Game 2012.36: Tigers at White Sox

by Kevin in Dallas on May 15, 2012 · 52 comments

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17-18, 2nd place, 2 games behind Cle.

Don’t let the smile fool you, Mad Max is MAD.

He’s angry that Coleman jinxed Smyly yesterday. He’s upset that Putkonen pitched like a Mud Hen and not a Tiger. He’s furious that the Tigers are 0-9 in games following their last 9 wins. And he’s livid that we are in the middle of may, and Mad Max sports a 5.7+ ERA.

After a great start to the game yesterday which saw the Tigers plate three runs in the top of the first, the bullpen woes continued when Putkonen came in and gave up 3 ER on 4 hits and a walk while retiring only 1 in the top of the 6th. Leyland pulled Smyly after only 69 pitches because his pitches were high in the zone, (and he had to get to the bar to see Pacquiao), but why Putkonen wasn’t pulled after he loaded the bases wasn’t asked. This is just one of those Leyland let the rookie work it out quirks. Burned him last night.

Mad Max is looking for his 3rd straight quality start, and to boost his league leading 10.75 k/9. This will actually be Scherzer’s third start against the White Sox this season. He gave up 3 ER on 5 hits and struck out 11 in a loss on April 13th, and the allowed only 1 ER and struck out 9 just 10 days ago (no-decision).

Today’s back to .500 lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Dirks, DH (haven’t we established that Dirks is a better fielder than Kelly? Do we really need to rest a 26 year old?)
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Avila, C
6. Boesch, RF
7. Raburn, 2B (apparently a hit moves you down in the lineup)
8. Peralta, SS
9. Kelly, LF

 

 
 

{ 52 comments }

Andrew in Toronto May 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Gene Lamont, thanks a lot.

How many times???

clanks May 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

my God, I haven’t seen someone round third so slowly since Sean “Plow Horse” Casey wore the D! Pierzynski had a smoke break waiting for Miggy to get there

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Clown show and Bad Max alert….

Coleman May 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Wow, Mad Max will be Frickin’ Furious Max by the end of the day, Dirks has gone all Boesch in the 2-hole, Crazy Uncle Geno strikes again, and a Clown Show Kelly appearance, all in the first inning. This game has everything. Except, you know, the good stuff…

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

With Max’s pitch count nearing 40 after the first inning, I would dare say we might get another opportunity to see Putkonen attempt “pitching” again…

Coleman May 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Ah yes, Putty. I also predict Valverde getting shelled in a non-save situation, then being unavailable in a save situation tomorrow.

Kevin in Dallas May 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Just got back from lunch, what did I miss?

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Nothing good.

clanks May 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

$119 million clown show

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Well, it looks like Dirks has caught whatever Boesch had in the 2-spot… Gosh, this team is a joke…

Coleman May 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Maybe we should bat Cabrera and Fielder 2nd and 3rd, behind Jackson.

bada bing May 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

This wouldn’t be funny if it wasn’t actually a decent suggestion.

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Another scoring opportunity wasted…

clanks May 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Bad Max and Slow Max today. It was like waiting for Sergio Garcia to finally hit a golf ball….

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm

No offense and the blow pen sucks…Great day to be a Tiger…

Kevin in Dallas May 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

He’s on fire.

tom in troy May 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Hank Raburn is rounding the bases.

Coleman May 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Raburn is due no more!!

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Umm…did hell just freeze over? Is there a chance that the Tigers might win this one?

Kevin in Dallas May 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I don’t know, I still don’t have a good feeling about this game. We’ll see how long this rally can go.

Kevin in Dallas May 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I take that back.

Kevin in Dallas May 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

WOW

Coleman May 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I was just about to ask what AJax was waiting for…I guess THAT.

tom in troy May 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I don’t know, I have seen this all before. This could be a precursor to just another cruel ending after the “blow pen” takes over. But I will remain open minded.

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Okay, we have the lead, can Balester come out now?

tom in troy May 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Balester? Balester?? Are you kidding me? Apparently, the Sox have not seen him either (Puntkonen style).

Coleman May 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Ryan Rallyburn!!

Andrew in Toronto May 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

It’s 83 degrees in Chicago. Maybe Raburn thinks it’s summer now.

