Game 2011.24: Mariners at Tigers

Welcome to a spillover of contest Tuesday.  Since there was not a winner yesterday (really, no one was close),

(yester)Today’s prize is a Tigers History Newspaper courtesy of Anydate.com.  The contest is simple, please guess tonight’s:

- winning team;
- number of Tigers hits;
- number of Mariners errors;
- the number that I’m thinking of right now; 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 team is most important, Clown Show Ratio is least important.  Really, it’s unimportant.  If you don’t know what CSR is, leave it blank, but know that Coleman is working in the definition).  And please visit our friends over at Anydate.com so that they’ll do this again soon.

Erik Bedard takes the mound tonight for Seattle in search of his: first win, first game without a HR allowed, first game without a walk allowed, and first game without at least 3 ER allowed.  Erik Bedard has not been good in 2011.  He was a walk machine against the Tigers last time out, and he’s shouldering a 1.98 WHIP and 7.71 ERA thus far.  He doesn’t throw very hard, he doesn’t have great control and he’s pretty wild.

Seattle missed JV last week, but they get him tonight.  JV is well, JV, and I expect him to dominate Seattle hitters.  Though Milton Bradley (.357 in 14 ABs) and Ichiro (.366 in 15 ABs) have had pretty good success against him.  JV notched his 1,000th K last time out, tying him for 14th on the Tigers all time list with none other than Joe Coleman. In a few games he should catch up to Frank Lary for 13th.  JV has not allowed more than 3 ER in any start this season, he’s made it into at least the 6th every time out and he’s averaging 7 1/3 innings per game.

Tonight’s Lhineup is:

1. Jackson CF
2. Raburn 2B
3. Ordonez DH
4. Cabrera 1B
5. Peralta SS
6. Boesch LF
7. Inge 3B
8. Avila C
9. Wells RF

Tonight’s fun fact: if Cabrera can score 2 more runs in April, he’ll set the all time Tigers mark for runs in April, passing Travis Fryman (22 in 1997) and Gary Sheffield (22 in 2007).

66 Comments

  1. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Here’s more fun: Current OPS numbers:

    Adam Everett .848
    Gerald Laird .718
    Don Kelly .654
    Magglio Ordonez .506

    (It could be a tiny bit worse though: Carl Crawford, .441. Ouch)

  2. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Winning team: DET
    number of Tiger hits: 9 (tiebreaker: Tigers with >1 hit: Cabrera, Inge)
    Number of Mariner errors: 2
    Number Kevin in Dallas is thinking of now: 11 (OK, now he is thinking of 24, but he was thinking of 11 just then)
    Clown Show Ratio: 200

  3. Mr. X

    April 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    - winning team: Tigers
    - number of Tigers hits: 12
    - number of Mariners errors: 2
    - the number that I’m thinking of right now: 129
    - Clown Show Ratio: 2.5 (5 Sea : 2 Det)

  4. Marzland

    April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Winning team: Tigers
    Tigers Hits: 9
    Mariners Errors: 1
    Number you are thinking of: 11
    Clown Show Ratio: 23:1

  5. Marzland

    April 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Coleman, really? 11? Get outta my head! :)

    • Coleman

      April 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Let me know when you are thinking of 24…you know you will…

  6. Tom in Minneapolis

    April 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Winning team;Tigers
    Tigers hits; 10
    Mariners errors; 1
    Number that I’m thinking of right now; 7
    Clown Show Ratio. 4:1

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    April 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Props to Coleman for the no clown show avatar.

  8. Vince in MN

    April 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Winning Team: 0
    Tiger Hits: 0
    Mariners Errors: 0
    Numbver that I am thinking of right now: 0
    CSR: 1:1

    The game will be rained out.

    • Mr. X

      April 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      I thought so too, but it’s not raining right now. I live about 10 miles away from the ballpark.

  9. ouchudied

    April 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Milton Bradley wearing earplugs pushes the Clown Show Ratio in favor of the Tigers, methinks

    • Coleman

      April 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      If only he had Coco Crisp Fro

  10. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Mr. Inge with a little hint of Big Top

  11. Mr. X

    April 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    He was out at 2b stealing, and safe at home. These umps are the clown show.

