Game 2010.129: Tigers at Blue Jays

Tommy John for Strasburg…that’s rough.

Tigers are in a nice little run, thanks to their starting pitching.  They have seven consecutive quality starts and a 1.09 ERA during that time.  They have won 6/7 (let’s put that 8th inning Valverde debacle behind us) and are reminding us why May and June were so much fun.  The bats haven’t been too bad either, as the boys are averaging over 7 runs per game during the run.

Shawn Marcum got hit pretty hard by the Red Sox two weeks ago, allowing 4 HRs and 8 ER in only 4 innings of work.  That said, he’s been pretty good all season posting a 3.70 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.  He walks just over 2 per game, while striking out a hefty 8 batters per 9.  As you would expect for a power pitcher, he’s a flyball guy.  He and JV have almost identical GO/AO ratios ( .86 for Marcum and .79 for JV).

The Blue Jays hit a lot of home runs.  Tigers did a good job limiting this yesterday (where did Bautista’s year come from?), but the Blue Jays lead the league with 193 HRs.  Contrast that with Detroit’s 112 which is 10th in the AL.  (Cle, KC, Sea and Oak have all hit less than 100).  Bautista’s previous high HR for a season was 16, and his only career OPS+ positive season was last year, when it was 101.  This year it is 165.  Yeah, 165.

Verlander has been pretty good over his last three games, posting a 2-1 record with 2.37 ERA, despite a 1.42 WHIP.  The biggest offender in that WHIP is the very un-Verlander like 5 walks in 5 innings in the loss against the Yankees 10 days ago.  On the year he’s walking about 3 1/3 per game, which isn’t great, but not too far off of his career average of just over 3.


  1. Coleman

    August 27, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Eh, this is going to be one of those games, isn’t it? 2 innings, 4 LOB already…

  2. Stormin Norman $

    August 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Top of 5, 1st & 2nd nobody out – rookie Rhymes (who actually can bunt) sacrifices – 2nd & 3rd one out… crazy ha? apparently so… JL-way – Rhymes swings away, flyout, followed by GIDP… no runs, two hits, no errors

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    August 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Say it with me gents…R3L2O…

  4. Stormin Norman $

    August 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    in case anybody was wondering, Brandon Inge is 29 strike outs away from (surpassing Whitaker) becoming the all time Tiger SO leader – for some perspective though, Whitaker’s 1099 career SO’s occurred over a 19 yr career, 8570 AB’s; Mr. Inge on the other hand achieved his total over ten years and 4208 ABs…

    • stephen

      August 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm

      Inge’s pursuit is my El Dorado.

  5. Coleman

    August 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    This Bautista guy is becoming quite irritating

  6. Stormin Norman $

    August 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    What did Raburn get contacts or lasik surgery recently? He’s been on an amazing run. That is truly one area (his faith in Raburn) i have to give JL some well deserved credit

  7. kathy

    August 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    All right, I’m starting to get pissed off.

    • Coleman

      August 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      Good for you, I started in the 1st inning

  8. Coleman

    August 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Ajax to the rescue!

  9. Coleman

    August 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    R3L20-Fail #1…stay tuned

  10. Coleman

    August 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    R3L2O–Success!! Thank you for staying in Detroit!

  11. Coleman

    August 27, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Oh well, I was right in my first comment…one of those games…

  12. Coleman

    August 28, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Well let’s hope it’s a convertible.