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Tigers take down Yankees

The bullpen has been strong, the offense has been uneven but generally productive, but the starting pitching has been struggling. I guess the cure for that is to welcome in one of the most prolific offenses in baseball because the starting pitching this series was outstanding.

We’ll throw out the Brad Thomas start, because he isn’t really a starter. The three conventional starters that pitched in the series combined to allow just 2 runs

Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR
Verlander 6.2 4 0 0 4 4 0
Bonderman 7 5 2 2 1 7 0
Porcello 7 4 0 0 3 2 0
Totals 20.2 13 2 2 8 13 0

In both Verlander’s and Porcello’s starts the bullpen maintained the shutout meaning the Yankees were shut out twice in a series for the first time this century. Is it the start of something for this rotation (and to be fair Verlander has been pretty good of late)?

Posted by on May 14, 2010.

Categories: 2010 Season, Game Post

6 Responses

  1. If you’d have told me Bondo would have 7 strikeouts against the Yankees I’d have probably laughed in your face. I love eating crow of this flavor.

    by Steve in Green Bay on May 14, 2010 at 1:19 am

  2. In a short series like this I don’t think run differential means anything. They put up 6 runs in a game they were already winning against a setup guy and a kid called up from AAA. The Tigers put up 6 runs in a game against their best pitcher. It might look the same, but it’s not. Over the course of a season these things even out, but in a four game set, it doesn’t make much sense to talk about.

    by Eric Cioe on May 14, 2010 at 8:25 am

  3. Great series win. Hope we can carry the mo’ into the next couple of series. But as Mr. Wolf would say, well, you know….We faced only two of their best starters (granted going off on Sabathia was very nice, but he is a notoriously slow starter despite his record thus far this year), and a line-up without two of their guys (Swisher and Granderson) and two others that have not heated up yet (Tex and A-Rod). Again, I will take it: our bullpen is excellent, as Bill pointed out the starters are coming around and the offense is steady when not spectacular. Barring a major catastrophe it should be a fun season.

    by Dr. Detroit on May 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

  4. They should start calling Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch the ‘Mash and Bash Boys’ because that right-left combination is very powerful in the middle of the lineup right now. With Miguel mashing and Boesch bashing pitchers it should make for a very entertaining middle of the lineup offense, particularly with the production from top three hitters.

    by Gordon Kraft on May 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

  5. The pitching was an especially encouraging…and I discount many of the Yankee runs to finish off game 3, as the gates were opened against an AAA pitcher on an infield hit and a blooper.

    BTW – Bilfer: dunno if its something with my browser, but the photos on your site are coming through digitized and blurry the past few weeks.

    by rings on May 14, 2010 at 11:26 am

  6. The only qualifier I had in my mind was the slightly diminished lineup for the Yankees. Winn, Golson, Cervelli, Pena….but, I’m happy, don’t get me wrong.

    by Jen on May 14, 2010 at 11:46 am

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