Game 2013.42: Tigers at Rangers

by Kevin in Dallas on May 19, 2013 · 140 comments

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23-18, 2nd place, 1.5 games behind Cle (who have now won 4 in a row)

Anibal Sanchez did his best Justin Verlander last night, and promptly got booted in the 3rd inning after allowing 11 base runners and 5 ER. The Tigers were never really in the game, and the best offense in baseball was tamed again for the 3rd straight night.

Against an opponent whose number we seemed to have for a while, the Tigers are now 6-12 versus the Rangers since October of 2011. And it feels even worse than that because in those 12 losses, the Rangers have reached double digits against the Tigers 5 times. Think about that – roughly every 3rd game against the Rangers has been a blowout loss. The Rangers are averaging nearly 6.5 runs per game against the Tigers during the time span (116 to 76). I think it’s safe to say that the Rangers have our number these days.

So Doug Fister climbs the hill tonight to take on Derek Holland on Sunday night baseball. Holland is enigmatic, to say the least. The young lefty has been brilliant at times, but he also gets a lot of flack for a seeming lack of concentration on the actual game part of playing baseball. Holland’s success this year (3-2, 2.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) can partly be attributed to his low HR rate (just 2 all year – .33/9) which is unsustainable over the long run. But Holland is a hard-throwing lefty with a good sinker and a great slider, and is also issuing a career low 1.79 walks/9. Tonight won’t be easy.

Of Fister’s 8 starts this year, 6 have been quality. He rebounded nicely last week against Houston (remember, it was Houston) after his shortest start since 2011 against Washington the previous time out. Fister has been thumped by the Rangers in the past, to the tune of 14  ER and 19 hits (5 long balls) in 9 innings.

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A few notes.

- This is the first time since 2003 that two Tigers’ starters didn’t make it through the 3rd inning in a series.

- In today’s the apocalypse is upon us note – the Tigers’ uni’s were beat out by the Orioles’. Blasphemy. This has really upset me.

- Prince Fielder is in a slump (I’m sure you knew this). Over his last 10 games he’s 6-36 with 1 HR. Last night’s RBI was his first in 7 games. He’s 0-3 career versus Holland, though lefties are hitting better against Holland than righties (.773 OPS v. .582 for righties).

I don’t feel good about it, but man do we need a win tonight – off-day tomorrow.

Someone please post the lineup later, as I’m headed to a BBQ (game will be on).

 
 

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Coleman May 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Tonight’s Tui-Avi-Torii Lineup:
1. Infante, 2B
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Tuiasosopo, LF
7. Peralta, SS
8. Pena, C
9. Garcia, CF

The Strategy Expert May 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

And don’t forget the similar sounding trio in the middle of the lineup:

Miggy, Princey, and Vicky.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm

This has nothing to do with tonight’s lineup because we are facing a lefty, but which player would you rather have hitting vs. RH pitching:

A) .163/.265/.279/.544
B) .429/.429/1.000/1.429

The Strategy Expert May 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Well I would pick B because A sounds like he might not belong in this league. It took me 2 guesses to figure out A and only 1 guess for B. The fact that we have more than one player that is believable for that A stat line is not a fun feeling to think about!

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Vince, you can’t just put guys in the lineup because they hit better in defiance of conventional platoon split thinking. Tuiasosopo isn’t *supposed* to hit RHP and Dirks isn’t *supposed* to hit LHP. Therefore, stats must be ignored.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

A is actually Kelly, who happens to be hitting .300 vs.LH pitching. So kind of a trick question, but one that further asks why is Kelly the regular CF now, while Tui remains a bench guy.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Yeah, I knew who A was, though it was a good question. I’ve been wondering about the Kelly over Tui for a while. Lately I’ve been wondering why Tui and Dirks in the lineup “must” be mutually exclusive.

jud May 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm

and there are NO EXCEPTIONS to the stats don’t count theory!!!

The Strategy Expert May 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Every decision has the Leyland stamp of approval.

We are genuinely certifiable no matter what your opinion is!

jud May 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm

the stats don’t count theory is better known to us as the Gary Scheffield rule!!!

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Cabrera is simply amazing.

Also amazing: we got another guy thrown out at home, this time slopoke.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Pena gave him no shot. Tui was going on contact. Bad hitting.

jud May 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Lamont turned to Mumbles and said “shoot I coulda done that”!

