Game 2011.40: Royals at Tigers

A few quick thoughts on JV –

– He’s awesome.
– I love the way he is mixing up his pitches as of late.  Yesterday he opened the game with four four-seamers against Gets.  Threw one changeup to Cabrera, then closes with three changeups to K Gordon.  He then introduced the slider in the second inning, but stuck with the fastball for the walk to Butler and first 2 outs.  So a very hot Mike Aviles comes up likely looking fastball, and JV throws 4 curveballs.  For the game, JV threw only 43% fastballs, 25% curveballs, and then 16% changeups and sliders.  He is legitimately throwing 4 + to ++ pitches at all points during the game.  Just sick.

The Tigers hope that Jeff Francis is poised to become the latest Clown Show Bop Bag, as he lugs his 5.09 ERA to Comerica this afternon.  The Royals are hoping that Francis can find some of his early season success that saw him open the season with a 3.00 ERA and 1.11 WHIP after four starts.  The Tigers, on the other hand, want late April/early May Jeff Francis who has given up 4 bombs and 33 hits in his last 19 innings.  Francis walks almost no one, as he is currently sixth in the AL with a 1.76/9 walk rate.

Even though he’s following a guy who’s averaging 1 hit per game, Bad Brad Penny has plenty to be proud of.  Over his last 4 stats BBP has lasted at least six innings in each game, winning 3 of them.  The only loss came when he opposed Seattle rookie phenom Michael Pineda.  BBP has posted a 1.32 ERA and fantastic 1.01 WHIP during that span.  Despite a low K/9, Penny has been able to have success as of late because he’s keeping walks down – 12 in his first 4 starts, 5 over his last 5, and pitching to contact (whatever that means).

A few notes:

– Billy Butler’s 22 game hit streak vs. the Tigers was snapped yesterday.
– The Tigers have at least 1 XBH in every game this season, the second longest such streak since 1919 (1986 – 51 games).  I’m guessing the XBH to start a season research guy got a better offer the day before he was set to open the book entitled “1918 – Every Box Score.”  The Tigers are the only team to have an XBH in every game in 2011.
– Peralta is 2 hits away from 1,000, which would make him the 47th Puerto Rican to do so, but the first with a typo on his birth certificate.

Today’s Ghostly Lineup:

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


  1. judpma

    May 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    score early and maybe often!!!

  2. judpma

    May 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    can’t hit a lick but never ceases to amaze us with the glove on occassion

    • Coleman

      May 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      You must mean Inge, since the Tigers are a bit short on guys who amaze with the glove…I still say he catches popups better than anyone I’ve ever seen.

      Hey, we just won Raburn Roulette out in LF!

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    May 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Has Aviles always had such an annoying bat wave?

  4. judpma

    May 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Rayburn should have his own separate Web Gem show for routine catches

  5. Coleman

    May 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Great preview today BTW. I’ve gotta get me one of them Clown Bop Bags..

  6. judpma

    May 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Holy Defense!!!!

    • Coleman

      May 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Jim Price says: Wow.

  7. Steve

    May 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    White Sox are getting shelled. Does anyone think Francis is old enough to drive after nine at night? He looks young

  8. Steve

    May 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm


  9. Steve

    May 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Whow thats cool 1h000 Hits and got it in a Thiger uniform at Hhome

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    May 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    0 walks for Penny.

  11. judpma

    May 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Pitching….Pitching…Pitching ….

    nice win!

  12. Mr X

    May 15, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Peralta is awesome. Thank you Cleveland for giving up on him and giving him to us.

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    May 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Today’s (Sunday’s) game has been postponed. Must be dumping already in the D.