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Game 2012 Playoffs.5: Tigers at A’s

Well, relaxing didn’t seem to help.

Sure, Max Scherzer seemed relaxed and efficient, keeping the A’s to 4 base runners and no earned runs through 5 1/3, while striking out 8.

Unfortunately the bats were a bit relaxed as well, as the Tigers only managed to score 3 runs despite 10 hits, and although Fielder had a big fly, his relaxed glove at first led to Oakland’s 6th inning unearned run,

But all that relaxing was nothing compared to the 9th inning tension spawned by Jose Valverde, who gave up runs until the A’s didn’t need any more. If that seems like the same old 2012 Valverde to some, it did come in a new flavor:  he was sporting a new pre-delivery back waggle (his actual delivery appeared to be the same).

Everyone seemed to notice it except Valverde and Avila, who both said, nope, nothing different.

Now both ends of the backend bullpen tandem have blown leads already this series.  And if Tiger fans aren’t tense enough going into tonight’s deciding game, be aware that both Benoit and Valverde are ready to go tonight, and it would be very unlike Jim Leyland to not go back to his 8th inning and 9th inning guys again tonight.

In the heat of the moment last night, I found myself hoping that that was the last time I would see Valverde closing a game in a Tiger uniform.  Since the only way that will happen is if they lose tonight, I take it back.

Speaking of Leyland, in case you missed it, he says he is not going to go away, and intends to continue managing beyond this season. (Whether or not the Tigers make that decision for him has probably been affected by knowing that Francona is now unavailable as a replacement).

At any rate, one thing that has worked out is that it is Justin Verlander’s turn to take the mound.  For all of those of who answer Verlander to the question which pitcher would you want in one must-win game, here you go.  Hopefully he keeps the pitch count low and limits bullpen opportunities; if I were JV they might need to call security to keep me from taking the mound in the 9th.

Stat of the Day: Fielder and Cabrera combined for an 0-for-5 against tonight’s starter Jarrod Parker in Game 1.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game:  Miguel Cabrera. Time for Mr. Triple Crown to stop hugging it out with Inge and the A’s, and unleash an MVP-worthy performance.

Today’s Rubbery Lineup:

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

Posted by on October 11, 2012.

Categories: 2012 Season, Game Post, Playoffs

95 Responses

  1. Every single game won by the road team. SF clinched. So much for the home field advantage.

    by travisfrymanfan on Oct 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

  2. Except we’re not talking about that series. We’re talking about this series.

    by stephen on Oct 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

  3. If JV can pitch a complete game shutout, then I like our chances

    by Chris on Oct 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  4. i certainly hope tonight is not the last DET game this year, but if it is, it will likely be a deserved outcome. The over/under is 6 1/2, and DET is the fav – per Vegas… I have no idea what to expect tonight.

    Hopefully JV doesn’t approach the game as if he’ll need to pitch a SO, because when he takes that approach, he usually runs up his pitch count early trying to make the perfect pitches…or he throws 1st pitch f-balls to limit his pitch count.

    by StorminNorman on Oct 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  5. The starting pitching for the Tigers has been amazing this series so far. It would be an absolute shame to waste these starts and not move on.
    25 2/3 IP 17 H 5 ER 9 BB 30 K

    If you would have told me that our starters would have put those numbers up through 4 games there is no way I would have thought the series would be tied 2-2.

    by bada bing on Oct 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  6. Wow, Hardcore Porn and TNT followed by Game 5. Let’s make it another Game 5 success just like last year in the Bronx!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

  7. Hardcore Pawn? This is an awesome mistake.

    by bada bing on Oct 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  8. We’re wasting doubles like we had them to spare.

    by Coleman on Oct 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  9. Apologies…I haven’t seen things clearly since last night!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  10. All hope is riding on Verlander until one of the Big Three finally steps up. IF they step up…

    by Smoking Loon on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  11. Hilarious, especially coming from bada bing.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  12. AJAX…great comeback after two strikes!!!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  13. And nice bunt by Berry…let’s not waste this double!

    by Coleman on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  14. Bad time for Jim Price to lose his voice. Maybe from too much yelling last night?

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  15. His voice was froggy at the start of last night’s game. Too much Karoke the night before!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  16. It’s not a good sign when 2 runs are enough to make you nearly weep with gratitude.

    by Smoking Loon on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  17. Thanks Oakland!

    They’ve alternated between giving us runs and taking runs away with their bi-polar defense.

    by bada bing on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  18. Better than weeping from Valverditude.

    by Coleman on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  19. How many runs will it take to make this one bullpen-proof?

