Game 2013.94: Rangers at Tigers

51-42, 1st place, 1.5 games ahead of Cleveland.

OK, that didn’t go so well. I look at it as Scherzer losing 4-1, let down considerably by his teammates. (Is Alburquerque even worth mentioning? No.) The bright spots would seem to be Phil Coke (the inevitable response to being singled out for criticism in a game post – guess we need to keep it up, guys) and an RBI from Hernan Perez. Not much to write home about, as they say. Still a good chance for a series win, especially with Justin the (Ahem) Infallible on the mound.

So where were we at this time (Game 93) last year? It was after the break, and the Tigers were 49-44 (2nd place, 1.5 back of the Wrong Sox) and in the midst of the incredible 13-2 run that put them back on the map. Max Scherzer had just gone to 9-5 (with 4.61 ERA) by shutting down the Angels as Detroit took the home series 3-1 despite one 13-0 drubbing. Quintin Berry was doing an admirable job of filling in for Andy Dirks, as he had doing the same for Austin Jackson. Who could have known Miguel Cabrera was headed for a Triple Crown with such paltry (ha ha) stats as .326, 21 HR, 76 RBI? DH Delmon Young was sitting at .270, 10 HR, 40 RBI, and Alex Avila at .245, 6 HR, 27 RBI, and both were undoubtedly being groused about (who knew?). 2B was being (under)manned by Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth; ironically, at this time there was also no Omar Infante but soon would be.

Does it not strain belief that the 2013 Tigers are only 2 games up on the 2012 Tigers? With the best starting rotation in the AL?? With Torii Hunter in place of Brennan Boesch? With Miguel Greenberg and Hank Cabrera both in the lineup in one person? With Victor Martinez in place of Delmon Young? I can think of only one solution:

Bring Valverde back. One thing I can tell you: He’s done it before, and he’s not afraid.

Mwah ha ha ha ha.

Today’s “Here There Be Tygers” lineup:

CF Jackson
RF Hunter
3B Cabrera
1B Fielder
DH Martinez
SS Peralta
LF Tuiasosopo
C Avila
2B Perez

48 Comments

  1. Kevin in Dallas

    July 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Why today is a must win:

    1) We gotta win series.

    2) We gotta win series at home.

    3) Other than the Atl series, I can’t remember that many good series wins all year. We have to beat elite competition. Especially at home.

    4) I don’t want to go I to the AS break having lost a series at home. It will (superficially) ruin the break for me.

    5) JV needs a W going into the break. And we need JV to get that W.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      July 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      It appears we can thank Mr. Verlaner for granting all of your wishes! On to KC and the Windy City!

      • Smoking Loon

        July 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        Really nice win to head into the break with. Encouraging.

  2. Smoking Loon

    July 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    The Tigers have lost 3 of the last 4 home series. Last series win was against the Red Sox
    June 23.

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    July 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    JV gets to a 1-2 count on 3 fastballs, then throws only 1 fastball in the next five pitches to Martin. Result is a walk. #puzzled

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    July 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Need a shutdown inning, please.

  5. Coleman

    July 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Torii really knows how to slide.

  6. Vince in MN

    July 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Sorry guys, Perez isn’t that “spark” we’ve all been hearing about. Not that we need it today, just sayin’.

    • Smoking Loon

      July 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      True. Reminds me a bit of Kevin Russo. And yet…

      He has played plenty of SS. Not necessarily fantastically, but subtracting a negative is a kind of positive in itself. I’m done with Santiago.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        July 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        Where is Justin Henry when we need him!

        • Vince in MN

          July 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

          Pawtucket (BOS): .224/.313/.306/.619 in 323 PA.

  7. Vince in MN

    July 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    A one-hitter is perfectly acceptable as long as he doesn’t have to throw 150 pitches to get it. Otherwise Benoit and/or Smyly in the 9th.

    By the way, does Benoit have a nickname? All closers have to have an nickname, right?

    • Smoking Loon

      July 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      His nickname was Long Ball for a while. Then it was Walkin’ Benoit. Time for a new one, maybe.

      • Vince in MN

        July 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        Probably something with “Le” in front of it.

        • Smoking Loon

          July 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

          Joaquin “Le Final Vote” Benoit, maybe?

          It is kind of a hockey name, now that you mention it.

          • Smoking Loon

            July 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm

            The new nickname should have something to do with how unbearably slow he is or his distracting eyebrows. Or maybe with the “Vulcan changeup” he features.

