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Game 2012.114: Tigers at Rangers

61-52, 2nd place, 1 game behind CWS, tied for WC lead

Despite allowing too many baserunners (10 in ¬†6 innings; the Rangers had at least one base runner in every¬†inning), Scherzer’s too many strikeouts got him out of one jam after another, and then Dotel and Valverde impressively shut the door on a 6-2 Tigers win.

Today’s match-up looks to be the most favorable of the series on paper, as JV takes on Derek Holland. Holland has been terrible as of late, giving up 6 ER in 3 of his last 4 starts, and posting a 6.30 ERA over his last 10 outings. He also has a 6.19 ERA at home this year (vs. 4.06 on the road, park effects can’t be that bad) so we should be able to plate a few this evening.

JV has a career 1.90 ERA vs. the Rangers, and 8 out of 10 quality starts. Verlander is 3-0 against the West this year with a 1.89 ERA.

Prediction: Prince Fielder, who has become a hitter with power, not just a power hitter, will finish the season 2nd in the Majors in RBIs.

What I would like to see for Tonight’s Lineup (someone please post later):

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

Posted by on August 11, 2012.

Categories: 2012 Season, Game Post

62 Responses

  1. Today is Rangers’ 40th anniversary, which means late start (8:30ish) for ceremonies, and 1976 throwback uniforms for both teams.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

  2. Oh yeah, I left my poster at the game last night. Nice mug shot of Steve Buechele on there.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

  3. Kevin, a bit off topic but I’m going to be in Dallas for the 1st time ever on Labor Day weekend for the Michigan/Alabama game. I’ll be staying at the Wyndham in Arlington. Any suggestions on things to do while in Dallas? Arriving on Thursday, August 30 and departing on Sunday September 2.

    by Jerry The Tiger Fan on Aug 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

  5. Hopefully JV is in top form tonight. With Porcello’s high WHIP of 1.51 and the Rangers being such a good hitting team, Texas has to be favored tomorrow, so we need this one.

    Couple of interesting stats:
    1. Coke’s WHIP of 1.63 is the highest on the current staff (excluding Sanchez who has only 15 IP; Porcello is 2nd highest.) Note to JL: please don’t try to get Coke going tonight no matter what he says.
    2. Benoit and Smily are tied for third in HR allowed with 11; Scherzer has 21, JV 14. He has allowed only 40 hits total, so more than 25% – how weird is that.

    My nomination for POPG: Jeff Baker, because “he knows what a bat is for.”

    by Vince on Aug 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

  6. Tons. I’ll email you offline. I’ll likely be at the game as well (my Dad is UM ’71).

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  7. Raburn sometimes mixes up the glove/bat thing, and puts the ball over the fence with his glove. So Baker is automatically an upgrade. Perhaps Raburn will get a rehab assignment with a Glove/Bat Differentiation component.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

  8. To be fair, I can see how the term “batting glove” may have confused him.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

  9. I may be there as well.

    Roll Tide:)

    by William on Aug 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  10. While we wait, I watch the A’s v. White Sox on WGN. The Hawk will always get you fired up and appreciative for some Tiger action

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  11. Holland knew it was gone as soon as AJax hit it. What an easy swing.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  12. Oops… how could Miggy miss that ball? Ah well, now Baker is coming up with a .667 BA. Let’s just keep it that high throughout the rest of the season!

    by Florian on Aug 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

  13. Please keep D. Young out of the 5th spot. Even better, out of the lineup.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  14. Dirks shouldn’t be starting against LH pitching – 5 for 28 now, doesn’t inspire much confidence. We’d be better off with Boesch.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  15. It’s turning into quite a game.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  16. Another nail biter in Chicago. Top of the 7th score tied at 7, 2 out, runners at 1st and 3rd, Inge up, and he…..

    by Vince in MN on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  17. …singles in the go ahead run. 8-7 OAK into the bottom of the 8th.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  18. Holland has amazing stuff tonight. This one is gonna be tough.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm

  19. Agree. 1-1 in the 8th in Texas is rare.

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

  20. Oakland wins 9-7.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm

  21. Ok Miggy…let’s end this tie!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

  22. Rreality Show!

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

  23. That was an OUTSTANDING double play. I’m looking for Cabby to hit a game winner here.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

