Game 2013.Playoffs 6: Tigers at Red Sox

by Kevin in Dallas on October 12, 2013 · 140 comments

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3-2, 8 more to go.

Look, I’m happy to be here.

I am.

It’s better than the alternative.

But champagne parties seems a little excessive for one playoff series win. That I can think of, baseball is the only sport that goes to such extremes for advancing in the playoffs.

We’ve been here before. This is our fourth time in eight years to make it to the ALCS. We could be in the midst of a dynasty, to be honest (though we’d need two WS wins I think to qualify). At least perhaps we are building one. But let’s not act as if winning the first round of the AL playoffs means we have accomplished anything. This team was built to do one thing and we’re still 8 wins away.

Tom Verducci of SI had some fascinating stats in the SI playoff preview last week. The gist of the article discussed the whimsical nature of MLB playoffs, especially with the advent of the wild card. I think we’re all well aware of the A’s struggles in recent years, mostly at the hands of the Tigers, but did you know that Atlanta has now lost 7 straight post-season series? Over the past 22 postseasons, only 3 teams with the regular season best record went on to win the WS. In the 22 years before that, 8 teams did it. Last year’s Giants finished last in the majors in home runs…we saw what happened in the World Series. Home teams went 2-5 in elimination games last year, and are 2-3 so far this year.

On to the series at hand. The 2013 American League Championship series pits the top two offensive teams in the Majors, and numbers 3 (Boston) and 4 in terms of payroll. The Red Sox are good, very good. They led the AL with 97 wins this year, and really ran away with the toughest division in Baseball. As one of my friends remarked to me this year, how? How different are they than last year’s last place team?

Well, for one, the entire lineup is solid. Napoli was a steal in free agency. Ortiz has regained his science assisted form, and they still have Ellsbury and Pedroia, two of the better all-around players in the game. Their starting pitching has been solid top to bottom, and their bullpen as been one of the best, ending in the nearly unhittable Koji Uehara. Uehara’s WHIP this year was .565. In 74 1/3. I’m serious. BAA – .130, OPS against – .400. Oh, and Bobby Valentine is gone. Maybe there is something to that morale thing.

Your 2013 AL ERA title holder, Anibal Sanchez, gets the call for game one. Trivia for you – Sanchez started his career in the Red Sox system, before being traded away to Florida, and ultimately stolen by the Tigers. Despite his poor outing against Oakland last week, I love this match-up. Sanchez doesn’t have much of a track record against the current Red Sox lineup, which generally is an advantage for the pitcher.

The Red Sox take more pitches than any other team in the majors. In fact, they saw over 1,000 more than the next most patient team. That can wreak havoc on a staff. The key tonight will be first pitch strikes. Sanchez was 16th in the AL last year,a t 61.5%. That’s good, but it won’t be good enough tonight. Lester was just a few spots behind Sanchez at 60.9%.

Phil Coke was added to the playoff roster today, replacing Putkonen. The reason is likely because Ortiz is a lifetime 2-18 off of Coke, or perhaps Leyland likes to stress everyone out. Probably the former.

Lineup notes: Looks like Leyland is going to stick with Jackson in the leadoff hole. I’m okay with this. If we can win without him going, imagine what we can do when he does get going. And he’s bound to do so, soon. Peralta and Iglesias start today. This makes me very nervous with the Green Monster in left, but with a left-handed pitcher, I get it. What contradicts this is Avila getting the start again despite just 2 hits and a .449 OPS in the ALDS. He’s doing a great job of calling games and I’m sure that’s whey Leyland has him back there, but you gotta give Pena a chance to give your offense some help, especially with the struggles at the 1 & 9 spots.

Tonight’s lineups:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. FIelder, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Peralta, LF
7. Infante, 2B
8. Avila, C
9. Iglesias, SS

 

1. Ellsbury, CF
2. Victorino, RF
3. Pedroia, 2B
4. Ortiz, DH
5. Napoli, 1B
6. Nava, LF
7. Drew, SS
8. Middlebrooks, 3B
9. Ross, C (this is literally the first time I have ever heard of this guy)

 
 

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Jerry the Tiger Fan October 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Yeah, I mean if you’re not going to start Pena tonight versus their only lefty then when would you? I think the only way Pena gets a chance is an Avila injury (not that I’m rooting for it to happen). Ol’ Smoky sure is a stubborn old bird.

