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Game 2012.145: Tigers at Indians

Detroit Tigers, 77-67, 2nd place, 1 back.

After 6 2/3 innings of no-hit pitching and a 5-3 victory, the Tigers continued their push for the Central division title.  And after 6 2/3 innings of no-hit pitching and a 5-3 victory, the White Sox continued their push for the Central division title.

I think I’ll go ahead and predict a 163-game season here.

Even before the no-hit bid set in, yesterday’s game was entertaining, with the Tigers posting an un-run on the scoreboard, and Quintin Berry trying to end his perfect streak not once, but twice from second base (for his part, Avila says he did touch third).  What must Berry have been thinking?

“I had a feeling on Twitter it was going crazy.”

The Tigers look to continue their Sunday dominance (17-6) in today’s 3:05 series finale, which gives Cleveland fans time to give up on the Browns at halftime and make their way out to the ballpark.

Detroit will face Ubaldo Jimenez for the 6th time this season.  Jimenez mystified them the first three times around, and the Tigers turned it around the last two.  Today they will look to even the books with both Jimenez and the Indians (9-8 vs Detroit).

Detroit arms Rick “No Run Support” Porcello with the broom.  Porcello has only gotten an average of 1.06 runs in support over his last 6 starts. Look for the bullpen to play a big role today:  Porcello tends to struggle later in games, especially with his sinker, which batters hit at a rate of .410 in innings 5-7.

Stat of the Day: Rick Porcello has the league’s highest BABIP (batting average on balls in play, which measures how effectively the defense turns plays into out) at .346. The league average is .293.  2nd worst? Max Scherzer at .337.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Quintin Berry.  Berry draws multiple walks from the strike-zone challenged Jimenez, and creates some havoc on the base paths. Austin Jackson is a late scratch (possibly some soreness from crashing into the wall trying to save the no-hitter), so Q-Berry will be leading off and patrolling center.

Todays Broom-Brandishing Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF  Quintin Berry CF
  2. Quintin Berry LF  Andy Dirks LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Brennan Boesch RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta SS
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Omar Infante 2B

Posted by on September 16, 2012.

Categories: 2012 Season, Game Post

52 Responses

  1. Jackson is out with some kind of a injury (knee ?) and Berry moves up to leadoff, Dirks batting 2nd.

    by Damned Facetious on Sep 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  2. For an explanation of the Berry-trying-to-get-thrown-out-twice episode: http://beck.mlblogs.com/2012/0.....vilas-out/

    BABIP: statues in the infield can make a difference. I’d recommend more flyball pitchers, but then homeruns become more frequent. Let’s hope Berry gets hot and finishes the season like he hit when first called up.

    Jimenez may have been be walk prone this year, but in his last start vs Tigers (Sep 5) he walked only 1 in 7+ innings. He ALSO has an ERA of 5.52. Enuff said.

    By the way, Tigers are 34-22 in day games, so that bodes well. In day games thgis year they are 43-45. It would be great if they could get more getaway games and weekends on the schedule next year.

    Are night vision goggles legal?

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

  3. Thanks O Facetious One, lineup has been updated.

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

  4. Not a good ball/strike ratio for Porcello so far. Perhaps JL should consider getting Smiley warmed up.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

  5. Where do you find day vs. night game Tiger stats?

    by MLR on Sep 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  6. CWS now up 6-2 on Min.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Sep 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  7. Here’s a quick and easy one: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/standings

    click on the expanded standings link.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  8. No help from them today I am afraid. I hope they are as generous to us when we play them.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  9. The Twins I mean. I hope the WS are generous tomorrow too, but we have 6 games left with the Twins.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  10. It’s all about Game 163

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  11. Would the Tigers have home field advantage if we go to a game 193. I think they take the head-to-head record?

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  12. 163, I don’t think I could take 193!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  13. That’s next year, when they add 4 more teams and make the playoffs a double-elimination tournament.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

  14. Don’t forget the team who wins Spring Training gets a slot!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

  15. With a super sized bullpen, why is Porcello still pitching?

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  16. The season will begin in February, each team will have 4 series with the new Southern Hemisphere League.

