Game 2013.14: Tigers at Mariners

8-5, 1st place, 1 game up.

Last night’s win had a little bit of everything. To begin, a second consecutive tremendous start by Fister. 4 hits, 1 walk and 2 earned over 7, which was just enough time to give the Tigers an opportunity to make the game un-blowpen-able. The top of the lineup again showed why they are the best in baseball, with #s 1-3 going 7-13 with 6 RBI and 4 runs scored. Add in Fielder and VMart, and 1-5 went 10-22. Fielder had an off game including 4 Ks, but he’s not going to collect multiple hits every night, and this lineup is deep enough that on a night when your cleanup guy goes 0-5 and strands 3, the Tigers still win comfortably.

I was impressed with the major league debut of Yoervis Medina, who was baptized into the league in a very JL manner -bases loaded pressure situation. To which he responded by walking Hunter, and then striking out Cabrera on a nice outside fastball (I thought he got squeezed on the first pitch of the AB as well. He then K’d Fielder to lead off the 9th with a fastball in the same location. Fielder was walking out of the box before the umpire could raise his hand.

In case you didn’t notice this from last night – the Tigers struck out 16 (SIXTEEN) times. 10 out of the last 12 outs were Ks. They were also 2-10 with RISP. 12 base hits and 4 walks will mask a lot of things.

So on to tonight.

The Tigers face the great King Felix, otherwise known as the 2nd biggest contract in the AL AKA the 2nd best pitcher in baseball. That aside, Felix has dominated the Tigers over his career, to the tune of 9-2, and has been unbeatable as of late (if you consider 6 years “as of late”), going 9-0 with a 2.86 ERA covering 10 starts dating back to July of 2007. At Safeco he’s even better – 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA. Despite that, Miggy (.429 in 21 ABs) still hits Felix well. Look for Hunter (.324 career v. Felix covering 68 ABs) to get us going. The Tigers roster only has 2 career HRs off of King Felix – Peralta and VMart each have 1.

Tonight’s Is Something Wrong with Avila? Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Dirks, LF
7. Peralta, SS
8. Pena, C (remember, he’s a switch hitter, so my guess is that Jimmuh wants to give AA a night off)
9. Infante, 2B

67 Comments

  1. Smoking Loon

    April 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    There’s something very wrong with Alex Avila at the plate. I’m not sure if we can agree what is, but it is certainly apparent to the eye even without looking at the following miserable stats:

    48 PA, 2 XBH, 15 strikeouts and 2 walks, .174/.208/.304/.513. 10 PA vs. LHP, zeroes with 5 strikeouts. RISP: 18 PA, .059 with 0 RBI. 2 strikes: 27 PA, .080. 2 outs: 9 PA, .000.

    I could be wrong, but it seems that a very frequent occurrence is Avila taking strike two, then subsequently swinging and missing at the very same pitch (or location), and missing badly.

    I was hoping before the season began that Leyland would be resting Avila at C once a series or close to it, and I’m hoping he’ll lean a little more heavily on Pena for at least the next several weeks.

    • Vince in MN

      April 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Maybe some bunting practice is in order. Remember how much it helped Berry last year? I’m all for Avila being a strict platoon at catcher, at least as far as starts go unless he is doing such a bang up job calling pitches that we can’t do without him when they do face a lefty. The fact that the rest of the offense is going so well right now maybe his deficiencies aren’t that big of a deal. For now.

  2. Smoking Loon

    April 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Encouraging outing by the bullpen last night, Al-Al and Benoit. The save I awarded Rick Porcello could be in jeopardy.

    Miggy turned in a true MVP performance, carrying the team on his shoulders long enough for the win.

    Tigers defense has been outstanding, but I’d say the team has committed 3 errors vs, the official 1. The Derek Norris liner off the heel of Cabrera’s glove that went for a double the other day was playable, in my opinion. That’s 2 errors on Miggy, and I’m not sure I wouldn’t give him a share of the Scherzer error as well. Even so, he’s been good at 3B overall.

  3. Coleman

    April 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Say what you want about Eric Wedge, but nobody out-beards him.

  4. judpma

    April 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Hey Prince that’s 6 in a row…now were looking up Inge records to see if there has been more

    • Coleman

      April 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Yeah but nobody will ever beat the Inge record for checked-swing strikeouts.

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    April 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    A single here may be all that we need the way Max is pitching.

  6. judpma

    April 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I understand how tough Felix is…but when you take the first pitch every batter for a strike pretty much in the middle of the plate…then swing at the third bouncing third strike…he just ain’t that good!

  7. Coleman

    April 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    2 on and only 1 out, and you have to face the fierce…oh wait, it’s Dustin Ackley! Nevermind.

  8. judpma

    April 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Infante made that look a lot easier than it was!!

  9. Coleman

    April 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Another K for Prince. We have a shot at seeing the rare back-to-back Golden Sombreros tonight.

