Game 2013.116: Tigers at Yankees

Detroit Tigers: 69-46, 1st Place (8 ahead of Cleveland). 

Miggy is unreal.  That pitch was in his batters box and he hit a bomb. He has the cheat codes to this video game.

–Tweet from Max Scherzer.

Max is right on: ESPN had an overhead view of Cabrera’s home run, and the ball was not just inside, it actually crossed the batter’s box. How someone can even hit a pitch like that in fair territory, much less for a home run, is beyond me.

I remember at the beginning of the season that there was a lot of talk about how pitchers had to pitch Cabrera inside to have any success against him. I guess he has adjusted to that. He still seems to have trouble sometimes hitting (or laying off) the high heat; Salazar especially had success against him that way. But I would not be surprised to see him eventually start blasting homers on pitches up around his eyes.

In the past two seasons, Cabrera has hit 20 home runs on pitches outside the strike zone (Zimmerman has the next most at 11), 16 of which have come on inside pitches.

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Today the Tigers look to take the series from the Yankees, with Justin Verlander on the mound, trying to build on his impressive last outing and get back to being, well, Justin Verlander.

Of course there is a simple explanation for his struggles this season: he finally stopped taking steroids, says some guy named Jack Clark. Oh wait, you mean that Jack Clark? The one who feuded with teammates, managers, and fans every place he played (he couldn’t even get along with Tony Gwynn. Tony Gwynn!). Yep, that Jack Clark. Well someone thought it would be a good idea to give him a radio show, and he proceeded to tell how he knows a guy who knows a guy, and he knows Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander have been big steroid users. Oh well, it makes for good radio right? Verlander dismissed the comments as “moronic,” but Pujols called his lawyers, and the radio station decided maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all, and fired Clark.

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.238 / .319 / .345 / .664

Those are Don Kelly’s numbers…er, wait, Ramon Santiago’s? Alex Avila’s? Nope, that is Prince Fielder’s line since the All-Star break. The .345 slugging % is especially baffling (Jose Iglesias has a SLG of .357 since the break).

But what about all of those RBIs? Fangraphs does an analysis of how many RBIs Prince Fielder would have if he were the cleanup hitter on every other team (if Fielder were on the Royals he would have 57).

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Today’s Player of the Pre-gamePrince Fielder.  Seems every time I say something critical of him, he makes me look bad by having a big game. Which works for me.

Today’s Tuitastic Lineup:

(Alex Avila a late scratch)

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Hunter, RF
  3. Cabrera, 3B
  4. Fielder, 1B
  5. Martinez, DH
  6. Tuiasosopo LF
  7. Perez, 2B
  8. Avila, C Pena, C
  9. Iglesias, SS

40 Comments

  1. TIGERS RULE

    August 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    All of our five starting pitchers have over .500 records and four of the five have double digit wins ….. not bad.

    • Coleman

      August 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Especially considering Max has snagged 17 of the wins for himself.

    • Coleman

      August 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Tigers are also .500 or better against every division (and the NL), home and away, day and night games, grass and artificial turf, against RHP and LHP. The only place they fall short is 1-run and extra inning games.

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    August 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve got a good feeling about JV today. I think he’s got it figured out.

    If you noticed a drastic drop in his ERA, it’s b/c MLB changed the scoring for the Dirks misplay 2 starts ago – those 4 4th inning runs are now all unearned.

    • Coleman

      August 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      I didn’t notice that, but that was the right call.

    • Vince in MN

      August 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Kevin, no insult intended, but I have learned not to trust your gut either ;)

  3. StorminNorman$

    August 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    it may be an unfair comparison, but Porcello K’d ARod 2 of the 3 times he faced him… as did Rondon the only time he faced ARod. JV didn’t have the same results…so far

  4. StorminNorman$

    August 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    the fact that Fielder is not trying to pull everything and is hitting the ball to LF is an encouraging sign

    • Vince in MN

      August 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Unless he is UNABLE to pull anything right now, which it would then be a bad sign.

      • StorminNorman$

        August 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        good point

        • Vince in MN

          August 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

          You have to wonder. As Coleman notes in the intro, where’s the power?

  5. mcb

    August 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    JV is s little fastball happy today.

  6. judpma

    August 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    hey Hunter we would have rather seen you take that pitch for ball four, seeing that it was 6 inches outside…..and have Miggy bat with therbases loaded…

  7. TIGERS RULE

    August 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    We have had our chances to put up some crooked numbers so far today ….. but haven’t!

  8. TIGERS RULE

    August 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    At least LA is putting it too the Indians.

    • StorminNorman$

      August 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      CLE just took the lead 6-5 over LAA…top of 8th

  9. Coleman

    August 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Brutal at bat by Perez there.

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    August 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Yeah, I may have been a little wrong today. JV still has time to make this a respectable start.

  11. judpma

    August 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    the BOOBs ave stranded 12 so far, not a good sign…

  12. TIGERS RULE

    August 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I can’t wait till we get Omar back ….. could be early next week ….. I hope. Perez?

  13. TIGERS RULE

    August 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Iglesias is really starting to grow on me ….. another nice DD pickup!

  14. Coleman

    August 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Tui is terrible today.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      The results weren’t good, but I didn’t see a crappy at bat from him. Nor from the rest of team, all game, aside from one Perez strikeout.

  15. Coleman

    August 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    The Tigers are terrible base runners.

  16. StorminNorman$

    August 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    squandered several opportunities to score today…

  17. Kevin in Dallas

    August 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Ump clown show + Tigers clown show = Miggy solo HR not enough.

    • StorminNorman$

      August 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      agreed!!!

      • Kevin in Dallas

        August 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

        Please check the time stamp on that.

      • StorminNorman$

        August 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        until that!

  18. kw

    August 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Mo Tigers, Mo problems!

  19. Coleman

    August 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Unbelievable.

  20. Vince in MN

    August 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Sometimes you just have to tip your cap.

  21. Coleman

    August 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    And Mariano Rivera gets the W.

    • StorminNorman$

      August 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      that’s whacked

      w/MO, i’d like to see MLB either retire the ‘save’ stat or dramatically rework the criteria that qualifies for “a save”

  22. bada bing

    August 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Bummer. Exciting series, even though we lost 2 of 3.

  23. Vince in MN

    August 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Tigers on the road vs. CLE 9-1, everybody else: 23-27. Lots and lots and lots of walk-offs. Still some work to do.

  24. Coleman

    August 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Alex Avila went to Detroit instead of NY, then was cleared and went to NY, then was put in the Friday lineup then scratched, played Saturday, was put in today’s lineup then scratched, now he has been placed on the DL with a concussion. Hmm. Holaday called up.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Looking forward to more Pena starts. That guy’s just fun to watch. The hits don’t hurt, either, especially when they land in the second deck.

  25. Smoking Loon

    August 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Losing 2 of 3 isn’t good, but you’ve gotta like the way they climbed back into the two they lost. The Tigers are still playing at that winning streak level. Pity the White Sox.