Game 2012.108: Indians at Tigers

57-50, 2nd place, 1.5 games back.

The Tigers rode Doug Fister’s tremendous  fantastic complete game performance to another easy win. For the first time in a while, they beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez en route to the 6-1 victor. None of the Tigers’ RBIs came from Cabrera or Fielder, as the BooBs went 6-16 with 4 XBHs and all 6 RBIs. Jud slept well for sure.

Too Many Strikeouts Max takes the ball this afternoon looking for the sweep. His 11.08 Ks/9 leads the AL, and he’s 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over his last 10. I’m going to predict that Max gets his first career CG Shutout (even a shutout would be a first) today.

The Tigers go against little used call-up spot start guy Chris Seddon, who is making his first Major League appearance since 2010. The lefty has a career 7.03 ERA, .299 BA and 1.64 WHIP. The Tigers really should put up some runs against this guy.

A few notes:

- Raburn to the DL retroactive to 8/1 with a thumb sprain. Worth up (and starting…).

- Al Al moved up to Toledo yesterday, and retired the only batter he faced.

- Schlereth began his rehab with Lakeland on Friday.

Today’s Play Wherever You Think You are Worth-while Lineup:

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

82 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I prefer “supercalifragalistic” to either “tremendous or fantastic”, and we don’t have to worry about Leyland using it.

    Scherzer better be in good enough form to toss a shutout because today’s lineup will be making Seddon look like Cy, as Leyland sends out the let’s-avoid-the-sweep crew.

    What did Raburn do in Cleveland to get a thumb sprain? We won’t go there.

  2. KW

    August 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    THANK YOU, KEVIN!

    Let’s hope Max is supercalifragalistic today.

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’m really, really regretting that I didn’t put Cabrera in a 3B as well. Should I change it now? Or does that double jinx cancel out the previous anti-jinxing?

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    There goes that CG Shutout.

    • Vince in MN

      August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Scherzer needs to keep his WHIP well under 4.0 or he won’t last very long.

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    &*$%$^ *@#@#% Gene Lamont.

    • Vince in MN

      August 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      &*$%$^ *@#@#% Delmon Young.

      &*$%$^ *@#@#%&*$%$^ *@#@#% Leyland for playing Delmon Young.

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Tigers just traded for Jeff Baker of the Cubs…Raburn is gone.

    • Coleman

      August 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      He sprained his thumb hitch hiking to Toledo.

    • Vince in MN

      August 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Although it may not seem like much, that’s actually a big improvement for the bench.

      • Vince in MN

        August 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        Baker has a .269/.306/.448 line in 144 plate appearances on the year, with 4 HR and 20 RBI. Kelly and Raburn together had 2 and 19.

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      August 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      You think so? It wouldn’t surprise me if Worth is immediately sent back to Toledo after today’s game. I would rather that they release Raburn and keep Worth, but knowing DD and JL Worth will likely be riding the shuttle back to Toledo soon.

      • Vince in MN

        August 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

        Raburn is not on the team (15-day DL from Aug 1), so it will have to be Worth. But that is OK too. Maybe they don’t reactivate Raburn when he is eliglible until rosters expand on Sep 1? That way they wouldn’t have to DFA him.

  7. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Leyland ejected. Every cloud has a silver lining; he can learn something about baseball now by watching on tv.

    • Coleman

      August 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Maybe he’ll notice Gene Lamont’s randomly generated hold/send signs.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        August 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        Maybe he’ll log on to DTW.

        • Coleman

          August 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

          You’ll know first–his will be the posts bounced for language.

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      August 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      If this site had a “like” button, your post would’ve earned one from me. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  8. Jerry The Tiger Fan

    August 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    TIme for Lloyd to get Mr. Below loose. Acta wants to throw 7 lefties up there, so counter it with a lefty of your own. Max not likely to go deep in this game with 68 pitches to get thru 3 innings.

    • Florian

      August 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I wanted to come up with a witty phrase for today’s games… but sometimes we just have to accept that Leyland is bent on “managing” aka throwing games away.

  9. Florian

    August 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Oh yeah, 3-3 now. You gotta believe and I’ll shut up.

  10. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I thought the Tigers activated Dirks…….

  11. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    When asked why Shcerzer, who had been getting hammered for most of the day, was left in for so long, acting-manager McClendon’s response was “Huh?”

  12. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Rangers are in the midst of their 21st 5+ runs inning this year. Next most in the AL is 11.

  13. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Lloyd further commented…”hey I didn’t teach Scherzer how to hit, don’t blame me”……

  14. Brenden

    August 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Blowpen sighting…

  15. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Why do we parade Coke out there when everybody in baseball rocks him….

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      I was thinking the same thing, so I checked his stats. Despite his ERA, his WHIP is awful. He walks waaaay too many people.

      http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.....='ALL

  16. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    When asked why Coke, who has been getting hammered almost every time out lately, was brought in in a tied game, acting-manager McClendon’s response was “Huh?”

  17. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    With just a little help from the coaching staff in regards to such minor things as lineups, baserunning, pitching management, etc., I think the Tigers could have won a few more games already this year.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Who’s gonna help the coaching staff?

  18. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    this coaching staff has proved time and time again it doesn’t learn….putting Young back in the 5 spot, and in left field is the absolute dumbest of the dumb as he responds with yet another game of NOTHING….yet there he is……..

  19. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Now that through “substitutions”, we have most of the A-team in there, maybe we can win in a walk-off.

  20. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Yes! AJax!

  21. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    IBB, IBB, DY GIDP?

    • Vince in MN

      August 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Young’s out of the lineup – up to Berry.