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I’m okay with the play at home. Contact play. Would have been an out at first otherwise and a single would have scored a run still.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

You are kidding me!

jud May 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Martinez has been such a great hitter for such a long time it is really sad watching him hach away out after out after out after……….this year

Brenden May 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Prince really hasn’t been much better as of late for how much he is being paid…

TIGERS RULE May 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

MC is kick-in out the jams ….. and I don’t mean MC5.

jud May 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm

hack

Brenden May 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

This team is terrible on the road..goodness…

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Three consecutive balls eluding Peralta.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Four. Lack of range is going to cost us this game.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Make that five.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Is Leyland on a smoke break or what.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Oh I see, he had to wait for the right matchup.

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

We all knew the range issues would cost us a few runs here and there. There you go.

Lots of baeball left.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Lots of baseball, but how many Cabrera at bats? That’s the question.

Brenden May 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Absolute clown show… When is this team going to wake up from their mid-May nap? The offense, pitching and fielding has been pretty terrible this month…

TIGERS RULE May 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

On whom do we blame this fiasco?

TIGERS RULE May 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Kevin must be able to smell the stench pretty good where he’s at!

The Strategy Expert May 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I usually blame Illitch and DD for almost anything that goes wrong. To me the blame deserves to rise to the top.

The players just go out there and do their best and don’t deserve to be made into excuses by the team that picks players that don’t produce desired results.

Brenden May 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I tend to agree with you. I am still not convinced that signing Prince Fielder was the smartest move, but rather was made by an owner desperate for a World Series win… I just think of how many other holes need to be filled on this team, yet so much is locked in with Prince, yet another 1st baseman, when we already had a 1st baseman in Cabrera.

Brenden May 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

There you go, Prince, well done sir.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I don’t have a beef with the Fielder signing. Maybe several years down the road it will turn into a fiasco because of the long-term contract, but for the moment adding Prince to the lineup has added enough punch to more than compensate for the fielding deficiencies (although occasionally the ‘range issue’ rears its ugly head). And I think it has made Miggy more productive as well. My complaint, for years now, has been the utter disregard for improving the bench. Surely when you have already spent 130M+, a few million more to improve on the likes of Kelly and Santiago is no big deal. Tui was a big unplanned for surprise this season. Without him imagine what the bench would look like. Remember the odds-on favorite early in camp was the waiver guy we ended up sending back to WASH (can’t even remember his name). Avila has been a ‘hope-and-prayer-return-to-2011-form’ situation, which is looking like a gamble that is not going to pay off, but you can’t fault them too much for that because the number of available capable catchers is extremely thin. The insistence of sticking with him is getting a little old though (batting 6th yet!). I don’t find much of a problem with the pitching either.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

New life!

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

All eyes on Prince.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

HUGE!!

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I would have walked Cabrera too. Time for Prince to make them pay (If Prince continues to slump, and with Martinez playing Mendoza ball, Cabrera might get Bonds’d a lot this year).

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm
The Strategy Expert May 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

That doesn’t even beat Valverde’s WHIP! ;)

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Atta-boy Prince!

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Props to Omar for the bunt single to, that made the whole rally happen.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Prince makes them pay!! Nice baserunning by Cabrera too.

jud May 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

who batted for Fielder? what..?..that WAS him…hell ya!

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Who batted for Hunter?

The Strategy Expert May 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Maybe the new Ryan Raburn, who is only 1 for his last 17?

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm

That play was literally Fielder’s choice.

The Strategy Expert May 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Good one! I just missed it when I made my post or it would have fit nicely right here!

The Strategy Expert May 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Fielder has had several times this year where he has failed to get the lead runner on a similar play. Sometimes he thinks he can’t get the guy or doesn’t have an angle when he does. We need to keep him focused on making the smart decisions like that last play.

TIGERS RULE May 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Why did not moron Smokey bring in a lefty to pitch to the lefty?

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm

He needs Ortega to pitch to Cruz.

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Lots of baseball left.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Yeah, but lots of bullpen time left too.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

And possibly no Miggy/Prince ABs left.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

BP Ortega.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Wow. Welcome to the Tigers bullpen, Jose Ortega. Now you belong.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Apparently Leyland doesn’t want to overtax the bullpen with a day off tomorrow.

