Game 2011 Playoffs.7: Tigers at Rangers

by Coleman on October 9, 2011 · 130 comments

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Note:  The Sunday game has been postponed, and will now be played (presumably) Monday at 4:19 EST, because 4:15 is just too early and 4:30 is just too darn late.

**Breaking News**  Magglio is out for the rest of the postseason.  He refractured the ankle he broke last season, when or how is unclear (he walked and was replaced by a pinch-runner his last appearance).  It turns out the ankle had been bothering him all season, and in fact he almost retired because of it midseason.

Update: It turns out that Ordonez injured the ankle in batting practice before the game, but tried to tough it out and play anyway.  Which makes me view the 1st inning of Saturday’s game differently…bases loaded, Wilson on the ropes, and up to the plate comes Maggs–with a broken ankle…GIDP.  Credit Maggs for his toughness, but there is something of the Inge-with-2-bad-knees bit in this scenario.

What is clear is that the Tigers have a major problem now.  They already went into the postseason without Boesch, and now have lost the only 2 guys in the middle of the order who have been hitting.  It is unclear who the Tigers will call up to replace him:  it certainly won’t be Timo Perez.The only other OF on the 40-man roster is Clete Thomas.

Update:  The player added to the roster to replace Magglio Ordonez is, as ouchudied has reported…Delmon Young, who less than 2 days ago was determined to be out for the series.  Call me skeptical.  (Also, a “first” to Andrew in Toronto on the Magglio news).  Young is penciled in the 3 spot in today’s lineup, but according to a Jason Beck tweet Leyland has also prepared a 2nd lineup card with Andy Dirks, just in case Young is more injured than thought or as injured as originally thought, or whatever.

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One thing Tiger fans could count on in the regular season, was no prolonged losing streaks.  Anytime Justin Verlander pitched after a Tiger loss, the losing usually stopped right there (Verlander was 14-3 following a Tiger loss), which is one reason the Tigers haven’t lost 2 games in a row since Aug 27-28.

Verlander once again was rain-bedeviled, and once again began the game without his best stuff, having problems with the strike zone, throwing 49 pitches in 2 innings (although to be fair, if Foxtrax and my own eyes are to be believed, he threw several “balls” in the “strike zone”).

The pitching actually came through Saturday on the whole (even our 2nd-tier bullpen guys):  anytime you hold the Rangers to 3 runs in their home park you’ve done your job.

(Check out The Newberg Report for a good, detailed review of the game from a Rangers perspective).

The big question now becomes, was Verlander’s outing short enough that he will come back now for game 4 instead of 5?  Leyland’s play-it-by-the-book track record says no, but stay tuned.

At any rate this afternoon, for the 2nd consecutive postseason series, Max Scherzer will be asked to be the guy to take the mound after a Verlander start ended with a loss.  Scherzer was brilliant against the Yankees,  allowing no runs and only 6 baserunners in 6 innings.  A similar performance will be needed today to quiet the murmurings of “short series.”

The Rangers send Derek Holland to the mound, a follicle-challenged lefty (he has failed quite noticeably to produce anything in the playoff beard way).  Holland sometimes has control problems and can end up pitching behind in the count…so look for the Tigers to confuse him with first-pitch swinging.

If the Tigers are to win, chances are they will do it by scoring early and often–the Rangers bullpen is not to be messed with.

And Austin Jackson still has not put a ball in play to start off a postseason game.  His strikeout last night leaves him with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks to start the 6 playoff games.  Here’s hoping for a walk tonight.  And he did have a big double yesterday, but continues to strike out, his strikeout rate now up to 44%.  And he has begun to channel Raburn in CF.

And where have the big bats gone?

The top 5 Tigers in postseason OPS:

1.170 Young* (*out**) **(back)

.928 Ordonez* (*out)

.917 Kelly

.899 Inge

.875 Raburn

The big bats:

.806 Cabrera

.625 Martinez

.610 Peralta

.186 Avila

It makes for a great story when a Kelly or a Santiago comes up big, but that can’t be maintained over an entire series.

Player of the Pre-Game: Delmon Young*.

*OK, this was originally Ordonez, but was changed for obvious reasons.  And then, briefly, Don Kelly. Can Young really play with an oblique strain (think Gary Sheffield)? Or will he go the way of Ordonez playing on a sore ankle?