    Currently, I’m weeping from Verlandertude, one of the more profound senses of gratitude.

    by Smoking Loon on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

  20. I’d feel comfortable with 14.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

  21. I have a vague memory of Delmon Young hitting home runs at some point in the distant past.

    by Smoking Loon on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  22. I think I could live with 5. But no less, unless JV goes 9.

    by Smoking Loon on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm

  23. MLB message to D. Young: There is no league policy, regulation or rule that requires you to swing at the first pitch at every AB. Act like a Pro and knock it off.

    by tom in troy on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm

  24. You KNOW Leyland is itching to get Valverde “back on track.”

    by Coleman on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  25. I thought about that today. What else can he do, really? Valverde is the closer.

    I sure hope JV can go 9.

    by Smoking Loon on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  26. That message could go out to a lot of Tigers. It’s been a team trait for how long now? Since 2006 at least. Young’s problem might be that HE remembers hitting HRs, too, a little too well.

    by Smoking Loon on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm

  27. Infante is the 2nd-best baserunner on the Tigers.

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

  28. I have two unopened half-gallons of Jameson and Maker’s Mark. They both will be open if I see anyone from the bullpen on the mound tonight.

    by bada bing on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

  29. I have a case of fully-kreusened Old Style, vintage 1972, chilled and ready to go.

    by Coleman on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

  30. I am in to my Sedish beers!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

  31. Swedish

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

  32. I can’t believe the whining about the strike zone AGAIN after Anderson got everything two nights ago..and JV doesn’t need help

    by jud on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  33. Derek Norris is having a terrible game.

    by bada bing on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  34. A Peralta stolen bhase…ok, forget the Old Style, time to crack open a can of ’68 fire-brewed Stroh’s.

    by Coleman on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  35. You know Mumbles is desperate as he should be when he hits and runs with Peralta and Avila..Neither guy can hit and neither guy can run

    by jud on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm

  36. Fire-brewed! Exactly what I am looking for in my beer – fire.

    by bada bing on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:38 pm

  37. I feel a rally coming.

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

  38. Jackson…..yea…rbi

    by jud on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

  39. I love how AJax drilled that oppo. I remember listening to the other team’s broadcast (maybe the Royals or Blue Jays) a few years ago, and Jackson went oppo for a single, and the announcer said “this guy is going to win a batting title.”

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm

  40. Cook’s tired. Too many games in a row.

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

  41. Good call Rally

    by jud on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

  42. Come on Prince…put another nail in their coffin right here!

    by jud on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

  43. Miggy and Prince with 2 monster ribbies!

    by bada bing on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

  44. If this gets to 8-0 I say Benoit and Verde can hold them off……maybe

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

  45. DELMON TOO

    by bada bing on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm

  46. Orioles just took the lead. If the Tigers can hang on and the Orioles win, the extra rest will be great for our rotation.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm

  47. Verlander 6 runs up. I think I can finally relax.

    by Doug of Troy on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

  48. Very nice. Now let’s hope that JV is still hot after sitting during that rally.

    by Snydes on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

  49. Post of the Game!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

  50. Is it okay to break out a drink? Or will that jinx things?

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

  51. Freaking sick.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

  52. Great Verlander inning with a pitch count that can go 9!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

  53. What do we do in the 8th? Unless we score a few more, I’d bring JV back out. You can’t be too sure.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

  54. Stroh it home!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

  55. Definitely bring him back out. He has only thrown 97 pitches. I may be wrong about this, but I thought I remembered hearing that he had thrown at least 100 pitches in every start this year. Also, his pitching in the 7th was dirty.

    by bada bing on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:06 am

  56. Bring him back…screw Benoit and Verde and Leyland

    by jud on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:08 am

  57. O’s win game 4. Many pitchers used by both teams. Excellent.

    by bada bing on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:11 am

  58. I’d like to see him pitch a complete game shutout, but I can see pulling him in the 9th to keep him rested for the next series.
    I suppose it’s too much to expect from Leyland that he lets Al Albequerque seal it with a kiss.

    by Adler on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:15 am

  59. Bring him back one more time!!!….

    by jud on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:20 am

  60. All those in favor, say aye!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:21 am

  61. Good thing Verlander doesn’t pitch well in the playoffs. Right, guys?

    by bada bing on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:23 am

  62. Aye.

    I don’t think it’s the smart thing to do, but I think Leyland will do it, out of deference to JV and in light of last night.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:23 am

  63. 111 pitches through 8- aye

    by Adler on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

  64. Aye. He’s only at 111.

    by Snydes on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

  65. Here is a tweet from an Angels beat writer:
    The A’s have two guys on. Just looked down to the Tigers bullpen. I think I saw one guy sleeping and two playing Angry Birds.

    by bada bing on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:27 am

  66. Aye aye aye

    by jud on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:29 am

  67. That might have been his best deuce of the night.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:30 am

  68. New K record..atta boy JV

    by jud on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:31 am

  69. Hey A’s nice season….see ya!!!!….NEXT!

    by jud on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

  70. We are all very very lucky to be able to watch the best pitcher and best hitter in major league baseball play for the team that we cheer for.

