Game 2010.153: Twins at Tigers

Unless a rainout can push a game back to the 4th, JV only has two starts left.  19 wins would tie a career high.

10 days left of Tigers baseball, sigh.

20 thoughts on “Game 2010.153: Twins at Tigers”

      1. The amazing part is that it only took Inge 10 seasons to set the record that took old Lou 19 to do. That is efficiency, talent, and skill.

  1. Despite Jhonny’s big night at the dish, I’m not very impressed (.315 OBP as a Tiger) and since I am also eager to see the Inge-era come to a close, IMO the Tigers really need to revamp the whole left side of the infield this winter. Please no talk of which one of those two do we keep.

  2. Austin Jackson is hitting .281 with an oba of about .339 since May 1. His OPS+ since May 1 is roughly 100, i.e. league average. He’s gonna be the AL strikeout king as a leadoff man. He is no longer having a better year than Granderson either OPS wise or fielding wise according to Fangraphs. If that adds up to Rookie of the Year it won’t be as silly as Inge making the all-star team, but it will be slightly absurd. I guess its a weak year. I’m becoming more and more convinced you bat Jackson ninth and he can be an effective regular who still some bases but his oba and strikeout precludes him being a successful leadoff guy.

    1. Meh. He’s young and cheap. Better than old and expensive.

      I like the way he hits the ball to right field. That’s hard to coach. Can anyone come up with prolific strikeout guys that have been able to significantly cut them?

    2. Good post, in fact I just got in a huge argument with somebody when I took offense to Rod Allen anointing AJ one day, not only is his production not worthy of being the ROY, but he and others are misleading people into then bringing drama back into my life when all I’m doing is looking at things sensibly. To be a ROY you should be obviously worthy without so much ambiguity. Strikeouts are EXTREMELY bad, and everybody voting for AJ seems to want to pretend that they don’t exist or matter.

      And even if he did win the ROY and deserved it due to other players not having the numbers or talent or what not, then that’s great and all to win an award, but you shouldn’t make a big deal about a player being the best in a fluke year where there is just an unusually weak class of ROY candidates which is in fact the case this year in the AL. The NL has a ton of better candidates and the AL just happens to be a little bit dry in terms of good offensive rookies to compare to him. I could be the ROY next year if every other rookie catches a freak disease that keeps them off the field, winning by default would make me the winner technically and I would get the trophy, but so what?

  3. I loved every minute of that game. Fabulous Verlander at his best, bats on fire. Twins look like Twinkies. Big home crowd going home happy. It was a good night. Gotta hope for another win especially after Gardy’s fit of temper.

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