Game 2013.19: Royals at Tigers

Well, what to do on a rainy day with no baseball? If you are Dave Dombrowski, sign Jose Valverde, that’s what. Jim Leyland didn’t waste any time either: Valverde is coming back as The Closer (“one thing you know about him, he’s done it before”), and you can expect the bullpen to settle into The Role type of bullpen, as The Committee is disbanded. What Rondon’s role will be remains to be seen, and he may just be a placeholder until the team figures out what exactly is going on with Octavio Dotel.

Valverde will be available to close today’s game, if the situation arises, and how can one hope that it will not?

So The Big Potato has come full circle now from The Closer to the Struggling Closer to the Postseason Disaster Closer to The Unsigned and Unloved Former Closer to the Aww What The Heck Minor League Signing to…The Closer. Dave Dombrowski says that “his stuff is back throwing like he did a couple years ago.” Well, we shall see. What is undeniable is that there will not be any dull moments the next time a save situation arises. Jason Beck has an amusing timeline of the circular evolution of Jose Valverde from Tiger Closer to Tiger Closer.

Of course, with Valverde back, someone had to go. Brayan Villarreal was the one thrown onto the bus from Detroit to Toledo. Villarreal has stuff that has been described as “unhittable,” but unfortunately teams have figured out that they don’t need to hit him, and that standing there like a house by the side of the road can actually work when he is on the mound.

The 41st man on the 40-man roster turned out the be the sort-of-forgotten Duane Below, who was Designated For Assignment, and can now be claimed on waivers. The Blue Jays may be his next stop–they have already claimed Aaron Laffey, Casper Wells, Mauro Gomez, and Edgar Gonzalez this month.

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Speaking of Casper Wells, The Ghost will be haunting Oakland now. The Blue Jays Designated Wells 5 days after claiming him on waivers, and the Oakland A’s acquired him for “cash considerations” (and moved former Tiger Scott Sizemore to the 60-day DL to make room for him). Wells seems like he would have been a good fit for that RH LF platoon role: he has outstanding numbers against left-handing pitching, and his glove is a plus at all 3 outfield positions. The Tigers have virtually no chance to claim anyone on waivers (every MLB team but one has to pass first), but it seems like they could have come up with “cash considerations.”

And since we’re at it with the former Tigers: Inge is back up with the Pirates (1-4, 2B, RBI). Cue the peanut gallery. And Delmon Young had his first rehab assignment for Philadelphia. Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Young is expected to step in as the Phillies’ everyday right fielder, but not until he’s “adequate” in the field.” Oh, stop it Ruben, you’re killin’ me!

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Today’s starting pitchers are still Max and Wade, so I will stick with the lucky slump-busting picture.

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Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Well, Max still figures in the equation, but the POPG obviously has to go to Jose Valverde, whose appearance or non-appearance alike will be the topic of the game.

Today’s Powerless Lineup (reverse jinx in effect):

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

142 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Valverde The Comeback Closer.
    Rondon The 6th Inning Guy.
    Villarreal onto the bus.
    Below under the bus (below the bus?).

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Good ones.

      And Danny ain’t Worth sh_ _

  2. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Speaking of ex-Tigers, Raburn is off to (for him) a blistering .212 start in his reserve role with CLE. He hasn’t run into one yet. Comparatively though, I guess .212 isn’t too bad for Bench Guy.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      I still think he’s better than Don Kelly. And cheaper than Santiago. He is less of a negative than they are. And I think he has a tiny chance to turn things around which is better than the chance that Kelly or Santiago could become valuable.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        Good Lord, Raburn better than Kelly or Santiago? Not a chance. Ryan Raburn is a DH who can’t hit. That’s what he has become. Once in a blue moon he’ll clobber a pitcher having a bad day and raise hopes. This is similar to Kelly’s once in a blue moon, one AB heroics, except that Raburn will never steal a HR in the outfield or do any number of nifty and useful things on the bases or in the field that Kelly and Santiago can – NEVER.

