Game 2012.141: Tigers at White Sox

73-67, 2nd place, 3 games behind CWS.

Baseball is a cruel game.

Omar Infante has played 335 innings for the Tigers, roughly 1/2 of how many he played for the Marlins. He has 6 errors so far with Detroit, compared to 8 with Miami, and a RF that has slipped almost a full point. Perhaps no error has been worse than last night’s. Infante’s error sparked a 4 run bottom of the 6th that put the Tigers in an insurmountable 3 run hole. And I don’t use that term lightly. In fact, the entire season looks to be insurmountable now. Drew Sharp may have said it best:

“When dissecting the cold corpse of a once promising season now almost certainly destined for disaster, the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field Monday will offer a fruitful diagnosis.”

Reciting the Tigers woes would be an extreme act of apathy, as you can find hundreds of words on the subject on any website that has “Detroit” in the URL. Some of the numbers are fascinating. In fact, the hitting incompetency has become so apparent that even Jim Leyland has caught on: “We’re not scoring very much, obviously,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Monday after a 6-1 loss to the White Sox. “It’s puzzling.”

So let’s focus on the pitching. In case you haven’t noticed, the Tigers staff is pitching like a post season staff should. Over the last 12 games, a starting pitcher has allowed more than 3 runs only twice. They have 13 QS out of the past 19, and over the last 24 games, the staff has a 2.76 ERA, and a .232 BAA.

The crazy thing is, we’re really not out of this thing. A brief 2 game win streak, and we’re playing for first place on Thursday night. First place! 

Brennan Boesch is my pick to click tonight, as an early 3 run HR ignites a Tiger win. If it doesn’t happen, remember, Baseball is a cruel game.

Tonight’s Streak Starting Lineup:

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

27 Comments

  1. stephen

    September 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Sigh.

    • Coleman

      September 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      AJax says, not so fast!

    • Coleman

      September 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      I was actually just feeling envious of Infante’s single–because watching the replay, Ramirez actually came close to stopping it, miles closer than Peralta would have (it would have been a “routine” single)…funny how the long ball will change one’s perspective.

  2. Snyder

    September 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Finally. Something. Nice rip AJ.

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    September 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    That’s Jackson’s first RBI in 22 games.

  4. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    The Cabrera slump is over, at least for now.

  5. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    This is not the most elegant way to win baseball games, but it’s what they do. I’m thinking they will probably need another HR or two to win this though, so I hope they don’t stop now.

  6. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Tiger runs per inning when stephen sighs: 3.0

  7. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I’m suggesting that this would be a somewhat inopportune time for the R3L2O fail.

    • Coleman

      September 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Inopportune R Us.

  8. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Nice baserunning by Garcia (and timely Clown Show by Chicago)

  9. Bruce in Las Vegas

    September 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    2 months ago the Tigers hired 2 hitting instructors. No effect on Boesch yet. How about he shortens and tightens his swing and hangs on to the bat with both hands all the way through ala Barry Bonds. Tigers wasting a lot of talent here.

    • Coleman

      September 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Avisail seems the more polished hitter of the two…hopefully they don’t instruct him too much.

  10. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    A beautiful bunt…we don’t see that too often in these parts.

  11. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Dirks knows what to do with a bat.

  12. Vince

    September 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Leyland: –22 and counting.

  13. jud

    September 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    well the answer to winning is pretty simple..here it is right in front of our eyes…if your starting pitcher allows two or less hits then the Tigs have a chance…..simple.why didn’t we think of that…I bet Mumbles knew!!

  14. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    OK kids, time to line up for the 9th inning…you must be taller than this line to watch…

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    September 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    You have go to be kidding me.

  16. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Valverde just got Porcello’d

  17. Coleman

    September 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    OK, they have to walk Viciedo here, right?

    • Coleman

      September 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Glad I’m not managing (temporarily).

  18. Kevin in Dallas

    September 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    One game at a time.

    Though I was really discouraged by the Cabrera GIDP in the 8th. Something’s off with him.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      While I haven’t heard any discussion of late, I believe it is still his ankle Great win and a team effort lead by Fister. Hopefully that primes the pump for two more against the White Sox!

  19. StorminNorman

    September 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

    http://www.freep.com/article/2.....ould-doozy

    this article provides a peek inside the workings of the JL brain…the logic behind his personnel decisions are as mysterious as his apparerent fixation with Raburn – JL is thinking about resting Raburn because he believes he’s “sluggish”…the fact that he’s batting .171, and in 205 ABs he’s only got 1 HR and 12 RBI, and a .226 OBP and 53 K’s…appears to be just a trivial detail

    • Coleman

      September 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

      That is brilliant, he manages to say Boesch “is due” and he “might run into one” in the same interview.

  20. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Jhonny back next year? I’d guess, with a very weak FA class of SS for 20 13, and Peralta being slightly above average for the position both offensively and defensively(!). Maybe he’ll bounce back a bit; he seems to fit the every-other-year type guys. With an option of $6M it may be the best way to go under the circumstances.
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ption.html