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Coleman October 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Gotta play Pena today. Oh well.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Pena v. Lester: .882 OPS, 4 RBI in 17 PA.
Avila v. Lester: 1.167 OPS, 1 RBI in 6 PA

I like Pena, myself, but hey.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Good write up and good logo Kevin. I am with you, win 11 out of 19 and life is good. Tigers are capable of such. Looking at my scorebook the Tigers v. Red Sox games have been varied with high scoring and low scoring games. AJax must hit as when he does such, the Tigers chances for winning greatly improves. Also the series is much more enjoyable than playing the Yankees in the ALCS!

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Mith October 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I don’t know beating the Yankees in the playoffs is pretty darn enjoyable!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Time to start something similar with the Red Sox.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Can’t argue that…but better fans and better media. A class team to match the Tiger’s class.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Right now it looks as daunting as facing the Yankees used to look. Like facing the Yankees in 2006, really.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Austin Jackson has hit the Red Sox pretty well in 2013. 8 for 21, .959 OPS. That’s something.

However… prior tui the ALDS, he was 7 for 22 with .855 v. A’s in 2013.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Red Sox catcher David Ross caught most of the series (and both of the wins) last time Detroit was at Fenway.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Oh no, Tim McCarver is back…glad I have Dan and Jim!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Dan & Jim are the next best thing to being there. For me, better (not much for crowds).

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

And No TBS strike box on Fox…well done!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

What’s the TBS strike box? Do they show the strike zone all the time, every pitch? Superimposed?

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Jim always gives us a pre-game wave when we attend Tiger games at Arlington and KC. A class guy!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Leyland should cut to the chase and bat Cabrera-Fielder-Martinez 1-2-3.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Sanchez might strike out 16 and only last 4 innings.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:13 am

Heh. 12 and 6. Not too far off.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm

This is not off to a confidence-building start thru 1 and a half.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

What do you say, Coleman? Enough irony on the Iglesias throws out Ellsbury? Can we relax?

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Jackson makes solid contact. That’s good.

Another 25-pitch inning from Sanchez and I’m thinking Fister.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Little Ricky “Take that Youk” Porcello I presume?

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Maybe. Leyland made a point of mentioning that Fister was available in relief, however.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

9-pitch 3rd for Sanchez.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Sanchez has quieted the crowd for Jhonny P!

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Sanchez is dealing now.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Unfortunately, he’s got company in Lester.

OK, maybe that’s over now. Nice, Jhonny.

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Just really unlucky plays. I don’t think the baserunners did anything wrong there.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Agree

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

the ball was in his mitt and Infante was 15 feet off third…does anyone screw this up more than Detroit..tag out at the plate number 10000000000000

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Just where he should have been so he can score on a slow ball to any other part of the infield.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm

It was go on contact, judpma. No fault, except for not calling for the squeeze to begin with. No fault on Peralta earlier, certainly

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm

No matter how predictable, with Infante at 3B and Iglesias at the plate, squeeze play is the call. What a waste.

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm

and yes I understand go on contact..my point is it never ever ever ever ever ever ever works for the Tigers

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm

It does seem to backfire quite a bit. Jim Price isn’t high on the concept. He’s got a point.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Wow. Sanchez. I’m getting more encouraged by the inning.

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Johnny P.atta boy!!!!..the hustle by Martinez also was huge

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

as a hitter you absolutely can not hit a ball to third with that runner on third less 2 outs…but the Tigers never worry about things like situational hitting.Actually Mumbles doesn’t believe in it..notice he never ever ever talks about situational hitting!

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm

That was a really bad walk there. No Smyly or Coke warming up.

Let’s go Sanchez.

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm

This should be Smyly.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Smyly probably didn’t come in because Gomes would have been the countermove. Good call, I’d say. Even if it hadn’t worked.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Well done Sanchez! Only 6 balls put in play by the Sox!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Scuffling brilliance from Sanchez. This doesn’t exactly feel like a no-hitter.

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Way to battle!!!…reach down for a little extra.. atta boy!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Who would bring Sanchez back out for the 7th? 116 pitches. I wouldn’t. That’s not to be confused with a vote of confidence for the bullpen.

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

You’re right Smoking Loon.

And so was Leyland. Again.

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Both the last two hitters even thouh LH were only hitting .130..good move leaving him in..I agree even if it would have backfired.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Did y’all lose the Fox feed?