Today’s  Who’ll-Stop-The-Rain? Lineup:

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

{ 130 comments }

Andrew in Toronto October 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Looks like Magglio is out for the rest of the postseason with an ankle injury. In fact, he has broken the ankle he hurt last year. He may even have played his last game ever, or at least as a Tiger. Sad!

As for the playoffs, we don’t have great options left for replacing him against lefty pitching, either.

ouchudied October 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

http://espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2011/story/_/id/7083866/2011-alcs-detroit-tigers-delmon-young-replaces-magglio-ordonez-start-game-2

Delmon Young back in the lineup for game 2? I am shocked to hear this; oblique injuries generally involve an extended recovery time. If he is back and somewhat healthy, this is a huge boost to the Tigers chances. I’m feeling much better about the series if this holds up.

drdetroit October 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Oblique injuries never really have any kind of timeline. He’s not gonna be 100% healthy but I think the issues will be more with his throwing than with his hitting. He’s gonna have to play through some pain but I think Delmon at 80% is better than Dirks at 100%, at least vs LH pitching.

stephen October 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

The best part of yesterday is it didn’t rain in Arlington at all last night.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm

AJ and I are I synch; score early and often. Let’s hit that RF porch for Stormin Norman!

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

The Austin Jackson leadoff ball-in-play watch continues…now 4 Ks, 3 BBs

Kevin in Dallas October 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I’ll take that OBP all day long.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Jim Price: “Cabrera is Due.”
On the bright side, now he is even more due.

Chris October 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Miggy & VMart aren’t hitting. Great time to go into a slump boys

gman October 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

As lost as the Tigers are at the plate right now, 2-0 might as well be 12-0. Lookin’ like they’re heading back to Motown down 2 games to 0.

Chris October 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

This series is over. Our bats are dead and our pitching isn’t able to shutout the rangers. This is pretty disappointing.

Kevin in Dallas October 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Juuuust a bit premature.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I think we need to try batting Raburn-Santiago-Inge 3-4-5 in the lineup

Kevin in Dallas October 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Not gonna get too many more opportunities like this. Someone has to come up with a base hit.

Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga) October 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

and that’s the ballgame. :(

Kevin in Dallas October 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Holy cow, you guys have less faith than my atheist friends. Lots of baseball left.

Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga) October 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

It’s called the reverse jinx, Kevin ;-)

gman October 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Almost all fastballs the exact same speed with only the occassional curve ball 20 mph slower, and nobody can time it up right, frustrating.

Chris October 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

The frustration never ends.. Until game 4

Chris October 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Rangers are just going to keep hitting doubles all day long. The Tiger bats are going to keep that zero on the scoreboard. :-(

Snyder October 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Can’t believe so many people are bailing out less than two innings into game 2…

On another note, looks like the totally erratic strike zone continues.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Well said Kevin.

Things I like about playing in Texas instead of New York:

A. The organist doesn’t play that cute little jingle after a K.

B. They have a real RF porch in Arlington.

C. While the fans don’t know baseball (too busy eating Natchos), they aren’t obnoxious.

D. John Sterling’s voice can’t be heard!

Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga) October 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Ok, maybe we’ll turn it around after that. I feel like we need something to shift the momentum.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Wow, guess he actually WAS due…

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

OK, you don’t see THAT every day

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Raburned!

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Mr October?

Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga) October 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Raburn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reverse jinx in effect!

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

RABURN sweet! Let the slump end!

And the curse of game 163 is reversed!

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Avila is just dying out there, do we go with Santos for one game and give the guy a break?

Steve October 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I thought the same thing, he looks beat

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

He’s the boss’ son! Instead of Santos, how about DonKel behind the plate?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm

This coverage is so much better than watching TBS. On the other hand: AJ Pierczynski…

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Mad Max has found his mojo, this could be good…and some nice Inge glovework at 3rd

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Wow, Moreland Bucknered that one

ouchudied October 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Buckner was on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ a couple episodes ago. Pretty funny stuff.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

V-Mart, Jr. with an IPAD. Perhaps he is connected with this site?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I believe he used to post under the screen name “Mr. X.”

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

How about “The Only Six-Year Old in the Tiger Clubhouse?”

