Game 2013.72: Red Sox at Tigers

40-31, 1st place, 4 games ahead of Cleveland, winning streak at 1.

Matt Tuiasosopo was supposed to start in LF yesterday, but was held out because of “intercostal” something or other. Is that a religious injury of some kind? I’m not sure what this means for the upcoming games, but I don’t like it. Meanwhile, Avisail Garcia was “sent down” to Toledo to make room for Jose Alvarez. I’m not sure if he actually goes to Toledo physically or not. Could be that they just “send down” Alvarez and “bring up” Garcia again now, and repeat the whole silly process for the next Alvarez start. Maybe they’re both staying in a Detroit hotel room with a “Toledo” sign on the door.

The starters have been a bit wobbly lately. 10 strikeouts notwithstanding, even Scherzer’s last outing was wobbly. Time for Judge Doug Fister to restore some order in the courtroom here.

WPA and RE24 have some limitations. Defense counts for nothing, and I don’t see them being analogously applicable to pitching as with some other stats (BAA, for instance). However, they are magically delicious when it comes to a game by game analysis of offensive impact and productive at bats. If you note nothing else from the list below, please note that every position player is on it, starter to bench. It is not opinion but fact that Don Kelly was the unquestionable offensive star of Game 27 against the Astros, as unlikely as it may seem that Kelly would ever be such, and you may look up the box score and full play-by-play if you doubt it. Of course, some names will be harder to miss than others. Looks like a couple of guys are earning those big paychecks. Behold the magical deliciousness:

OFFENSIVE WPA/RE24 HEROES (thru 67 games, bold = win) + OPPONENT

GAME 1 FIELDER (MIN)
GAME 2 CABRERA
GAME 3 JACKSON
GAME 4 FIELDER (NYY)
GAME 5  CABRERA
GAME 6 TUIASOSOPO
GAME 7 CABRERA (TOR)
GAME 8 PERALTA
GAME 9 AVILA. FIELDER
GAME 10 FIELDER (OAK)
GAME 11 FIELDER
GAME 12 JACKSON
GAME 13 CABRERA (SEA)
GAME 14 TUIASOSOPO
GAME 15 FIELDER
GAME 16 CABRERA (LAA)
GAME 17 FIELDER, CABRERA
GAME 18 FIELDER
GAME 19 INFANTE (KCR)
GAME 20 INFANTE, HUNTER
GAME 21 MARTINEZ, TUIASOSOPO (ATL)
GAME 22 INFANTE
GAME 23 JACKSON, CABRERA
GAME 24 FIELDER. DIRKS (MIN)
GAME 25 CABRERA, FIELDER
GAME 26 CABRERA
GAME 27 KELLY (HOU)
GAME 28 AVILA
GAME 29 CABRERA
GAME 30 FIELDER, DIRKS
GAME 31 PERALTA, FIELDER (WSN)
GAME 32 TUIASOSOPO
GAME 33 AVILA, CABRERA (CLE)
GAME 34 INFANTE, PERALTA
GAME 35 PENA
GAME 36 DIRKS (HOU)
GAME 37 SANTIAGO, MARTINEZ
GAME 38 TUIASOSOPO, GARCIA
GAME 39 KELLY, CABRERA (TEX)
GAME 40 CABRERA
GAME 41 HUNTER
GAME 42 FIELDER, CABRERA
GAME 43 CABRERA, DIRKS (CLE)
GAME 44 CABRERA
GAME 45 CABRERA (MIN)
GAME 46 CABRERA, DIRKS
GAME 47 PENA, HUNTER
GAME 48 GARCIA
GAME 49 MARTINEZ, PERALTA (PIT)
GAME 50 AVILA
GAME 51 CABRERA, KELLY
GAME 52 FISTER (yes, batting)
GAME 53 CABRERA (BAL)
GAME 54 PERALTA, TUIASOSOPO
GAME 55 FIELDER
GAME 56 FIELDER, TUIASOSOPO (TBR)
GAME 57 AVILA
GAME 58 MARTINEZ
GAME 59 HUNTER (CLE)
GAME 60 FIELDER 
GAME 61 KELLY
GAME 62 CABRERA (KCR)
GAME 63 CABRERA, KELLY
GAME 64 PENA, FIELDER
GAME 65 FIELDER (MIN)
GAME 66 FIELDER
GAME 67 JACKSON, HUNTER
 