  12. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Boesch Bullet

  13. ouchudied

    April 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Here is the bright side: it should definitely be 4-0 Mariners

  14. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Justin Smoaked Justin

  15. Mr. X

    April 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    So far Boesch, Peralta, and Miggy have made some anti-clown plays.

  16. scotsw

    April 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Why why why why why why why isn’t Boesch batting either 3rd of 5th EVERY DAY. He’s one of the hottest bats in the AL, and it doesn’t look like a fluke. So, it makes TOTAL sense to put him behind the perennially mediocre bat of J-honny Peralta, right? Gotta spread around those hits!

    Ugh.

    • scotsw

      April 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      More to the point, it’s VITAL to keep Cabby/Boesch as far away from Inge in the lineup as possible. Here’s my lineup:

      1. Jackson CF
      2. Wells RF
      3. Raburn 2B
      4. Cabrera 1B
      5. Boesch LF
      6. Ordonez DH
      7. Peralta SS
      8. Avila C
      9. Inge 3B

  17. Mr. X

    April 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    This official scorer is a clown. Calls that botched Inge play from Penny’s no-hit bid a hit, now calls this nearly identical play by Peralta an error? What a joke. These umps and scorekeepers are just terrible.

  18. TORONTO TIGER

    April 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    JV is hot now…….let’s get him some runs boys!

  19. Marzland

    April 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Well said Mr. X. The Official Scorer is a Clown Show!

  20. Brenden

    April 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Anybody else thinking it is time to drop AJax to the 9-hole until he starts hitting. That guy is just killing the front end of the line up.

    • Coleman

      April 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Not as badly as Mendozlio

      • TORONTO TIGER

        April 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

        Drop em both down!

        • Brenden

          April 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

          I wouldn’t be opposed to that…I’m ready for V-Mart to be back and to give Scott Sizemore a try at 2nd. Rhymes has been such a disappointment this year offensively.

  21. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Since last time Bedard got in trouble walking guys and with a high pitch count, today’s plan seems to be to confuse him by swinging at all of his first pitches

    • Vince in MN

      April 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      He’s on pace to pitch a complete game with about 90 pitches.

      • Vince in MN

        April 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

        Pitch count after 5 innings:
        Bedard: 41
        Verlander: 100

  22. Brenden

    April 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Isn’t Seattle one of those teams we should be beating if we are going to be considered a serious contender this year? It was nice to beat them in seat 2 of 3, but now we are letting them beat us up on our own turf? This type of inconsistency is annoying.

  23. Brenden

    April 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Another 3 Error game!?!?! How many does that make this year?

  24. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Justin sporting the red nose

  25. Vince in MN

    April 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Tiger pitchers should not be allowed to throw to any base but home. I’m pretty sure that every year they lead all pitching staffs in throwing errors, most of them coming on pickoffs – Verlander is particularly bad. Do they not teach this stuff in the minors?

    • Coleman

      April 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Brad Thomas should also not be allowed to throw to home

      • Coleman

        April 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm

        Thus.

  26. TORONTO TIGER

    April 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    The Tigers offense is as unpredictable as a woman….they sweep the Sox…..and then can’t seem to do anything against the worst teem in baseball?

    • Brenden

      April 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      Yeah….not to mention they are LOADED with rally killers…Nice one Jackson….

  27. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    KJax…

    • Brenden

      April 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Seriously, either he needs to ride the pine or bat 9th. He is killing this team in the 1-spot.

      • Coleman

        April 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

        KJax OBP .250, Mendozlio .275…there is only so long Cabrera and Boesch are going to be able to carry that.

      • Vince in MN

        April 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        Unfortunately, only one guy can bat ninth at a time. Other candidates to hit leadoff: Rhymes, Wells, Santiago, Inge, etc.

  28. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I am at class giving my Stat students a quiz when I checked in on the game. Looks like I should have included Kevin’s contest question with my quiz. Perhaps my students would then strongly give their instructor the Clown Rating?

  29. Vince in MN

    April 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Yawn. I am going to go watch a movie.