    by Snydes on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:34 am

  71. Maybe now we can stop comparing JV to Jack Morris? He is way better than Morris ever was.

    by bada bing on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:36 am

  72. Jv you da man….bottom line..the buck stops with Verlander still…

    by jud on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:37 am

  73. +1.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:40 am

  74. WOW! It has been a crazy season, and there is now more to come! You guys (fellow Bloggers) have an adult beverage and let’s start scouting those pesky O’s and those total A-hole NYY … remember, any team that has 3 or more former Seattle Mariners sucks just on general principle….. now I have to call a young man who was in the A’s organization who blew up my phone last nite, and ask him where the A’s will be GOLFING! on Saturday

    by Jim Eggers on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

  75. +2

    by Jim Eggers on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

  76. Awesome!!!!!!!! Got that CG shutout from the amazing JV…. Good Job!!

    by Chris on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:43 am

  77. I am sitting here drinking champaign out of the Tigers mug we gave my Dad after the ’68 season! Life is good. Thanks to all who posted!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:44 am

  78. Verlander cy young, Cabrera MVP, tigers world
    series champs! Could be the season for the ages! I only hope!

    by Doug of Troy on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:47 am

  79. I will state this again….no matter who the Tigers play…it is going to very difficult beating Verlander, Fister, and Scherzer in any series…

    by jud on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:52 am

  80. A’s pitchers are good. I think we can score more runs off of NYY or Bal which will relieve the stress on our pen. We get at least another week of this gents. Let’s enjoy.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

  81. Infante was a great pickup. Can you imagine Rayburn or Santiago in the lineup tonight?

    by Mark on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:07 am

  82. Yeah, if we could count on each of those 3 to deliver a complete game every time out it would be a much less stressful October. Unfortunately, the Tigers bullpen will have to make an appearance from time to time, at which point we’re way too frequently screwed.

    by Adler on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:09 am

  83. Leyland would have been spared the problem of having to fill out a lineup card tonight without the Infante pickup.

    by Adler on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:14 am

  84. Great win! Any idea when the ALCS will start? Sunday or Monday?

    by PHToy in HK on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:52 am

  85. Just saw that it will start on Saturday, regardless of who wins the other series.

    by PHToy in HK on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

  86. Outstanding performance by JV, and DET bats finally found some holes and took advantage of the opportunities. Except for the Valverde implosion yesterday, DET has played excellent ‘playoff baseball’.

    Props to JL for applying advanced scouting and running on Parker (…even Peralta!!…go figure), those decisions manufactured a couple runs. Also props to A’s fans, i know most teams’ fans would have been hitting the exits once the score went to 6-0, but loyal A’s fans remained ‘soup to nuts’…and they had fun doing it.

    by StorminNorman on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

  87. Saturday. NY or Detroit

    by travisfrymanfan on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

  88. Thanks Motor City Kitties – nice game last night, nice season. A’s fans are wearin it today.

    But I gotta tell ya – you guys battled on the field in any way you could – just like us – but when the game was over both teams and both fan bases showed a lot of class, and your players took that extra step of class to let us Oakland fans say thanks to the A’s while you celebrated your well-earned ALDS victory..

    I also met your owner last night – another class guy, unlike the boobs we have running the A’s I gave him something to give to Verlander (not the finger) and he shook my hand, said thanks. I hope Verlander gets it – he deserves it – a Jack Morris Detroit Tiger rookie baseball card. No sxxx. Verlander has surpassed Morris in the lore of Tiger arms.

    Hope the Tigers crush the Yankees cause NY fans are smack-talkin wipes.

    Geo-Oakland

    by Geo-Oakland on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  89. Geo-from Oakland, California, not Michigan

    by Geo-Oakland on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  90. You are right – I was there, cheering the team on at the end. You should know that what happened between the lines during the game is what it is, but your team was very classy to let the A’s fans left celebrate the incredible year we had after the game.

    I will never forget that respect – hope Det just burries the Yanks!

    by Geo-Oakland on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

  91. I am from Detroit, but have watched dozens of games in Oakland. The seats in the front rows in front of the bullpens (between 1B/3B and RF/LF) are the best seats for the price in all of baseball! Let’s meet up again next postseason!

    by Coleman on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  92. Yep – I was on the 1B side late innings last night – I met your owner too, class guy. Shook my hand and then I gave him something for Verlander – a Jack Morris DET rookie card. No bull. I hope Verlander gets it – he was sick last night.

    Loss hurts, but again – your team and fans were class last night, can’t say it enough. See you next year at the Coliseum!

    Geo-Oakland (California, not Michigan)

    by Geo-Oakland on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

  93. Pack the bus, road trip!…No sleep ’till Brooklyn.

    by Coleman on Oct 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  94. Weather forecast for Saturday evening is 50F with 20 percent chance of rain.

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm

  95. I really wish Valverde get a career ending injury. What a POS

    by Chris on Oct 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

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