Game 2011.23: Mariners at Tigers

Welcome to contest Tuesday.  First one ever, hopefully not the last.  Today’s prize is a Tigers History Newspaper courtesy of Anydate.com.  The contest is simple, please guess tonight’s:

- winning pitcher;
- score;
- home run hitters (if any);
- save (if any);
- and Clown Show Ratio.

The winner will be selected on most correct answers, with weight distributed in accordance with how the categories were laid out above (winning pitcher is most important, Clown Show Ratio is least important.  Really, it’s unimportant.  If you don’t know what CSR is, leave it blank, and I’ll wait for Coleman to fill everyone in).  And please visit our friends over at Anydate.com so that they’ll do this again soon.

King Felix is the reigning AL Cy Young winner and he’s pretty darn good.  Even with an uncharacteristic shellacking in Toronto three starts ago in which he gave up 7 runs in 6 innings, he’s posting a 3.38 ERA for 2011 (that’s 1.88 if you remove the Tor game).  He hasn’t allowed more than 2 ER in any other game this season.  But that’s earned runs.  The swiss cheese behind him is allowing an unearned run per game, and I’m certain that the Tigers will have similar opportunities tonight.  Against King Felix, they’ll have to take advantage when they can.

Phil Coke takes the hill for the Tigers today.  PC got hit pretty hard last time out (6 runs, 6 hits, 4 BB in 3 2/3), but 4 of those runs were unearned.  Which means that his two previous salty starts coupled with his 2 1/3 innings out of the pen have left him with great April numbers.  A 1.27 WHIP and 2.75 ERA will certainly earn him better than a 1-3 record in subsequent months.  Coke’s biggest flaw has been the base on balls, as he’s already walked 10 in 17 1/3 as a starter this year.  Curiously, he walks lefties at twice the rate as righties, but that’s likely just a sampling error at this point in the season.  Mariners lead the majors with 90 walks…so keep an eye on this.

Today’s fun fact – the Tigers are 109-62 at home (.637) since the start of the 2009 season.  Only the Yankees are better at home in the AL since then.

Tonight’s not how I would do it lineup is:

1. AJax – CF
2. Will Rhymes – 2B
3. Magglio Ordonez – DH
4. Miguel Cabrera – 1B
5. Brennan Boesch – RF
6. Ryan Raburn – LF
7. Jhonny Peralta – SS
8. Alex Avila – C
9. Brandon Inge – 3B

(This is how I would do it – Jackson, Rayburn, Boesch, Cabrera, Avila, Ordonez, Peralta, Inge, Rhymes.  But at least now we get a difficult L/R match-up at the bottom of the lineup which will certainly perplex Eric Wedge in the 8th inning.)

43 Comments

  1. TORONTO TIGER

    April 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I like the “this is how I would do it” lineup way better than the one from Smoke on the Brain!

  2. Mr. X

    April 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    - winning pitcher: Coke
    - score: 5-2 Detroit
    - home run hitters : Peralta, Raburn.
    - save (if any): None
    - and Clown Show Ratio: 1.0

  3. CrazyCarl

    April 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    - winning pitcher; Coke
    - score; 2-5 Tigers win
    - home run hitters (if any); Raburn
    - save (if any); Papa Grande
    - and Clown Show Ratio; ??? 42/1.

  4. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    -winning pitcher: Valverde
    -score DET 4 SEA 3
    -HR: None
    -save: none
    CSR: 000 (no clowns today)

    I’m actually in the process of writing up a definition of the all-important CSR statistic so stat tuned.

    • Coleman

      April 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      That should be “stay” tuned…Freudian typo there…

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    April 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    - Perry
    - Det 4-3
    - Cabbs
    - Valverde
    - .5 CSR

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    April 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    We’ll take entries through the 2nd. If a pitcher gets knocked out or HR gets hit, we’ll deal with it on an ad-hoc basis.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      I’m appointing TSE as the official arbitrator should a contest dispute arise.

  7. Marzland

    April 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Winning pitcher. Coke
    Score 7-3 Detroit
    HR Cabby
    Save none
    CSR none

  8. Mr. X

    April 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Clown Show for Brendan Ryan

  9. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Uh-oh…SS has big floppy shoes…I’m regretting my CSR=000 prediction…

  10. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    OK, Seattle has gone full Clown Show

  11. Mr. X

    April 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Clown Show for Rhymes

  12. Mr. X

    April 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Miguel Olivo batting 4th. That has clown show written all over it.

    • Mr. X

      April 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Raburn with the clown show assist. Thank you.

      • scotsw

        April 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

        That one counts toward the curly fries, and CrazyCarl is on track to win the day.

        • Mr. X

          April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

          Can’t believe that counts as a homerun. That should be a 4 base error on Rayburn.

    • Coleman

      April 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Wedgie has the last laugh on that one

  13. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I’m with K.I.D. on moving Boesch to the 3rd spot, even more so after the R3L3O-fail by Mendozlio.

  14. Kevin in Dallas

    April 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    CSR of 42:1 is the early lead…

  15. scotsw

    April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    How we got 1 run:

    Send 5 batters to the plate, and scratch one run out of no outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd.

    How they got 1:

    Hit it at Rayburn (sic.)

  16. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Frightening thought: Rayburn is Smokey’s go-to guy for late inning defensive replacement

  17. Mr. X

    April 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Raburn has the clown show play of the year.

    • Coleman

      April 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      Rabozo

    • scotsw

      April 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      That’s for MLB, not just the Tigers

  18. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    KJax, K-Burn, and Knge: the Klan

  19. Mr. X

    April 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Inge baby Inge!

  20. JOE Z

    April 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    INGE

  21. Kevin in Dallas

    April 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I like the way AJax is swinging the bat.

  22. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    RBInge!

    Did anybody else have comments not show up?

    • Mr. X

      April 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Yeah, I think there was a clown show meltdown.

      • Mr. X

        April 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        some aftershocks now

  23. Brenden

    April 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Phil Coke is getting lit up tonight, not good…

  24. Brenden

    April 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    And then we bring in this joker to not throw strikes, and some bonehead decides to have an error. This is a classic meltdown game, isn’t it?

  25. JOE Z

    April 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    welp

  26. Brenden

    April 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Man…the first three in our lineup are absolutely brutal…

  27. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Ideally when V-Mart comes back Boesch moves up to 3rd, V-Mart bats 5th, and Mendozlio bats…10th

    • Brenden

      April 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      What about Rhymes?

      • Coleman

        April 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

        Smokey will use V-Mart A’s DH only when he first comes back, which means Omir will stay a bit, which means Raburn is the starting 2B and Rhymes is a hen in the mud. (If it were up to me, I’d find an excuse to send Mendozlio to the 15-day).

  28. Coleman

    April 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Rheality Show

  29. Kevin in Dallas

    April 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    We may have to re-run this contest tomorrow…

    • Coleman

      April 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Maybe we could have a category for guessing total Ks for Jackson-Raburn-Inge

    • Mr. X

      April 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      good chance we get rained out tomorrow