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I have no idea what Leyland is doing at this point in time.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Yes. I have no idea why, at the least, you couldn’t bring Benoit in here. Ortega is just toast. Benoit can pitch two innings.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Lovely. We’re in Anaheim, aren’t we? Where’s Porcello?

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

OMG. Thank you, Andy Dirks.

TIGERS RULE May 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

The sad thing is he doesn’t know either. Smokey is an absolute joke! The sooner he’s gone the better!

TIGERS RULE May 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

When some actual managing has to be done Smokey is lost! He can’t think on his feet.

JOE Z May 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

leave em out there to hang, leyland

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I’m fully expecting this game to be out of reach when Ortega leaves.

Remember what I said about double digits?

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Yeah. I think it’s gonna get there yet. With any luck, maybe the Tigers will get to double digits as well. Martinez won’t bat again for a while.

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

We have got to deal someone for some bullpen help. Smyly and Porcello seem like the best candidates.

Dotel should be back soon, that will help. But our bridge guys are just awful.

Now, the Rangers may just be the best team in baseball. So it won’t always be like this. But the pen we have can’t be our post-season solution.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I think Porcello and Smyly are too valuable to deal, and I don’t have a good feeling about Dotel being able to help, soon or ever.

The Tigers have the bullpen talent, big the big team and Toledo. They really do. That talent just needs to deliver with something approaching consistency. If that doesn’t happen, yeah, I suppose some kind of painful deal is inevitable.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Shoulda been “between the big team and.”

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Its a long season. The bullpen will come around. We’ll be OK.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Coke, on the other hand, is completely dispensible.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm

A pitching change. What a novel idea.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Send in the clowns.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Oh wait. Already there.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Clown Show!

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Goodness Cabrera. You don’t see him make many mental errors like that. Who knows if it will even matter.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm

He makes bad choices at 3B with regularity. Best hitter in baseball by far, Tigers MVP without question. Still a liability at 3B.

jud May 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm

all this circus needs is a tent!!

tbran May 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Texas has owned Detroit for years now. Sad.

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm

WTH was that???

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Chlown Show.

tbran May 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

this is like a little league game.

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

There’s your 10.

Watch Garcia score on a passed ball here.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Nah, Avila has the night off.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Someone should tote up the number of extra bases the Tigers gave away tonight. Errors, misplays, bad throws, dropped balls, wild pitches…

Doug of troy May 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm

3 brainless plays in a row. Make that 4. It’s a reflection of a total lack of baseball common sense from Leyland on down .

tbran May 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I’ve watched this crap all weekend. Enough. If the Tigers find a way to win, God bless ‘em. But I’m done and it’s time to get the F out of Texas. Let Oakland beat them up.

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Disappointed in Tui after the nice catch. Two bad plays follow.

TIGERS RULE May 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Why did Tui airmail the cutoff man again ….. didn’t Smokey speak to him after the first one earlier tonight ….. oh that’s right Smokey can’t manage!

Smoking Loon May 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

He’s trying to be like Torii. Cutoff men are for losers.

jud May 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Leyland will say after this game “Well..thats just baseball”

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Way to Clown up a career game by Cabrera.

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Incredibly frustrating. I hate baseball right now.

Just know that I feel what you guys feel.

Going to make a drink.

Mark May 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Cheers!

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi May 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Hey Kevin..plenty of season left. While my wife, daughter, and I attended the first three games of the series, we missed this game, getting home at 0430AM after last night’s game. Despite the score, you are seeing a very special baseball player bat. Incredible show of hitting. My brother is currently at the game. Cheers!

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Kevin’s right, we need a relief pitcher. But we also need a DH.

TIGERS RULE May 19, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I suggested earlier that Tui should get a shot.

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

He would probably be a better DH than a left fielder.

Smoking Loon May 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Tui’s pretty decent in LF. I think he got greedy after one diving catch and wanted to play the hero again, went for the gusto rather than playing it safe as the score dictated. Dumb, maybe, but there’s a guy in RF who gets caught up in the heat of monmnt at times, too. Not a good game in LF last night, no. But the first bungles I’d hold him entirely responsible for so far.

Vince in MN May 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I think you have to cut the guy a little slack. His minor league career of 804 games is mostly as an infielder (3B- 444, SS-140, 1B-74, 2B-48, OF-98). I think it is the classic case of him being put out in LF because there wasn’t any other place for him to play. Obviously he hasn’t been worked with much and is in effect learning the position. That might be a reason why Leyland doesn’t pencil him in very often.

