Game 2011.34: Tigers at Blue Jays

There wasn’t a single thing that I liked about yesterday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

Least not the single thing where the Blue Jays hit single after single after single after single.

Today Justin Verlander will take the mound with a “single THIS” demeanor.  Which former Tiger great Jack Morris suggests may be a bit overdone–Morris says that Verlander could 1, 2, or 3-hit teams all of the time if he were less intent on the strikeout.

Oh, and it’s May!  Justin Verlander, career in March/April:  9-14, 4.75.  Career in May: 18-8, 2.80.

Morris will be opposed by Ricky Romero, whose start was pushed back because of a mild oblique strain.  I’m guessing he will have a short pitch-count leash.  Do you get my point, you first-pitch swingers? Word is there will be no Bautista again, but that he will be back by the end of the series.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Daniel Schlereth

Apparently Schlereth, who was born in Anchorage, likes to call himself The Alaskan Assassin.  His mission today, if called on, is to shut down the Toronto Singlers; if not called on, to trademark his nickname before a certain Presidential candidate steals it.

Today’s Kentucky Derby Day lineup, presented by manager Holy Bull, who says “I think we have the horses to win today”:

  • Post 1: Skip Away CF
  • Post 2: More Than Ready 2B
  • Post 3: Medaglio d’Oro RF
  • Post 4: Go For Gin 1B
  • Post 5: Indian Charlie DH
  • Post 6: Stage Door Johnny SS
  • Post 7: Lost In the Fog LF
  • Post 8: Afleet Alex C
  • Post 9: Whirlaway 3B



  1. Coleman

    May 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Everyone enjoy the game, I’m off to a Kentucky Derby party, allegedly featuring the best mint juleps ever (the secret, I am told, is the ice).

  2. Mark in Chicago

    May 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    ummmm second? anyone else just watch the no-hitter? helloo?

    • TSE

      May 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Sweet game, yeah I happened to see that one. Thanks Justin!

  3. Coleman

    May 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Detroit Tigers Weblog with the assist: no jinxing!!

  4. Andrew in Toronto

    May 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I was watching on TV and checking this blog, but I wasn’t going to be the one to break the silence!

    Awesome job everybody.

    Verlander was great throwing 100mph in that last at-bat.

    Only thing that bothered me was the Jays’ announcers talking about Verlander being the last Tiger to throw a no-hitter. I felt bad for Galarraga and his 28-out perfect game. No, I’m not over it…

  5. Vince in MN

    May 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Missed the game ;-(. Just got home and saw the box. What Jack Morris said!

  6. Jeff (the other one)

    May 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Verlander didn’t pitch any differently, it’s just that instead of pitches being fouled off, they were hit weakly into the field (except on the 13-pitch walk). If you look at the speed and location, they were the same pitches and the same style he always uses.

  7. Kevin in Dallas (in Austin at a wedding)

    May 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Rushed out of the ceremony and caught the 9th on At-Bat. If anyone has a link to the battle in the 8th that led to a walk, please post it here.

    • Coleman

      May 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Kevin now has an unassailable DTW career record in weddings attended per season.

    • Steve

      May 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

      Kevin, Go to the MLB.COM page ………… Under highlights there are 8 separate videos of different stuff that is one of them

  8. Mike

    May 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    What did jack Morris say!

    • Coleman

      May 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      “I wish I could get into his head and just slow him down because he’s got the kind of stuff that he could throw one, two, three-hit ball every time he goes out there. I think he does really enjoy the strikeout, and sometimes, guys that enjoy the strikeout, I like to say this: ‘You’re never going to catch Nolan Ryan, so quit.’ ”

      Today he was tied for his LOWEST strikeout total of the season, 4K in 9 inning (Apr 16 he had 4K in 6 innings). Also, it was his lowest pitch count of the season, 108.

  9. Mike

    May 8, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I followed the game on MLB at bat, so I may have missed the reaction to this – but, what was Farrell doing changing his pitcher with two outs in the top of the ninth of a game his team was down 9 and being no hit? I think I would have been upset about it even if Verlander didn’t have a no hitter going.

  10. Steve

    May 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I was at the game, Perfect day for a game. The dome was open and it was a perfect 62 and sunny all day long. We were pretty close to JV when he got the ice bath. If you got to MLB and watch the interview, the guy interviewing him (not Rod) still had ice on his head during the interview.

    My son and I were pretty Psyched we saw a no hitter together. We are ordering a Picture of JV and putting out stubs and a box score in there.

    A lot of Tiger fans in my section and yelling wildly in the 9th. I can say its disappointing that the park was so empty. Toronto is a great city and has a really nice ball park in a really easy to get to, cultural area.

    Well thats it for here.. Happy Mothers day to all you mothers who may be lurking here.

    PS Kevin, Any chance we get editing on this blog ?