Game 2011.20: White Sox at Tigers

by Coleman on April 22, 2011 · 37 comments

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Detroit returns to Comerica for some home cooking with a 3 game series against the Chicago White Sox.  They likely will be fed a diet of cutters and changeups by Mark Buehrle, who faces Justin “Hop-Throw” Verlander.  Verlander was 2-0 vs the White Sox in 2010; Buehrle was also 2-0 vs Detroit in 2010.  May the best man win (and the best man’s initials are JV).

The Tigers catch the White Sox at a good time:  they have only won 2 of their last 10, and like the Tigers, have had all sorts of trouble generating offense, batting only .202 in that 10-game span.  And like Detroit, most of their offense has come from one player, Paul Konerko, who is hitting .320 with 4 HR and 15 RBI.

You might want to take the “under” on this one.

One big difference is that the White Sox don’t strike out as much as the Tigers:  111 to 133.  And it isn’t because they are more patient at the plate:  they only have 53 BB compared to Detroit’s 72, and have the lowest Pitch-Per-Plate-Appearance in the AL at 3.66 (Detroit is 2nd to Boston at 4.00). So the Sox will be up there taking their hacks.

Against Buehrle today discipline at the plate will be necessary.  Buehrle features an inside cutter and an outside changeup.  Apparently, the key to beating Buehrle is to lay off of the changeup, which lately he has had trouble getting in the strike zone, and then to look for the cutter.  There appears to be a direct correlation between the effectiveness of his cutter and the location of his changeup.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Magglio Ordonez

  • Magglio career vs Buehrle:  .469 (15 – 32), 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI
  • He is also playing his former team
  • He also needs 1 more double to become the first player to hit 100 at Comerica
  • There you go Maggs, you couldn’t ask for a better set up

Today’s Jhonny-Phrotecting-Cabrera? lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Ryan Raburn 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Jhonny Peralta SS
  6. Brennan Boesch LF
  7. Brandon Inge 3B
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Casper Wells RF

 
 

{ 37 comments }

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

The WSox found their bats yesterday and ended their skid. I guess you could say they were due. Let’s hope JV can make them lose them again.

On a side note, I am about half way through reading “Sixt Feet Sox Inches”. A great dialogue between Reggie Jackson and Bob Gibson concerning the one-on-one battles that go on between pitcher and hitter over during the game and sometimes beyond. Highly recommended.

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

That’s “Sixty feet, six inches : a Hall of Fame pitcher & a Hall of Fame hitter talk about how the game is played”. The old eye/hand coordination is off today.

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I’m going out on a limb to predict that AJax will K 3 times tonight. Hopefully, by betting against him, he’ll break out but I’m not counting on it.

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

R3L2O – Boesch!

Kevin in Dallas April 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Rios took a terrible angle there. I’ll take it.

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Prove me wrong AJax!

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm

The K-Bros come through!

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

This game now is becoming a race against the weather

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Doppler 7,000,000,000 shows no heavy weather fronts heading our way so maybe this stuff will go away.

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Verlander at 98/99 mph that inning.

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Basch!

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

JV is rock’in. This game can be called over if the iffy weather continues.

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

OK who’s bright idea was it to send Magglio on that one?

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

A hit-and-run play with leadfoots on 1st and 2nd. Leyland loves that play – too bad it never works.

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Wells whack.

TORONTO TIGER April 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

T-Bran, your prediction of 3 K’s is 2/3 of the way there. Do Ajax’s fielding positives out-weight his batting negatives?

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Tough call. I would be inclined to leave AJax in the line up a little while longer (certainly the rest of this series) because of his defensive abilities but he would not bat lead off if I was signing the line up card. More like 8th.

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Carlos “Jermaine Dye” Quentin

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Did that replay just show A.J. Pierzynski mouthing F__ off. towards JV???

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Somebody needs the 1-pitch intentional walk next time up

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

A.J. was just living up to his reputation for being an A hole

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Morel’s nickname has to be “Shroom”, right?

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

A quick search finds B-Mo and the Demorelizer. Because…White Sox fans…

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Anibal Sanchez is going into the 9th inning Marlins vs Rockies with a no-hitter–but not a shutout.

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Actually, I would have rather had Boesch bashing there than Santiago sacrificing, but…..

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Wells whack no. 2.

TBran in Troy April 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Thanks Ozzie — that strategy paid off perfectly.

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Actually I feel really bad for Ozzie, and the whole White Sox team.

Haha, no, not really.

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

The Ghost is friendly tonight

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Raburn rip.

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Ordonez out.

Coleman April 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Groundouttlio

Vince in MN April 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

POG – Rick Knapp – no walks tonight.

Mr. X April 23, 2011 at 12:52 am

Alex Avila is a such a stud right now.

Coleman April 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

Did anybody else have problems posting comments tonight?

Jeff Molby April 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Props to Tom Gage for discovering BABIP. It’s just a shame he’s under the impression AJax’s 2010 .400+ BABIP is a reasonable benchmark.

Mr. X April 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Statistically speaking, his flyball rate has gone up from 27% to 42% and his line-drive rate has dropped from 24% to 10%. A few things have changed since last season. He bulked up a little during the off-season and his swing is more uppercut. His BABIP follows these things. It’s not some random variation at all.

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