Game 2013.10: Tigers at A’s

Yes, the game post picture is a mite creepy. But then again, it is a 10:00 pm EST game, and creepiness is thematically apt.

Whenever the Tigers play at Oakland, there are three unavoidable questions that come to mind:

  1. Will anyone stay up late enough to watch?
  2. Who named O.co Coliseum, and how much would it cost to rename it? And what civil or criminal remedies are available? and
  3. The team name. I mean, Athletics is easy to work with, but A’s? It seem so…possessive. And what would the possessive of A’s be? A’s’s? As in the A’s’s record so far is best in the American League?

And it is. Against all odds, the A’s seem to be doing it again.

The Tigers just played the anti-A’s, and came within a bullpen meltdown from a series sweep. The Blue Jays spent the offseason stalking the Marlins and others like some crazed Ebay mavens, and gobbled up half a team’s worth of star players: Jose Reyes. Josh Johnson. Mark Buehrle. Melky Cabrera. R.A. Dickey.  It was like a fantasy league draft. And yet currently the Blue Jays sit at a glum 3-6, and just claimed Tiger (and Mariner!) castoff Casper “The Ghost” Wells.

The A’s, on the other hand, after surprising everyone with their unexpected run into the playoffs last season, bolstered their team for 2013 by…well, what, exactly? After making a big fuss about how important the clubhouse presence of Brandon Inge was, they flicked him aside without much ado. They lost Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy and Stephen Drew, and added…umm, Chris Resop? And yet there they sit at 8-2, with the best record in the American League, having just swept the “juggernaut” California Angels.

It’s still early, but still impressive.

Tonight they send out the Reanimated, Rehabilitated Bartolo Colon to face Mad Max Scherzer. Bartolo has no business being in a Major League Baseball uniform, which means he will probably shut out Detroit.

*****

By the way,  one of the best value tickets in all of Major League Baseball: the tickets behind the bullpens in Oakland, which are on the field between 1st/3rd and the outfield. I had the pleasure of watching Brayan Villarreal, Al Alburquerque, and Daniel Schlereth warm up there from about 20 feet away, and it was most informative.

*****

Stat of the Day:  Teams who rest two .400 hitters on a West Coast trip opener win 66.6% of the games on the road trip.

Really Weird, Check-It-Out-Yourself, No-Really, Stat of the Day: This is the ONLY West Coast road trip. All season.

Player of the Pre-game: Don Kelly. With the fearsome Ramon Santiago hitting behind him finally Kelly will get some good pitches to hit. And having Kelly on base in front of him will clearly get Santiago “going.”

Today’s Clearly-Hunter-And-Infante-Need-A-Rest-From-The-Long-Plane-Trip Lineup:

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

 

154 Comments

  1. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Yikes. No offense, Max (and Coleman), but that photo’s a bit creepy.

    Ha! I wrote that even before I started reading the post. I was just about to delete it, thinking it didn’t sound very nice. But Coleman said it first.

    • Coleman

      April 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Max is a switch-pitcher. He can pitch with his right eye or his left eye, depending on the team he is facing. Of course, scouting helps a lot in choosing the correct eye, but still, it is a huge advantage.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        What are his eye splits?

  2. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    “Teams who rest two .400 hitters on a West Coast trip opener win 66.6% of the games on the road trip.”

    You copped that from baseball-reference.com. I’ve long suspected that you don’t keep your own stats.

    • Coleman

      April 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      I do keep my own stats, and keep them closely. Would never reveal them here.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        I set you up for that. I’m your 8th inning guy. Just call me Joaquin Loon. (That’s another setup. Two holds in one thread. Outstanding.)

        • Coleman

          April 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm

          A better setup would be if Villarreal were named Joaquin.

          • Smoking Loon

            April 13, 2013 at 2:26 am

            Joaquoff Villareal. A joke comes to mind about Jacque Jones facing Villareal.

  3. TIGERS RULE

    April 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Smokey must think the Division is in the bag ….. by fielding a lineup like tonight!!! Like Coleman points out ….. who the hell would sit .400 batters for two scrubs ….. only an idiot!!!

    • Smoking Loon

      April 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Relax. Torii is due for a day off, and Santiago has good history vs. Colon working for him. Both Hunter and Infante are still available off the bench. This is a good choice of a game to give Kelly and Santiago some work – think about it. It’s Bartolo Colon, man.

