Game 2012.63: Tigers at Cubs

29-33, 3rd place, 5 games back.

On a night when the Tigers’ big three bats were a combined 2-14 with 1 R and 0 RBI, the Tigers still plated 8 runners and won comfortably, for a change.

Since being reinserted into the 2 hole (this includes a PH appearance), Boesch is 12-22 with 2 HR, and has seen his average rise from .227 to .252. I don’t think that Boesch’s streak has anything to do with Smokey moving him back up in the order, but rather should be attributed to the normal peaks and valleys of a season. Boesch has been streaky in the past, so let’ see how much we can get out of him during this one.

Peralta, on the other hand, seems to be on the path towards career averages, which would be welcomed. He’s hitting .387 over his last 10 and has raised his average from .239 to .267.

In light of the hitting from the supporting cast, I think the real story over the past few weeks is the bullpen. Tigers relievers are posting a 2.25 ERA and a .219 BAA over the past 25 games. Here are the last five outings for each of the relievers:

– Below – 3.00 ERA, 6 IP, 3 H
– Benoit – 0.00 ERA, 5.1 IP, 6 k
– Coke – 3.86 ERA, 4.2 IP, 9 k
– Marte – 3.38 ERA, 10.2 IP, 10 K
– Putkonen (not so good, but it was 3 weeks ago)
– Valverde – 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 3 saves
– Villareal – 2.45 ERA, 7.1 IP, 9 K

And we’re going to add Al AlB to that in a few months? If the bats can just pick up, we’re going to be alright.

Today’s Notes:

– Ryan Raburn is back after hammering Triple-A pitching to the tune of .194 with 1 HR. Smyly to the DL.
– Are the Tigers looking at Carlos Quentin? He’d be an upgrade in LF over DY.

Today’s Series Winning There is Zero Justification for Batting Rayburn Ahead of Laird Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Boesch, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, LF
6. Peralta, SS
7. Raburn, 2B
8. Laird, C
9. Verlander, P


  1. Coleman

    June 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Ramon Santiago hitting .278 with 5 RBI for the last 7 days, with some good defense. So he takes a seat for Raburn. Because it’s a rule you have to play a guy the same day you bring him up from Toledo. At least he didn’t bat him 2nd.

  2. Vince in MN

    June 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I don’t see how we add Quentin without deleting DY. Oh wait, Berry gets sent back to the minors.

  3. Vince in MN

    June 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Is Below on the WWL (week-to-week list)? The man with the 2.57 ERA and 0.79 WHIP hasn’t pitched since June 8th and by the looks of it JL only likes to use him in losing efforts. It also looks like if Below gives up a run, Leyland doesn’t use him for a while – now that is taking specialization a bit to far IMO. Below has only had one bad outing all year.

  4. Andy

    June 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Any suggestions on the best place to find a forum for todays game?

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    June 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Nice work picking up the RBI there, Fielder. That’s what he’s here for.

  6. Coleman

    June 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Leyland is a genius.

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    June 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    There are a ton of Tigers fans there. Looks like a great day.

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    June 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    If JV gets injured here b/c Raburn doesn’t know how to run the bases then he may get sent right back down.

  9. Jud

    June 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Rayburn…welcome back…not…nice Little League base running mistake…at least you got a hit to match your monthly quota

  10. Chris in Texas

    June 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Who teaches these guys baserunning? These mental errors are ridiculous…They all get thrown out at 3rd on balls hit to the SS..A high school kid would be benched for that..It is losing baseball. Overall, though, they appear to be hitting the ball better, Drew Smyly being injured may help him, because he is a rookie and probably needs a bit of a break, anyhow. If The front 4 of the rotation and the pen pitch well for a 6 week stretch, then the Tigers will be in first place, limiting these mental errors will help as well.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    June 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    JV hasn’t looked right for a month now. Ever since the 1 hitter. I wonder if he’s injured.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      June 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Very true Kevin. I have observed that he is missing on his curves and breaking balls. Then when he comes back with a 91mph fastball, they spank him. Also did you see him in the dugout in the bottom of the 8th with the fingernail clippers? Rod said that he was working on a callus.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        June 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

        That could easily be it.

        I feel like he hasn’t been able to throw the pitches he wants, when he wants. Meaning he doesn’t have good feel for his secondary pitches. But I’m sure he’ll get it worked out.

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      June 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      He hasn’t been throwing as many fastballs as he did early in the season. He seems to more touch and feel lately than I can ever remember so I too sometimes wonder if his arm is a bit sore right now. That would explain not cranking it up to the upper 90s and 100 very often as of late.

  12. Jud

    June 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Are we lucky enough that the Tigers brought up Rugburn to showcase him to the Cubs for a Demester trade…..we can a always hope

    • Vince in MN

      June 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      The Cubs are rebuilding and will want prospects. Or were you thinking of Raburn as a throw-in?

      • StorminNorman$

        June 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

        …or a ‘throw away’?

  13. Chris in Texas

    June 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    JV can’t hold a lead for an inning…Is this the postseason?

  14. Coleman

    June 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Maybe we can use Verlander as a pinch-bunter in AL games.

  15. Vince in MN

    June 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    So was the Raburn call-up and Smily to the DL the big move Leyland was talking about yesterday. or was/is there something else?

    • Coleman

      June 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Fister will start Saturday, is probably the big news.

      • Vince in MN

        June 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        Now that the secondbase situation has been resolved by the Raburn Recall, I suppose that puts paid to any trades, at least for the moment.

  16. Kevin in Dallas

    June 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Boy a 3-run HR would be nice here.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Maybe not.

      • Vince in MN

        June 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        Maybe we can get 3 SOLOS later on.

  17. Kevin in Dallas

    June 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I see other guys do that all the time (not get out of the way of a HBP), so I’ll remember what Fielder just did before we get upset at someone else.

    • Vince in MN

      June 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Fielder is well-protected 🙂

      Technically I don’t think you can get away leaning into a pitch, although in the past I’ve seen Jason Giambi do just that (it’s probably hard for the home plate ump to pick up), but I don’t think you are obligated to get out of the way either. On the other hand, I don’t know how smart it would be to NOT try and get out of the way of a 100 MPH fastball, so you either have to pick your pitch to get hit by or be really brave, or really stupid.

  18. Jud

    June 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    6 straight innings leadoff batter gets on…2 runs….business as usual

  19. Vince in MN

    June 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Getaway games after a night game seem to be often low scoring affairs. Perhaps that is just an old myth though.

  20. Coleman

    June 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Justin Verlander becomes the first Tiger in 2012 with 2 sac bunts in a game. And may have just got himself a win.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      And established himself as the best bunter on the team.

  21. Coleman

    June 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    It is sure nice to have AJax back!