  22. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I walk Miggy and Prince….and make Young beat me

  23. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Load’em up…move ‘em out…let’s go QB!

  24. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Load’em up…move ‘em out…let’s go QB!

  25. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Berry to PH, I like it. Good thing McClendon is in there.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Ahh, I missed the substitution. I feel much better now.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        August 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        What about Dirks?

  26. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Squeeze him in for Jim!

  27. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    BERRY for Young yes…got nothing to lose there

  28. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Great move by Acta.

    We’re still in control here…interesting to see who comes out to pitch in the 10th.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Benoit only threw 7 pitches in the 9th, great news for us.

  29. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    &#&%*….well Young wouldn’t have gotten him in….if the line up was like it should be it would have never been Young in the first place….

  30. Brenden

    August 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Are you freaking kidding me? Lead off triple and couldn’t get him in…Wow…Epic fail… Now watch the Tigers lose this one in the 10th…

  31. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I thought the Tigers activated Dirks??????????

  32. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Get a bag of Jack’s Links as it is extra innings!

  33. Doug of troy

    August 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Infante came through for Cleveland by swinging wildly at balls way out of the strike zone.

  34. Brenden

    August 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    There it is…and the White Sox will pick up a game on the Tigers, as they currently lead the Angels going into the 9th…

    That was absolutely pathetic that they could not score a leadoff triple…

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      They’ve been playing incredibly well at home as of late, can’t win them all.

      Lots of baseball left.

  35. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Chalk this one up to bad management. Despite the major R3L2O fail, it should have never gone this far.

  36. TIGERS RULE

    August 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Another winnable game thrown away!!!

  37. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Do you believe in miracles!

  38. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Maybe we can win them all!

  39. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Tremendous!!!! Fantastic!!!!

  40. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Wow. Dickerson’s call was awesome.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Yeah…I heard it too! The support and guidance they showed Infante was impressive too!

  41. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    OMG!!!!

    Still, it shouldn’t have had to go that far.

  42. Jim Eggers

    August 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    MIGGY FOR MVP!!!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      And give Downs the WIN!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Speaking of Miggy for MVP – I’ve been meaning to post this.

      http://online.wsj.com/article/.....06636.html

      • Jim Eggers

        August 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        Thanks, good read…who knew the WSJ has a sports section?

  43. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Jackson had 9 TBs. NINE.

    I’d like to take credit for the supercalifragilistic triple inverse reverse jinx (check out my post at 3:23pm).

    • Coleman

      August 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      And Infante had 8 TBs, that’s 17 for the 1-2 hitters in the order!

  44. Doug of troy

    August 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Jackson and Cabrera could really make things bad for the Yankees particularly with Verlander leading the pack.

  45. Christina Klein

    August 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    One of the best games in many, many years. Too bad for those Tiger fans that left the game early!

    Wondering – I don’t think Infante got a full cycle…but my uncle thinks he did?? Anyone know??

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Infante had a homer, double, and two singles.

      Glad to see the win after some of those whacky games in Cleveland.

      Bring on the Evil Empire!

    • Vince in MN

      August 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      No triple.

      • Coleman

        August 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        Nope–he had a triple Friday though, so maybe that was still in Uncle’s head.

        • Vince in MN

          August 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

          Jackson had an extra one today that he might want to trade.

  46. Coleman

    August 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    5 runs after bases empty, 2 outs…supercalifragilistic doesn’t even cover that. Bad things happen when your closer gives up back-to-back walks…Cleveland Fan must be having a dismal time of it right now.

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      August 6, 2012 at 3:20 am

      Why do you think that people go ape **** crazy when Valverde does things like issue two walks in the ninth inning, even when he gets out of it? The reason why is because games/scenarios like this can ruin a season for a team. Can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and Valverde gave up a three run lead after getting the first two hitters of the inning? Complete and total meltdown in the Tiger fanbase (myself included) would occur and it would be justified.

  47. Coleman

    August 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    And Infante (despite the one bad strikeout) seems like a perfect fit for the 2-hole…as was Dirks, before the injury…suddenly this lineup seems a lot more interesting than it did a week or two ago.

    Infante now has more total bases as a Tiger since the break than Raburn, Santiago, and Worth combined.

    • Vince in MN

      August 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      So much can change in a week or so. After his first few games, some people were complaining because Infante’s AVR was below Worth’s!

      I like the idea of Infante batting 2nd vs. LH. I also wouldn’t mind seeing them experimenting with Infante at 3B, Baker at 2B and Cabrera/Fielder at DH/1B vs LH. Leyland will want to insist on Young in the lineup though, which would mean playing him in LF in that case. Personally, I could could do without Young completely, but that won’t happen. The order vs. RH with Berry in LF batting second, Dirks in RF, Boesch at DH and NO Young, seems to be just fine.

  48. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    7 runs, 11 hits, 9 RBIs from top 4 in the order.

  49. Christina Klein

    August 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I knew, as a dedicated fan, that I was right!!
    Great game.

    In response to Doug of Troy-

    Yes, Jackson, Cabrera and Fielder could do a lot of damage, but with Verlander out of his zone lately, they can’t depend on him. Ever since the World Series, he seems MUCH more nervous, even before the game, and is letting that affect his pitching. Take the pressure off and I’m sure he’ll be back on track soon.

  50. TIGERS RULE

    August 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Miracles do happen ……. Miracles do happen!!!! This one leaves me speechless …… especially after I, as many others had written this game off after the top of the 10th.

  51. Coleman

    August 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    If the playoffs began right now, the Tigers would be in the 1-game wild card playoff against the Oakland Inge’s.

  52. jud

    August 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Nice win despite the dreaded 5 spot…..