Game 2011 Playoffs.5: Tigers at Yankees

(Note: tonight is a combined Coleman/Kevin In Dallas post, kind of like the Verlander/Fister Game 1 start–hopefully with better results).

On March 31st, Curtis Granderson hit an insurance home run in the bottom of the 7th off of Phil Coke (who was brought in to just face Granderson), while Austin Jackson went 1-4 and Alex Avila went 0-4 in a 6-3 Tigers loss.  JV took a no decision.  After 166 games in 189 days, we’re right back where we started.

JV (most likely) will not factor into the decision tonight, but Doug Fister will in a rematch against Game 1 Part 2 opponent Ivan Nova, who just 3 months ago was demoted to the minor leagues, while Fister suffered on last-place Seattle.

Fister gave up 6 runs in 4 2/3 innings, but didn’t pitch as badly as that sounds.  He started off well, putting the Yankees behind consistently in the count–the first time through the order, 6 of 9 Yankees were caught looking at first pitch strikes.  Expect the Yankee hitters to take a more aggressive approach tonight.

(Speaking of aggressive approaches:  Delmon Young swung at 11 first pitches in his first 13 ALDS plate appearances).

Nova pitched well, allowing 2 ER over 6 and then gave way to the Yankees bullpen.  The Tigers will have to hit him harder tonight, or at least make contact–Cabrera, Martinez, Jackson, and Raburn all had swinging strike 3s against Nova.  But Nova will not be so nova to the Tiger hitters the 2nd time through.  And perhaps tonight’s earlier (8:07) start will throw him off.

It would help for the Tigers to capitalize early.  Tuesday’s first inning Granderson grab was the 2nd consecutive game the Tigers failed to take advantage of an early bases-loaded situation.  In fact, the 14 times in the regular season that the Tigers had the bases loaded with less than 2 outs in the first or second inning, they ended up with a .091 BA and .182 OPS.

It would also help for Austin Jackson to get on base,  and maybe Don Kelly in the 2nd spot will provide a spark, or at least avoid the GIDP or failed sacrifice problem that has hurt Detroit.

(Leyland has indicated a Kelly to RF/Inge to 3B defensive shift is likely later in the game).

If the Tigers do strike early, Yankee manager Joe Girardi has indicated that he is willing to use Rivera for 2 innings, and will have CC Sabatia available in the bullpen.  No Verlander for Leyland though, and probably no Alburquerque either.  Leyland is set to go with Fister, Coke, Benoit, and Valverde. If Fister doesn’t make it far enough into the game, Max Scherzer will be the guy.

Tuesday night’s debacle was the most watched LDS game since 2007.  The Tigers have one more chance to show the baseball-watching world what they are really made of.  As Brandon Inge said, “it’s hard to beat us 2 games in a row.”

Stat to remember – Game 3 Winners (Tigers) have won 83% of the last 23 LDS.  Time to pick a winner.  Have fun everybody.  Let’s play ball!

Player of the Pre-Game: Alex Avila

Has Iron-Man Alex finally worn down? Avila has yet to have a hit in the postseason, and has in fact struck out 6 times in 15 plate appearances, a rate almost twice as high as his regular season rate.  Batting between Cabrera-Martinez-Ordonez and the hot Peralta, Avila could swing the course of the game with a timely hit.

Today’s Hmm-Let’s-Try-This Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

 

92 Comments

  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I hope the threat of this might being his last game will spur Mags at the bat. However I certainly hope we will see more of Mags this season!

  2. stephen

    October 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    God forgive me, but I’d start Inge over Kelly.

    • Coleman

      October 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Nice try, reflagged Liberian tanker.

      • Steve

        October 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm

        ?

        • Coleman

          October 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

          He claimed he was not one in Game 1 post…which I believed, until the pro-Inge post. But, yeah…(?)

  3. stephen

    October 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    This one is for all the money. If Tigers win w/o Verlander and with Kelly in the #2 spot then Leyland is a demented genius. But, logically, rationally, the two moves seem not great.

  4. Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Lets Go Tigers…………………………… Lets Go Tigers !!!!!!

    Lets Go Tigers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    It helps to play Bob Seger to get a little more pumped and a tad more adrenaline going.

    Steve

    PS: Feel like a number / Hollywood nights

    • Coleman

      October 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      In that case, time for some Stooges, Search and Destroy! (I’m a streetwalkin’ cheetah with a heart full of napalm…)

      • ouchudied

        October 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        The Yankees had a losing record in 1969. Coincidence? I think not.

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Ripkin and Eckardlsy (sp) are predicting a Tiger win.

  7. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Jim Leyland is a much-maligned genius.

  8. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Nova-caned

  9. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    DonKel and Young!!!!

  10. ouchudied

    October 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    HELL YES!!!!!

  11. Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Heck Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  12. Ben in Denver

    October 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    The top of the first felt great. Let’s see Fister deal a solid inning and these guys are going to be pumped.