        Where would you play Raburn? LF? Over Dirks and Tuiasosopo? The infield? Raburn is an infield clown show – have you seen him there? DH? I’d rather have Martinez batting one-handed.

        • Coleman

          April 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

          [checking video to see if Martinez has taken to batting one-handed; that would explain a lot].

          • Vince in MN

            April 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

            That would make sense with the stitches and all.

        • The Strategy Expert

          April 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm

          No I would only play Raburn over Kelly. I would play Dirks over Raburn. But if it’s me then I wouldn’t have Raburn on the team as he’s below the Mendoza line anyhow.

        • The Strategy Expert

          April 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm

          Oh and you have to be careful about saying “better”, because it’s not about being better sometimes. Santiago has a much higher salary than Raburn by a factor of 110% additional cost. I’m not saying Raburn isn’t better than Santiago anyhow, but the price factor has to be accounted for. The money savings is a benefit that can be used to buy an additional benefit some other place and that gets added to the Pro side of Raburn over Santiago on an individual value determination.

          • Kevin in Dallas

            April 24, 2013 at 10:18 pm

            Why do the Tigers need to save money? Did I miss a new salary cap? Please advise.

            • The Strategy Expert

              April 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

              Money saved is potentially more money we have to spend imo. I see no logic in spending additional money for any players that I think bring a negative overall value. There is no possible way to benefit from a transaction like that, and a possibility that the saved money is allowable to be spent on something that I think is a value-adding transaction. Every dollar counts, and every dollar should be spent on a logical baseball decision imo.

  3. judpma

    April 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Put me on the …I wouldn’t have Raburn on the team if he paid his own salary….side

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      That’s fine, but if Don Kelly or Santiago paid his own salary too, then I still like Raburn more. I think he has a bigger upside for the future than either of them. But in the case of Santiago he also saves over a million bucks and that makes the comparison between Raburn and Santiago a landslide in favor of Raburn. Granted it’s comparing 2 anthills, but still within that choice one is a much better value than the other comparatively.

      • stephen

        April 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

        Santiago and Kelly suck but they can at least competently play multiple positions. Raburn in a Zero-tool player.

        • Coleman

          April 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

          And yet I have heard him called a mega-tool

        • The Strategy Expert

          April 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

          I don’t consider a horribly unqualified bat to go with the versatility as a qualification that one can play multiple positions. In my mind, they can play 0 positions because their bats don’t qualify them to be on the field at all. Santiago is paid more than he’s worth and we can’t trade him for a penny because of his negative value. That means he is worse than a zero-tool, he’s in a sense a -1 tool. If Raburn is a 0 tool then that’s a better value. But he’s not a total zero, because he has a tiny chance to improve for the future.

          Raburn has nice power for a guy his size and he has shown that he has the skill and tools to hit big shots. He is capable, just not consistent. He badly needs training and coaching and there is still hope for him even if you personally think it is impossible for him to improve. He is only inconsistent because of a mental issue and psychological issue with how he approaches the game, but he has the physical capability to be a useful player if he can develop and put it all together.

  4. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    A 2-out rally. That’s encouraging.

  5. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    So who gives Jackson a breather if he needs some time off – Kelly right?

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Pfffft….Torii Hunter!! He only has 2 years of life left, might as well get the most out of him and leave him nice and depleted so he can’t go help anybody else out after us!

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        Vince – in time, Berry. Likable, capable (except at the plate), versatile isn’t going to be enough to keep a Don Kelly batting .100 on the team indefinitely. You’d think.

        • Vince in MN

          April 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          I just don’t see keeping Kelly if his only function is to be a 5th OF and pinch-runner. Obviously he is going to get 0 time at 1B/3B – Tui, VMart, Santiago/Worth pick up those rare duties. As you suggest, Berry isn’t going to hit for much, but he’ll hit better than Kelly, is faster and will be a more versatile 25th man. I frankly don’t get the love JL has for him.