POST-GAME: Red Sox 10, Tigers 6. As the score might indicate… we will have nothing to say about missed opportunities and Fielder going 0 for 5 with 13 double plays. This one’s on the pitching. Fister was fooling no one. Not terrible, but bad enough to be gone in the 4th, by which time it was 6-0 Boston. Balls just kept finding holes through the infield. This will happen to groundball pitchers, especially on this team. Jon Lester was not sharp, either, though the Tigers kept finding ways to beat themselves against him. The drama in this one boiled down to two innings. Tigers 5th: Down 6-1 and seemingly on the road to hopelessness, Dirks homered to Belle Tire, and Cabrera took a Lester change-up deep for 3 runs, and suddenly it was a ballgame again, 6-5 Red Sox. Red Sox 8th: With the Tigers down 7-5, men on 2nd and 3rd after Phil “I Told You So” Coke was brought in for a second inning against all reason, new arrival Alburquerque came in and actually pitched well. And yet 2 more Boston runs scored, first on a close play at the plate (I think Saltalamacchia was safe) that drawn-in Peralta and Pena weren’t quite equal to, and then on a mere squib of a WP and another play at the plate that Al-Al and Pena weren’t quite equal to. There were good defensive plays. In the 3rd, Miggy charged – see what can happen when you CHARGE a tapper, Miguel? – and made a great barehand and throw to nail Pedroia at 1B (though a run scored from 3B). In the 5th, Hunter’s bullet throw from RF doubled off Mike Napoli at 1B (yet another close play). There was bad, as in Garcia, formerly known as “CF Of The Future,” muffing an altogether routine single in the 9th and allowing a run to score from 1B in the process. All in all, though, it was a game where the Tigers were a day late and a dollar short on defense. Downs got a big DP in relief of Fister and an impressive 3-pitch K on Ellsbury, and was OK in his long relief, despite giving up what seemed at the time a crucial run. Coke had a nice 7th and should have said goodbye thereafter. Evan “White Flag” Reed (good call, Coleman) pitched the 9th and had your average white flag inning, again demonstrating the Tigers surplus of eminently hittable pitchers with “great stuff.” Shane Victorino was a one-man wrecking crew, reaching 5 times with 5 RBI. Cabrera deserved a better outcome on a fine 4 for 4 evening himself.

ALL-STAR TEAM

C Pena
1B Napoli
2B Pedroia
SS Drew
3B Cabrera
LF Dirks
CF Ellsbury
RF Victorino
DH Ortiz
P Breslow

RULE 5 DRAFT PICK: Jose Iglesias

DFA: Avisail Garcia

 

23 Comments

  1. judpma

    June 21, 2013 at 2:21 am

    in the what have you done lately department:
    Martinez AB…23..R..2…H..3….RBI..2…OBP…250…Slg…174….OPS…424

    you know what the worst part is, as if this wasn’t bad enough. Every one of Dirks numbers are lower than each of Martinez numbers… Playing either one of them should be considered negligence, by whomever pencils either one into the lineup…..

  2. Coleman

    June 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

  3. judpma

    June 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Excellent article on Cabrerra..Great insights into why he is different than most other players, including a lot of stars.

  4. jud

    June 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    if you have a computer that matches the ’27 Yankees to the ’13 Tigers….its time to get a new computer!

  5. travisfrymanfan

    June 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Valverde was DFA

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      The Benoit era begins!

    • Jerry the Tiger Fan

      June 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Really?? About damn time. I’m surprised I didn’t hear about this on the radio driving about town this afternoon between 1 and 2 o’clock. Maybe it happened after 2??

      Either way, good riddance Papa Grande. You served a purpose here at one time, but that time has passed.

      • travisfrymanfan

        June 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        Heyman twitted that 15 second before my post so around 3:40

        • Jerry the Tiger Fan

          June 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm

          OK, because I just went to mlb.com and looked at the transactions page for June 21 and as of 3 minutes ago there is nothing listed there as far as Valverde and the Tigers are concerned. Here’s hoping that Heyman is right.

  6. travisfrymanfan

    June 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    2E to DL. New Mexico and Garcia recalled.
    The Toledo- Detroit line to be renamed Worth-Garcia Line

  7. travisfrymanfan

    June 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Jackson with leg soreness. Garcia in CF

  8. travisfrymanfan

    June 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    @tigers for the related information

  9. Coleman

    June 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    The Potato has been peeled from the roster…not happy about the Tui and AJax news though.

    • Vince in MN

      June 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      “The Potato has been peeled from the roster.”

      For now! If nobody claims him (fat chance, right?), he goes to Toledo and then when they fix his splitter (I thought they fixed that down in Lakeland) he’ll be back. The guy is like Dracula (Vladverde?) – a stake gets driven into his pitching arm and we think we have seen the last of him, but along comes DD to pull it out.

  10. Judpma

    June 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    ValVerde was a victim of his own making…..he survived for a long time, amazingly with limited skills. He was very good at those skils but the one thing that did him in was his inability to change. Tom Seaver changed and adapted , John Smoltz changed and adapted, Frank Tanana changed…all were successful…..
    Jose Val Verde either refuses to learn or just doesn’t have the ability to change. He never learned secondary pitchers….He never learned a token move over to first base. Heck, he never even learned to look at a runner on first base. He made millions of dollars at what he did. I hope he saved a lot of money because its time to find a new job….I hope things go ok for him, just not in Detroit!
    …….. Thanks for what you did for the Tigers, It was a lot! GOODBYE!

  11. Judpma

    June 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Tigers have their “do we really have to play today” shoes on…..this game will go no where//……side note:..hey Prince why don’t you just get yourself out instead of you and all your team mates!

  12. TIGERS RULE

    June 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    You can put this one in the (L) column because we are to far behind and too far into the game for a comeback. We had our chances in the first and second to put up some crooked numbers but didn’t!

  13. StorminNorman$

    June 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Lester has been hit around a bit his last 5-6 starts, so the bullpens are going to decide this game…and BOS doesn’t appear to be a whole lot better than DET’s… so we shall see

    • StorminNorman$

      June 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Lester has a 7.30 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP in his last seven starts

  14. StorminNorman$

    June 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  15. Vince in MN

    June 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Dim Leyland doesn’t get Phil Coke at all.

  16. judpma

    June 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Leyland “Coke is my LH specialist”…….”except if RH hitter comes up…..or if I need to walk the leadoff hitter…..then he’s my guy”

  17. Coleman

    June 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I am SO playing Iglesias in Beat the Streak tomorrow.