Game 2012.140: Tigers at White Sox

73-66, 2nd place, 2 games back, WC is gone.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Today’s Pre-Player of the Game is…see above.

Tonight’s Okay Jim, We Get It, You’re the Manager, You Make the Lineups Lineup:

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

57 Comments

  1. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    That game post was as brief as a Tiger rally.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      September 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      I really struggled to stay positive…so I felt it best to pump up Raburn. He’s certainly not listening to my constructive criticism.

  2. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I see what Leyland is doing here, it’s a calculated gamble. Knowing we need at least 3-of-4 from the White Sox, he is playing the “If they lose to this lineup they will be demoralized” card.

  3. Vince

    September 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Leyland: –23 and counting.

  4. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Can the White Sox hounds us in outfield as much as the Angels did? A few gappers would be great!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Also, I feel this game/series has a much significance as the 163 game playoff we had against Minnesota in 2009. During the game Little Ricky Porcello met the call so perhaps he thrives on pressure and will do good tonight?

  5. Mark

    September 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Playing the .170 hitting defensive liability Raburn over Berry is crazy. I hope he turns into the September savior Leyland seems to think he is but the numbers say it won’t happen.

  6. StorminNorman$

    September 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Quintana has not been too effective his past 3 outings and his control has been an issue lately, 11 BB’s in his past 17 innings; but these and most stats (and logic) don’t seem to carry much weight with this year’s team and Mgr.

    I have adjusted my expectations to right around zero for this series and the rest of the season… in summation, as a wiser man once put it, “sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, the bear eats you”

    • Coleman

      September 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Raburn really ties the room together.

      • StorminNorman$

        September 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        at least he’s housebroken…

        • Coleman

          September 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

          Clearly, Leyland is a Nihilist.

  7. TIGERS RULE

    September 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Why oh why is Rabum in the lineup and batting second at that! Mumbles has really lost his marbles. Tiger management have also lost their marbles, if they decide to keep him and his moron crew!

    • TIGERS RULE

      September 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Under Mumbles management, this team has become a real joke.

      • Coleman

        September 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        OK, but you totally have to admit the part where Leyland shows you the flower on his lapel and then it squirts you in the face is pretty damn funny.

  8. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Austin Jackson, oddly enough, is a godawful baserunner.

    And Miguel Cabrera is in a very untimely slump.

    • stephen

      September 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      He’s Chet Lemon! Chet was fast, but couldn’t steal a base if his mom’s life depended on it.

      • Coleman

        September 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

        Now Gary Pettis, there was a guy who could run the bases!

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    September 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    It’s as if they don’t want me to watch.

  10. Doug of troy

    September 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Watching the tigers in their first at bat doesn’t give me much faith in this series. They are 8-16 since the all-star in away games.

  11. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    And we are screwed by the umps for the hundredth time this season.

  12. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    The Tigers are such basepath clowns, it is so so funny, hahaha.

  13. TIGERS RULE

    September 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Bumblin and stumblin again tonight!

  14. Vince

    September 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Raburn earns his spot in the lineup for the next three games.

  15. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Cabrera must be hurting; he is undoubtedly bad right now.

    • Coleman

      September 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      I say give him a day off and put Don Kelly at 3rd…what the heck, why not.

    • Coleman

      September 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Over the last 7 days, Cabrera hitting a robust .188.

  16. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    That is one talented guy, that Raburn. Good move Leyland.

    • Coleman

      September 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Make that: Brilliant Move, Leyland

  17. Doug of troy

    September 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Porcello now has to get 4 outs which ups his pitchcount and brings leyland in to replace him when it all began with mumbles. I wonder if some of this stuff with these bizarre lineups has infected Verlander but is not to be discussed.

    • Vince

      September 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      I bet dollars to donuts that JV’s problems are mechanical.

      • Coleman

        September 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Mmmm…donuts…

  18. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I know this is heresy, but Austin Jackson has been a tad shabby in CF lately.

    • Vince

      September 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Speaking of not so hot in the field lately…..

  19. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    If the Tigers ever trade Porcello, he will pitch a no-hitter someday.

  20. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Sorry, but we just cannot have Peralta at SS next season.

  21. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Our awful defense has cost us the season.

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      September 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      I agree. But I was told by everyone that I know that we going to hit so well that it didn’t matter that we have a subpar defensive team. We all see how that is manifesting itself right now.,

  22. Vince

    September 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Too Many Fastballs Porcello – 13 out of his 14 pitches this inning.

    • Coleman

      September 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      I think he’s vainly trying for strikeouts, since his ground balls are not being fielded.

      • Vince

        September 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Unfortunately the fly balls weren’t being fielded either.

  23. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Full-on Clown Show. Somebody throw a pie in Leyland’s face, and it’s all worth it.

  24. Vince

    September 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    No Hit No Run No Field Cabrera.

  25. TIGERS RULE

    September 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    You can now kiss this game and season goodbye. What a p!$$off!

    • Coleman

      September 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      It’s not over yet, Alburquerque will strike out 4 per inning and Don Kelly will hit a pinch-hit 5-run HR.

      • Coleman

        September 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

        Albuquerque is doing his part. Now all we need is that Don Kelly moment (anticipation building…)

  26. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Well, you have to tip your hat to Cy Quintana, that’s baseball, blah blah blah.

  27. Coleman

    September 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Why the hell is Infante swinging at a marginal 3-1 pitch with 2 out and nobody on? Is he planning to hit a bases-empty grand slam?

  28. Vince

    September 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    With AlAl having a wee bit of difficulty finding the plate, Leyland may want to consider bringing in another pitcher. This would be the perfect opportunity for Coke here.

    • Coleman

      September 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Hahaha Phil Coke alert!

  29. jud

    September 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Seriously all we can hope for is a Sox sweep just like everyone else has…finally putting all of us out of this misery…..if the Tigers finish 6 back maybe then and only then Capt Mumbles can take his lineups and ride off into the sunset….it might be worth it in the end….

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      September 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Ir would be oh so worth it. I am now actively rooting for a 4-19 finish to the season to put the final nail in Ol’ Smoky’s coffin. C’mon Sox, sweep us!!!!

  30. scott

    September 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    well, I see Raburn still can’t hit……still can’t field……..but Leyland insists on playing this bum…….I suspect I won’t be watching many September games; good thing NFL has started, I still got something to watch on the boober…….

  31. Vince

    September 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    They threaten, but they do not score. Well, that’s baseball.

  32. Vince

    September 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    The Cubs and Astros have an interesting game going on down in Houston.

  33. Doug of troy

    September 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Does anyone feel we have a bona fide infielder on this team? Unfortunately we’re stuck with two of them.

  34. Kevin in Dallas

    September 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    More hits AND more errors, and we lost? Baseball is such a cruel game.

  35. jud

    September 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    here is exactly the way Mumbles thinks….Rayburn has 1 home run….therefore he will hit 19 of them in the next 22 games because the stats say so…………………………..just like Avila will drive in 50 runs in the next 22 games because his record shows that, in the stats!!!!