          • Coleman

            April 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

            4th string catcher. How many teams have one of those? Leyland knows an edge when he sees one.

  6. judpma

    April 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Infanta breaks the ” Only Miggy gets any RBI with RISP curse….then Jackson starts it all over again.

  7. judpma

    April 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Jackson needs something..that two days off didn,’t do much

  8. Brenden

    April 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    And the pitching struggles continue for this team…

  9. Smoking Loon

    April 24, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Wow, 4 runs for the Royals, just like that. Just when it looked like Max was gonna cruise. Not sure if I can hold out for the thrilling debut of Valverde. Might have to catch up with this one later.

    • Vince in MN

      April 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Perfect time though for Rondon to get his feet wet (so to speak). Valverde can wait for tomorrow if they don’t come back.

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        Yeah I totally agree even though baseball is played on land and Leyland’s water analogy sucks! :)

        • Smoking Loon

          April 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

          I’m pretty sure you can get wet feet while on land.

          • Coleman

            April 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

            The Loon would know.

            • Smoking Loon

              April 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm

              Not exactly experts on dry land, we’ve been known to land on wet roadways at night, confusing them with bodies of water. But give us a break. Honest mistakes.

  10. TIGERS RULE

    April 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Watching Miggy bat is worth more than the price of admission!

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      And the rest of the team is worth a full refund, so still a bad deal to buy a ticket unfortunately. :(

  11. Coleman

    April 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    How does Prince not score on that? Anyway, V-Mart really needed that!

  12. Smoking Loon

    April 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    All right, very encouraging rally. But let the Brookens complaining begin. That out… could haunt us.

    • TIGERS RULE

      April 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Didn’t we upgrade at the third base coaching position?

  13. Coleman

    April 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Oh Lordy. Then Brookens making Uncle Geno look like a genius.

    • Vince in MN

      April 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Maybe Brookens just didn’t recognize Martinez as he rounded third.

      • Coleman

        April 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        He obviously didn’t recognize Frenchy in right field.

        • Smoking Loon

          April 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

          Good one, Vince. Maybe Brookens figured he was heading to the dugout after the usual third out. Runners were on, after all.

          • Coleman

            April 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

            Victor has scored all of 2 runs all season, so maybe Brookens thought it was Tuiasosopo (also 2 runs).

  14. judpma

    April 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Francouer must have 100 assists just against the Tigers….

  15. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Peralta not showing much power yet, but at least he is getting the hits.

    Hopefully the coaching staff understands that this year’s team has LESS power than last year and that therefore the emphasis on contact and baserunning is even more important than usual. They have been a station-to-station team for so long, I don’t know if that approach can be changed quickly, but they really have to work at it this season. I think the talent is there, but I am not so sure the strategic thinking has caught up to the fact.

  16. judpma

    April 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Vince do you realize you used coaching staff and strategic thinking in the same post?

    • Vince in MN

      April 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Normally I am a glass is half empty guy I guess, but I am trying to maintain a sense of optimism in this tough early going. Perhaps I am overcompensating?

  17. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Do you have Jackson, who is in a slump, bunt there? I would, but then I am not a Genius.

    • Coleman

      April 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      A Genius would have the batters hit balls at all the guys wearing the underhoodies.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Not me. There’s not a strong enough probability to get both runs in, it provides a very likely out, there’s a lot of time left and not a specific certain need for precisely 2 runs (we may need more), and there’s no guarantee we even move both runners over, plus it could create a possible double play too. I also don’t look at “slump” numbers as the indicator of what a player is worth for a present AB, so AJ’s hitting potential is worth more than his slump numbers.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        AJ grounded into a DP but for Moustakas.

        • Coleman

          April 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

          You can’t blame Moustakas for that–it’s the underhoodie. Passed ball on the underhoodie catcher now too. I think I am onto something.