            “Mr. Spock” Benoit? “Caterpillar-forehead” Benoit? “Tortuga” Benoit?

  8. judpma

    July 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    would have never said this the last two years but we are really going to miss Peralta if the suspensons come down……but that being said maybe his resurgence has come about cause he was cheating?!?!?

    • Vince in MN

      July 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      We may know something within the week.

  9. judpma

    July 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    unless DD pulls a blockbuster, which he is very capable of doing, SS options are thin….it better not be Mumbles other son Rammon!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      July 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Inge is called back from the PIrates!

  10. Smoking Loon

    July 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I have to say something about the Windows 8 commercial I’m being inundated with. Not real plausible that scouts would be sent to watch a prospect just to stand there on the field with notebook computers and field statistical questions like “How many strikeouts?” and “What’s his ERA?” Dumb. Apple marketing people, take note.

  11. judpma

    July 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    the Indians aren’t going away even though they are winning with smoke and mirrors, and a very good manager. We cannot afford an automatic out at SS, especially with Avila returning to that role

  12. Smoking Loon

    July 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Verlander had a plan today, and it worked. It’s not like he was traditionally dominant. This was the game that could have been against the White Sox and Quintana.

    • Vince in MN

      July 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Don’t starters have a plan every game?

      • Smoking Loon

        July 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        Good point. I should qualify that it was a plan easily discerned by the layman, and not a plan typically identified with JV until this season (I believe).

  13. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    July 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Jim and Dan report the Tigers have signed Jeremy Bonderman to a minor league contract.

  14. Smoking Loon

    July 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Bonderman signed to minor league deal with Tigers?

    • Vince in MN

      July 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      There’s our “spark”.

      • Smoking Loon

        July 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        Yeah. I always thought he was a natural SS. Great arm.

  15. Coleman

    July 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Breaking news, Tigers have signed Bonderman.

  16. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    July 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Prediction…..Bondo is the closer for the Tigers in game 7 of the October/November WS?

  17. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    July 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    A strained right leg muscle is reported on Verlander. Has this been an on-going issue?

  18. StorminNorman$

    July 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    JL giving Benoit his All Star appearance….two days before the AS game

  19. judpma

    July 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    this just in the Tigers did NOT also offer Neffi Perez and Jacque Jones…minor league contracts….

    • Coleman

      July 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      This just in: the Tigers wish they had offered Jason Grilli one.

  20. Smoking Loon

    July 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Beltre pinch-running for Beltre. I’m confused.

  21. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    July 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Tigers outscore ranges 13-9 in the series. Enjoy the break guys! See you Friday.

  22. Kevin in Dallas

    July 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Great series win today. Especially on a day when JV didn’t have his good stuff. Rangers hit him hard today, but as we’ve discussed, that BABIP against has gotta come down.

  23. Kevin Smith

    July 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Hopefully they keep the momentum up after the all-star break

    • JimEggersUSMC

      July 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

      You know what the bride calls the All Star break? The 3 best days of the season! See you all Friday!

  24. Coleman

    July 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    It’s nice to see in the All-Star Game lineup Leyland sticks with the all-important R-L-R-L alternating thing.

  25. Coleman

    July 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    What would the All-Star Break be without a trade rumor or two? Tigers may be interested in trading for Tim Lincecum:
    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ors-071313

    • Vince in MN

      July 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      We don’t need Lincecum and his humongous salary now that we have Bondo.

    • Vince in MN

      July 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Actually, I find it interesting that very frequently when a high-priced player comes up in trade rumors, the Tigers are mentioned as a “possible” interested party – Papelbon comes immediately to mind and Garza is another one lately. I guess that Illitch’s profligacy in the recent past encourages the mongers to expect more spending like there is no tomorrow from our octogenarian owner.

      I chose the wrong career and instead should have become a sportswriter. These guys get paid good money to make stuff up, and the fandom just cries out for more.

  26. Smoking Loon

    July 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  27. StorminNorman$

    July 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/
    Boesch released by Yankees

  28. cartoons

    July 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Palin was insulted because Ellen’s character has down syndrome, just like Palin’s youngest
    child, Trig. My first GIF posted on Tumblr is 523KB. Kim Possible airs on
    Disney Channel.

    • Coleman

      July 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      I was trying to think of what I could post to sum up my feelings for last night’s game. That post nails it.