      I’m looking forward to seeing Andy Dirks in the #2 spot. I like his chances for a good game at the plate.

  4. Coleman

    April 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Man, that is creepy though, isn’t it? Too bad he couldn’t just stare at the batters from about 2 feet away.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      It is. Guys who can hit 90+ MPH pitches probably DO see his eyes as though they were 2 feet away. Good for our side. Which makes me wonder – is there anything in the rules of baseball to prevent a player from wearing all-white contacts to get that Kung Fu guy look? THAT would be unnerving. Then again, soon everyone would be doing it, and the effect would be lost, and that would be that.

      • Coleman

        April 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        Actually they DID used to have rules about tattoos. Guys who had tattoos used to have to wear long sleeves so as to not distract the batters with their artwork. I vaguely recall someone on the Tigers being subject to this. But after a while it was like the finger in the dyke and they threw up their hands and said “whatever.”

        • Coleman

          April 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

          Ryan Perry. Whatever became of him?

  5. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I didn’t realize Santiago was a Ramone. Neat factoid. He sure has changed.

    • Coleman

      April 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      He must be the drummer, they keep changing. If you are going to be a wise guy about it, I will edit my post and make your comment seem nonsensical.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        Ha. Then I’ll just edit MY post to make it sensical again. Nyuk, nyuk.

        No…. you’re not REALLY upset, are you? All typos must be seized upon. It’s a basic rule, isn’t it?

        • Smoking Loon

          April 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm

          Besides, you turned my whole plural world upside down by bringing “A’s” into it. I’m forced to concede that I won’t be writing A’s’s anytime soon. Or Athletics’s. Just like that, a neat theory toppled like a house of cards.

        • Coleman

          April 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm

          Hee Hee.

          • Smoking Loon

            April 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

            I was bluffing. Also, I knew you’d find my non sequitur about Santiago very amusing.

            • Smoking Loon

              April 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

              Did I ever mention my theory that Ramon Santiago is actually a utility infielder?

              • Coleman

                April 12, 2013 at 10:44 pm

                That is the most ridiculous theory I have ever heard. Time to put down the bottle of Smoking Loon.

              • Coleman

                April 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

                Although I confess that WOULD explain the switch-hitting bit.

              • Smoking Loon

                April 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

                Oh, I’m off Smoking Loon. I drink Joaquin Villareal these days.

    • Coleman

      April 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      • Smoking Loon

        April 13, 2013 at 1:13 am

        Excellent! I thought that was so lame back then, but it sounds good now.

  6. judpma

    April 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Game under way out here in Cali…I know you guys think you get all the rough weather back in Mich…..but we are under a high surf warning here at the beach….

    • Coleman

      April 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Nothing spoils a day at the beach like a high surf warning (cue violins), haha.

      (Actually I used to live near SF, and they DO have weather there).

  7. judpma

    April 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I am just south of LAX and fortunately we don’t get that San Fran stuff this far south..

  8. Coleman

    April 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Josh Reddick is determined to win this one for Wilson.

    • Jim Eggers USMC Rifle Expert1971

      April 13, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Some discussion up here in the Pacific Northwest as to whom JR most closely resembles… Joaquin Phoenix in his I’m Still Here phase, or some one closer to home, Charles Manson ( ZZ Top was were (?) also mentioned )

      • Coleman

        April 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

        Now that should be the Ace Hardware Scotts poll question. Also: if he continues to grow the thing, say down to his chest, and it is swaying in the breeze, and a pitch grazes it…does he get to take first?

  9. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    High pitch count for Max already. There might be a little too much bullpen headed our way.

    • Coleman

      April 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Hopefully The Dread Pirate Brayan is still unavailable. These A’s know how to take a pitch.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        2nd inning Max heard me griping about the pitch count and told me where to go. He’s looking good.

  10. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Oh my. I thought that Prince HR was just a flyout off the bat.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      He’s swinging like a maniac and he crushed that one good like a few others this year. Including that foul ball on the first pitch, it looked like Colon gave a facial expression to his infielders after seeing that deadly swing attempt and laser bounce off the bat. Prince was over-swinging and then Colon came right back with 3 more similar fastballs and eventually Prince caught on. I thought it was a horrible handing of that entire pitch sequence by Colon as well as funky mental mechanics since he seemed to be aware of what just happened on the first fastball yet proceeded like he just wanted to serve one up for him on multiple tries of the same thing.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    April 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    That was a jack. Wow.

