Tigers fared in games where the pitching was average.

    Game #/Teams/Result/Tigers record/Pitchers of record

    1 DET KCR L 4-5 (11) 0-1 L Nunez D Bautista
    2 DET KCR L 0-4 0-2 B Bannister K Rogers
    3 DET KCR L 1-4 0-3 Z Greinke J Bonderman
    5 DET CHW L 3-5 0-5 G Floyd Z Miner
    7 DET @BOS L 0-5 0-7 D Matsuzaka K Rogers
    14 DET MIN W 6-5 4-10 C Rapada J Crain
    17 DET @TOR W 8-4 6-11 K Rogers J Accardo
    19 DET @TOR L 3-5 6-13 A Burnett N Robertson
    24 DET LAA L 3-4 10-14 E Santana N Robertson
    25 DET LAA W 6-4 11-14 A Lopez D O’Day
    27 DET @NYY W 6-4 12-15 K Rogers P Hughes
    29 DET @NYY W 8-4 14-15 N Robertson J Albaladejo
    31 DET @MIN L 1-4 14-17 B Bass J Verlander
    34 DET BOS L 0-5 14-20 T Wakefield N Robertson
    36 DET BOS L 1-5 15-21 J Beckett J Verlander
    37 DET NYY W 6-5 16-21 K Rogers K Igawa
    38 DET NYY L 2-5 16-22 D Rasner J Bonderman
    42 DET @ARI L 3-4 16-26 D Haren Z Miner
    44 DET @ARI L 0-4 17-27 R Johnson N Robertson
    46 DET SEA W 9-4 19-27 K Rogers J Washburn
    54 DET @SEA W 7-4 23-3 N Robertson C Silva
    55 DET @SEA L 0-5 23-32 F Hernandez J Verlander
    56 DET @SEA W 7-5 24-32 Z Miner J Putz
    58 DET @OAK L 4-5 (11) 24-34 C Gaudin B Seay
    60 DET CLE L 2-4 24-36 P Byrd J Verlander
    61 DET CLE W 8-4 25-36 Z Miner M Kobayashi
    64 DET CHW W 6-4 27-37 N Robertson J Contreras
    69 DET LAD W 5-4 32-37 N Robertson C Park
    74 DET @SDP W 7-5 35-39 N Robertson C Baek
    82 DET @MIN W 5-4 42-40 C Fossum M Guerrier
    85 DET @SEA W 8-4 43-42 J Verlander C Silva
    86 DET @SEA L 1-4 43-43 E Bedard K Rogers
    95 DET @BAL W 6-5 48-47 K Rogers G Olson
    99 DET @KCR W 19-4 50-49 Z Miner L Hochevar
    104 DET CHW W 6-4 53-51 Z Miner J Vazquez
    105 DET @CLE L 0-5 53-52 P Byrd K Rogers
    106 DET @CLE W 8-5 54-52 A Galarraga M Ginter
    109 DET @TBR L 2-5 55-54 G Balfour Z Miner
    113 DET @CHW L 1-5 55-58 J Danks J Verlander
    115 DET OAK L 2-4 56-59 D Braden K Rogers
    120 DET TOR L 3-4 58-62 D Purcey K Rogers
    131 DET CLE L 3-4 (10) 64-67 B Donnelly G Glover
    138 DET LAA L 4-5 66-72 S Shields F Rodney
    142 DET @MIN W 6-4 68-74 C Rapada M Guerrier
    143 DET @MIN W 7-5 69-74 C Lambert G Perkins

    The Tigers are 21-24 in these games. 197 runs scored (4.37/G, would rank 11th in AL) versus 200 runs allowed (4.44/G, would rank 7th in AL).

  98. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 11:16 am

    If the average AL team scores 4.76 runs per game, then the average game would be one where 9-10 runs score in all. I have a hunch – just a hunch – that contenders tend to play in more of these average games than non-contenders.

    Just for fun, here are the 21 “AL average” Tigers games:

    1 Mon, Mar 31 DET KCR L 4-5 (11)
    8 Wed, Apr 9 DET @BOS W 7-2
    23 Thu, Apr 24 DET TEX W 8-2
    25 Sat, Apr 26 DET LAA W 6-4
    27 Tue, Apr 29 DET @NYY W 6-4
    33 Mon, May 5 DET BOS L 3-6
    58 Tue, Jun 3 DET @OAK L 4-5 (11)
    63 Mon, Jun 9 DET CLE L 2-8
    64 Tue, Jun 10 DET CHW W 6-4
    69 Sun, Jun 15 DET LAD W 5-4
    72 Wed, Jun 18 DET @SFG W 7-2
    82 Mon, Jun 30 DET @MIN W 5-4
    83 Tue, Jul 1 DET @MIN L 4-6
    104 Sun, Jul 27 DET CHW W 6-4
    118 Mon, Aug 11 DET TOR L 2-7
    119 Tue, Aug 12 DET TOR L 4-6
    127 Wed, Aug 20 DET @TEX L 1-9
    130 Sun, Aug 24 DET @KCR L 3-7
    134 Fri, Aug 29 DET KCR W 6-3
    138 Tue, Sep 2 DET LAA L 4-5
    142 Sat, Sep 6 DET @MIN W 6-4

    The Tigers were 11-10 in these games (.524 versus .476 otherwise). 5 (five) 6-4 wins vs. only 2 (two) 4-6 losses.