Game 2013.27: Tigers at Astros

by Coleman on May 2, 2013 · 68 comments

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The Tigers travel to Houston to take on the newly-American-League Astros, who have so far been welcomed into the AL to the tune of a league-worst 8-20 record.

The probable pitchers for the series are:

  • May 2 8:10  Porcello vs. Lyles
  • May 3 8:10  Fister vs. Norris
  • May 4 7:10  Scherzer vs. Harrell
  • May 5 4:10  Verlander vs. Humber

If there is any good news for the beleaguered Astros it’s that they get to start out the series with Porcello, the one Tiger pitcher who is not putting up huge strikeout numbers. Houston has struck out a MLB-leading 276 times; the K-stros hitters meeting the Tiger pitchers should make for a perfect storm of strikeouts this weekend.

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Not surprisingly, Bruce Rondon was returned to Toledo, just in time to be fitted for his Chewbacca uniform, as the Mud Hens honor Star Wars Weekend. Why did no one tell me about this? It is far too late to get a decent costume now. Anyway Mud Hen players will hope that the increased attention the uniforms will give them will help in their Wookie-of-the-Year bids.

OK, I can’t help it, had to look up a picture of the things. Words fail me.

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Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Jose Valverde. Finally another save situation arrives, and Valverde comes out especially animated against his former team.

Today’s Welcome to the AL Lineup:

  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
 
 

{ 68 comments }

Vince in MN May 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Don’t sell the Astros hitters short. They are middle of the pack, but have more XBH than the Tigers, with only 12 runs scored fewer. Their pitching has been atrocious – 30th in ERA (by quite a bit) at 5.42. One should keep in mind how the Tigers have done in the past against this sort of talent however.

Coleman May 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Yes, proceed with caution. On the other hand: bring back the Braves!

PHToy in HK May 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Nice call regarding the XBHs.

Smoking Loon May 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

From mlb.com:

• Houston is 5-13 against right-handed starters this season, but just 3-6 against southpaws.

Interesting. Detroit is 5-7 on the road this season, but just 10-4 at home.

Kevin in Dallas May 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

+1

Smoking Loon May 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

The Astros put up 38 runs in 6 games against the Mariners, and they beat Iwakuma.

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Pitcher making his Major League debut against the Tigers automatic name change to CY…….happens every time!

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Lead off guy doubles and Mario says ….This is the Astros first scoring opportunity of the night!……..thanks Mario

Coleman May 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Ok, all I can say is…it figures.

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Avila got that 3rd RBI against the Twins….he is good for another month of starts now!

Kevin in Dallas May 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I think there’s something wrong with my MLB.tv audio, I just heard Dan say “pitching coach Doug Brocail…”

Coleman May 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Clearly, that means that the Hitting Coach is Brad Ausmus.

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Fortunately for Houston the Tigers brought their road hitting team with them to start this trip.

Brenden May 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Look at that half billion dollar Tigers’ offense go!

This team just can’t figure it out on the road, even against the league’s worst team…

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

30th ranked pitching staff only because they haven’t met the Tiger road Offensive team…lets see how far they go up this weekend

PHToy in HK May 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Okay, the table is set. Let’s see what happens…

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Mumbles turned to Lamont and says..”.I can’t believe they keep changing all these pitchers. They haven’t pitched a whole inning yet”

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Victor!!!!!!!!

Kevin in Dallas May 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Check out this gem by the MLB.tv Scout:

Wesley Wright may prefer to go after Victor Martinez, whose OPS is .527 this season, with the four-seam fastball rather than facing Austin Jackson, whose OPS is .724.

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

This Ortega kid has the “right stuff”…..

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Jackson has seen about three total strikes in his Golden Sombrero…..He is just swinging to swing!!!!!

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm

nice throw…..this team has 20 losses huh???

Coleman May 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Gene Jr. Seriously, you don’t run on Francoeur, and you don’t run on Ankiel. C’mon.

tbran May 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

No doubt. How long has Brookens been around?? He ought to know better. That was Bush League.

Judpma May 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Prince ans Victor have stranded 8 so far in the 4-5 spot…..thats pretty much the story of this game

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:06 am

Uh oh…it’s Putty Time.

The Strategy Expert May 3, 2013 at 12:09 am

Nice sculpting.

tbran May 3, 2013 at 12:10 am

Donny Baseball!

tbran May 3, 2013 at 12:16 am

Good decision T. Brookens.

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

Does BP have a sac fly in him?

tbran May 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

not even close.

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

Apparently not. R3L2O-Fail.

tbran May 3, 2013 at 12:23 am

I give up. I’ll read it about it tomorrow I mean today.

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:25 am

Leadoff double = nothing. Not Good Baseball. How long will those last 500 fans stick around for this?

Judpma May 3, 2013 at 12:27 am

lets see no bunts….no hit and run …no steals…no hitting behind the runner……well at least Mumbles is doing his usual job!!!

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:29 am

To be fair, it’s hard to hit behind the runners if the guys can’t put the bat on the ball.

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2013 at 12:33 am

6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks for the relievers. I know it’s Hou, but still pretty salty.