Coleman May 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Anyone who would look at the numbers would yank Martinez as DH and put Tui there.

But baseball isn’t played by numbers, it’s played by people, and you don’t just do that with a guy like Martinez. It’s easy to scoff at the “player’s manager” aspect of what Leyland does, but it’s a very real part of managing a team, and he does it well.

At some point (but when?) it will have to be decided whether Martinez is going to get it back or not, and difficult decisions will have to be made. They were made eventually with Ordonez, which I think is a very similar situation. So while I think it’s fair to point out that the Tigers are suffering from bottom of the barrel DH performance, that doesn’t mean anyone is doing anything wrong, as paradoxical as that position may sound.

jud May 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Capt Mumbles looks like he is in a daze……..nevermind…….he alwYs looks like that.

jud May 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

best manager in baseball. just ask the players…know why…he won’t say one word to them about this clown show!

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi May 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

This game reminds me of a Tigers v. Ranger game I attended in May 2008 in which the Rangers won 16-15. Tigers scored 8 runs in one inning followed by 10 runs by the Rangers. see: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TEX/TEX200405080.shtml

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi May 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Omar played in that one too!

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I was there for my birthday – took my Mom. She’s from Detroit, so we let pretty bummed. Entertaining game though.

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Do you get a ‘golden something’ for 4 walks in a game?

Coleman May 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm

A golden cane?

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm

A golden walker!

Vince in MN May 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Well that’s Tigers baseball.

Kevin in Dallas May 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Awful, awful weekend.

The Rangers are the class of the AL right now, and the Tigers are somewhere in the middle. Fortunately, we play in the AL Central.

Long season, we’ll have many more nights like this. It’s the cost of being a fan.

The Strategy Expert May 20, 2013 at 12:07 am

Yeah and Oakland beat KC. But because CLE won again now that might not be a good thing since CLE is now our current top threat for the division and the extra win could help OAK against us.

Gosh why don’t we just slap like another hundred million of salary on top of this heaping mess, that should do the trick. When all else fails, just mindlessly toss more money around. Thats the Tiger way.

The Strategy Expert May 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

Oh and congrats to Cabrera for the awesome 3 homer game that could have been a 4th if it wasn’t for being walked. But too bad it happened in one of those 7+ runs given up games that we haven’t one a single one of yet this season.

The Strategy Expert May 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

or won one, it’s such a foreign thing I don’t know what it is.

tigerfan May 20, 2013 at 11:57 am

wonder how long Leyland’s patience will hold. there’s along way to go but since the tigers are making some pretty amateur blunders with regularity sooner than later would be good

The Strategy Expert May 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Patience for what though, so if his patience runs out what would that mean and how would that affect us?

Jeff Molby May 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

The only thing worse than a bad weekend is coming here to find nothing but incessant whining from a bunch of grown men who apparently haven’t figured out that every team has its ups and downs over the course of a six month season.

Peace out, y’all. I’m done hoping that the billfer glory days would somehow return. There’s gotta be a thoughtful blog around here somewhere….

Smoking Loon May 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Thoughtful blogs are made from thoughtful contributions. We’re all free to make them and steer the conversation to something more to our liking.

One of the functions of the game post thread is to host the spontaneous and informal banter of fans whining and/or exulting about the game in progress or the game just played. Without having some kind of ultimately irrational emotional involvement with the Detroit Tigers to begin with, what is the point of a blog devoted to being a fan of said Tigers? “[A] bunch of grown men [and women, too] who apparently haven’t figured out that every team has its ups and downs” is the very definition of “baseball fans.”

Yes, teams and players have their ups and downs. But if having reactions to the ups and downs that are less than scholarly and opinions about them that are less than academic is silly, then so is analysis of Justin Verlander’s pitch speed and release point, or Victor Martinez’s strike zone contact rate. None of it matters at all unless you make it matter. “It all evens out” might be true, but it’s a non-starter for conversation. It’s really the ultimate rebuttal. Rebuttal is quite easy. Proposal, more difficult.

The billfer glory days included proposals (and perhaps more of them) that fostered discussions, not only rebuttals. I suggest that anyone with complaints about content provide some.

