Game 2012.61: Tigers at Cubs

28-32, 3rd place, 5 games behind CWS.

Well, the tone of what I planned on posting changed pretty significantly around the 8th inning on Sunday night, and the Tigers waggle into Wrigley after taking a series in Cinci. Short on time today, but a few notes:

– Don’t Ask Dotel to the DL with elbow inflammation, Putkonen back up.
– That makes 7 on the DL, right now. The Tigers have already used 40 players this season, which has DD scrambling to figure out 40 man roster rules.
– Valverde doesn’t throw a spitball, he just sweats a lot.

Papa Peralta is tonight’s player of the game, as he goes deep twice for each of his new twin girls, Gabriela and Laina.

1. Jackson, CF
2. Boesch, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, LF (Leyland thinks the time in left will get him going; I don’t)
6. Peralta, SS
7.  Laird, C
8. Worth, 2B
9. Mad Max, Flamethrower


  1. Coleman

    June 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Leyland is right, the time in left will definitely get Young going: he will be going ’round in circles, and going stumbling into the ivy.

  2. Vince in MN

    June 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Valverde doesn’t throw a spitball, his mouth just waters a lot.

    The finally “got him going” Santiago on the bench tonight, while the “hasn’t got going yet” Worth starts.

    I think the correct spelling for Peralta’s new twins is Ghabriela and Lhaina. Congrats!

  3. Chris in Texas

    June 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    The Cubs fired their hitting coach because they were not working pitchers enough and were far too aggressive. Wow. It seems Ron Washington in Texas thought the same thing…I didn’t know hitting coaches meant anything…according to every press person in Michigan. I just hope the 2nd time through the order we make Maholm throw a few strikes…That was an awful 1st time through the order. The guy threw each hitter one strike per at bat, and 1st pitch Delmon had the best at-bat of the game.

  4. Chris in Texas

    June 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    The reason the Tigers are having so much trouble this year, is they just spot people innings with poor at-bats… This guy has 5 K’s in 2 2/3 innings (his season high) and we had 2 walks and a 1 wild pitch ( 2nd of the 1st 3 innings)..That is the same as spotting a team a lead and deciding that you only want to hit for SOME of your innings. We do this every game, yet, we are only a couple of games below .500…We must have some pretty good talent. It sure would be nice to actually play a decent game for 9 innings.

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t know much about the NL, but Maholm is a Cy Young candidate, right?

    • Coleman

      June 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      He is one of the top 25 candidates…it is just our bad luck that we have faced all 25.

  6. Brenden

    June 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Well, the Tigers opportunity to win this game without scoring more than two runs, which is hard enough, is about to close as Max is about to implode…

  7. Tigers Rule

    June 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Big mistake to leave Max in!!!!!

    • Tigers Rule

      June 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      I new it ….. why did that moron Smokey leave him in?????

      • Tigers Rule

        June 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

        Get rid of that f@$#&n idiot!!!!!

  8. Brenden

    June 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    The Tigers can make even the lowly Cubs look good….Man, this is such a frustrating season… I don’t care what the columnists say, this is basically a repeat of 2008…

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Rally time.

  10. Coleman

    June 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Heck with Ryan Dempster. What would it take to get Maholm from these guys?

  11. Chris in Texas

    June 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Who knew? drawing walks helps you score runs…How Berry does not make it into this lineup is crazy…He draws walks and brings speed…we actually scored on a hard hit ball from 2nd base w/ less than 2 outs…You do not need all HR hitters in a lineup…when we get the DH back, there is no reason, not to play him. He gets on base every game.

  12. Mark

    June 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Welcome back Berry. Cubs announcers are still crying about the bad call at second with Delmon Young.

  13. Coleman

    June 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Prince “Fielder”

  14. Brenden

    June 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Blowpen alert. Coke is due for an implosion….

    • Brenden

      June 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Disregard…Apparently that was on our beautiful defense, which I’m sure will only help lead to an pitching implosion…

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm now allows you to listen to the radio feed over the TV broadcast. What a great early Father’s day gift.

