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Game 2013.151: Mariners at Tigers

87-63, x games up on whoever. (Actually 6 games up on Cleveland…. with 12 left to play.) Can the Tigers make it to the elusive 25 over mark? Might they actually be able to sneak into home field advantage for the ALCS or ALDS, by and by? Stay tuned.

Last night: Detroit 4, Seattle 2. It took 3 innings before Porcello found his A-game, and nearly 3 more before the Tigers really got to Joe Saunders (Joe Saunders!), but in the end, nearly everyone chipped in a bit, with Martinez, Hunter, and Infante deserving special mention. Porcello got his win (#13, plus 10 strikeouts), Benoit got his save (#20). Smyly pitched nearly 2 innings, like he should, and gave up a run, like he shouldn’t. I like you at 1B, Prince, but throwing the ball at Porcello’s shoulder is an error. No glove there, though it’s an idea.

A recent quote from Prince Fielder, courtesy of mlb.com:

“I’m over stats,” Fielder said. “I’m into playing hard, and if I’m healthy, that’s my main stat. I’m out there playing every day and I think that’s all you can ask for.”

I like that. There’s the world of exaggerated fan talk, and then there’s the world of playing baseball for a living. Win or lose, the Detroit Tigers put on a good show. I’m satisfied, even as the fan in me will never run out of things to analyze and criticize and second-guess.

That being said, let’s get back to stats. Or not. It’s late, I’m tired. Maybe tomorrow.

News and notes on Rondon, Bonderman, Worth.

Anibal is on the mound and Miggy’s bat is full of unspent home runs. Could the Tigers be doomed to yet another victory? I’m thinking… yes. And I guess they won’t have to face Felix Hernandez this series after all. That practically reduces the magic number by one all by itself.

Posted by on September 17, 2013.

Categories: 2013 Season, Game Post

53 Responses

  1. on Loon’s leading questions regarding home field advantage in ALDS or ALCS, the first two things that pop into my mind are:

    1) cold weather, ALCS is scheduled for 10/12 – 10/20… having to play a few more games in Tampa or Arlington might be all that bad

    2) the way OAK played in DET a few weeks ago, home field advantage might be over-rated if playing OAK

    PS: World Series scheduled for 10/23 – 10/31 – the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cold winter this year http://www.farmersalmanac.com/.....-lakes-us/

    by StorminNorman$ on Sep 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  2. I love that quote by Prince Fielder and I think it touches on what blue collar Detroiters take pride in: hard work. Although Prince’s numbers are down after surpassing .300 for the first time in his career and first time in a Detroit uniform, Prince is still out there everyday giving it all that he’s got. That’s one thing anyone from Detroit can stand for: never giving up.

    by Matthew Pizzo on Sep 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  3. Texas won’t get home field against anyone, in fact I will go out on a limb and say that they will not make the playoffs.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

  4. they certainly are in a tailspin rivaling the Red Sox collapse from two years ago

    by StorminNorman$ on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  5. Agree, I think if anything his horrible slides endear him to the Tiger fans. He may not know how to slide, but dammit, he is going to try! He certainly is willing to put his body on the line for the team (ahem, take note, Mr. Jackson).

    The only thing that annoys me personally about Prince is his consecutive game streak (which I guess is also a blue-collar thing)–I think he would be playing better if Leyland dared to give him a day off now and then.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  6. in my opinion, JL and TX Mgr/Washington seem to be both cut from the same “old school” cloth… and they are both ‘players mgrs’ and rarely do you ever hear a player have anything bad to say about either of them

    …and both Mgrs have been stocked with some talent the past few years – and some would argue, both teams have under-performed under their leadership…if losing in the WS can be considered ‘underperforming’

    by StorminNorman$ on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

  7. Yeah, one could call it a tailspin:

    Sept 01: 79-57 1st, up 1.
    Sept 16: 81-68, 2nd, down 6.5

    That’s a 2-11 run, in which they were swept an entire 6-game home stand (when was the last time the Tigers were swept 2 consecutive series at home?)

    Last year wasn’t great for them either:

    Sept 20: 89-60, 1st, up 4
    Oct 03: 93-69, 2nd, 1 out

    That’s a 4-9 run, in which they lost 5 games in the standings (and then went on to lose the wild card round).

    So yeah, if I had to bet, I’d put my money on Cleveland overtaking them. I can’t imagine there won’t be a head or two rolling in Arlington…

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  8. agree with both of you on all points…

    …and on Fielder’s “slides”, if i were built like a nose tackle (like he is), i would make the catcher think i’m going to steamroll him and at the last second slide to (my left) the front-side of home plate and reach out and touch the plate with my right hand…past a cowering or confused catcher.