  30. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    We need to get Magglio back in the lineup. These Groundouttlio and Popupplio guys just aren’t cutting it.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      I don’t think that’s ever gonna happen.

  31. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    We aren’t doing so well at the predictiating thing.

    I’m predicting Kevin’s Contest, Day 3 tomorrow will go all Celebrity Jeopardy. “OK, everyone, just type your name, followed by a word…any English word…”

  32. Coleman

    April 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Erik “Bruce Chen” Bedard.

  33. Brenden

    April 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Ahh crap…..Well, that is a surrender….We brought in New Mexico, game over.

    • Coleman

      April 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Don’t diss Captain Querque!

  34. Kevin in Dallas

    April 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Vince in MN is winning the contest thus far…

    • Mr. X

      April 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      I might buy that Tigers History Newspaper. I want it real bad.

  35. Kevin in Dallas

    April 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Coleman predicted the highest CSR, and it’s about right for tonight’s game. But I said CSR wouldn’t matter, gotta stick to my guns.

    Tomorrow’s contest will center around the alphabet so we can ensure that someone will win.

    • Coleman

      April 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Besides, the CSR criteria are still undergoing revision…I haven’t quite figured out do to with baserunning Clown Events, but I may have to release it and leave that pending.

  36. Kevin in Dallas

    April 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Seattle had 78 runs in 23 games (3.4 per game) coming into last night’s game…they’ve now got 17 over the past two games.

  37. Brenden

    April 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Wow…Tell me again why Brad Thomas started playing baseball?

    4 Errors….

    This is yet another blow up game. How many does that make on the season?

  38. Brenden

    April 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    This team is just one big circus…..Way too many clowns on this team to get to the World Series, let alone the playoffs…

  39. Mr. X

    April 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Back to .500.

    • Brenden

      April 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Woo Hoo!!! Finally! Oh wait…..we are going the wrong way….Crap….

    • Mr. X

      April 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      We’re tied for 2nd with KC.

  40. Kevin in Dallas

    April 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    The good news is that Cle is ahead of us, and Chi and Min are struggling even worse than we are.

    Jackson is going to get better. Maggs will as well, though I don’t expect any extra base power from him. He’s really a #8 hitter at this stage in his career, though Ol’ Smokey will likely leave him in the 3 hole until he goes on the DL. Peralta is acceptable at SS. We have options at 2B. Our only long-term hole is 3B, Maggs, and possibly 2B (how hard is it for Eburn to learn how to field?). If Jackson doesn’t start hitting we’ll get someone up here who can be average at worst.

    We’ll be alright.

    • Coleman

      April 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      I would actually be really impressed if EBurn could volley one into the stands from the 2B position.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        April 28, 2011 at 12:36 am

        Can’t we hire Lou Whitaker to come in and show him how to play the position?

        • TSE

          April 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

          We don’t need to do that, we already have a decent 2B player, his name is Scott Sizemore. We spent a pretty high 5th round pick way back in 2006 for this guy. He’s supposed to be playing right now.

          Oh any by the way he has a .403 BA and .479 OBA and .597 SLG after 73 Plate Appearances so far this year.

          And Will Rhymes has .185 for both BA and SLG. Somehow Leyland still thinks this guy has a future in baseball, when he clearly is a soccer player. Or tennis player maybe. Hell I don’t know, I just know he can’t play baseball.

        • Coleman

          April 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

          Apparently we hired Jose Canseco to show him how to play OF

  41. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    April 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I’m starting to think that Verlander is the most overrated “ace” of any staff in baseball. He lets us down a lot when we need a strong game from him. I know we didn’t hit anyway last night, but to have your ace get lit up right off the bat in the first inning against what might be the worst offense in baseball is really deflating. When Verlander ever finishes a season with an ERA of less than 3 (with at least 180 IP) I’ll remove the most overrated ace tag from him. It looks like I’ll be waiting a long time to do this. Very, very, very disappointing effort yet again from Justin. He’s good, but in terms of “aces” he is nowhere near the game’s elite. If we’re ever gonna contend, he’s got to up his game to elite.