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Sweet Alburqureque….Good times never seemed so good, Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Good one.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

They have destroyed a good song with that wedding reception version, by the way. I absolutely detest that BOP-BOP-BAH, SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD thing.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Good job, Al-Al. Do NOT bring him back out there.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Yes!

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 11:15 pm

AlAl has been doing pretty darn well for a lot of outings…DO NOT bring him back for the 8th

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm

How on earth do you not send Fielder home there?

I’m kidding.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Pena! Pena! Pena! Do it.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I tried.

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tbran October 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm

bases loaded, 2 outs, 3-1 count and Avila (aka slugger) is swinging? WTF??

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm

thats at least the 4th in the 2013 playoffs Mumbles has let his son Alex go Against a LH pitcher in a crucial situation…I just don’t get it..Mumbles the King of matchups, except with his son Alex!!!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I’m not watching it, but I’ve seen Veras’s curve and can imagine. It can be pretty incredible.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Veras gets the yellowhammer from Jim.

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T Smith October 13, 2013 at 12:55 am

While we’re on the subject, nobody has yet to explain to me (convincingly) why Veras didn’t come in to pitch the 9th in game two of ALDS. All’s well that ends well, but I really really do need this question answered.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 1:36 am

Veras is an 8th inning guy, T. Leyland believes very strongly in such roles. I’m sure he had a gut feeling, or maybe a guy feeling, about bringing Al-Al back out and would defend it based on Al-Als 8th inning and suppositions about upcoming matchups in the 9th. When Benoit is unavailable, rules about the 9th get more flexible, except for Veras, former Houston closer, who must be kept away from the 9th inning unless the Tigers are behind or way ahead. Veras is an 8th inning guy because, without Benoit there, who’s your 8th inning guy? Essentially, Veras is the 8th inning guy because he’s the 8th inning guy.

It all makes sense now, right?

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T Smith October 13, 2013 at 1:55 am

Hmmm… I was half hoping you would say Veras was constipated or something. Then I would gladly let it go.

But yes, it is nonetheless all very clear to me now. Thank you. (Nothing that a good dose of Leylandspeak couldn’t clear up)….

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Coleman October 13, 2013 at 2:00 am

It’s all a misunderstanding. He does mumble a lot. He was trying to ask “where is the 8th inning guy,” and ever since Jose has been known as “Veras the 8th inning guy.”

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Well done. Coleman. I can’t help but see you as a natural closer. But I’m going to take this into extra innings.

Seriously, Leyland hews to conventional wisdom in terms of set bullpen roles, and his staff seems to play along. Also, there are things we can’t know about that affect bullpen availability/selection (including constipation). We don’t know how guys are feeling that particular day or whether Jeff Jones has seen something he doesn’t like, etc.. And, but, also, if we were looking into it as deeply as Leyland has to (even if we doubt that he does this), we might agree that, yes, we see the rationale for such and such a decision.

In the case of ALDS Game 2, bottom of the 9th: Alburquerque had just (inning before) come in and struck out Donaldson and Moss swinging with 2 on, in 9 pitches. Cespedes-Smith-Reddick due up. Nothing Al-Al can’t handle, lefties not a problem when he’s got it. My “hunch” about bringing Al-Al back for a second inning isn’t a rational argument against it. You might say that Veras is a good choice to face Cespedes, but Al-Al is actually better for the next two – why waste a reliever when a) extras are a strong possibility and b) Veras isn’t necessarily the *better* choice for Cespedes?

Where I really diverge from what happened is the intentional walk and then bringing Porcello in.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I would have left AA in for K candidates Reddick and Vogt. No IBB. Had that gone well, Benoit comes in to face Crisp, and will be back in the 10th, again assuming all goess well.

Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Oh, I forgot – I don’t think Benoit was available. OK… I leave Alburquerque out there to face Crisp or die. 10th inning will depend. Tigers score – Veras. Tigers don’t – whoever. Alvarez, probably.

Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I guess it would have been, not Crisp, but Callaspo batting for Sogard. Alburquerque, then. I didn’t realize I had so much confidence in Alburquerque that I really don’t have.

judpma October 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Varas..where did you get that stuff…WOW!

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tbran October 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Yes, Pedroia. that was a perfect pitch. BTW, when did Pedroia convert to the Amish?

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

It seems to have been a kind of team decision. Their cabinets are really quite extraordinary. This after the all the nice Amish crafts at the shop in Oakland.

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Man this is intense.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Yeah. We might have another 13 of these on tap.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

We live for October!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Another bullet dodged.