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Excepting, of course, Inge

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Speaking of Inge! The heck with Betemit and his wild swinging and lead glove, Inge is feeling it at 3rd, I’m happy to go with Inge-Kelly there

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

My Wife just came in from DFW and brought my a Tiger/Ranger ALCS 2K11 tishirt. Now I be styling!

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Man, did Alex ever need that!

stephen October 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Inge, Ajax, Santiago, and a one-armed Delmon Young. If Tigers win World Series with this crew I’m going to begin believing in unicorns.

ouchudied October 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

LOL for you not believing in unicorns to begin with

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Unicorns in baseball should be banned.
http://kickdes.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/youkilis.jpg

Snyder October 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Austin is swinging with his eyes closed.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Tiger MVP of the postseason: Max Scherzer. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

OK, nevermind, back to the unicorn discussion

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippo October 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Max Scherzer you are a gem and a blessing!

stephen October 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Max Scherzer you are a slightly tarnished gem and a mixed blessing!

Only Tihger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

3 runs in six innings; I’ll take it if the sticks will bat!

stephen October 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Hey, Zumaya’s goatee made it back to the ALCS!

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’d rather send Zumaya’s goatee to the mound than Ryan Perry

Chris October 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Feldman, Cruz, Ogando, DIE, DIE, DIE

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Let’s shut them down for 5 or 6 more innings, burn out their bullpen

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Like Hokkiado Nippon Ham Fighters say “Never Give Up”, speaking of which, wouldn’t Yu Darvish look good in a Detroit uniform?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

My YuDar doesn’t see that happening

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Well said Coleman. Spoil Fox’s storyline on Texas’ bullpen.

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm

There you go Inge

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Inge is regressing…to when he was good…

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I feel the offensive surge coming on! And yeah I don’t see Darvish happening, but it would be cool

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Jackson should have a permanent take sign

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Where would we be without Kelly, Raburn, and Santiago?

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Washington took Ogando out as he didn’t want Kelly hurting him!

stephen October 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Don Kelly had one extra base hit against a lefty. In his career.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm

The Donkey is a unicorn

Snyder October 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Can I blame Lamont for Santiago not scoring?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Is it just me, or did Gene Lamont doze off there for a second?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

V-Mart is super-Due now

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Darn it!

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Yes, in extra innings I see

Joe October 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Lamont=Worst 3rd base coach ever! I was yelling SEND HIM, he didnt hear me.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Couldn’t they just give Lamont one of those cool executive positions where he sits in a box with Al Avila and Dombrowski and doesn’t do anything?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Oh, yay, Valverde in a non-save situation

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Why is my stomach getting upset?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Nolan Ryan swallows Brandon Inge between innings, Don Kelly now at 3rd

Joe October 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

YES

Steve October 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

G I D P

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Holy crap! That was great!

Snyder October 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Get that man a gold glove!

Kevin in Dallas October 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I know everyone wants to blame Lamont, but holding Santiago was the right call. Usually, that ball is a much tougher play, but the way it caromed to Cruz + his arm + Cabrera & VMart = hold up Santiago.

kathy October 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm

There are millions of people who would disagree with you.

Kevin in Dallas October 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

Well, if it’s even the tiniest of consolation, the Rangers announcers made a pretty big deal of pointing out that usually the ball takes a different bounce, and that the Rangers got lucky on that one.

Andrew in Toronto October 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

When I was watching, I was certainly hoping there would be a way to score, but I was thinking “Oh no! Lamont is going to send him and he’ll be out by a mile!” So, I certainly agreed with his decision.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

This cat has nine lives. Let’s go!

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Sweet home Alabama!

Also Coleman thanks for the post of the night…burp!

Angus October 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I think Gene just needs to be sent straight to the nursing home to live his retirement years out in peace.

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Go Raburn

Joe October 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Prediction for Valverde, If we are ahead he pitches the 10th. If its tied he does not.

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Oh yeah Dirks can do this, he wrote as he reached for the tums

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Maybe not, obviously

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

That was Peralta’s first sac bunt since 2009. Seriously, though, who sacrifices to get Avila to the plate there. Really? I guess Smokey thought he was hot because he just got his 2nd hit of the postseason…

Joe October 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I was wrong.

