Game 2014.103: White Sox at Tigers

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Jose Quintana vs. Anibal Sanchez

Would you trade the boom and bust of a typical MLB offense for something more consistent? The Detroit Tigers have scored 476 runs. They did not but could have done so by scoring (in any order) 5, 5, and 4 runs in any consecutive three games, consistently and without fail. Would that have been better?

There are two answers, the simplified one and the more accurate one. First: Yes. Second: No.

“More than the other team” is still the best plan I’ve heard. Not easy to pull off when you’re scoring 1, 0, and 1. A noble experiment, but it doesn’t add up to 14. 14 every 3, the key to .600. It’s The Baseball Diet.



  1. Coleman

    July 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Jack White is throwing out the first pitch today. Hopefully he will have an Amber Grand effect.

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      July 29, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      who is he?

    • Coleman

      July 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Apparently he requested that Cabrera be in the batter’s box when he threw out the first pitch, haha. Tigers: “uh, no.”

      • Vince in MN

        July 29, 2014 at 7:38 pm

        I assumed he was the winner of the annual Manage the Tigers For A Day contest and he called on Leyland for some assistance for setting the lineup.

        • Coleman

          July 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

          Now there’s an idea, celebrity manager of the day

          • Vince in MN

            July 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

            By lottery – 162 times a year.

  2. Coleman

    July 29, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Castellanos is a late scratch at 3rd, so Cabrera moves to 3rd base. Rajai bats 2nd again, which I hate. JD is bumped down to 7th.

    1 Jackson CF
    2 Davis LF
    3 Kinsler 2B
    4 Cabrera 3B
    5 V Martinez 1B
    6 Hunter DH
    7 JD Martinez LF
    8 Holaday C
    9 Suarez SS

  3. Coleman

    July 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Runner on 3rd with nobody out, and Holaday comes through with the sac fly. If Avila could do things like that more often, I suspect there would be far less grumbling about his .220 hitting.

    • Vince in MN

      July 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Well occasionally he draws a walk in that situation.

  4. Vince in MN

    July 29, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    The only thing wrong with the all RH lineup is that Kelly, Romine and Avila all have to sit on the bench.

  5. Vince in MN

    July 29, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    So Casty is out because his finger was contused by a ground ball during batting practice. How does that work exactly?

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    July 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Soria could not be off to a worse start as a Tiger…

    For a team comfortably in first, we sure do seem to suffer quite a bit over here.

    • Vince in MN

      July 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      I think you mean “comfortably”.


    July 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    We should return Soria for a full refund!

  8. Vince in MN

    July 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Has Soria retired anybody as Tiger pitcher yet?

    • Vince in MN

      July 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Oh there we go, four runs later. Historic moment, let him keep the ball.

  9. Coleman

    July 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm


  10. 80HD

    July 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    The letters “W”, “T” and “F” just came to mind.

    • Vince in MN

      July 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      The letters “S”, “N”, “A”, “F”, “U”, come to my mind.

  11. jud

    July 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Fourth game in steals…no hit and run…none…hey Asmus what do you do all game long????

    • Coleman

      July 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Davis is a horrible #2 hitter

    • Vince in MN

      July 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      They stopped doing the creative stuff longer than 4 games ago, more like 50. They have had a couple of short hot spells (which I am now putting more down to luck), but for the most part they have been sleep-walking through the last two months of the season. Part of that has to rest on Manager’s shoulders, he and the coaching staff are part of the team too. Almost 100 games into the season and the complete absence of any positive consistency in ANY aspect of the game make it virtually impossible to take this bunch seriously.

  12. Mark

    July 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I think Nathan and now Soria are some kind of Rangers revenge for Fielder.

    • jud

      July 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      I Have the Soria Nathan thing figured out..Its hard to get guys out consistently when you don’t get to face the Tiger hitters

  13. jud

    July 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    HEY DD…your a fool if you try and make this team better by giving up anyone…this team can’ t hit its way out of a paper bag…and with Mr “Everything is hunky dorey ” runnng the show. It ain’t gonna get better…..

  14. jud

    July 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    ..I vote we give Soria back for nothing….and make the Rangers have to pitch him!!!

  15. Mark

    July 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Tigers bullpen officially cursed at this point. They need to send a priest with holy water and a crucifix to exorcise the demons out there.

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      July 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      I’ve got a Monsignor on speed dial, if that will help…

  16. jud

    July 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    10 hits and 2 runs…I thought this team was suppossed to manufacture runs….what I didn’ t know was the manufacturing would be for the opponents!

  17. jud

    July 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Holaday..good job today! …….1 hit…1 sac…2 rbi..thats more than Avila does in a month..

    Too bad you wilbe back on the bench tomorrow!!!

  18. T Smith

    July 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    The problem here is how Asmus handles the pitching staff. He should have left Sanchez finish out the seventh. He still had plenty in the tank; the jam was largely due to poor defensive play. It wasn’t because Sanchez was spent. Sanchez had the White Sox figured out and was pitching well up to that point. He still had a good 10 – 12 pitches left; he could have easily got the ground ball and we are out of the inning. In any case, it was Sanchez’s inning to finish. We get out of that inning with the score 3-2 if you leave Sanchez in there, and THEN you trot out Soria or Chamberlain in the 8th with bases empty, in roles they are comfortable with.

    It would seem Soria isn’t used to inheriting runners and he presses to get the out. Remember, he was a closer… the Tigers are asking him to assume an entirely different role. Whatever the case, the Sox can skip batting practice for tomorrow’s game, compliments of the Tiger’s bullpen.

    Yes, we are comfortably in 1st, but unless the brain trust figures it out–and soon–this team is going to limp into October, if they get there at all, and will lose the very first three game series (in two) against any one of the other contending playoff teams.

  19. jud

    July 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Hey Smarty Anyone can manage when things are going good…….2-1, .2-0….2-1…..11-4..So Smarty exactly what are you doing???????????…under .500 since May 15…..500 at home….