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Excellent pitches on three batters in the heart of their lineup…now lets close this out!!!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

2 more runs first, please.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Jackson can’t bunt. Why bother?

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Ridiculous to make him go 0-2 anyway. Stupid bunt call.

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Coleman October 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm

The sac bunt would have been worth a run there.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm

With someone who can bunt, sure.

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Coleman October 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I guess the bunt isn’t in the Jackdon repertoire.

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tbran October 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

those were Junts

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

Jackston can’t even junt.

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Coleman October 13, 2013 at 1:52 am

Ironically, Junt is the brand of chaw he uses.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 1:58 am

Ironically, Jackston is my brand. Tui! Pardon me.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Don Kelly, it’s up to you to stave off the whining about pulling Cabrera… that I would be the first to start.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Ridiculous to pull Cabrera early in a 1-0 game. Stupid. Stupid.

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I will reserve my judgment until after the defensive plays in the 9th inning.

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Though as Jason Beck pointed out, the Red Sox had only put 8 balls into play when Kelly came in as a defensive replacement. Curious.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:11 am

I maintain that it was a strange and bad move to pull Cabrera early. 3-0 maybe.

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T Smith October 13, 2013 at 1:04 am

It was one inning too soon. It cost at least run. They walk Miggy there to load the bases (in lieu of making Don Kelly look like a little leaguer whiffing on 3 pitches), and presumably, Prince puts contact on the ball. Certainly if he hits the same pitch that Drew made the miracle catch the run still scores with only one out.

However the inning plays out after, then you pull him.

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StorminNorman$ October 13, 2013 at 1:29 am

Great win, outstanding pitching, but having said that if BOS would have tied the game (or scored 2) in the 9th, DET would have REALLY regretted some blown opportunities.

And i’m sorry but I think JL’s decision to do a double-switch in the 8th was an incredibly bad decision, that fortunately didn’t cost him the game. First of all, I don’t think Santiago is much faster than Peralta (who’s been DET’s best hitter in the post-season), BUT if you’re going to pinch run for Peralta, why not bring in Dirks or Kelly (who both are faster than Santiago and can replace Peralta in LF), and then as you let DET’s half of the inning play out to determine whether or not you believe Cabrera has a shot at batting in the 9th, if it doesn’t look like he will you can always do a defensive replacement (w/Santiago) in the bottom of the 8th. BUT since Avila made the last out in the 8th, and therefore Cabrera ‘would be the 4th hitter’ in the 9th, he likely could bat in the 9th – especially if a guy or two before him got a hit or two (and they did). You simply do not pull Cabrera in the 8th in a 1-0 game, unless of course you’d rather have Don Kelly batting with a couple guys on base in the 9th instead of Cabrera – and even Don Kelly’s mom wouldn’t want that.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 1:40 am

“and even Don Kelly’s mom wouldn’t want that.”

Ha! Best part. Agree with all of it. I definitely don’t understand Peralta being pinch run for twice already in the postseason.

T Smith October 13, 2013 at 2:03 am

Yes great win. And yes, many missed opportunities that we need not lament over given the final result. And, sigh… yes. Quite correct on every other point as well. I don’t know a manager in the game that wouldn’t have played it like you suggest. Then again, while you clearly demonstrate strategic acumen, you may not be so well versed in Leylandspeak.

Coleman October 13, 2013 at 2:07 am

It was actually even weirder than Mr. Storm (or is it Mr. Norm?) described above. Peralta was the TRAIL runner on the play. How fast do you have to be to run behind Prince Fielder? Even if Leyland was looking forward enough to anticipate the Infante intentional walk, there is no way anybody is throwing to third to start a double-play. So whoever the runner on 2nd was there was pretty much a non-issue.

Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Steal home, Jose!

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I hate Stephen Drew. Hate him.

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Smoking Loon October 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Benoit has had a couple Todd Jones’s in a row. Enough. Clean 1-2-3, now.

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tbran October 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Wow, I did not realize that Brutus (of Popeye fame) had been traded to the Sox.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 1:10 am

Napoli?

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I haven’t taken a breathe since the 6th inning!

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Kevin in Dallas October 12, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Dombrowski needs a personal style consultant.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:08 am

He’s not wearing the striped shirt again, is he? He looks 14 when wears that.

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tbran October 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Joe Buck’s voice is the sound of death.

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judpma October 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm

get the ball back in the bottom of the strikezone please!

