Game 2012.12: Tigers at Royals

by Coleman on April 18, 2012 · 60 comments

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The Tigers are now 8-3, 2 games up on Cleveland (Cleveland?) in the AL Central.  The Tigers are also still undefeated in night games, and Ryan Raburn and Miguel Cabrera both have 1-game hitting streaks.

Drew Smyly was again effective, and it was needed–Royals starter Bruce Chen once again shut down the Tiger hitters. The only run Smyly gave up was in the 3rd, when he joined Adam Wilk as victim of the Tiger rookie pitcher curse, and took a line drive by Escobar right between the shoulder-blades and then bounced the ball by first base. Smyly was fine, but said his back was tightening up after the game.

Tonight is Max Scherzer’s private rubber game:  he has had one start as Bad Max, and one as Mad Max.  The Royals will send out ex-Giant Jonathan Sanchez, who is known for being effectively wild, which should be a good test of patience for Detroit hitters. The only Tiger Sanchez has a real history with is Prince Fielder, and the results are encouraging: 5-14 with 4 BB, for a .550 OBP.

Tonight marks the return of the Bottom Of the Order Bombers lineup, with Inge/Laird batting 8-9.  The Tigers are undefeated (2-0) when Inge starts, and undefeated (2-0) when Laird starts.

Today’s Player of the Pregame: Andy Dirk

Dirks will be a fascinating study as he sits in the dugout watching Ryan Raburn take over for Delmon Young in LF, wondering what he has to do before he gets to wear a glove.

Today’s Undefeated-at-Night Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Brennan Boesch RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Ryan Raburn LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Brandon Inge 2B
  9. Gerald Laird C
 
 

{ 60 comments }

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’ll settle for a Glad Max, which would be 3 runs allowed in 6 innngs or so.

The myth of Chen vs Tigers lifetime: Tigerkiller
The Real Bruce Chen vs. Tigers lifetime: 4-4, 5.61 ERA 1.33 WHIP .247 BAA 11 HR in 69 IP = patsy

The myth of Billy Butler vs. Tigers lifetime: Tigerkiller
The real Billy Butler vs. Tigers lifetime: .327/.363 /.481 /.844 = if not a Tigerkiller, at least a royal PAI.

Return of the BOOBs lineup tonight. I thought those days were in the past, but I guess Leyland is just a die hard retro fan. Let’s hope we are not seeing a return of the retro JaKKKson as well, or it could be another low (lower?) scoring night.

Kevin in Dallas April 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Loved the last lined about Dirks.

Coleman April 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Bruce Chen vs Tigers:
2012: 2.57 ERA
2011: 2.45 ERA
2010: 6.58 ERA
So I guess that means we have short memories.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I get:
2009: 9.69 ERA in 13 IP
2010: 6.30 ERA in 20 IP
2011: 2.45 ERA in 11 IP
2012: 2.57 ERA in 7 IP
So I guess he is getting better anyway.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Leyland clearly playing the percentages with Rayburn in the lineup tonight as he is hitting 1.000 lifetime against Sanchez with 1 homerun. On a side note, with that hit last night, he would have to go hitless in is next 265 offical at-bats to get his average down to .001. It’s virtually impossible for him to get that many plate appearances in before the AS break, so I think that goal is beyond his reach at this point.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm

A small ball run. With two outs!

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Does Lamont get any love there?

Coleman April 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I hope he’s OK.

Tigers Rule April 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

It looks like the Good Max so far tonight. The Tiger pitching has been solid so far this year ….. except for the one Bad Max outing…..being able to overcome Smokey’s unorthodox managing style.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Scherzer is the Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde of the pitchng staff. He can be cruising along and then just blow up out of the blue. The homerun especially plagues him – that was Escobar’s 10th CAREER HR in 1225 AB.

Tigers Rule April 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I would have to say that Miggy has a better arm than Inge ….. at third.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

OMG!

Tigers Rule April 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Wheels Fielder …… oh yeh!

Brenden April 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Leave it to this offense to load the bases with no outs and not score a run…Great job Peralta, Inge and Laird….

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Well, Rayburn did his job and as far as Peralta, the pressure to produce must be intense sandwiched in with the BOOBS,

Tigers Rule April 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

It will be nice when the Tiger bats wake up ….. hopefully as the temperature rises.

Brenden April 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Yeah, right now there are too many gaping black holes in this line-up for it to have any consistency, and that’s after they dropped 209 million dollars on Prince…

Coleman April 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Ugh, R3L2O Double-Fail

Kevin in Dallas April 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Let’s call that an EFail for epic fail.

Brenden April 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Great, here comes a Scherzer-esque meltdown…

Coleman April 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Or not.

Brenden April 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Yeah, or not for now… Scherzer always makes me nervous… He has so much potential, but sometimes just implodes…

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Scherzer is beginning to remind me of Bonderman (or maybe I am just projecting here, who just drove me up the wall.) By that I mean he seems to be prone to the big inning. I just don’t get it: a bunch of 1-2-3 innings and then KABLOOEY. And a lot of times it seems to happen early in the game (Bonderman was usually the 1st inning, which usually isn’t the case with Max) when tiredness shouldn’t be a factor. And it shouldn’t be youth, the guy is 28.

