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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

Posted by on July 14, 2013.

Categories: 2013 Season, Game Post

48 Responses

  1. 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.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

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

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  3. 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

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  4. Need a shutdown inning, please.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  5. Torii really knows how to slide.

    by Coleman on Jul 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  7. 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?

    by Vince in MN on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

  8. 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?!?!?

    by judpma on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

  9. 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.

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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

    by judpma on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

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

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  12. 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.

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

  13. 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

    by judpma on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

  15. 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.

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  16. Where is Justin Henry when we need him!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

  17. We may know something within the week.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  19. Bonderman signed to minor league deal with Tigers?

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  20. Breaking news, Tigers have signed Bonderman.

    by Coleman on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  21. Probably something with “Le” in front of it.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

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

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

  23. There’s our “spark”.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  24. Inge is called back from the PIrates!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  25. Joaquin “Le Final Vote” Benoit, maybe?

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

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  26. Don’t starters have a plan every game?

    by Vince in MN on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

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

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

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

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

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

    by StorminNorman$ on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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

    by judpma on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  32. 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).

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

  34. 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?

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  37. 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.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm

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

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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

    by Kevin Smith on Jul 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

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

    by JimEggersUSMC on Jul 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

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

    by Coleman on Jul 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  42. 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

    by Coleman on Jul 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  44. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

  45. Max & McGwire:

    http://www.freep.com/article/2.....1050/rss15

    The suspensions thing:

    http://www.freep.com/article/2.....1050/rss15

    by Smoking Loon on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

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

    by StorminNorman$ on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  47. 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.

    by cartoons on Jul 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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