  13. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Don Kelly career postseason BA still at .500

  14. Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Looks Like Miggy has a Mohawk

  15. Ben in Denver

    October 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    That hook to Grandy was wicked.

  16. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Fister looks relaxed and in control. Let’s get some more good ABs!

  17. Ben in Denver

    October 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I just remembered that I can stream Dan & Jim. Why am I listening to TBS?

  18. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    We could very well see Sabathia today.

  19. Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Needed that hit ……… Would have been a real dagger

  20. ouchudied

    October 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    In case anyone cares to see how little knowledge Mike Francesca has of the Tigers (or in general)

    http://nymag.com/daily/sports/.....erque.html

  21. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Fister gives the Yanks a dagger KC’ing Posada!

  22. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    It’s amazing that we’re even in this with nothing from the leadoff spot and an O-fer from Avila

    • Steve

      October 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      Agreed but they pretty much have nothing from A-Rod and Texeria. I just said to my son, is it possible back to back jacks in the first hold up?………….. That would be cool

  23. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Mags laces a single and the TBS announcer say ho-hum and then right back to talking about the great Yankee pitching!

    • ouchudied

      October 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      They are awful. My ears are bleeding.

  24. Andrew in Toronto

    October 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I kind of understand why the Yankees are changing pitchers so much, but you have to think sooner or later we’ll get lucky and get one who’s really having a bad day.

    Hope it’s right now.

    • Coleman

      October 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      I think the plan is to bore the Tigers to death by changing pitchers every inning

  25. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Hey Andrew, how about Crooked Cap coming in and getting spanked. Let’s give him something to remember over the winter!

  26. ouchudied

    October 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Chi Sox named Robin Ventura their manager. Interesting.

  27. Andrew in Toronto

    October 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Yeah, I think CC might be what we need. He didn’t look great last game.

    But we need to get some outs right now. Or we’ll be going for Scherzer soon.

    Let’s get a DP!

  28. Chris

    October 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Damn, these Yankee hitters are tough to get out

  29. Chris

    October 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    GDIP please

  30. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Fister and DonKel, your sweet throwing daggers!

  31. Ben in Denver

    October 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Whew. Breathe. Get some hits.

  32. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    My kingdom for a bunt.

  33. Andrew in Toronto

    October 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Where is TSE to ask why someone like Kelly can’t execute a bunt? He’d be right…

    Oh well, let’s go big bats!

  34. Chris

    October 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    V-Mart!!

  35. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Tigers now have the advantage in Ingetangibles

  36. Andrew in Toronto

    October 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Santiago – nice to see that kind of grab from a Tiger for a change.

    This is a big inning to try to get another run with the big 3 Yankees in the bullpen.

  37. Chris

    October 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    The Yanks wish they where playing the Twins.

  38. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    “A little bit of a delay because there’s no left fielder,” as Raburn trots on the field…oh, if they only knew…

  39. ouchudied

    October 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Horrible play by Inge. Field that and he gets Jeter at first.

  40. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    2006 WS deja vu

  41. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Delmon Young out with a possible oblique pull; if true he’s probably done for the postseason

    • Steve

      October 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      Dirks?

  42. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Ok boys, this is it; hold on to your Stroh’s! Think 1, 2, 3!

    • Coleman

      October 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Oops. Drank it all during that Benoit performance

  43. PHToy in HK

    October 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Not many easy outs tonight. 160+ pitches through 8 innings.

  44. Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Wow………………… I haven’t smoked in about 16 years, I’m thinking I might want one

  45. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Benoit, you are a gem and a blessing! And your friends at TBS kept refering to your pre-May stats!

    • Coleman

      October 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      “Derek Jeter almost puts the Yankees ahead!!”. Well, I guess that’s one way to look at it…

  46. PHToy in HK

    October 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    That was rough! Time to hit the Stroh’s…

  47. Andrew in Toronto

    October 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    OMG.

    Wow.

  48. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    TIGERS headed to Arlington! Let’s listen to the bedlam! This one is for you Ernie and Sparky

  49. Snyder

    October 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    CC’s ready, Verlander’s not. Well, CC just gave up the game winner.

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!

  50. David

    October 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Look out the Tigers are Coming!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wnbbmt5O3U

  51. Smoking Loon

    October 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    YES! Sweet. Very gutsy win.

  52. ouchudied

    October 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    COOL

  53. Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    No smokes needed……….. cool.

    BTW

    YEAH

  54. Coleman

    October 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Don Kelly > Alex Rodriguez

  55. Smoking Loon

    October 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I didn’t watch, just followed the play-by-play online. Did Young get hurt during his last AB? Pretty bad news if he’s done for the season.

  56. Ben in Denver

    October 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Great job, boys. That felt great. See you in a couple of days.

  57. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 7, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Hey, the Tigers are’t wearing swimming googles in the clubhouse! Bring on the Rangers!

  58. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 7, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Ok guys, let’s notch it up one. We need to get ready for the Rangers!