Jerry The Tiger Fan May 3, 2013 at 12:35 am

I apologize in advance if I cost us the game. I was sitting in my “lucky” spot on the couch since the 8th inning (when we tied it), but waited in agony in that spot instead of urinating as I was convinced the Tigers would lose if I moved off the spot. I finally gave in to Mother Nature in the bottom of the 13th. So there is that if the Tigers go on to lose……..

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:36 am

Professional hitting by Torii Hunter. Thank you.

Judpma May 3, 2013 at 12:44 am

Hunter does that on his own….Mumbles mumbled the whole time that is was stupid to do!!!!

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:38 am

Wow, the old double-intentional to get to the Donkey. I say DK knocks in the go-ahead here.

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:38 am

If not, I blame Jerry the Tiger Fan.

Judpma May 3, 2013 at 12:43 am

good call….where u been!

Jerry The Tiger Fan May 3, 2013 at 12:40 am

Wouldn’t mind the squeeze play with Austin Jackson on third here………Lord knows the Tigers struggle mightily at hitting the routine SAC fly.

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:41 am

The Donkey got you off the hook for your bathroom break.

Jerry The Tiger Fan May 3, 2013 at 12:43 am

Yes he did. I don’t want to jinx it though, we still need three more outs before we can say Donkey bailed me out for sure.

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 12:46 am

Tui may just have taken care of it for you. Of course, now you’re just gonna think you can go to the bathroom any old time you want.

Jerry The Tiger Fan May 3, 2013 at 1:03 am

I know right?? This might just embolden me to use the restroom during actual games that are close. Heresy!

Judpma May 3, 2013 at 12:42 am

Donkey….HAVE A DAY!…….atta boy!

Jerry The Tiger Fan May 3, 2013 at 12:42 am

As a certain hated broadcaster would say “don’t stop now boys”. Way to go Donny Kelly. A clutch knock, but I’d feel a whole lot better if we tack another run or two on in this frame.

Judpma May 3, 2013 at 12:46 am

Tui…,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, hell ya!

Judpma May 3, 2013 at 12:48 am

A RISP sucess and sucess back to back……..no way!!!

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 1:00 am

Putt-Putt is looking pretty good.

Judpma May 3, 2013 at 1:00 am

How about that Bullpen tonight……WOW!

Ortega….Benoit….Downs….Putkonen….7 innings ..0 runs….1 hit….. 1 BB…11 K

Jerry The Tiger Fan May 3, 2013 at 1:02 am

Well…..I think we’ve found a winning formula for extra inning games. Just muddle through those pesky 10,11th,12th, and 13th innings and we’re home free! It worked in Seattle and Houston. :-)

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 1:05 am

You just do NOT want to mess with these guys in the 14th!

Judpma May 3, 2013 at 1:10 am

Wings WIN!

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 1:15 am

In 14 innings!

The Strategy Expert May 3, 2013 at 1:16 am

The day of the Great Donkey Gust.

Jeff Molby May 3, 2013 at 2:57 am

For those that were upset about how Rondon was thrown right into a close game, why was it ok for Ortega to be thrown right into a close game?

Jerry The Tiger Fan May 3, 2013 at 8:48 am

It was ok for Ortega because he didn’t struggle ALL of spring training in addition to blowing it in his first appearance ala Rondon. Rondon had already shown MULTIPLE times that he can’t hack it YET at this level. That is why it wasn’t OK to insert Ronson on Wednesday vs the Twins.

Jeff Molby May 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Was Ortega even at spring training? I’ll give ya a dollar if you can tell me
what his spring training ERA was plus or minus half a run without looking it up.

I was referring to Rondon’s first appearance, against the Royals, but I see now that Ortega pitched his debut two days ago, so it’s not a perfect comparison. Regardless, I stand by my assertion that he was at least as unproven as Rondon and the only reason nobody is complaining about how Ortega was used is because things happened to work out.

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I think there’s a lot more pressure on Rondon then on Ortega. Ortega hasn’t been anointed anything, yet.

Smoking Loon May 5, 2013 at 1:51 am

“the only reason nobody is complaining about how Ortega was used is because things happened to work out.”

Jeff has it absolutely right.

StorminNorman$ May 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

i was at the game in HOU last night, but bowed out in the 7th (school/work night), which turned out to be a wise choice considering the 7th proved to be half-time.

HOU has some decent arms and some young offensive talent, but with that said, DET should not settle for anything less than winning ‘at least’ 3 if they can’t sweep. May’s schedule presents an opportunity to put up 17-20 wins (28 games in May) – 7 against the Stros, and 11 against CLE, MN & PIT.

Raburn stat of the day: in ’12 Raburn managed just 35 hits in his 205 AB’s, this year in 55 AB’s he has 20 hits…go figure

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

He still may not get to 35.

Jim Eggers USMC Rifle Expert1971 May 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Kept thinking the Astros bullpen coach looked familiar, so looked him up… it is Dennis Martinez! Is that the best job for a man with his kind of talent? I mean if Doug Brocail is the pitching coach, who is the better example of excellent pitching?

Coleman May 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

There’s a name from the past! He always seemed like he was on his way to the Hall. He fell off the radar a bit when he ended up in Montreal. Come to think of it, if Jack Morris deserves consideration, so does D-Mart.

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