    At least twice this year, i think a more deceptive slide would have resulted in Fielder being safe (instead of out) at home, including the other night against KC

    by StorminNorman$ on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

  9. Jackson steals second…Mumbles looks at Lamont and says..”was that legal???”!!!!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  10. aat one time in the spring Texas was very interested in Porcello…bet they wish they had him now!!!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  11. Garza was supposed to solidify that rotation, but he hasn’t won in about a month, and he’s 3-5 as a Ranger w/ERA up around 5

    by StorminNorman$ on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  12. WIll someone smarter than me please explain WHY Don Kelly bats higher in the order than Omar Infante?

    by T Smith on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

  13. Since no one smarter than you is chiming in, I’ll take a shot: the lineup cards are pre-printed with the left-fielder in the 6th spot.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  14. blame Kinko’s for todays lineup card!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  15. Luckily I don’t get a Cy Young vote because suddenly I can’t decide if Max would get it, or Anibal.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  16. Donkey Don…Heck Ya!…

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

  17. lol Thank you Coleman . At least that puts my mind at ease

    (and as I type this Don Killy hits a HR….)

    by T Smith on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

  18. Jim Leyland is a much-maligned genius!

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  19. meanwhile the Pussycat offense make another poor picher look like a $10,000,000 pitcher.

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  20. Don’t worry, The Donkey will get another couple at bats.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  21. warning track power no longer…hopefully!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  22. Someone woke up Much-maligned Genius.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  23. Alburquerque did not walk in the winning run. Things are clicking tonight!

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  24. A runner thrown out at home? When does THAT ever happen?

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  25. you mean there are teams that don’t make perfect throws everytime….or only against the Tigers!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  26. He’s been better lately, but I still worry about the wild pitch potential.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm

  27. what are the odds of winning a game that AlbeqCoke both pitch in

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

  28. Coke back in his 2013 form….ball..ball…shot…ball…get him the hell out of there Mumbles

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm

  29. He should be out of there had Iggy made the tailor-made DP.

    by TIGERS RULE on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  30. Fire Lryland on the spot….just for being STUPID!!!!!!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  31. it is physically possible gor Smily to pitch to lefties two days in arow….Mumbles

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  32. Oh yeah, that’s more like it!

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  33. WOW!!!!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  34. Fantastic pitching management from MMG tonight.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  35. Alverez in ..in 2014…Coke out…but over Mumbles dead body only would it be allowed!!!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  36. Don Kelly only has 2 sac bunts this season? Wow, OK, so he’s tied with Brayan Pena, Hernan Perez, Bryan Holladay, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez for 5th on the team.

    Donkeys should be able to bunt. Just saying.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm

  37. Donkey…have a day!!!!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  38. Infante, again!

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  39. Infante has had some big hits this year

    by StorminNorman$ on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  40. Oh c’mon Skip, that’s no fun–we wanted the squeeze, not the Dirks!!

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  41. MMG?

    by PHToy in HK on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  42. Dirks must need glasses..no one goes out of the strikezone both up and down like him consistently

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  43. Or a pogo stick.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:28 pm

  44. the Royal bullpen blows a 3-0 lead ..3-3…i find this pretty hard to believe!!!!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

  45. They should’ve left Coleman in.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  46. Much Maligned Genius.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  47. Who’s the Frenchy pitching for Seattle, and how do you pronounce his name?

    by Vince in MN on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm

  48. LaFramboise is pronounced “The Raspberry,” or on the East Coast “pfffffhhhhtttt!!!”

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

  49. I have a lot of acronyms for Jim Leyland.

    by Vince in MN on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm

  50. +25 over….not bad….rather win ugly than lose anytime!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm

  51. That’s the COTN.

    by Coleman on Sep 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

  52. Lets see .out of the pen…Alverez..Coke….Alverez…Coke…Alverez Coke….Alverez..Mumbles son……hmmmmm!

    by judpma on Sep 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

  53. We get the M’s radio/TV stuff here. Was driving the grandsons ( who are now into tackle Football; I keep a Priest on retainer, just in case) and in the pre game “Blow” aka Mike Blowers said the Tigers bullpen is the teams weakness! Luckily I am a fully trained EVAP (Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention) driver so was able to keep the family SUV upright!

    by JimEggersUSMC on Sep 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

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