    Another run scored for AJax.

  12. Coleman

    April 12, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    5 runs to go for bullpen-proofing.

  13. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Martinez to the LF corner and out.

  14. Coleman

    April 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Max is pitching very quickly tonight, which is making me contemplate a new metric.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Scherzer really is pitching more quickly. It’s working, looks like.

      Has anyone noticed that when Doug Fister starts to hurry even a bit (he’s quick as it is), it’s often a sign of trouble to come?

  15. Coleman

    April 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Clown Show alert!

  16. Kevin in Dallas

    April 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    First error of the season.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 12, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      *pitcher’s error

  17. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Man. The first really sloppy defensive miscue of the season.

  18. Judpma

    April 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    this just might be the year of the PRINCE!!!

  19. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Ah yes. Good to get out of that inning without any more drama after the error. Momentum thing.

  20. Judpma

    April 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I know its early but who would have guessed the Tigers with one error in the first 9.5 games

    • Smoking Loon

      April 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Absolutely. It’s been good.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        April 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm

        Is it really the first for the whole defense? Incredible. We’re really clicking in all aspects – starting pitching
        - hitting
        - fielding
        - bullpen

        oh, wait.

        • The Strategy Expert

          April 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

          It won’t be much longer til Valverde is here. And then back to the old times of last year!

        • Smoking Loon

          April 12, 2013 at 11:33 pm

          Except for that reversed Miggy error, minor ball transfer thing, yeah.

          Running on three wheels, it seems. So far.

  21. Kevin in Dallas

    April 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    AJax’s speed just got Dirks a hit

    • Smoking Loon

      April 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Good observation. That and Colon’s dearth of slimness.

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        He was a dead duck at 2B quite easily, not sure why he hesitated and for the lead runner. There was guy in perfect position to field the bag as well. That deserves to be scored as an error.

        • Smoking Loon

          April 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm

          The memory of Max’s eyes still haunted him.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          April 13, 2013 at 12:01 am

          The Oakland broadcasters disagree with you. Considering their POV and experience, I’ll side with them.

  22. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Beautiful (Dirks IF single). The wheels start to come off for the A’s…

  23. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    The wheels were SUPPOSED to come off…

  24. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Wow, Austin. Nice play. Max thanks you.

  25. Coleman

    April 12, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Good play by Jackson on that Sogard hit. Are there any other position players in MLB who wear glasses besides Sogard? Maybe I will make that a trivia question tomorrow (although I don’t know the answer).

  26. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Yet ANOTHER hard-hit out for Victor. Prince is just mashing.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Nice slap by Victor but man his aim is horrible! Look at where Prince placed his shot, he tucked it nicely in the corner, that’s a great spot!

      • Smoking Loon

        April 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

        He refuses to wear glasses. Vanity,

        • The Strategy Expert

          April 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

          …your favorite sin?

          • Smoking Loon

            April 13, 2013 at 2:22 am

            I think baseball is my favorite sin, currently. Spending this much time on something I’m not being paid for has got to be a sin. Unless it’s a labor of love, which might be overstating the case.

            • The Strategy Expert

              April 13, 2013 at 2:24 am

              Oh “vanity, is my favorite sin” is also a Pacino line. :)

              And I feel your pain. I’ve been toiling over the game of baseball for quite some time myself also for no money, but money doesn’t drive me in the quest to master the game.

              • Smoking Loon

                April 13, 2013 at 2:30 am

                Aha, Pacino. I knew there was something cryptic going on there. I swung and missed like Matt Tuiasosopo.

              • The Strategy Expert

                April 13, 2013 at 2:34 am

                Yeah he’s graceful, a regular Tuibacca.

                And yeah you have to watch for those cryptic riddles hidden within the passing baseball chatter. There’s always a game to win somewhere, you just have to look closely enough.

  27. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Good test for Peralta here…

  28. Smoking Loon

    April 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    … fail.

    • Judpma

      April 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

      I think Peralta’s last two out hit for and RBI came sometime in 2010

      • Smoking Loon

        April 13, 2013 at 12:48 am

        You could be right. Despite the average, he is easily the most iffy regular at the plate all season so far.

  29. Coleman

    April 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Villarreal sighting in the bullpen. Time to crack open the bottle of Walking Loon.