          • Vince in MN

            April 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

            The extra layer of clothing probably binds them up. Kind of like having shorts that are too tight. Pass this on to Leyland et al. God, I wonder if this couldn’t be affecting the coaching staff too!

            • Coleman

              April 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

              Hmm, Francoeur is wearing the underhoodie. It must not inhibit the throwing motion.

      • Vince in MN

        April 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        OK, you are looking at it from a more general overall view, while I am seeing it as a particular, unique situation. Nothing to argue about, just different perspectives.

        • The Strategy Expert

          April 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

          Well I was looking at it as a specific unique situation too, and the entire set of game conditions, such as being in the 4th, and 2 runs only giving us a 1 run lead at the time in a game where it is more likely that KC will score again as opposed to not scoring again. And in that unique situation I think the odds to win the game are higher if we elect to not bunt with AJ. He is credible for a nice OBP and that’s too much to give up for that specific situation.

      • stephen

        April 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        And yet you’re ready to throw Dotel away based on a two week slump. Riddle me this Picard.

        • The Strategy Expert

          April 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm

          It has nothing to do with the slump. I didn’t want him to begin the season. So if he would have done well then that was something I was willing to risk. I had 0 interest in him being part of the team. I thought his best use was to trade for an improvement to our offense. It has nothing to do with Dotel as a player, the better he is or the more value he is doesn’t make any difference to me because I don’t like the category he is, a pitcher, and pitchers are what I’m looking for as preferred chips to use towards getting offensive improvements. So again, his performance thus far is not relevant at all to that strategy choice. It’s not a riddle, it’s just a preferred option.

  18. Coleman

    April 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    OK, Rod was saying Lloyd has been working with Victor. Is it time for the rare tip-of-the-cap to Lloyd?

    • Smoking Loon

      April 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Good call. I think it is.

      • Coleman

        April 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        While we are at it, the Tigers have been consisently patient at the plate for a change.

  19. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    OK Victor! I think he must have taken a look at those same videos Coleman mentioned earlier.

  20. judpma

    April 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Feel free to keep scoring runs!!!

  21. Coleman

    April 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I am beginning to get the feeling this game may be potato-proof.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Don’t say that. Never underestimate the power of the potato.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        The dread power of the potato is already weakening Max here in the 5th.

        • Vince in MN

          April 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

          “Potato Power”
          I can see the commercial t-shirt sales potential already, to say nothing of cereal, candy bars and so on. Surely you remember “Reggie” bars. We could have our own “Potato” bars, “A healthy, in between meals snack”.

          • Coleman

            April 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm

            I am working on the logo. Think Mr. Peanut, replace the peanut with a potato, replace the monocle with glasses, toss the top hat for a cap…this thing will sell itself.

            • Smoking Loon

              April 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

              Or Scott Boras will sell it. He’ll text you in the middle of the night to sell it to you.

              • Coleman

                April 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

                OK, now that is weird, there is currently some game ad on the right of the page with a Mr. Potato Head.

              • Smoking Loon

                April 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm

                Targeted marketing is getting a bit spooky these days. Mailman just dropped off (at night, no less) a bunch of Ore-Ida coupons.

          • Smoking Loon

            April 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm

            The potato bars could, in the worst case, be an apres-meal snack. For bulimics.

  22. Brenden

    April 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Great….typical….big inning for the Tigers and the pitcher decides to walk the bases loaded with no outs…

  23. Coleman

    April 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I think Peralta’s improved hitting has sapped his modest fielding powers.

  24. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Some may ask why Scherzer is still pitching. The answer is
    a) he has not given up 9 runs or
    b) he has not thrown his pitch limit (100)
    It is possible he will reach both before he is relieved.

    • Coleman

      April 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      At least he seems to be on friendly terms with the home plate umpire.

      • Vince in MN

        April 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        With 39 pitches that inning, I am sure they are great familiars.

