Game 2014.110: Tigers at Yankees

David Price Tigers

On paper, it looks like Max Scherzer kept up the trend of dominant starting pitching, allowing only 2 runs in 7 innings.

In reality, three spectacular defensive plays with runners on base kept the game within reach. Ian Kinsler made two fine plays dashing to his left, fielding the ball into right field, spinning, and making a strong throw, once to second to start a double play, and once to first. Then, Ezequiel Carrera, in his first start in the bigs, made a bid for play of the year on a diving catch sprinting to his right in deep centerfield. The play was phenomenal for a number of reasons – his read on the ball, the distance covered, and most importantly, the game situation. The bases were juiced with none out. Carrera’s snag allowed Max to limit the damage to a single run that inning.

For the game, Scherzer allowed 9 hits, 3 walks, and struck out only 4 in 7 innings. But Scherzer made enough pitches to give his defense a chance, which is what good pitchers do.

Avila had a really bad K with the bases loaded and one out. And then Robertson made him look silly in the 9th, but Robertson does that to a lot of people.

The Tigers are now 8-10 since the break.

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And so begins the David Price era. In case you’ve been without internet for the past seven years, David Price is good. Like really good. He’s been an All-Star 4 times, won the Cy Young in 2012, and finished second in 2010. For his career he’s 82-47 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 10 K/9, and 8.22 K/BB. He hasn’t posted an ERA above 3.50 since 2009. His .636 career winning percentage ranks him 9th among active leaders with at least 100 decisions, just behind Max Scherzer, and right ahead of Justin Verlander.

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- The Tigers sign 2012 and 2013 AL Rolaids Relief winner (is that still a thing) Jim Johnson to a minor league contract.

- Here’s what David Price will do for you. Tigers are #2 in the latest USA Today MLB power rankings.

- John Sterling’s idiosyncrasies drive me nuts, but he’s about as complimentary of the other teams as it comes. Suzyn Waldman knows her stuff too.

- Avila is…a good game manager. Let’s all understand that.

Game preview here.

No love for Carrerra as Davis gets the start.

1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Torii Hunter RF
6. J.D. Martinez, LF
7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Andrew Romine, SS

27 Comments

  1. TIGERS RULE

    August 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Boy, is Torii slow running to first.

  2. jud

    August 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    The Skuggos must be saving themselves again…hey David we forgot to tell you this team can’t score!!..good luck with that !!!

    • TIGERS RULE

      August 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      You still have to score runs ….. no matter how good your pitchers are and Cy winners you have on your staff!

  3. jud

    August 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Are the Tigers even .500 against teams .500 or better….these same Tigers everyone is putting in the World Series

    • TIGERS RULE

      August 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      The Tigers have done squat since the 27-12 start. They won’t make it past the first round!

      • Kevin in Dallas

        August 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        I too have my grave concerns. But we’re gonna win the Central and this team can get hot.

        Lots of baseball left.

  4. jud

    August 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Romine…atta boy!

  5. Coleman

    August 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    The B.O.O.B.s are coming up big tonight.

  6. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Let’s get a run and then let Price finish it off.

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Based on Jim’s reaction in the booth, Hunter’s going to have a broken hand here.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Note, I have no insight on this but Jim yelled into the mic. Pretty comical.

    • Vince in MN

      August 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Dirks.

  8. joe z

    August 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    if price keeps pushing high innings every start, and the tigers make the world series. kids gonna be looking at 275 ish IP

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      As long as he can pitch through 2015.

    • Vince in MN

      August 5, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      All the starters need to be pushing high innings to take the pressure off Ausmus to use the bullpen.

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    August 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Hunter X-Ray’s negative. Just a “contusion.”

  10. Vince in MN

    August 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    And to think Stephen Drew could have been our regular SS.

  11. Coleman

    August 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Babe Avila!

  12. jud

    August 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Who was that batting in the Avila spot!!!!!

  13. jud

    August 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Joe….Joe…Joe….say it was so!!!!

    pitching wins…the Sluggos get runs from unexpected sources!!

    Nice WIN!

  14. jud

    August 6, 2014 at 12:40 am

    As a side note….Joba..Sorria…Nathan…clean innings. . Isn’t that the way it is supposed to go!

  15. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 6, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Hey o’ hey, I feel so good today,
    just touched down on an international runway.
    Jet-propelled back home from overseas to the USA

    Dan and Jim
    Oh how I yearn for you;
    Detroit v. the Yankees playing in the house of Ruth
    God I long to be back home with my friends at the DTW

    Did I miss Coleman’s wit
    Did I miss Jud’s analysis
    Did I miss Kevin in Dallas’ optimism
    From the pre-game to the 9th.
    You can bet your life I did
    so I got back to the USA

    I am so glad to be living in the USA!
    I said I am so glad to be living in the USA!
    Ain’t great to back in the good ole USA!!!

    (with apologies to Linda and Chuck)

    BTW, who’s this Price guy and where is my man AJAX???

  16. Coleman

    August 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Lost in all the excitement of last night’s 12 inning game was the unique circumstance that neither team walked a batter. Last time that happened in a game 12-innings or more: 1917.

    • StorminNorman$

      August 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      great observation and research Coleman.

      fortunately Drew swung at ball 4 (at the ankles) in a 3-2 count to lead off the 10th against Chamberlain

      good win for DET, at Yankee stadium… the type of game I’ve seen the Tigers lose

      …and add NYY to list of teams, I’d like to swap bullpens with

  17. jud

    August 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    When you think about it its pretty hard to walk any of the Tigers and just as hard for our bullpen to make it thru without a walk…therefore the feat was indeed amazing!

  18. jud

    August 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I posted yesterday I didn’t think Miggy was earning his $20+ mil..and Vince posted some good numbers and stated it was an illusion….heres some hard numbers…last four series…10+ games….1 HR….2 RBI….0 doubles….many many outs especially lately are very Romaine like weak Groundballs….maybe his average is there…but he is paid to drive in runs…..I don’t know his LOB numbers but he sure isn’t adding to his 80+ RBI very often any more.

  19. StorminNorman$

    August 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    against NYY Left-hander Chris Capuano.

    1. Rajai Davis, LF
    2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
    3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
    4. Victor Martinez, DH
    5. J.D. Martinez, RF
    6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
    7. Bryan Holaday, C
    8. Andy Romine, SS
    9. Ezequiel Carrera, CF
    Starting pitcher: Justin Verlander

    I see six runs in this DET lineup/match-up…let’s hope JV keeps them under 6

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