    • Jim Eggers USMC Rifle Expert1971

      April 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Is that a white or a red wine (or is it a whine???)

      • Smoking Loon

        April 13, 2013 at 12:28 am

        Jim, the house whine served here is called Bullpen Management.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Thrown and caught! I’m off Walking Loon, though. I’m drinking Hermaphroditic Crustacean these days. Heard about it from Ramone, former drummer with They Might Be Tigers.

      • Coleman

        April 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

        Ramone seems more of a roadie these days.

      • Coleman

        April 13, 2013 at 12:21 am

        It is good stuff, but the cool people just call it H-Crust these days.

        • Smoking Loon

          April 13, 2013 at 12:27 am

          Well, obvi.

  30. Kevin in Dallas

    April 13, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Coleman – EXCELLENT post today. I really enjoyed it.

    • Coleman

      April 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Why, thank you, kind sir.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 13, 2013 at 12:13 am

        Really marred by a typo, though. He he.

  31. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Wow, striking out the side again. No one recovers from trouble quite like Scherzer, it seems. Maybe he can work from the pen in between starts.

  32. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 12:03 am

    let the real game BEGIN!

  33. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

    sure exciting watching Kelly and Santiago keep Mumbles happy by playing and going 0-8

  34. Coleman

    April 13, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Oh, man, Max was just dealing. Nothing against Smyly, but another inning of Max would have been much more relaxing to watch.

  35. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Nicely cut off by Kelly. Coulda been worse.

    I was leaning toward another inning of Max myself.

  36. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 12:20 am

    the “Blowpen” strikes again!

  37. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Smyly has looked pretty good, but that pitch selection on the RBI single by Crisp….

  38. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 12:24 am

    8 hits in the 1-4 spots……..0-15 in the 5-9 spots more like the story of this game

    • Coleman

      April 13, 2013 at 12:33 am

      And we have the 5-9 spots due up. So the bullpen probably needs at least 2 shutout innings here. Wagers, anyone?

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 13, 2013 at 12:34 am

        I have $5 that says something shocking or dismaying will happen. I get to cover both conditions. ;)

        • Smoking Loon

          April 13, 2013 at 12:42 am

          OK, go ahead. Avila down.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 12:34 am

      I wouldn’t make too much of that. Top of the 8th, the big boys don’t get it done, either. Still time.

  39. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Tied, yes, but good job Smyly to gut that one out. Plenty of time for the bats to take this one back.

  40. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Reddick K – nice, Drew.

    Facing Cespedes? Game on.

  41. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:39 am

    And the house whine will now be served…

  42. Coleman

    April 13, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Sometimes I just have to look at the ads behind home plate. And I am thinking that I really would not want my assets managed by a guy called “Rot.”

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 12:44 am

      Yeah. I’d go with a guy called “The Strategy Expert.”

      • Jim Eggers USMC Rifle Expert1971

        April 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

        Bazinga!

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

        Well I do financial planning in a variety of sorts and nobody beats my plans!

    • Coleman

      April 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

      That actually works on two levels–I realize “Rot” means “Red,” but is that any better a name for a guy who wants to manage your assets?

      • Smoking Loon

        April 13, 2013 at 1:04 am

        What does “Adler” mean? Sounds like “addled,” which also isn’t good.

  43. Kevin in Dallas

    April 13, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Let’s build some momentum off of that boys.

  44. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

    OH YEAH! Picked off! What a relief.

    Hope Avila’s OK.

  45. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Smyly…. pretty good outing minus the one pitch to Coco

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 12:54 am

      Yes.

  46. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Most unVictorlike approach on pitches 3 and 4.

  47. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Great play by Reddick, but is Martinez just snakebit now or what?

  48. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Wow. Solid, Jhonny.

  49. Kevin in Dallas

    April 13, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I certainly hope that we don’t see Dotel after that…

  50. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Hopefully the wild pitches have all been spent in the bullpen, eh?

  51. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Why does Jaso get to bat twice? I say Prince Fielder should get to bat twice now.

  52. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Smyly out, Dotel in. More whine, anyone?

  53. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

    That Scherzer error is looking HUGE. One swing in the 10th will erase that, I hope.

  54. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Weak ABs like the Cabrera one bother me much more than bottom of the order hitters going 0 for anything. I know he gets it done so much of the time, but still…

  55. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 1:24 am

    The Tigers have 10 hits ….where the heck are they?????