Chris October 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Rangers’ pen is dominant in these two games

stephen October 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

So, in best case scenario, Valverde has to get nine outs.

stephen October 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Because you’re not gonna bring someone else in the 11th, right?

Joe October 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Right, now we have to have this game!

Joe October 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Rangers bullpen is ridiculously deep!

Joe October 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Side note:Did they only let the ugly women into the game?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hey now. True beauty lies in which team’s jersey one is wearing :-)

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Is there any other kind in Texas?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Dear Mr Dombrowski: this offseason, please look into a CF, and/or a hitting coach. Thank you for listening.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Wow, the oddest thing just happened. They showed the on-deck circle and I thought, oh good, Kelly is coming up

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Inge in the dugout giving the death-glare to all things Ranger…(I’m glad Ryan couldn’t digest him)

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Donkey time!

stephen October 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Don Kelly. My god.

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Come on Cabrera

Kevin in Dallas October 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Man, we may have run out of chances there. Heck of a ball game either way.

stephen October 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Ryan Perry gets six outs and a win. Does that sound possible?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Oh for Grilli’s sake, not Ryan Perry?!!

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Damn you Nolan Ryan, Inge would’ve had that one…

Kevin in Dallas October 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

We’re just out of bullpen.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

SOB, as they say (#!*% Outta Bullpen)

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Fail.

Mikoda October 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

crap

Snyder October 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Are you kidding? Ryan Perry gets no outs and gives up a walk-off grand slam?

Let’s get 3 at home.

stephen October 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Great game, but all our fears came true in the end. Because of injuries etc.., are players 20 thru 25 on the roster woefully exposed.

Kevin in Dallas October 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

+1

Vince in MN October 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Don’t forget our leadoff hitter, JaKKKKKKKson, who has been woefully exposed for some time.

Team weaknesses are being exposed now: pathetic 1,2,3 part of the batting order, AJ not a leadoff hitter, Russian Roulette with 2B, 3B, and Ryan Perry really does suck. Remember, the Tigers were only a .500 team against non-Central teams. A good core I think, but much to be done in the off season regardless of how the rest of the playoffs go.

Andrew in Toronto October 11, 2011 at 9:16 am

I certainly agree we have some serious holes to fill in the off-season. Lead-off batter, 2B, 3B, fifth starter and middle relief, to name a few

Looking forward to having that off-season discussion after our World Series championship, though!

Vince in MN October 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

With Perry coming in, there was no doubt. He should never have been put on the playoff roster to begin with.

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

At least Nolan Ryan finally smiled!
Now perhaps he will get a hairball…

Chris October 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Their pen is 20x better than ours. That’s the difference that is killing the Tigers. Ron Washington doesn’t hesitate to yank the starter knowing that the Tigers have no answer for their relievers

gman October 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Vince nailed it. I said game over as soon as he was on the mound. Tigers have to be leading after 6 and hope they can hold the lead because they are overmatched against the Rangers’ pen.

ouchudied October 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I’m really bummed. The Rangers are a really good matchup when we are healthy. But we’re not. They’re clearly the better team right now, and they have a 2-0 advantage. Bummed.

bill October 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Injuries had nothing to do with this loss. Ryan Perry is not of the same caliber as the rest of the team. Extremely poor choice to use him. He shouldn’t even be in the playoff roster. What the hell was Jim thinking?

Coleman October 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Perry just gave up the only walkoff grand slam in MLB postseason history. So he’s got that going for him…

tbran in Troy October 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Tough break but there is still lot’s baseball to be played. The good guys will come around. It could be worse — we could be Yankee or Red Sox fans. GO TIGERS!

Andrew in Toronto October 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

I don’t fault Leyland for bringing in Perry. Our bullpen is not as deep as the Rangers’ and that’s who we were down to. Perry had pitched ok in the playoffs prior to last night.

No, we have to blame this loss on the bats. 22 left-on-base over the first two games. We’ve been handed 12 walks, and hardly been able to capitalize.

The Rangers bullpen has been strong, but both their starters have been miserable. We should of had 5 runs off of each of them, and our thinner bullpen would not have been an issue.

And it is not because we are playing guys like Santiago and Kelly, either.

Anyway, this series is far from over, so let’s get going tonight!

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