Kevin in Dallas April 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I think the MLB.tv Scout is Gene Lamont.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Clete Thomas got a Golden Sombrero tonight vs NY.

Chris in Texas April 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

The one negative so far this season has been, the Tigers struggles w/ R3L2O…You just can’t have the bases loaded and nobody out and not get a run, other then that…You really can not complain too much. I was real happy to see Max, perservere and get through 6 innings.

Kevin in Dallas April 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

This is our inning.

Coleman April 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm

That’s why they call him Prognostikevin.

Chris in Texas April 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Do not hit into a DP Boesch.

Tigers Rule April 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

It looks like A-Jax is reverting to his old strike-out ways!

Chris in Texas April 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

So far, the story of this season has been about the Pitching staff…Outside of the Boston series, the Tigers have not hit very well, and Texas has torched Boston pitching. Time to get the bats going.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

And another gift run. Take all those WP runs so far and the offense even looks worse. They’ll come around of course, but the pitching can’t carry the team forever. They have been kind of lucky so far.

Chris in Texas April 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Outside of 1 game…Boesch has been awful in that 2 hole.

Chris in Texas April 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm

What a read by Laird and The unselfish Fielder beats the shift again. I really like this guy a lot. Miggy and Prince are going to be a treat to watch…Just a couple of excellent, professional hitters.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Although the R3L2O performance has been bad, the two out rallies have been pretty timely.

Coleman April 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

They should’ve brought in Coleman sooner.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Leyland wises up and settles for a Glad Max performance and decides not to force him to make it to .his 130 pitch minimum

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

The Stroke not quite back yet for Mr. Inge.

Chris in Texas April 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I am trying to remain positive about Inge and Raburn…but, those were two of the worst at-bats that you will ever see at the major league level. Hey Jim, Can you pick one of them to play and sit the other. Both of them in the lineup is ridiculous.

Brenden April 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Yeah, that would be nice to only have one blackhole in the line-up a night, instead of handicapping the team with two… There has got to be better options than those two clowns being in the line-up together as often as they are…

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Fortunately we only see one LH in the 4-game Texas series, so maybe there will be a little break in the routine.

Kevin in Dallas April 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

We were due for a few DPs…

Kevin in Dallas April 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Over/Under on Papa G baserunners is 1.5. Place your bets, place your bets.

Brenden April 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Remember those days when 9th innings used to be uneventful? Me neither…

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

I think we have to accept the fact that Valverde is going to blow a few this year. He was kind of lucky last year and we have gotten spoiled. Hopefeully he won’t blow too many. The best insurance would be to not give him too many chances – hear that offense?

Brenden April 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Put that one in the win column! The pitching is really the success story right now. Let’s hope the bats start to warm up, especially for the Texas series.

Vince in MN April 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Ya gotta kick ‘em when they are down, and the Royals are down right now. Not a particulary impresive series by the Tigers (the bats anyway), but anytime you can win when not on your best game, things are looking up. A 4-2 roadtrip is certainly acceptable And with a 4-game win strreak before a big series with the Rangers perhaps will get them charged up.

PHToy in HK April 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Someday the pen will have to pay for all of the walks they are serving up.

beejeez April 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Jeez, AJax & Boesch 0 for 9. Thanks fellas, we’ll set the table ourselves.

Coleman April 19, 2012 at 1:00 am

If you like pitching, you would have loved the Phillies-Giants game, Matt Cain vs Cliff Lee, Giants win 1-0 in 11 (winning run knocked in by Melky Cabrera, who Giants got for Jonathan Sanchez).

Vince in MN April 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I bet the Phillies and Giants fans were complaining about their crappy offenses.

Coleman April 19, 2012 at 1:17 am

Tigers now 3-0 with Inge starting, 3-0 with Laird starting, and 3-0 in night games.

Coleman April 19, 2012 at 1:18 am

Also Tigers still undefeated when leading after 9 innings.

Jud April 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

Inge was right on when he stated he would get that stroke back…after only four games he is right where he he was last year……. .100

Vince in MN April 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

And .001 easily within reach: only an 0 for 90 streak needed. I think the Loyalty Clause in his contract demands that Leyland give him a shot.

Vince in MN April 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

I may be too cynically dismissive of Inge’s ability to contribute. Realistically he probably can Inge his way up to a .550 (.548 last year) or .600 OPS, but I think his carrer mark of .692 is likely out of reach since he is in his declining years of production.

Vince in MN April 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

Leyland and his gut:
“To me, if I didn’t do what my gut told me tonight, I would just be pacifying the public as far as worrying about getting second-guessed,” said Leyland when asked about who he was going to play. “That’s not the way I manage. Win, lose or draw this game tonight, I know this is the best way to go. We might not win the game, but I know this is the best way to go.”

Henion32 April 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Go Tigers! Big series starts tonight

Henion32 April 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Going to rock Yu tonight

StorminNorman$ April 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Imported pitchers from Japan seem to do well against Tiger hitters.

Make him throw strikes – he’s pitched 11 1/3 this year and walked 8

Let’s hope tonight the Rangers get their first taste of ‘buyers remorse’ (for shelling out $100M to bring in Darvish) – because the Tigers will have to put up some runs, seeing as Wilk is starting tonight against a potent Ranger offense.

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