  10. judpma

    April 17, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Well that 7 forget Inge what’s the major league record?????

    • Coleman

      April 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Cabrera has that.

  11. judpma

    April 17, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    27 K’S and counting is something to worry about….at least 8 of Felixs were balls for strike 3

  12. judpma

    April 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Let the real game begin……

  13. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 12:14 am

    EXCELLENT….Max!

  14. Kevin in Dallas

    April 18, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Bravo Max. Bravo.

  15. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Ding ding ding!!! the Double Golden Sombrero for the Prince!

  16. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Except for Max this game is bordeline embarassing…

  17. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

    The blowpen at work……doing its thing

  18. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Dont Ask Dotel.

    • PHToy in HK

      April 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Post of the season!

  19. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Omar…..excellent

  20. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Man, Infante has been great at 2nd tonight.

  21. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Coke is the man.

  22. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Bullpen comes through. Piece of coke. We’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em now.

  23. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Hey McClendon what do you think of your teams two night 1000000 strikeouts……” thats baseball”

  24. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 12:41 am

    9AM extra batting practice tomorrow.

  25. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I find this move beyound believable…….10 pitches and its over

  26. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Noooooo! For Rreal??

  27. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I’m not sure this is the time for Villarreal to be working on stuff.

    • Coleman

      April 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

      He seems to have that walking the .091 hitter thing down.

  28. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Hey Brian the basic idea of the game is to try and get guys out!!!

  29. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 12:55 am

    OK, what the heck, bring back Valverde.

  30. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Back to a glimmer of hope!!!

  31. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I hope Kelly is available to pitch. At this rate, we’ll need him in the 13th if the game goes that long.

  32. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Well, no matter how this one turns out, there are at least two positive things to come out of it. 1. Prince broke his K- streak. 2. Villarreal faced 4 batters and only walked half of them (that’s a 50% success rate for those who keep track of such data).

  33. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 1:33 am

    0 for tonight with RISP…

  34. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Make that 8AM for extra batting practice tomorrow.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 18, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Or we could just hire a new Hitting Coach that can help these guys.

  35. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Leyland is making AlAl go another inning. He should complain to the union.

  36. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 1:45 am

    43% Ks tonight after 12 innings.

  37. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Furby sighting.

  38. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Two Golden Sombreros in one game. I don’t think that has ever happened before. We’re seeing history in the making gents. Although because it is an extra inning affair, perhaps it (AJAKKKKs) should get an asterisk.

  39. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 1:55 am

    The big question now is can Fielder go platinum?

    • Vince in MN

      April 18, 2013 at 1:56 am

      Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 1:56 am

    45 Tiger strikeouts in past 3 games…nice approach to hitting….to which Mumbles will say…..that’s just baseball

  41. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Platinum Poncho for Prince

  42. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Leyland turns to Lloyd and says “Gee that’s a lot of strikeouts” to which Lloyd answers “Huh”!

  43. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Chalk up another asterisked GS for FG.

  44. The Strategy Expert

    April 18, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Alright how about if this thing doesn’t end by 15 innings then we go to a sudden death bunt-off?

  45. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Then Lloyd turns to Leyland and says “Gee thats alot of strikeouts”, to which Mumbles answers “Huh!”

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 18, 2013 at 2:21 am

      I am shocked if the Tigers don’t create a DVD set with the audio of the conversations between Leyland and Lamont. I would pay some good money for the season audio to that. Can you imagine hearing all of Leyland’s dialogue in the dugout. Wow what an experience that would be.

  46. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Atta boy Kelly…great jump

  47. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Pena…hell ya!

  48. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2013 at 2:27 am

    A productive out at last.

  49. Kevin in Dallas

    April 18, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I certainly hope that 1 run is enough here.

  50. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 2:33 am

    So could Smyly be left in here? Of course not, now that we have the lead, we have to bring in A Closer.

    • Vince in MN

      April 18, 2013 at 2:38 am

      And it worked!

      • Coleman

        April 18, 2013 at 2:42 am

        Well, he did get the last out on a double that was smoked. He owes Pena!

  51. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Bullpen………………SUCCESS!!!!! …..WOW …….u kiddin me

  52. Kevin in Dallas

    April 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

    What a win!

  53. Jim Eggers USMC Rifle Expert1971

    April 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Yay! Gotta get some sleep, 4 hour drive to Safeco, gates open at 10:40 am PDT, will be stunned to see BP going on. Definitely do not need K practice, record breaking effort there.

  54. judpma

    April 18, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Winning hit…huge play at the plate…thats more than Avilas done in a year!

  55. The Strategy Expert

    April 18, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Wow we won the bunt off. And then the guy that scored the winning run with his small ball hit scores the real game winner with a real hit! Wow what an amazing finish!

  56. Coleman

    April 18, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Well played game defensively too!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 18, 2013 at 2:46 am

      On both sides. What an enjoyable game all the way around. First sweep tomorrow.