Game 2014.66 Postgame: Royals 11, Tigers 8

“Troublesome” hardly covers it Mr. Verlander, but now that I think of it, maybe you should stop working on the stuff you are working on, because it’s only getting worse.

The numbers were bad: 7 runs in 6 innings, with 12 hits and 2 walks, which adds up to a meaty WHIP of 2.33 for the game. One more of these starts should be enough to tip Verlander over the 5.00 ERA mark (he sits at 4.98 right now). But even worse was watching the clouds gather inning by inning, knowing the downpour was inevitable.

It didn’t help matters that Reed followed Verlander with a meltdown encore (which included one of the ever-popular pitcher’s errors), but there were bright spots in the game.

The 9th inning scrub rally was nice, and signs of life from JD are always welcome. Rajai made the best of getting back in the lineup, with a 3-5 day with 2 RBI, 1 SB, and an assist at home (not many of those in these parts). And Blaine Hardy had a good first outing–now somebody sequester him so he doesn’t catch Blowpenitis.

We’ve got 3 more to go with these guys, and the weak starter out of the way, so I hope to see some good baseball this week. And we’re still in first, as we always say. Thought I’d better get that one in while the getting’s still good.


  1. William

    June 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Question for anyone who may know: was Doug Fister giving any sort of indication that he was not going to re-up with DET after his current deal was over ( 2015, I think)?

    This may be beating a dead horse, but we sure could use him now. I know there are a lot of moving parts here (Scherzer money, Porcello is cheaper, no one undreamed JV would be this bad), but the Fister decision is certainly puzzling to me.

    Smyly has looked pretty good and perhaps that was the decision they were making (Fister v Smyly).

    • Coleman

      June 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Yes, they tried to extend him and he wasn’t interested. I think Washington tried to do the same, and no deal there either. The rumor is that he wants to pitch on the west coast.

    • Coleman

      June 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Of all of the scenarios involving starting pitchers, who would have though we’d be wishing we had Fister in the rotation over Verlander?

  2. StorminNorman$

    June 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    some added perspective/stats to JV concerns

    …soon ‘the weight’ of his contract will become an intregal part of the nat’l media discussion