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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 hasĀ 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

Posted by on April 17, 2013.

Categories: 2013 Season, Game Post

67 Responses

  1. 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.

    by Smoking Loon on Apr 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  2. 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.

    by Smoking Loon on Apr 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  3. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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

    by Coleman on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm

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

    by judpma on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

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

    by Coleman on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

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

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

  8. 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!

    by judpma on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm

  9. 2 on and only 1 out, and you have to face the fierce…oh wait, it’s Dustin Ackley! Nevermind.

    by Coleman on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

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

    by judpma on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm

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

    by Coleman on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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

    by judpma on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:31 pm

  13. Cabrera has that.

    by Coleman on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm

  14. 27 K’S and counting is something to worry about….at least 8 of Felixs were balls for strike 3

    by judpma on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:54 pm

  15. Let the real game begin……

    by judpma on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm

  16. EXCELLENT….Max!

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:14 am

  17. Bravo Max. Bravo.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:16 am

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

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:19 am

  19. Except for Max this game is bordeline embarassing…

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:24 am

  20. The blowpen at work……doing its thing

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

  21. Dont Ask Dotel.

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:27 am

  22. Omar…..excellent

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:31 am

  23. Man, Infante has been great at 2nd tonight.

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:31 am

  24. Coke is the man.

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

  25. Post of the season!

    by PHToy in HK on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

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

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

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

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:39 am

  28. 9AM extra batting practice tomorrow.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:41 am

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

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:43 am

  30. Noooooo! For Rreal??

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:45 am

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

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:48 am

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

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

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

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

  34. OK, what the heck, bring back Valverde.

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:55 am

  35. Back to a glimmer of hope!!!

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:00 am

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

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:03 am

  37. 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).

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

  38. 0 for tonight with RISP…

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:33 am

  39. Make that 8AM for extra batting practice tomorrow.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:35 am

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

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:38 am

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

    by The Strategy Expert on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:40 am

  42. 43% Ks tonight after 12 innings.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:45 am

  43. Furby sighting.

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:48 am

  44. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

  45. The big question now is can Fielder go platinum?

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:55 am

  46. 45 Tiger strikeouts in past 3 games…nice approach to hitting….to which Mumbles will say…..that’s just baseball

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:56 am

  47. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:56 am

  48. Platinum Poncho for Prince

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:57 am

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

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:00 am

  50. Chalk up another asterisked GS for FG.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:02 am

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

    by The Strategy Expert on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:02 am

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

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:05 am

  53. 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.

    by The Strategy Expert on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:21 am

  54. Atta boy Kelly…great jump

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:23 am

  55. Pena…hell ya!

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:26 am

  56. A productive out at last.

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:27 am

  57. I certainly hope that 1 run is enough here.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:32 am

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

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:33 am

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

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

  60. What a win!

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

  61. 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.

    by Jim Eggers USMC Rifle Expert1971 on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

  62. And it worked!

    by Vince in MN on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:38 am

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

    by judpma on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:39 am

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

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:42 am

  65. 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!

    by The Strategy Expert on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:42 am

  66. Well played game defensively too!

    by Coleman on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:44 am

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

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:46 am

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