Vince in MN May 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Fan

ORIGIN late 19th cent. (originally U.S.): abbreviation of fanatic .

Vince in MN May 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

fanatic

a person with an obsessive interest in and enthusiasm for something, esp. an activity

Jeff Molby May 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

Nothing wrong with that. The problem is that too many of the expressions of that enthusiasm are laughably devoid of any reasoning.

Jeff Molby May 21, 2013 at 12:30 am

We’re all free to make them and steer the conversation to something more to our liking.

I’ve tried, but it’s clear that I’m grossly outnumbered. Y’all seem happy with the status quo and you’re certainly welcome to have the forum of your choosing.

Without having some kind of ultimately irrational emotional involvement with the Detroit Tigers to begin with, what is the point of a blog devoted to being a fan of said Tigers?

The irrationality is that we have strong emotional attachment to an arbitrary team that plays an arbitrary game. We don’t need to be irrational in our analysis of the game.

But if having reactions to the ups and downs that are less than scholarly and opinions about them that are less than academic

Less than academic would be fine by me. Expressions of frustration/joy are fine to. What drives me crazy is when people use their frustration to start spraying blame mindlessly as if it’s Leyland’s or Dombrowski’s fault every time the bullpen blows a lead or someone strikes out with a runner on third and less than two outs…

“It all evens out” might be true, but it’s a non-starter for conversation.

There are many conversations that need not be started. This isn’t talk radio where you need to fill dead air, even if it means airing pure drivel.

Coleman May 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

There is whining on every blog; for some people that is the whole attraction of a daily blog. I think the biggest difference in the “glory days” was that there was a larger group of people commenting, more diversity of opinion, and less of the old familiarity breeds contempt effect as a result. So the easiest way to improve the experience would be to bring more people here.

Any ideas on how to do that?

One thing Billfer used to do, that I haven’t managed to, is to
do post game updates, which I thing added a rationality and sanity that tempered the whine factor (there was plenty of whining in the comments back then too). Don’t know how he did it, and props to Loon for his efforts.

(By the way three of maybe the top ten commenters from the “glory days” are writing the posts now. We ain’t Billfer, but there is some continuity).

Coleman May 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Sorry for the typos, phone-posting while walking is apparently beyond my capabilities.

The Strategy Expert May 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Personally I think this is the best Tigers blog out there, I love it and think there are often interesting tidbits of information whether it’s stats in the daily posts or just fascinating opinions and perspectives from a variety of people albeit a small group. Keep up the good work guys cause this is a special place that offers insight different from everybody else while easily being the most interesting blog out there for me at least.

Lee’s blog Tiger Tales is also phenomenal in it’s own right, but just not as conducive for daily and regular conversations. I check both blogs regularly every day and I’m hooked!

The Strategy Expert May 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Well one great idea is to create a large marketing budget!

Otherwise maybe less costly ideas include creating a forum-based environment which makes conversation and follow up easier and more intensive on dedicated subjects. It’s pretty hard to keep track of conversations once they get buried in places that are a couple days old.

Or I would always suggest to any sports related site to find ways to create unique offerings, whether it’s set up a mock draft or GM game or whatever one can come up with that might be fun and interesting to check out. I just think in particular there isn’t much out there for baseball like there is for say football in terms of unique ways to drive an audience.

It might be worth trying to make efforts with members of the Tigers to do interviews or maybe set up a live chat to gain a special and unique offering that nobody else can duplicate.

Jeff Molby May 21, 2013 at 1:01 am

I think the biggest difference in the “glory days” was that there was a larger group of people commenting, more diversity of opinion, and less of the old familiarity breeds contempt effect as a result.

I disagree with that. All the commenters in the world wouldn’t help unless they’re the right kind of commenters. If the tone stays as is, the only new commenters that would stick around are those that enjoy (and want to perpetuate) the current tone.

One thing Billfer used to do, that I haven’t managed to, is to
do post game updates, which I thing added a rationality and sanity that tempered the whine factor

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you guys have generally been putting the post-game updates in the next day’s pre-game, right? Nothing wrong with that.

I think the core of the problem is that 1) analysis doesn’t get enough emphasis, which signals to readers that this isn’t a forum for analysis and 2) the frequent cynical humor of the moderators signals to readers that cynicism is in vogue and they frequently chime in with the same tone, sans humor.

