Game 2011.73: Tigers at Dodgers

The Tigers stroll into LA on the tail of another JV masterpiece.  The last time the Tigers had multiple 9 game winners this early in the season was 1985, when they had 3.  Can you name them?

For the Tigers, tonight’s game is all about Brad’s balls.  How many, to be exact.  Did you know that when he gives up more than 2 walks he’s 0-3 with a 9.73 ERA?  On the flip side, when he allows 2 or fewer BBs he’s 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA.

Penny will be opposed by Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw.  Kershaw is a mid-90′s lefty who relies heavily on his fastball with a good slider out pitch.  On the year he’s 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He strikes out a ridiculous 9.67/9 (contrast that against JVs 8.20/9) against less than 3 walks per 9.  He had his two worst outings of the season on June 4th and June 9th, but then righted the ship with a 7 inning, 4 hit, 1 ER performance last time out.

A few notes:

- JV was named co-player of the week in the AL (second time he’s shared the award this season) alongside James Shields.
- Inge is hitting .176 through four games at Toledo.
- Clayton Kershaw has 9 hits and is second in the majors among all pitchers with a .290 BA.
- The Tigers are batting .312 with 95 runs scored, 31 doubles and 20 home runs in 18 games during June.

Today’s pre-game player of the game is Ryan Raburn.  For no reason other than he’s on my Scoresheet team.

Your Maggs is Due Lineup:

1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Casper Wells, LF
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, C
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Ryan Raburn, 2B
8. Danny Worth, 3B
9. Brad Penny, P

37 Comments

  1. Mr. X

    June 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I like this line-up vs Kershaw. He’s very tough against lefty hitters. Magglio, career wise, usually crushes lefty pitchers. Boesch can hit lefties, but Casper gives us a much more defense.

  2. Mr. X

    June 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I’m going with Petry, Wilcox, and some other guy. Can’t think of his name.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Two of those are right.

      • Coleman

        June 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        It’s Petry, the obvious other guy, and the less obvious other guy.

        • Mr. X

          June 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

          Was it Juan Berengar? It seems like I remember him doing something. Dave Rosema would be my other guess.

          • Coleman

            June 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

            Think Howard Johnson

            • Mr. X

              June 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

              I forgot about him and that Mets trade.

  3. JOE Z

    June 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    debating which broadcast i should listen to tonight

    • JOE Z

      June 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      ok got tired of non stop chatter of vin

  4. Brenden

    June 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I see Penny has already started the night off with a bang…

    • Coleman

      June 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      The way we are batting against Kershaw, I don’t think it particularly matters

      • Brenden

        June 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        Yeah…so far the offense has been stellar…

  5. Mr. X

    June 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Is Furbush available?

  6. Brenden

    June 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Cleveland lost, time for us to win!

  7. JOE Z

    June 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    strike out some more please

  8. Brenden

    June 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Oh come on, Raburn, who gets picked off of 3rd?

    • Coleman

      June 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Darrell Evans

    • Mr. X

      June 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      Gene Lamont waved him in!

      • Kevin in Dallas

        June 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

        Juan Berenguer and Darrell Evans reunited in one thread!

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    June 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    That’s a benchable offense.

  10. Coleman

    June 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Rayburned

  11. JOE Z

    June 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    lol raburn

  12. Brenden

    June 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    As Penny walks Kershaw….this is the beginnings of a clown show….

  13. Stormin Norman$

    June 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Apparently Verlander was the only Tiger pitcher to get the memo about pitching to Nat’l league pitchers… you’re not supposed to walk them (with bases loaded – Porcello, or on 4 straight balls – Penny)

  14. Brenden

    June 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Still no offense….our big hitters are absolutely impotent against Kershaw…

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    June 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Maggs fields the ball in right field like my wife picks up dog crap. Slow and unsure.

    • Brenden

      June 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      I can’t help but think that his time is limited with the Tigers…He really hasn’t started hitting yet and he is a liability in the field.

  16. Brenden

    June 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Whatever happened to the seasons we had dominating the NL?

    • Mr. X

      June 20, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      but we were playing teams like Pittsburgh and Washington at home.
      West Coast road trips usually suck anyway. The Rockies are a good team at Coors and this Kershaw guy is one of the best pitchers in the game.

      We should do well vs D’Backs and Mets when we get back home. Then the Giants will give us some tougher games.

  17. Kevin in Dallas

    June 21, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Sometimes you get Clayton Kershaw. Props to Penny for keeping it close.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 21, 2011 at 12:13 am

      But he did walk three…

  18. JOE Z

    June 21, 2011 at 12:55 am

    a game like this makes me think why are we poor on the road.

    would you believe the tigers hit .275 on the road, and .260 at home. that seems amazing to me

    (our road era is 3rd worst in baseball at 4.83, compared to a 4.33middle of the pack home era.)

    • JOE Z

      June 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

      didnt mean to cut short kershaw, dude is a stud. but those hitting numbers stunned me.

      • Coleman

        June 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

        Kershaw was the #7 pick of the 2006 draft. With the #6 pick, the Tigers took Andrew Miller. (And shortly after with the #10 pick, the Giants took Tim Lincecum).

  19. Coleman

    June 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    No Peralta or Cabrera for tonight; it’s Smoking Man’s patented rest-the-best strategy.

  20. Kevin in Dallas

    June 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    FYI – having trouble with Word Press, will get a thread up as soon as I can.

  21. Kevin in Dallas

    June 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    FYI – having trouble with Word Press, will get a game 74 thread up as soon as I can.