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

      Hits are good. Runs are better. Prince won’t let us down.

  56. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Wow. Two A’s have Rush songs for AB music. I’m feeling torn…

  57. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Still haven’t eaten, running out of smokes. The Tigers owe me.

  58. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 1:38 am

    The insidious influence of Rot Adler has taken its toll on Avila.

    • Coleman

      April 13, 2013 at 1:41 am

      Suddenly I am overcome by a suspicion that Rot Adler is some kind of alias for Rod Allen. Laugh now, but you will have creeping doubts when he tells you that your 401K is “country strong.”

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

        Yeah a 401K is not ideal when tax rates are low because you may be deferring all of that tax liability into a time frame where tax rates could be much higher.

        • Smoking Loon

          April 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

          That’s where the Roth IRA comes in handy. Although it sounds suspiciously like “Rot.”

          Great recovery, Darin.

          • The Strategy Expert

            April 13, 2013 at 2:06 am

            Yeah Roths are good unless you have more money to save beyond the limit.

  59. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Tigs entered their This will take way too much effort to win ” mode about 6 innings ago…its just a matter of time now….and it will be a batter that they walk

    • Coleman

      April 13, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Speaking of walks, Villarreal is up in the bullpen. Oh boy.

      • Judpma

        April 13, 2013 at 1:54 am

        well if he does come in at least we won’t have to be up too much longer!

        • Smoking Loon

          April 13, 2013 at 2:16 am

          You called it. I AM quite hungry, and tired, as it happens. Thank you, Brayan.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 13, 2013 at 1:54 am

        He’s been mod-o-fied. The A’s’s ability to hit him or even take any pitches out of the zone will be severely impaired. Villareal shall reduce the A’s to ambiguous crustaceans.

        • Coleman

          April 13, 2013 at 1:56 am

          Are you saying he will be shelled?

          • Smoking Loon

            April 13, 2013 at 2:03 am

            Well, I’m hoping he won’t be a lobster.

  60. bada bing

    April 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

    keep on rockin in the free world

  61. Coleman

    April 13, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Wow, the A’s just burned their DH. You don’t see that too often.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 2:07 am

      Bench depleted? So the pitcher will have to bat?

  62. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Ramone! I wanna be sedated!

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 13, 2013 at 2:07 am

      Ok dismaying that a Santiago Triple and nearly HR didn’t give us a chance to win this one in the bottom half. Nice blast though, maybe he’s ready to stop fooling around and start hitting the baseball now.

  63. Coleman

    April 13, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Resop is so clearly a made-up name. If I were to write a novel, I wouldn’t even attempt to get away with naming someone Resop. Leyland should go out and demand to know his real name. (Hint: Spell it backwards).

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 2:08 am

      Well, of course it’s made up. His dad was Aesop.

  64. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 2:06 am

    wheres that Wild pitch offense when we need it?

  65. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 2:09 am

    oh No!!!!

  66. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Excellent! Villareal is back. Not sure who that other guy was.

  67. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 2:12 am

    fire Leyland!!!!!!

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 2:14 am

      Absolutely. It would have been much better if Coke, Benoit, or Alburquerque had given up the home run.

    • TIGERS RULE

      April 13, 2013 at 7:20 am

      It should have been done long ago!!! What kind of an idiot makes the moves that Smokey does??? Insert two scrubs in the place of .400 batters ….. bring in a 54 era pitcher in a clutch situation. This guy makes my blood boil!!!

  68. Smoking Loon

    April 13, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I spoke too soon. He does look better, though.

  69. Judpma

    April 13, 2013 at 2:13 am

    when your ERA is 54.00 how can you possibly raise it in a game….oh nevermind!!!!

  70. The Strategy Expert

    April 13, 2013 at 2:20 am

    So do I win $10 for both shocking and dismaying?

    • Smoking Loon

      April 13, 2013 at 2:31 am

      No one took you up on it, you prophet of doom, you.

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 13, 2013 at 2:35 am

        I only forecast the statistical truth of reality. It is what it is and it’s only doom if one chooses to stay on a doomed path and not move.

  71. Vince in MN

    April 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    It’s still early. They’ll be fine. Leyland will get better when the wether arms up.

    • Vince in MN

      April 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

      …weather warms up. It’s cold here in Minnesota – can’t type today.