  59. Chris

    October 7, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Wow! Thank you Papa Grande and the pen. Amazing series. Go tigers. Now let’s take down Rangers

  60. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 7, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Max Sherzer we love you!

  61. Only Tiger Fan Mississippi

    October 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Wife is headed to Texas tomorrow to visit daughter who is 20 days younger than Little Ricky. Porcello. Should I go or stay with Jim and Dan?

    • Steve

      October 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Dude……….. Seriously………. Go, Scalp and get in the game.

    • Andrew in Toronto

      October 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Tickets starting at $47 on stubhub.com

      Have fun!

  62. stephen

    October 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Leyland, demented genius.

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  65. Coleman

    October 7, 2011 at 3:57 am

    ” ‘As Brandon Inge said, “it’s hard to beat us 2 games in a row.’ ”

    As far as I can tell, August 28-29 was the last time the Tigers lost 2 in a row. Incredible. (Or, Ingecredible).

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      That was confirmed on ESPN this morning. Plagiarizers.

  66. Joe

    October 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

    YESSSSS!!!!

  67. pepe48

    October 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

    The TBS announcing crew only had words and admiration for the Yankees. Every word but a few was touting the :great” Yankee team and how they had Rivera to close when they eventually took the lead, as they had assumed all night. Darling at least tried to talk about pitching some of the time, but still tilted it, Fister better look out, Shrezer has to stay in side……etc. in the end they ate all their words and the Tigers moved on and the Yankees egos can move on to their millions WITHOUT A TITLE

  68. The Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

    As I mentioned before this series started, the media talks about the Yankees before and after. This morning on my drive-in, Jim and Rob on MLB XM were already blaming Joe G. for not adjusting the lineup during the series all the while not giving the Tigers any credit.

    This media should change with the upcoming Ranger v. Tigers series. That is, OMG, a ALCS with two teams not in the northeast or SOCAL market?!?!

    I did enjoy seeing last night’s TBS post-game crew dressed in camo getting ready for the off-season.

    So just smile and take it!

    • ouchudied

      October 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Most of the media doesn’t seem to recognize that there is land between the two coasts. Whatever. I’ve been listening to Colin Cowherd for a few minutes and he literally hasn’t even mentioned who the Yankees lost to. Also, he is a very dumb human.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        October 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        That’s what you get for listening to Colin Cowherd. You guys should try streaming the Ticket from Dallas. It really will change your life.

        From what I could tell, Sportscenter did 4 segments on the game, and then another 4 on the Yankees. Not that this is news to anyone. Delmon Young hit 3 bombs, no big deal. The Tigers are 80-0 when leading after 7 innings, meh.

        But I did love the ARod segment. I was at game 6 in Arlington last year when Feliz buckled his knees with a 1-2 curve, that weak swing at a fastball that he barely saw last night may have been even better.

        • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

          October 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

          This morning on XM MLB the announcer and callers where breaking down the Yankees and what they need to do for next year. I was amazed to hear that the announcer said that they need to rebuild the bullpen as it was no longer good. TBS must of not have got that memo as last Thursday the bullpen “was the best in baseball.” Also, all of a sudden ARod and Derrick the Jeter are now “old.”

  69. Andrew in Toronto

    October 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    They don’t pick ALDS MVPs, but who would you pick?

    I guess the leading option would have to be Delmon Young with his 3 solo homers. But he wasn’t the only one to put in an outstanding performance.

    Scherzer really impressed me with his two strong games. Benoit got the job done in his 2 tough outings.

    Not an MVP, but I had a lot of confidence seeing Maggs at the plate.

    For the ALCS, we need to get our other big bats straightened out. And we have to get Alburquerque back on track. (He’s a lot better than his 81.00 ALDS ERA!)

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  71. Evan

    October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’m a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan (always will be), but I just wanted to visit a Tigers blog and mention that your team freaking rocked last night. The Tigers came in the underdogs, and Mr. Fister (who I’m glad is getting more run support than he was in Seattle) along with those bullpen masters behind him sent the Yanks home crying. That was among the gutsiest, most clutch pitching I’ve ever seen in the postseason. The Tigers are gonna win it all this year!

    • Coleman

      October 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Welcome! Thanks for the comments, and especially thanks for Mr. Fister. You got some good players in return, hopefully they will develop into something in Seattle. The Ghost (Casper Wells) seemed to show promise and was a bit of a favorite around here. Come back again, feel free to stop by for a Tigers-M’s series next season.

  72. Kevin in Dallas

    October 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I’m gonna do a full breakdown of the Rangers for the game post manana. Their lineup is just sick. Pitching can be had, however.

  73. Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

    October 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Longtime reader here… great win last night! So glad this blog is still being maintained. So many great memories from seasons past :D

  74. TSE

    October 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Well if St. Louis can hold off for the win then we will be the best team remaining out of the 4 teams left in this crappy league of uber-pathetic loser teams. yay for lameball tournaments!