Game 2012.45: Tigers at Twins

Detroit Tigers, 20-24, closer to Minnesota in the standings than to Cleveland.

The last time the Tigers won 2 consecutive games their starting 2nd Baseman was Brandon Inge.

Things are not well in Tigertown.

Justin Verlander, for one, is not particularly pleased.

Even Chris Perez got his digs in, saying that “good teams win baseball games.”

It’s clear what the problem is (though not so clear how to fix it):  the Tigers just aren’t scoring runs.

The Tigers have scored 3 runs or fewer in over half of their games, in which their record is 6-17 (.261…somehow they have thus far avoided being shut out).  The 3-run mark is where losing teams stop–over the league as a whole, teams are 50-227 (.181) when scoring 3 or fewer runs (that record jumps up to 54-32 in games with 4 runs).

You’ll notice the Tigers have actually been outperforming the averages in their low-scoring games, thanks to some brilliant starting pitching. It could actually be much worse.

It’s clear Earl Weaver ball (waiting for the 3-run home run*) isn’t working. For one thing, the home runs aren’t’ coming: the Tigers need a home run from each hitter in the lineup tonight to reach league average.  And even when they do get one–like Avila’s the other day–that still only leaves them at that 3-run mark, unless they can do something else.

(*Weaver actually said that the key to winning was pitching, fundamentals, and the three-run homer).

Tonight Drew “No Run Support” Smyly (15 runs in 8 starts) looks to turn the tide. This looks like a good chance to do it:  Smyly will be facing the 0-3, 4.73 Anthony Swarzak.  And as bad as things have been, at least Detroit has yet to lose to a guy who believes that The Sasquatch (Bigfoot) exists, and intends to find one.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game:  Prince Fielder.  When Fielder steps into the batters box in the 1st inning, Swarzak yells, “I’ve found one!!” rushes from the mound, and attempts to tackle “Bigfoot” Fielder.  The Tigers pound the Twins bullpen following Swarzak’s ejection.

Tonight’s Return of Raburn Lineup:

  1. Quintin Berry CF
  2. Andy Dirks LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Brennan Boesch RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Ryan Raburn 2B


  1. Kevin in Dallas

    May 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Fernando Rodney is Ricky Vaughn.

    You think JL ever asked if he needed glasses?

    • Coleman

      May 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      One eye must be worse than the other, which explains the crooked hat.

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    May 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    One more.

    We’ll get better.

  3. Vince in MN

    May 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    The Tigers could be counting down to that first shutout after their offensive 3-2-1 performance in CLE, and with “No Run Support” Smily pitching…

    On the other hand, the way things have been going with this “offense” you could just as well use that moniker for any Tiger starter.

    Also, though the Twins pitching remains abysmal, their bats seem to have warmed up lately.

    • Coleman

      May 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Your comment brings up a random recollection of a California bar band called Moniker Lewinsky.

  4. stephen

    May 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Hey! Lynn Henning already has a Cabrera trade on the horizon. What a gem.

    • Coleman

      May 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      That’s a yearly occurrence.

  5. Coleman

    May 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Twins are 2nd in GIDP, we are 3rd. We will catch them by the end of the series.

  6. stephen

    May 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  7. Tigers Rule

    May 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    No steal attempt, no hit and run …… why even have Smokey here!

  8. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    this team is a bigger joke on defense than they are on offense….

  9. Tigers Rule

    May 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    This team is a complete joke right now!

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    May 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Peralta is loving that off-season contract.

  11. tom in troy

    May 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Tigers just got schooled by the Twins on scoring runners when they are in scoring position with a 2 out knock no less. Nice!

  12. Coleman

    May 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    We’re still within our 3-run window.

  13. tom in troy

    May 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I seriously believe that Young would’ve scored had he not been running behind the athletic looking guy — what’s his name — Fielder? Yes, Fielder.

    • Coleman

      May 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Are you joking? Look at the replay. Leaping Lamont gave the stop sign to Fielder, and he ran right through it. Fire him now and replace him with a scarecrow.

      • Coleman

        May 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        I used to think he was the worst 3rd base coach in the league. But I may have been overestimating him.

        • tom in troy

          May 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

          No. You have accurately described Gene’s well earned position as worst. And next to worst is not really close.

  14. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Peralta you have to be trying to play this bad on purpose one can be this bad accidentally

  15. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    atta boy Avila..

  16. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Rayburn back to save the day…

  17. Coleman

    May 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    What an AB by Alex!! He is now an honorary Sasquatch.

  18. tom in troy

    May 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Nice to see a well rested Raburn back in mid season form.

  19. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm


  20. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Leyland will chew out Berry for trying for second base because thats too much like trying to steal a base…a Leyland non no

  21. Coleman

    May 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I think that before too long Swarzak will get the opportunity to make sure that there are no Sasquatch in the locker room.

  22. tom in troy

    May 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Fielder hits into a DP (another of way too many for him) and he is all smiles. What the hell, he has his money.

  23. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    ya we sure are glad the Pizza man spent $ 2000000000000000 to get Fielder..

  24. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    wait was that Avila and then Rayburn…back to back hits….no way!

    • Coleman

      May 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Raburn will not be due again until the Reds series in the 2nd week of June.

  25. Coleman

    May 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    …nope, no Sasquatch here…guess its ok to take a shower now…

  26. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    unfortunately this bombardment of 7 runs will practically guarantee a 2 spot tomorrow

  27. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    welcome to the clown show…

  28. Tigers Rule

    May 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Even sure plays aren’t sure with this team!

  29. stephen

    May 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Seriously, some of the worst defense I’ve ever seen

  30. tom in troy

    May 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    They are bound and determined to blow it.

  31. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    hey V…..didnt anyone teach you any fundementals of frickin throwing…oh I forgot your a Tiger…nevermind!

  32. scott

    May 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Villarreal, Balester or putz-guy…..which one is worse? 3 dp’s not made tonight, balls thrown away, gift runs……this team is bad. wouldn’t surprise me to see the Twinkies come back and win……..

  33. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Smokey asked Lamont if that bunt was legal in the big leagues

  34. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Smokey says I know thats not legal..running to second base like that

  35. tom in troy

    May 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Ok, now I know what this is all about. The Twins are simply refusing to be out done by the Tigers in defensive stupidity — not in their house anyway.

  36. scott

    May 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    so now we have a klutz in RF who can’t hit…….

    • Tigers Rule

      May 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      BB is better offensively and defensively than KBum …… I don’t understand why Smokey keeps replacing him late in games with KBum?

      • Vince in MN

        May 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

        I think the idea is to get Raburn away from secondbase.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          May 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm


  37. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    the Twins try to out clown show the Tigers and Rayburn says….take that!!!

  38. Jud

    May 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Gee one in arow…anyone want to bet on tomorrows outcome?

  39. Chris in Texas

    May 26, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Offensively, this was a good game and hopefully they can string something together..but, at the end of the day…The Tigers played awful, they gave the twins so many extra outs it was ridiculous. We will take the much needed win, but, this looked like two bad teams going at it…Some of the defense was ridiculous..It would be bad defense for a high school team. They were very lucky that they were playing the lowly Twins.

    • Vince in MN

      May 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Two blind boxers flailing away in the ring – every once in a while, a punch lands.

  40. Damus Fucious

    May 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Everyone here must think poster Jud spells Raburn’s name correctly. Nobody corrects him.

    I’m outa’ here. I don’t like talking baseball with kids.
    Take care to all the Tigers fans here – the ones’ that spell Tigers players names correctly.

    Go Tigers!