Game 2010.132: Tigers at Twins

by Kevin in Dallas on August 31, 2010 · 38 comments

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Duensing has been nothing short of phenomenal since entering the rotation in late July.  During that span he is 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  For the year his BABIP is a low .249 and he strands 85% of the runners that get on.  He’s been getting grounds outs at a 2/1 ratio over flyouts, and two starts ago he went 8 innings against LA, allowed 7 hits, struck out 6, and had a ridiculous 16 to 1 GO/AO ratio.  His only blemish for the season (he was a stud out of the bullpen) came in his last start in Texas, where he allowed 4 earned in six innings.  Which really isn’t all that bad.  He’s primarily a fastball guy who works the corners well.

Galarraga has been very good over his last three starts and has a sub-4 ERA since the All Star break.  He’s been getting more Ks as of late, and has been walking fewer batters.

A few notes:

- Rhymes is hitting .422 with six RBI over his last 11 games, and .333 for the month of August.

- Tigers have hit a HR in each of their last 11 road games.

- Raburn leads the AL with 21 RBI since August 5th.

- Cabrera is on a 12 game hit streak, batting .409 in that span.

 
 

{ 38 comments }

Nick D August 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm

10 games out at this point may be too much but if the Tigers could take 2 of 3 here there may be signs of October life.

- the eternal optimist

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I think it would need to be a sweep. Twins were 6.5 out last year on September 7th, though I don’t see the Twins faltering over the final three weeks like the Tigers did last year.

I’m not gonna get my hopes up and aim to simply enjoy the transition to football season.

Steve August 31, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Kevin,

Are you a Lions fan, we can be slightly optimistic this year. They are really headed in the right direction. Couple more years and we are a play off team.

Coach Jim August 31, 2010 at 5:17 pm

There’s always hope…

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Admittedly, I’m on the edge of my seat. Such a sucker.

ouchudied August 31, 2010 at 8:47 pm

And now the Twins switched jerseys with the Tigers. Ha, Gardenhire.

ouchudied August 31, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Ryan all-star Raburn. Not only does he hit a homer every couple games, but he also has a rocket for an arm. Apparently. I think he found himself a DeLorean and drove back to 2009 in an alternate universe where he gets a start everyday and wins MVP. I like that Raburn. Please don’t revert back to Ryan Rayburn. He sucks.

Steve August 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I love pounding the Twins. I will say this, since I have MLB EI, The Twins announcers are really pretty good. Extremely knowledgeable and not homers at all. While I like Rod an Mario, these guys are better and I dare say by a lot. Rod is funny, but I want a guy teaching and telling me more about the game of baseball. Mario is adequate but he could spend a day or two with Vin Scully and learn to spin an interesting story instead of telling me the information. I like Mario and Rod, but like all of us with a little work they could be better.

Steve

ouchudied August 31, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Steve, I’m pretty sure that we all love pounding twins. Or that we all would love to. Unfortunately, I have not, but I can still dream.

Steve August 31, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I was thinking of the baseball Minnesota Twins

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Brilliant. I’m ready to call it post of the night.

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Do you pull Galarraga here? I’d probably let him go v. Hardy, if he gets an out there, then give him Span. Though we’ll need Thomas or Coke to be ready.

Coleman August 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Hmm, well if there was pounding, it didn’t last long…I suspect the Twins barely felt it.

Vince in MN August 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Kind of reminds me of the old joke about the mouse and the elephant.

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Man, I thought Binge had ripped one up the gap there. Coulda used that.

Vince in MN August 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm

9 LOB so far – where have we seen this before?

Coleman August 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm

You know what would be cool? If Leyland brings out Valverde in the 8th.

By “cool” I mean “frustratingly ridiculous.”

Coleman August 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Uh-oh, Coke has gone all Farnsworth

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm

One out Perry. That’s all we need.

Scott August 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm

why is Perry even still in the majors? He friggin’ sucks to the max…and has all year…… :-(

Coleman August 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Well at least Smoking Man seems to be as annoyed by this as I am

kathy August 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Sorry. Oh, my, another 1 run game.

Coleman August 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I think maybe Armando should be getting into it with the bullpen instead of the catchers

kathy August 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Johnny needs a hit.

Coleman August 31, 2010 at 10:45 pm

At least the Twins 3B coach pulled a Lamont, or that inning could have gotten REALLY ugly.

Vince in MN August 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Wells goes 3 for 3, throws out a runner at home and…………….. gets pinch hit for!

Vince in MN August 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm

By Brennan Boesch – haw , haw, haw.

ouchudied August 31, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Amazing.

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Too bad Laird is injured. I’d like to pinch run for Avila here.

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm

That was a pretty generous call. I don’t think that slider even started out over the plate, much less ended up there.

Coleman August 31, 2010 at 10:53 pm

OK, we have enough problems of our own doing. So why do the umps have to keep screwing us?

Vince in MN August 31, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Tomorrow’s headline: “Tigers Pound Twins for Two Innings, Lose 4-3″.

ouchudied August 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm

“Twins Find Holes, Manage to Stay on Top Until the End.” OK that will be it for me. Promise.

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm

That was a gift…

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm

You know, we need a HR to keep our road HR streak going…

ouchudied August 31, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Rhymes needs to do more damage with that slide. I know hes tiny and all, but he needs to at least make some contact there.

Kevin in Dallas August 31, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Great ball game. Twins executed, we didn’t, simple as that. Poor Battlestar, he really deserved a W.

Vince in MN August 31, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Same old, same old. It’s been going on for most of the season, no reason to expect anything different now.

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