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  17. No help from Leyland today either, who has apparently forgotten we need to win the division:
    –18 and counting.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  18. And the Detroit manager wakes up.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

  19. Tiger defense at work……..

    by jud on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  20. I’m not sure how to check this, but I’m pretty sure that Infante has been the worst defensive 2B in the AL since he’s come to Detroit.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  21. he has certainly fit into the Tiger 2B mold of can’t hit and can’t field….

    by jud on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  22. just what the hell is Avila doing there? it’s Prince’s ball all the way…….more amazing non-performance….

    by scott on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

  23. For what it is worth, that is his 7th error at 2B in 45 games with the Tigers.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

  24. Umpire Clown Show

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

  25. and that bs costs us a run……sleepwalking to another loss

    by scott on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

  26. .968 with Tigers before today, 8 errors in 83 games with the Marlins, .982. I don’t know how the fielding sabermetrics rate him though. 15 errors in 128 games seems pretty high to me for a secondbaseman.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

  27. I guess Polanco didn’t fit into Detroit’s clown show defense and Infante has. Avila has done his share as well leading to 3 unearned runs.

    by doug of troy on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

  28. MVP CABRERA!!!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  29. MVP.

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  30. where would this team be without Miggy……3rd place…wow

    by jud on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  31. Miggy leads the league in AVG again now, .331 to Trout’s .329 (0 for 3 today). 4 HR behind Hamilton (42) and tied with Hamilton at 123 BI (Rangers just getting started).

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  32. agreed! …though i may be a bit biased.

    by StorminNorman on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  33. Extrapolate his E rate with Det, and it’s an awful fielding season.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  34. Following online – what happened? Why did JL get ejected?

    by Kevin in Dallas on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  35. While in KC for the recent 3-game series, I got a better appreciation of Villarreal. Because of his short size, the ball seems to come off his hand as a blurr instead of a 6’4″ type pitcher. He is very impressive when his control is on.

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  36. Tigers had four double play opportunities in the 4th innning that they never turned. That allowed two runs to cross the plate. The next inning Fielder swipped the runner before he hit first but the ump called him safe. Then Cabrera came up in the 7th and said enough of this business and hit number 38! A strange game that good teams overcome.

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  37. Quit watch the Cowboys!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  38. BTW, Yahoo Sports still shows a photo of Laird in a Cardinal uniform.

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

  39. this is the worst baserunning team I’ve ever seen……..it only took 3 WPs to get Berry, who’s got some speed, to 3rd…….nice

    by scott on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  40. Also, Avila has 9 PB. I knew he had missed a few, but not that many.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  41. I thought Kelly was put in for defense. Some defense!

    by Doug of Troy on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  42. We need a new closer (and a new late-inning defensive replacement).

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  43. and we snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once again…….

    by scott on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  44. You can’t use Valverde with only a one-run-advantage.

    by Florian on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

  45. agreed!

    by StorminNorman on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

  46. Tigers D, Valverde, Leyland. 1, 2, 3 strikes you’re out at the old ball game.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

  47. Cabrerra and Fieder come up with a runner on third in the ninth….no run…the lowly Indians come up with a runner third in the ninth….no problem………when its all over the inability of getting that runner in is the story of the season…together with the worst defense in all of baseball, which gave Cleveland 3 runs today..e.

    by jud on Sep 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

  48. Garcia is supposed to be a great fielder, but they put in Kelly, who only dabbles in the OF. Yes it was a tough catch, and Valverde was overdue to blow a save… but something tells me that they’ll regret losing this one.

    by StorminNorman on Sep 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  49. Looking back over the season, there have been quite a few games that they should regret losing. Sometimes you really do have to tip your cap to the other team, and no team plays perfectly, so some blown games will happen to all. However, many more times the Tigers have “regrettably” lost due to combination of failings, whether offensively, defensively, pitching or managerial judgement. In all aspects of the fundamentals (playing AND thinking AND planning) they are weak. Good teams do not fail fundamentally to such an extent and as frequently as the Tigers do. And it is not just the players underperforming. Nor JL’s lineups and pitching management. There is a bigger problem here.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

  50. Even the Babe Cabrera was not enoughwhich is pretty telling about this team’s future. Valverde gave up two runs retiring one batter only because he missed a double by an inch or two when the four previous pitchers gave up 2 earned runs but retired 24 batters.

    Valverde is a fixture in the 9th inning but dirks sits games despite being the next best hitter after the babe. After delmon sat that game after his torrid hitting streak he’s been fairly ineffective.

    Finally Garcia has a rocket arm and has looked great in RF so why Kelly? Go figure.

    by Doug of troy on Sep 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  51. Losing the close ones always hurts. For all the reasons you all have listed; beginning to wonder if we will be playing past 162

    by Jim Eggers on Sep 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  52. Succinctly stated, Vince in MN!

    by TIGERS RULE on Sep 17, 2012 at 1:22 am

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