Game 2014.42: Tigers 10, Indians 11

Really bad outing by Verlander yesterday, its going to happen. I thought that Vince in MN had a great point regarding Verlander’s transition into a finesse pitcher. If you need any more evidence than what you’re watching, check out his K and BB rates. His K rate this year is a 6.7/9, the lowest it has been in 8 years. Only his rookie year had a lower K rate (6.0). Meanwhile, his walk rate has been jumping at an alarming rate over the past two years, as he struggles to put away hitters with dominant stuff. This season it is a 3.7/9, which is the highest since it was 3.9 in 2008 (when he went 11-17). I think it make sense that he’s walking more as he tries to pitch around some hitters rather than through them.

He’s still one of the best, and he’ll get it sorted out.

Not a lot of time to dwell on it, as first pitch is less than an hour away.

Today’s Let’s Not Get Swept By the Indians Lineup:

1. Rajai Davis, LF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. J.D. Martinez, RF
6. Austin Jackson, CF
7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
8. Bryan Holaday, C
9. Danny Worth, SS

Postgame:

The entire game was a long drawn out kick to the groin. Can’t get out of there fast enough. Some pitching tomorrow would be a welcome sight.

We’ll likely have another dozen or two games just like this throughout the remainder of the season. It’s every true fan’s curse.

59 Comments

  1. Coleman

    May 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    JD says yeah, let’s not get swept.

  2. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    DET pitching (aces) seem to have awoke CLE bats from their 2 month slumber…

    hopefully this humbling series in CLE will be a positive for DET, as they play TEX this weekend (3), then head out west to play OAK (4) and SEA (3)… and OAK is just good, and SEA is no slouch, especially w/hitting aficionado/McClendon at the helm

  3. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    http://msn.foxsports.com/detro.....ies-052114

    Mr Fielder apparently still has not grasped the concept of thinking before he speaks when there’s a microphone in his mug. I expected DET fans to give him an ovation, but he’s probably lost a few fans/cheers w/ comments like this

  4. Coleman

    May 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Uh oh, the Clown rears its ugly head.

  5. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    what a great teammate Scherzer is, he’s obviously just trying to make JV (and his bruised ego) feel a little better…;)

  6. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hard to believe that the first plaace team goes to the last place team and gets out hit, out pitchhed, and out coached!

  7. Brenden

    May 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    This series has been ridiculous…What happened to this team? Zubaz a little too tight?

  8. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hey Worth when you finally get a chance to play…you can’ suck at it!!!!

  9. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Whats the return policy on those Zubaz???

  10. Brenden

    May 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    The starting pitching has just stunk this series. Wow.

  11. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Smokey jr…why not leave him in to give up 100….try managing…maybe pinch hit Romine!!!…and Avila!!!!

  12. Angus

    May 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I hate breathing life into the Indians. We are sure breaking records last two games. According to announcers most given up by Max since 2012 against you guessed it the Indians.

  13. TIGERS RULE

    May 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    “KEVIN IN DALLAS” has put the jinx on us.

  14. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    AJackson just 2 for his last 25 ABs

  15. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Hey Jackson are you actually trying???

  16. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Donkey might have saved the day…2 BB…atta boy!

  17. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    2-26

  18. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    In just this game if the Tigers would swing at only strikes thrown by the Indian pitchers the score would be 20-7…but thats not the Tigers now is it?….

    lets closse this out and get the h*ll outta town!!!!!

    • jud

      May 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      In fact the Indian pitchers walked 14-15 in this game but the Tigers only took 6 of them..

    • jud

      May 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      This totally sucks!!!!!!..Brantly a low ball hitter has 1009999 hits against the Tigers 0-2 pitch…we will show him…low breaking ball rip for his 1020000 hit against the Tigers

  19. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Joba came to play today!!!

  20. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    how appropriate… looks like we’re heading for an ugly ending to an ugly series

  21. Coleman

    May 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    There we go, all this game was missing was a blown save.

    • StorminNorman$

      May 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      …you know what else is missing right?