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judpma October 13, 2013 at 12:03 am

well we knew that would happen….get the batter

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

Yes! Almost historic! Good enough!!

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

Well done Boys! The day of 1-0 Championship games!

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tbran October 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:08 am

And more pitching.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 13, 2013 at 12:14 am

Not necessarily in that order!

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:22 am

Dan just reminded me about the Iglesias play, knocking down the ball and throwing out Pedroia. That was pretty big, too.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:53 am

Or maybe it was Ellsbury. Or maybe Iglesias made two great plays. I find it harder to remember details of a game I just listened to as opposed to one I just watched.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:15 am

What’s with Brookens? No one was sent home to be thrown out.

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Coleman October 13, 2013 at 12:18 am

Yeah but…the Red Sox will be really due tomorrow!

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 1:00 am

The good part is that they’ll have to face Scherzer.

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judpma October 13, 2013 at 12:21 am

back to back amazing games…I am too old for this much “tense”….

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JimEggersUSMC October 13, 2013 at 12:33 am

Kinda like dog years, huh… I am feeling good as a Tigers fan, but my Dodger blue is very, very blue…Donny baseball is not pushing the right buttons, but LOB and RISP suck too

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Kevin in Dallas October 13, 2013 at 12:34 am

Unbelievable game. I could hardly breathe at the end. Welcome to October.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate a once in a lifetime pitching staff.

No hitter would have been amazing, but it doesn’t count as an extra win. There is only one goal.

7 more.

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T Smith October 13, 2013 at 12:36 am

+1

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:43 am

Yes, a little wind went out of the sails when the no-hitter was gone, but just a little. Possibly because at 1-0, it took no more than a hit or even just a baserunner to gravely threaten the win. The strong aversion to a Red Sox hit would have still been there if there had already been 12 of them earlier.

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Jason October 13, 2013 at 12:37 am

Fantastic, nail-biting baseball once again goes the Tigers’ way!

Good work from the pen facing 10 Boston batters and retiring 9 of them. Veras’s outing was especially encouraging; I was worried about the 8th inning before tonight.

Oodles of strikeouts alert, ALCS version: Boston can’t strike out 17 times and expect to win games in this series.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

But they (Red Sox with 17 strikeouts) came pretty close.

Strikeouts still aren’t runs. We’d be in business if they were.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

I’m calling for a champagne celebration. What do you say, Kevin?

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Kevin in Dallas October 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

Champagne of beers, maybe.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 12:57 am

I’m against wasting beer. I don’t like champagne, and I can see why people would rather spray it all over each other than drink it. Well, actually, I can’t really fathom that, either. Don’t know why they make it at all.

You have a beer, and I’ll have some more grapefruit juice. 7 more to go.

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Kevin in Dallas October 13, 2013 at 1:01 am

I’ve found champagne to be an effective tool against bridesmaids. That and self-doubt.

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 1:06 am

Nice.

Hey, check this out from Jason Beck:

“I get debating the choice of reliever. But Sanchez was on pace for a 174-pitch complete game.”

We should invite him over.

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Coleman October 13, 2013 at 1:56 am

Bridesmaid hangovers are the worst.

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Kevin in Dallas October 13, 2013 at 1:21 am

I remember watching Zumaya dominate the Yankees one inning in the ’06 ALDS.

That feeling was rekindled tonight when Al Al pitched b

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

When oh when is the Tigers offense gonna tear it up? They seem more prone to doing this against really good (established) pitchers, if you ask me. Tonight could be the night.

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StorminNorman$ October 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Apparently Don Kelly looked so good at the plate last night, tonight he gets the start in LF. Here is your DET Tiger starting lineup tonight against Buchholz (RHP):
CF Austin Jackson
RF Torii Hunter
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Victor Martinez
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Alex Avila
2B Omar Infante
LF Don Kelly

me, i’d like to see Iglesias’ glove at SS and Peralta in LF… and Jackson batting in the 8th or 9th spot… but “that’s just like my opinion… man”

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T Smith October 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Did Dirks insult Jim Leyland’s mother, or something? Is Kelly really that much better of a defender than Dirks?

Wow. Another head scratcher.

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Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Worse than insulting his Mother…he’s not hitting!

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Kelly is?

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Smoking Loon October 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm

But Dirks is #1 in LF defense. Kelly’s good, no complaints about that.

But between Dirks and Kelly “coming alive,” offensively, possibly, I like the potential upside of the former better.

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T Smith October 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

+1

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