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.

 

38 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    April 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

    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.

  2. Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

    April 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    First of many for Miggy!

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    April 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Attaboy Cabby.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    April 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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

  5. Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

    April 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    And Prince Fielder shows some muscle! Yeah!

  6. Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

    April 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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

    • Coleman

      April 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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

      • Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

        April 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        LOL

  7. tom in troy

    April 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    What’s the story with Fister? Any word?

  8. Coleman

    April 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Fister blister?

  9. tom in troy

    April 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    way to go Ing er I mean Cabby the cat!

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    April 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Beck’s reporting a “left side strain.”

    • Coleman

      April 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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

  11. tom in troy

    April 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    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

  12. tom in troy

    April 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    April 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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

  14. Vince in MN

    April 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    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.

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    April 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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

  16. Coleman

    April 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    We need Avila now for the triple-double

  17. Coleman

    April 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Commence the consternation in Red Sox Nation.

    • Vince in MN

      April 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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

  18. Vince in MN

    April 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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

    • Coleman

      April 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      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.

      • tom in troy

        April 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        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.

        • Coleman

          April 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

          Just wait ’till August, you’ll see…

      • Vince in MN

        April 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

        That should be Rayburn there, Cranky.

  19. Vince in MN

    April 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

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

  20. Coleman

    April 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    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.

    • tom in troy

      April 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Yep. Let’s hope it keeps going.

  21. Vince in MN

    April 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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

  22. Vince in MN

    April 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Rayburn!

  23. Kevin in Dallas

    April 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Should they bring in Valverde?

    • Vince in MN

      April 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      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 ;-)

      • Coleman

        April 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        Inge wasn’t available.

  24. Coleman

    April 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    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!

  25. Stormin Norman$

    April 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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

    • Vince in MN

      April 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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

      • Vince in MN

        April 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        Yup.