      • StorminNorman$

        May 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        …a RDavis OF assist at the plate… what next?

      • Coleman

        May 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        Avila pinch-hitting?

      • Coleman

        May 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        This game definitely needed Phil Coke.

        • Angus

          May 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

          Mr. soft grounder to 2nd or 1st baseman get a HR.

          • StorminNorman$

            May 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

            …there it is Coleman, the always exhilarating ‘walk-off balk’… as mentioned several innings ago, an ugly ending to an ugly game & series

            …time to GTF outta CLE

  22. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    prior to that 10th inning walk Krol had only 1 previous BB in 15 innings… par for the course with this game/series

  23. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Tomlin was scheduled to start tomorrow for CLE…obviously the bullpen/cupboard was bare

  24. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    They can now use this as an excuse to dump a couple more this weekend…they will have to get their Zubaz on and will be getting into Detroit late now and the millionaires won’t be able to get their beauty sleep!!

  25. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    did I just hear the fat lady sing…or was that Phil Coke entering the game?

  26. Jim EggersUSMC

    May 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    NOOOOOO! Not Coke, for the love of God! get the post-game show crew ready, we are done!!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      A 4 pitch walk to start.

  27. Kevin in Dallas

    May 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    HOPE!

  28. Coleman

    May 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Saved by Rayburn.

  29. Coleman

    May 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Look who ran into one.

  30. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Hey Brad I told you to PH Avila hours ago. .we’d by done by now…now wheres Romine!

  31. Angus

    May 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Don’t worry Coke is out for a second inning. Game is not over yet.

  32. Jim

    May 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Phil Choke! Didn’t we have a bat boy who could pitch!

  33. Coleman

    May 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Brantley with his 200th hit of the series.

  34. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Fire ASMUS…DD ..and take your hero Coke with you!!!!!

  35. Angus

    May 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Starting to seriously remind me of Ole Smokey. Let’s leave him out there so he can gain some confidence and have a decision. That’s great except his confidence builder turns into a botched game by the manager.

  36. Coleman

    May 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Walk off balk. Should have predicted that for this game.

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      May 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Not one to remember… I tell my 11yr old grandson to get Amnesia after a bad game, so…. AMNESIA FOR EVERYONE!

  37. Coleman

    May 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I know it’s early, but it will be hard to top this for weirdest game of the season.

  38. Gart

    May 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    What has to happen to get COKE Off THE TEAM?????

    • StorminNorman$

      May 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      …maybe if he started pitching ‘well’ that would do it??? …because he certainly has not pitched well since the ’12 playoffs, and that strategy has worked so far.

      if Coke was a RHP, he’d have been long gone last year – the only reason he’s still got a job is because he happens to throw with his left hand… go figure

  39. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Tommorow we wilk read from Mumbles Jr that Coke was one pitch away from being perfect….

    You know Brad you are too much like Mumbles for me..!!!

  40. Angus

    May 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I think both games on Monday and today were poorly managed. Leaving Coke out for a second inning almost always a bad decision.

  41. KW

    May 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Albalkuerque.

    • jud

      May 21, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      ALAl should get special recognition this series for facing 4 guys and blowing two games. Now thats being efficient!!

  42. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    And what we didn’t count on was Francona vs Asmus…it was a man against a boy this whole series

    .and as a side note on this trip trying to get 2 innings out of Coke when you hardly use him and he can’t even go one inning without giving up a run borders on negligence….

  43. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    It’s Ausmus! I am going out on a limb and will say that next October Phil Coke will be a hero.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      That’s a thin limb. Be careful. We’ll be underneath with a trampoline just in case.

  44. jud

    May 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Hey Mississippi you gotta lay off that Old Milwaukee!!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Yeah, after yesterday 5 1/2 hour game I ran out of the good stuff! However I will alway recall Coke’s 1 2/3 innings in game 5 of the 2011 ALCS in which he saved Verlander’s win. I still think he has that in him as his pitch speeds remain very high, especially for a left hander (which is a rarity). When he works out his headgames, it will again become fun for him and that will put him on the road back. It may take a while.

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