  25. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you Mr.Moustakas, you have been of great help this evening.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 24, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Yes, the KC Clown Show had a lot to do with the win. We’ll take it, every day.

  26. Smoking Loon

    April 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Sweet, Omar! Triples Alley.

  27. Coleman

    April 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Omar is out of control. And just think, at this time last season we were shuffling Inge and Raburn at 2nd.

    • Vince in MN

      April 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      And last year at this time we were complaining about R3L20 Fail.

  28. Coleman

    April 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    That could be a costly Double R3L2O-Fail.

  29. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I think we are looking at an AlAl, Rondon, Benoit, Valverde finish, getting all our ducks, more or less, in a proper row.

    • Vince in MN

      April 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Although don’t count out getting Downs in there for a handful of pitches.

    • Coleman

      April 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      AlAl is the best of the bunch.

      • Coleman

        April 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Or not.

        • Smoking Loon

          April 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

          I’m disoriented. Benoit in the 7th? Everything is off-kilter now.

          • The Strategy Expert

            April 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

            I think Valverde is worth like 5 million just for the excitement and drama he can bring into games like this! hehe

            • Smoking Loon

              April 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm

              Well, everything was good at first as a result of the Valverde signing. Al-Al fit right in his slot. It was all going so well.

  30. Coleman

    April 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Meanwhile, the Red Wings just took a 2-1 lead.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Yeah they need a win in a big way. Looking good to make the playoffs now.

  31. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Inge playing 1B now (not 3B) as replacement tonight.

    • Coleman

      April 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Pinch-hit RBI. He is batting .400. Start the All-Star ballot write-in campaign!

    • Coleman

      April 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Meanwhile Jason Grilli has 8 saves and an ERA of 0.00. If only we had been patient!

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 24, 2013 at 10:07 pm

        Papa Grande has a 0.00 ERA too. He’s an All-Star until he gives up a certain number of runs!

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        Maybe they’re just being exceedingly patient with Grilli.

  32. judpma

    April 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    3-1 Wings

  33. The Strategy Expert

    April 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Nice physics understanding by Prince to use the principles of a black hole to suck that ball in with his massive stomach/chest! :)

  34. Smoking Loon

    April 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Boy, is Avila slow.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      You….can…say….that…again.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        He he. Seriously, I think Martinez gets down to 1B faster.

  35. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Boesch 0 for 3 tonight with an error which apparently cost them a run.

  36. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Jackson now 1 for his last 30. 2 BB 12 K.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Wow. 30??? I knew he was scuffling, but…

      Now THAT was a Benoit inning.

      No schadenfreud here if Valverde blows it. The Tigers need this win. I suppose they need them all, but this one is, like, happening right now.

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        Well if you believe KC is our top competitor like me then you could argue this is our most important game of the year thus far.

  37. Smoking Loon

    April 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Coupla home runs here, Cabrera and Fielder.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      OK, I’ll settle for one.

      • The Strategy Expert

        April 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        How about none and Papa Grande gives up 1 run, loads the bases, and then strikes out the next 3 to win it, would you take that?

        • Smoking Loon

          April 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

          Well, maybe Valverde can load the bases with none out, and then Rondon can come in and strike out the side.

          • The Strategy Expert

            April 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

            Oh no, you have to take my deal or leave it.

            So Valverde gives up a homer to start the inning, walks 3, then strikes out 3. Would you settle for that, or would you rather roll the die on an unknown scenario that is about to happen? You have to pick one for fun!

            • Smoking Loon

              April 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

              Roll the dice.

              • The Strategy Expert

                April 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

                Yeah I agree. It’s no fun to win baseball when you can select your fate, gotta go earn those victories and let fate determine itself!

  38. tbran

    April 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Buckle up and cinch it tight. Papa G is on the hill.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Slow as ever, but I like the new motions better.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        All right! One might imagine that the win was a bit sweeter for the team on account of Valverde.