(By the way three of maybe the top ten commenters from the “glory days” are writing the posts now. We ain’t Billfer, but there is some continuity).

Yes, but the tone has changed entirely.

William May 21, 2013 at 7:16 am

People post more during losses far more than wins…just the nature of it. Folks like to vent.

And it’s that way everywhere….as an Alabama graduate and season ticket holder, I find our blogs downright comical at points during football season. If your read them during a close game or a loss, you might think you had stumbled across a Vanderbilt forum.

Kevin in Dallas May 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

Good feedback, Jeff. I’d hate to see you go.

I think I too get cynical, but like most of you, I’m sitting at my house in my Tigers cap, wearing my Tigers t-shirt, drinking from my Tigers beer mug, and flipping through Bless You Boys for the hundredth time. It’s hard not to get frustrated with something that you’re so emotionally invested in. Other than work, I likely spend more time following the Tigers than anything else.

I make an effort to rein things in and keep things in perspective. To that end – let’s remember where this team is now – widely regarded as WS contenders. You can’t sit on a perch any higher than that, and it’s easy to fall down.

I also agree with William – the Texas Longhorns message boards are awfully depressing (especially in light of recent years).

It’s a function of passion + disposable time + anonymity.

I go out and check the other blogs from time to time – this one has the best analysis. Bar none (well, Lee’s is better, but most of us read his, then post here).

And finally, we’re working on some significant site upgrades. It’s gonna take a while, but they are in the works.

Jeff Molby May 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

I go out and check the other blogs from time to time – this one has the best analysis. Bar none (well, Lee’s is better, but most of us read his, then post here).

There’s some good analysis here, but once the season starts, the vast majority of it gets rolled into the pre-game. By the end of the first inning, what little discussion it had generated is drowned out by the onslaught of fear and loathing.

Kevin in Dallas May 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

I don’t disagree with the location of the analysis, but it’s very difficult to find time to do more. I would love and encourage more analysis posts (no matter how in-frequent). If guys (or gals) are willing, I’d be happy to add more contributors.

Kevin in Dallas May 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

BTW – I don’t think any of us really understand how much time billfer put into this all those years. I can see why he stepped back.

Jeff Molby May 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I’m certainly not knocking the effort, because I do understand how much you guys put into it. The problem mostly has to do with structure and emphasis. If you could create some separation between the thoughtful discussion and the barroom banter, that would probably be good enough.

Kevin in Dallas May 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Fantastic idea. It would be easy to pop-up a sound-off post on off days.

Jeff Molby May 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Off-days are too infrequent; they’d get pushed out of sight within a couple days. Out of sight, out of mind.

There needs to be some dedicated portion of the site where meaningful conversations can be had at any time without being drowned out by the game chatter. It should be structured in such a way that the conversations can easily flow over the course of multiple days.

Here are my thoughts on the site layout: http://screencast.com/t/qddgDUhh

Coleman May 22, 2013 at 12:01 am

That is quite nice, thank you for the idea.

Smoking Loon May 22, 2013 at 12:12 am

Well, Jeff, I’m glad you spoke out. It has sparked an interesting discussion that could set in motion some changes for the better here.

The Strategy Expert May 22, 2013 at 12:15 am

Well you can’t even read the entire comments anyhow, so not sure what the point of listing them on the home page is. It’s just an incoherent message preview.

The Strategy Expert May 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I admit some of my posts are often a little silly and I’m attempting to elicit humor more than I’m trying to embarrass any particular player if it seems like I do that from time to time. Like when I referred to Victor as Vicky the other day to me that’s just a playful comment as players who aren’t performing well are accountable to perform or they should expect some harsh critiques. It’s not personal and I am going for trying to be PR or PC friendly, so I apologize if that’s an issue. I surely would never refer to Victor as Vicky to his face or in a setting where anonymity wasn’t part of the process, it’s just that The Strategy Expert only posts unabridged and unfiltered commentary whether good or bad, and anybody involved in baseball needs to do a good job otherwise they are going to hear me comment about what I think about their work. And everybody gets a fair chance to defend their place in baseball with how they approach their game. Those that fail don’t deserve sympathy or free passes in my mind because this is a serious game to me.

The Strategy Expert May 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

sorry NOT going for PR or PC friendly.

And when are the updates going to have an edit button, get to work guys it’s already the afternoon!

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