The Tigers mosey into Seattle tonight after letting a golden opportunity to take their second series go whizzing by their bats, mostly with runners on third and less than two outs.
The Tigers’ offense set a two-game mark for futility over the weekend, failing to capitalize even once in 5 R3L2O situations, and going 0-10 on Saturday with RISP, and 0-10 for Saturday/Sunday. Yeah, that’s right, 0-10 on Saturday, and 0-0 on Sunday. Other than the Wells HR, not a single runner reached second on Sunday.
Even with a paltry .240 team BA, the Tigers can scoff at 6 teams below them in the AL, including the Mariners who are hitting a top of the Tigers lineup friendly .214 as a team.
Jason Vargas has sandwiched 2 very good starts around a terrible one in which he gave up 7 earned in 3.1 innings against the Indians. Remove that game and he’s given up 2 ER in 13.1 IPs with 13 Ks. He held a capable Toronto lineup to 5 hits and 1 walk over 6 2/3 last time out against Toronto. The Tigers can not take too much for granted, he did record 21 quality starts last season.
Scherzer’s 4.76 ERA still reflects his game 1 bashing (which he won), but has shrunk considerably over two quality starts. Though he has allowed 7 hits in each of his last two outings, he’s managed to keep the runs down in those games (1, then 2), and has K’d 16 in 17 innings overall this season.
Fun stats of the day – Tigers pitchers have not allowed a home run in 10 games, most since StL pitchers went 11 games in 2009. The Tigers’ record is 17 consecutive games back in 1947, aka Leyland’s rookie year. Mariners lead the majors in bases loaded walks with 5. That’s 1/2 as many hits as AJax has this year.
Your Magglio Ordonez outfield circus lineup is:
1. AJax – CF
2. Raburn – 2B
3. Ordonez – RF
4. Cabrera – 1B
5. Martinez – DH
6. Boesch – LF
7. Peralta – SS
8. Avila – C
9. Inge – 3B