  24. Prince looks like his Ole Man in that retro uniform

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

  25. Ron Washington just woke up, going for the LH/RH switch.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

  26. Boesch for Baker?

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

  27. Poor Baker, no chance to fulfill his Vince POPG.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm

  28. Wow, nice hitting by the much-maligned Young (hat tip).

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm

  29. Brennan Boesch – no patience.

    by Vince on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

  30. Starting to look like another of those R3L2O-Fail games.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

  31. Dang it…wasted opportunity in the 9th, hopefully they can win it in the 10th.

    by Brenden on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

  32. idiot Lamont……….it’s the 9th inning – SEND the runner jackass! ………… :-(

    by scott on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

  33. Yeah…I couldn’t figure out why Miggy didn’t score from 2nd on a single. Was it shallow?

    by Brenden on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

  34. Man you gotta feel good if you’re Texas right now. Let’s go guys, 1 out at a time.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  35. Our chance to win this game has been frittered away!

    by TIGERS RULE on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  36. …….. and the throw from right field was up the line ……. Miggy would have scored!

    by TIGERS RULE on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  37. Once again a fine display of managing by our fearless leader Smokes. Instead of pinch running some speed on the bases (QB?) when Cabby got into scoring position. We allow a missed opportunity which could have scored a run on Youngs hit. Another reason why we are still in second place.

    by McMoody17 on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:25 pm

  38. And Coke coming in…an ill wind blows in Arlington…hey, maybe it will “get him going.”

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  39. Still waiting for that 1st out.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm

  40. A couple of weeks ago Leyland said Villarreal was only good for one inning – guess he forgot that tonight.

    by Vince on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:35 pm

  41. He forgot it before he finished saying it.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  42. Bring in Benoit here, no?

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:38 pm

  43. No.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm

  44. This one is on the bats…you can’t win in Texas (or anywhere) going 9 innings without a run.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm

  45. Or Dotel, or even Valverde. Anyway a RH.

    by Vince on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

  46. I don’t know…he’s in a bad spot, but he can go 4 outs had we needed it.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

  47. OK, just to be nostalgic:
    Inge would’ve had that!!!

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

  48. Hard to argue with that; Villareal’s 2 walks hurt, but man leaving in Coke against a righty, with that WHIP…I just don’t get it.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

  49. I wasn’t watching at the end, just listening. How close was it?

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

  50. Choke is in love with his hanging curveball.

    by Vince on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

  51. This one stings, but we’ve been playing pretty well lately, so let’s give props to the Texas pitchers. Chance to win the series tomorrow. Can’t ask for much more.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm

  52. At least JV did not get the L tonight.

    by Florian on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm

  53. Inge would’ve had it. In 2006.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

  54. RH hitting about .900 against Coke….gee who would have thought that would happen….just like Young batting 5 and coming up once again with the game on the line
    ……stupid is as stupid does..nothing ever changes…..fire Leyland

    by jud on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm

  55. Maybe it will “get him going.” Coke actually did well. But once that last AB got to 8 or 9 pitches, the odds were really stacked against him.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

  56. Texas scores from second on a ground ball single to the outfield and we don’t. Don’t have to look far for the answer.

    by Doug of troy on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm

  57. And from mlb.com, Oakland vs. Chicago:
    “Brandon Inge, who dislocated his shoulder earlier in the game, knocked in the game-winner in the eighth.”

    So Inge battles his injury to keep us on Chicago’s heels despite the loss against Texas. How about that?

    by Florian on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

  58. He was fantastic; Holland was amazing.

    Rangers bullpen won the game for them. Sound familiar?

    If the Tigers are going to be able to beat the Rangers in the playoffs, they’ll need a LOOGY to step up, and an effective Al Al. I don’t want to turn it over to Valverde every night.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

  59. Cokes ERA improved tonight .. I guess he is right he IS doing great despite what the rest of the world thinks

    by jud on Aug 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

  60. This team throws away too many winnable games through mismanagement.

    by TIGERS RULE on Aug 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

  61. They got their shot in the top of the ninth, but Lamont’s arm fell off and before he could pick it up to wave in Miggy it was too late. Then Leyland did his typical bullpen mismanagement thing in the bottom of the ninth. So a another winnable game was just given away.

    In the last three losses, serious FUNDAMENTAL managing/coaching failures have been there for all to see. These jokers really don’t understand how to effectively use the personnel. Of course you’re not going to win every game, but JL and Co. throw away many more opportunities than they take advantage of.

    by Vince on Aug 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

  62. The sad part, everybody not wearing a Tiger Uniform can see the problem.

    by McMoody17 on Aug 12, 2012 at 12:08 am

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