        • The Strategy Expert

          April 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

          Heck yeah, that was fun! It’s always going to be exciting every time he comes out now. :)

  39. TIGERS RULE

    April 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    The Big Potato looks like a little skinny.

  40. tbran

    April 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I seriously question the weight loss claim by Papa G.

  41. judpma

    April 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Kudos to Pappa Grande…..that all the way back for now couldn’t have been easy…good for him and us

    • Vince in MN

      April 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Well, 18 pitches and all fastballs according to Gameday. I thought he was throwing his splitter. What happened, or just didn’t they pick up the difference.

      • Coleman

        April 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        Nope, I was watching, all fastballs.

        • Jim Eggers USMC Rifle Expert1971

          April 25, 2013 at 1:49 am

          All the fastballs I saw on Quick Pitch were 93 mph and, except for one that sank a little, very up and straight… he will always be a sideshow. However, on the aforementioned QP, they showed a stat panel that showed Papa has the most saves and the lowest opponents BA of the other two guys who aren’t as good as him. (Papelbon and someone else) BTW, anybody liking that blonde on QP? TSE?? you got to go for it!

          • The Strategy Expert

            April 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

            Hmm I looked up the cast lineup and the only blonde is Heidi Watney. I’m not usually into blondes but I would be willing to go out with her and give her a shot, even though according to Wikipedia she was only first runner-up for Miss California. So does she live in Michigan and do you have her phone number?

            Oh and I found this page about her for fun!:
            http://www.massholesports.com/.....atney.html

  42. tbran

    April 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    We’ll take it — dance moves and all.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Those moves are just to intimidate future opponents.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm

        I’m so glad the twist is gone. He’d better not bring it back.

  43. Vince in MN

    April 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    BOOBs got the job done tonight, something that has been missing. Although I am beginning to think I like Avila more when he doesn’t swing.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Yeah. Heckuva play between him and Scherzer on the force at the plate, though. That was huge. One of those things that don’t show up in the play-by-play.

  44. Kevin in Dallas

    April 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Great game by VMart. TravisFrymanFan is right.

  45. StorminNorman

    April 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    nice to get the win and the 3-up-3-down Potato save, but 18 pitches from Valverde, all fastballs…sure a little more velocity than the end of last year, but if the splitter is still MIA (though DD says ‘its working again’), it won’t take long for hitters to lock-in on the 92-94 mph cheese… that doesn’t have much movement.

    i hope i’m wrong, but i can’t see the Valverde ‘comeback’ making it to All Star break… either because of an injury or a bloated ERA (or both)

    • Smoking Loon

      April 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Good observation. That we all hope proves wrong.

      • PHToy in HK

        April 25, 2013 at 12:18 am

        It was somehow very fitting that the first pitch from TBP was a ball. Maybe he was trying to be funny.

  46. Kevin in Dallas

    April 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Grilli has 9 saves.

    The Tigers have 10 wins.

    • Coleman

      April 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Eventually he will re-grill toward the mean.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 24, 2013 at 11:09 pm

        I wonder if Grilli ever faced a Weber. A Frey? A Burger? He must be tough on hot dogs.

        • Coleman

          April 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          His twitter account is @GrillCheese49

          • Smoking Loon

            April 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm

            At first I thought you made that up.

            • Coleman

              April 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

              Now would I ever make anything up?

              • Smoking Loon

                April 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm

                Of course not. I was just making that up.

        • Smoking Loon

          April 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          Just thought y’all would enjoy some corn with the Potato.

        • Coleman

          April 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          I’m sure he has faced Crisp.

          • Smoking Loon

            April 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm

            I just had to check. Yes, Coco has fried him to a crisp.

  47. Smoking Loon

    April 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Oh, regarding Kevin’s Delmon Young comment, I recall reading the Phillies GM explaining Young’s perceived defensive shortcomings in LF a result of RF being his natural position. I thought that was pretty funny. Who knows, it might be true. Seems doubtful. Don’t right fielder’s have to throw the ball occasionally?