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Raburn must have finally remembered to eat his Wheaties this morning! Wow!

Coleman May 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

This game was going pretty badly until the 6th inning, then the wheels fell on.

Damned Facetious May 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

He’s tripled his RBI total in one game. Will Leyland reward him tomorrow with a day off?

StorminNorman$ May 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

i left the game in the 5th, w/ the Tigers trailing 6-0 coupled with Hawk calling the game, it was becoming torture… but low and behold the Tigers put up 10 runs in 2 innings – hanging 6 of those on “The Jake-Meister” and listening to Hawk call it, must have sounded like a slice of heaven

http://www.heavethehawk.com/

Chris in Texas May 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I wish I would have DVR’d the Hawk for this game, instead of Mario and Rod…That must have been awesome.

scott May 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

ok, I just got home from work……..who’s this guy with a 3-run HR named “Rayburn? is he related to k-burn?……

jud May 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

if RaYburn keeps this up we just might have to drop the Y….i am still very skeptical after only 2 games though..,….

Damus Fucious May 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

Ya’ need to brush-up on your Tigers knowledge scott! No Rayburn plays for the Tigers. Keep studying bud.

Is Jud related? He needs to borrow your Tigers book after you’re done reading.

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Are you fricken kidding me???

Chris in Texas May 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Raburn is going to have to hit for this team…IMO, he has become critical…because I think Delmon Young is a lost cause…it will only be a matter of time before they cut him, just like his brother…I could be wrong, but, he just doesn’t look like he even cares, so, 2nd half Raburn may become critical…that is, unless a certain DH returns for the stretch run.

StorminNorman$ May 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

unbelievable ending…well, maybe not so much

Brenden May 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Seriously… Must every game end with so much drama? What’s the word on Valverde?

StorminNorman$ May 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

not sure about the extent of Valverde’s injury…hopefully not a long-term injury. Had Valverde been injured last yr, it would have been a critical loss… cannot say the same based on this year’s performance

StorminNorman$ May 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

i just heard it was a blister on his pitching hand or something along those lines

scott May 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm

new sign: “Caution…..Blow-pen at Work”………. :-(

Chris in Texas May 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Just watched the DVR of the game and the Tigers found a way to win a very, very big ballgame. I know we say this every time they have a big scoring game…but, hopefully, this gets them going. They had a number of good at-bats against a quality pitcher. Now, to the bad news…Jose Valverde’s back…I think Benoit will be fine as the closer, a preview to next season. Dotel could probably take the 8th (although, he seems to be great in the 7th and a roller coaster any time later) The question I have for DD is…Where are all the power arms? There is nobody in the minors that throws hard, that we can give a shot at the 7th inning, if Valverde goes down for a few weeks,

Coleman May 16, 2012 at 9:26 am

Al Alburquerque should be back by the All Star break. Detroit owned the 7th-8th innings when he was healthy last season. I think it’s also too soon to write off Villarrheal.

Andrew in Toronto May 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

And Luis Marte is making his way back from injuries. Considering he made the team coming out of spring training, I suppose he’s expected to be better than some of these other guys.

Damus Fucious May 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

Where did you read this on Al-Albur?
Cite your source please.

Coleman May 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Coleman May 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Original prognosis was mid-July, he is going to start mound work ahead of schedule. Obviously it depends how that goes, and a lot can happen between now and then, and it would be a mistake to rush him just because others aren’t cutting it.

Jerry The Tiger Fan May 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Rush Schlereth back? Is that a joke? Who in their right mind would want to do that? I’m sure there are five guys in Toledo who can get shelled just as easily as Schlereth can. I’m hoping he can come back…………….never. He is not good even when healthy and I wouldn’t be the least bit sad if his injury is as serious as Zumaya’s. In other words, good riddance Mr. Schelreth! Don’t do us any favors by trying to return anytime soon.

Coleman May 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Yikes, Jerry! I posted the link to answer a question about Alburquerque (a few paragraphs down in the story) and the comment pertained to Al. So how do you really feel about Schlereth? Rush Schlereth! Yeah, the Bum’s Rush…

Damus Fucious May 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

Quote:
“Do we really need to rest a 26 year old?)”
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You mean the player that’s been hobbling of & on lately?
Well…. yes!

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