    • Coleman

      June 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Well then you maybe missed John Popper in the booth, who is a Mets fan, compared the Tigers-Cubs rivalry to the Yankees-Red Sox, and generally made me never want to listen to a Blues Traveler song again.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        June 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

        Well, there was that ’35 World Series that the Cubs fans bring up all the time.

        • Coleman

          June 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

          I remember that like it was yesterday.

  16. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Why do I get the feeling that Peralta just cost us the game.

    • Brenden

      June 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Can this team go just one game without an error? It seems like they must have at least one error per game…

      • Kevin in Dallas

        June 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        Well, he certainly did there.

      • Tigers Rule

        June 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

        Two clown show plays by JP this inning have cost us the game, barring a comeback.

        • Brenden

          June 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

          Don’t count on it…

  17. Tigers Rule

    June 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    No team can overcome this many clown show plays a game.

    • Brenden

      June 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      There should be a stipulation in each player’s contract stating that they lose $1,000 in salary for every error. The amount of fielding lapses this team has had this year is unbelievable…

  18. Coleman

    June 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Chlown Show.

  19. Coleman

    June 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Also possible Umpire Clown Show.

    • Tigers Rule

      June 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      I don’t think I have seen a game that the umps have made so many bad calls ….. against both teams.

  20. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Replay shows that Fielder was on the bag…

    • Coleman

      June 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      We are leading MLB in the UCS category.

      • Brenden

        June 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm

        Don’t tell the Tigers that, they don’t need anymore excuses for their sub-par performance this year…

        • Kevin in Dallas

          June 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm

          It’s probably every team. We’re just sensitive to it b/c we watch so many Tigers games. More & better cameras are simply magnifying what was already happening.

  21. Coleman

    June 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    OK, I’m done with Peralta. Time to bring up, um…Cale Iorg, yeah, that’s it, Cale Iorg…

  22. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Cubs were 1-14 with RISP.

    Tigers walked 7 (2 IBB), Cubs have been averaging 2.5 per game; allowed 3 SBs.

    That’s an embarrassing loss.

  23. Kevin in Dallas

    June 12, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    BTW, I’m still mad that they didn’t change DYs pirouette to an error that led to 2 ER against JV last week.

  24. Chris in Texas

    June 13, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I have watched a lot of baseball in all my years and I have never seen a team that beats itself so often and yet, doesn’t admit the real problems..These are mental lapses, we knew that they would have limited range, etc. But, they have to make the routine plays. They have proven to be incapable on a consistent basis. They also seem determined to call it things like “we just have not clicked” and yet, they double down on these slugger happy DH filled lineups. I don’t get it, They spent all night making Malhom look like Cy Young, then the bottom of the order again rallies and they have 1st and 2nd nobody out and Boesch, Cabby, and Fielder coming up against a last place club and they get nothing…Luckily against the Reds we were on 3rd when they got the WP. You can not keep taking innings off at the plate, just wasting at bats and being this bad in the field..Most teams would recognize that defense is why they are under .500 and make some moves or hold some people accountable. Not these Tigers, they just keep waiting to click. Has anyone ever seen a team that continues to just make errors night after night because they are not focused offensively or defensively for 9 innings, yet, the coaching staff takes no blame. It isn’t about clicking…It’s just bad baseball. Laird lets a ball go through his legs and gives Chicago a run early, then we have an error that leads to the winning run. This is Major league baseball…They spot the other team a couple runs each game. THIS IS NOT AN EXAGERATION…This is just terrible baseball…Now they have a lot of very good players, so, it isn’t as putrid as the late 90’s and early 2000’s…but, those teams did not beat themselves nearly as much as this squad. It is sickening.

  25. Just Me

    June 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    It’s so true. These Tigers do not have the mental strength even to make routine fielding plays. They pretty much came into this season with a mental attitude to lose. And they are excelling at that. This team does not play well together. There MUST be some sort of tension between players in that clubhouse.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      I think that too, but then I see JV the day after he got screwed with 2 ER bc Delmon lost the ball in the butterflies laughing in the dugout and sincerely congratulating hitters as they come in. That gives me hope.