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Game 2012.2: Red Sox at Tigers

1-0, First Place, 1 game up on 4 others.

The Tigers get ready for game 2 after a thrilling opening day win on Thursday. Have I mentioned how much I despite the off day after opening day? Though a W makes it a bit easier.

There has been a lot of talk about the Valverde insertion in the 9th. Though I would have loved to see JV get a complete game on opening day, Valverde in the 9th was not a surprise for anyone who knows Leyland, and it was the right move. When you have the 2nd best closer in the AL, you look for every reason to get him into the game.

I do think there was some truth to Leyland’s statement after the game that he’s glad the streak (Valverde’s) is over. We have no idea what kind of pressure it created, and it has got to be a relief for at least a few key people inside the clubhouse.

A W today would be the Tigers’ first game 2 win since 2006.

I watched a lot of Josh Beckett last year. He can be very good but he only went 7+ in 11/30 starts last year. He doesn’t walk a lot, but he does run the pitch count up there searching for the K.

4:05 PM ET start.

 

Posted by on April 7, 2012.

Categories: 2012 Season, Game Post

38 Responses

  1. It would be great to get a series win starting today. With Fister going we should have a decent shot at that. Schedule-wise April looks to be the cruellest month for the Tigers as far as the competition goes, and a fast start would take some of the pressure off as the season progresses.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

  2. First of many for Miggy!

    by Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga) on Apr 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  3. Attaboy Cabby.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  4. Just catching up, but I love that Jackson worked a walk after a 1-2 count. Huge.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  5. And Prince Fielder shows some muscle! Yeah!

    by Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga) on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  6. Oh yeah! Now this is what we expect from this lineup! (Avila HR)

    by Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga) on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  7. Just wait until they get Inge’s bat back in the lineup!

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  8. What’s the story with Fister? Any word?

    by tom in troy on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  9. Fister blister?

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  10. way to go Ing er I mean Cabby the cat!

    by tom in troy on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  11. Beck’s reporting a “left side strain.”

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  12. With that last play at third by Cabby, Inge is one step closer to the strat of his next career as Art Van furniture salesman

    by tom in troy on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  13. Ump clown shown? That ball was over the top of the fence.

    by tom in troy on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  14. Sounds like this is going to be another HR for Miggy.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  15. I am doing my taxes here and only occasionally checking in with the game. I see Fister is out. Is it the finger problem again? I hope it is not serious.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  16. Uh oh…could be the dreaded Tiger-Killer-Oblique.

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  17. Baseball is fun. It’s killing me that this one is blacked out.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  18. We need Avila now for the triple-double

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  19. Commence the consternation in Red Sox Nation.

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  20. I know it is only the second game, but the Tigers might be some fun this year.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  21. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch. Well, yankees fans maybe.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  22. Well, it doesn’t do to get overly optimistic, so Cranky Coleman says: hmm, looks like spring training doesn’t count for a reason..,Ryan Raburn back to typical 1st half form.

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

  23. I was just looking at the box and noticing the same about old “Kburn.” He is 0 for 3 with one K. I hope things change for the kid.

    by tom in troy on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  24. That should be Rayburn there, Cranky.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  25. Just wait ’till August, you’ll see…

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  26. Nice job by “Lucky” Below to redeem himself after tripping up at the end of ST.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

  27. This is pretty much what we thought we would see sometimes from Cabrera-Fielder…bummer of the game: Fister. Gold Star for the game: Below.

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  28. Yep. Let’s hope it keeps going.

    by tom in troy on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

  29. LOL

    by Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga) on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  30. They can score with the bomb, they can score with small ball, they can score with station to station.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  31. Rayburn!

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

  32. Should they bring in Valverde?

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  33. Alex Trebek: Jim Northup, Norm Cash. 1968.
    Tiger Fan: What is the last time the Tiger 3-4 hitters each homered twice in the same game?
    -Ding ding ding!

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  34. I am kind of surprised that Leyland let Dirks hit against the lefty Thomas in the 7th. I thought he would have let a RH bat pinch hit just to get somebody else into the game. He must have had a gut feeling there ;-)

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  35. Inge wasn’t available.

    by Coleman on Apr 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  36. http://www.mlive.com/tigers/in.....ug_fi.html
    Fister already on the DL… i guess that’s the ‘yin’ to today’s ‘yang’

    by Stormin Norman$ on Apr 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

  37. Best case scenario he misses 2 starts. Perhaps “Lucky” Below gets to go into the rotation after all. Who gets the replacement call – Villareal?

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  38. Yup.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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