The Eskimo languages, they say, have about 50 different words for “snow.” Tiger fans are going to have to coin some new words: “blowpen” alone is no longer sufficient to cover the myriad variations of ways the Tigers blow games this season. Last night’s version was literally unique: over the last 2 seasons teams went into the 9th inning with a deficit of 5 or more runs 1,058 times–or about 6 1/2 complete seasons of baseball games–and last night’s game was the first time the team ahead lost.
I said before the game yesterday that Verlander would have to be good, and, lo and behold, he was not only good, but dominant. Then, blow and behold, the bullpen came in.
The Tigers have picked up Neftali Feliz to help out the bullpen, since when the bullpen falters the thing to do apparently is to go look for a Texas Rangers guy. Call me cynical, but this move just makes me shrug.
Today’s Worst Hitter Bats Fifth Lineup:
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF
- Victor Martinez, DH
- JD Martinez, RF
- Marc Krauss, 1B
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- James McCann, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS
- Rajai Davis, CF
Rajai gets the start in Center, because Phil Hughes has reverse splits (RH hit him better). So wait, why is Krauss at First?