Sunday: Tigers vs. Pirates

Closer Jose Valverde is not available today. The goal is to have him ready for Tuesday’s opener at Cleveland. Austin Jackson isn’t in the starting lineup, but manager Jim Leyland didn’t rule him out for being available late in the game.

Meanwhile, Brennan Boesch takes another step up in the lineup, this time to sixth.


  1. Don Kelly, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Max Scherzer


  1. Jose Tabata, RF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, DH
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Josh Harrison, 3B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Nate McLouth, LF
  9. Clint Barmes, SS

P: Kevin Correia


lets not look forward to cleveland until we take care of business today

Kinda wish laird was in today and “I’ve forgotten how to hit” Avila.

That’s I wish Avila was out today.

I think Alex is getting a lot of bad calls during his ABs, for whatever reason.
Anyway, if there was ever a time for a four game win streak, this is it.

Well maybe I don’t know, but what I do know is that he isn’t 1/10 of the hitter he has been in the past. Is he injured, did he over achieve in the past, or whatever. I don’t know. But what I do think is that he needs a day off. Actually Laird had good numbers against Cy Burnett, I thought the day was yesterday. I do know he needs to do a bit better. He to me is a huge disappointment this year along with Scherzer and Porcello. Get it in gear boys.

3rd inning, so far so good with Max. So now can we get some offense?

Well Mad Max is throwing very well but the offense will turn him into Bad Max if they don’t get it into gear……yet again.

So appearently this is the pitch good day, but can’t score any runs kinda day. Geez.

Well through 6 innings today, tigers pitching has struck out 37 pirates. You’d think you’d have more to show for it. Pretty disappointing.

If we threaten and do not score in the 6th, I doubt we will get back in this one.
Please no runner on 3rd and less than 2 (we’ve done this with no out too) boys.
Max is dealing and with the way the Pirates are swinging you know there will be an occasional dinger.
This offense just has to come to life. Doesn’t it?

You’d think? We hit, we don’t pitch. We pitch we don’t hit. That’s the routine for the year.

Just can’t hardly stand this, just excruciating to watch, day after day. You can almost predict it.

Ugh! I’m going back to work. They won the other day when I didn’t watch.

Terrible at bats…. Max deserves better… Fans deserve better.

Why is Dirks doing so much 1st pitch swinging? Twice today that I remember–both pop-ups.
C’mon you guys you have to support an effort like this. Too many times this year the offense has not played well with an outstanding start.

Well-finally a break. I’d think about a bunt if itweren’t for DY running the bases and the bottom of the order coming up. boesch will be going for the downs.

Well I can’t necessarily say Alex hit the ball well, but he got a dribbler through and at this point, I’ll take it every day all day. Nice Alex?

Well the main thing is he got his bat on the ball with 2 strikes against a tought lefty in a critical situation. I give him a lot of credit for hanging in there with the way it’s been going for him.

Without the bass ball its an gidp… Nice break

Nice break for Avila not getting that third strike called against him. That inning could EASILY never happened. About time we get a break like that!!

We got 3 breaks that inning and the non call on the 3rd was huge,
Good starting, a few breaks, good at bats when it mattered—now we need the BP to contribute.

Well, here comes the Coke Man. I hope he is on. Dotel didn’t look too good to me and bobbling that 1-hopper is almost unforgivable. Had McCutchen swinging on the 1st pitch too..

OK, now it’s time for an on-fire road trip starting with a sweep of the Indians.

If the Tigers hadn’t been going so badly, that would have been a fun game to watch, start to finish. They took advantage of those breaks, so that’s good. Max had the Pittsburgh hitters overmatched, and they finished the weekend with 7 runs on 4 homers and a sac fly.
I switched over to the Pittsbugh feed a couple of times this weekend, and noticed that they show the 7th inning stretch in it’s entirety. I like that; more like being at the game. So did FSD show the lady singing the song during the stretch today?
Now another attempt to win two in a row. Can they do it? Can they possibly do it?

The Tigers looked grim when they came off the field. You expect a team that squeaked out a come from behind win to be happy. They look like they can’t believe they’re struggling so much.

Pitchers so on fastball and control are HR prone. Morris and Petris usually were at the top of HRs allowed but also in the numbers of SO. As the archnemesis of the Tigers, Palmer said , the trick is to put batters to swing at bad pitches.He also said after SO a lot in a game that he was not pleased, SOs make you work more .When Scherzer and Smyly learn that they will became pitchers instead of flamethrowers.
Anyway a win is a win , and does not have to be beautiful or easy

Moving forward to Cleveland, Minnesota, and Boston, they’ll see some pitchers that they’re a little more familiar with. Hopefully that will help some. It has seemed that, on any given day, we have about 7 guys with 1 good AB per game, and about 2 guys who have 3 or 4 good ABs per game, and it’s different people doing it everyday. A lot of hacking going on, in place of getting into a predictable count, etc.
We have to remember how difficult it is to hit in this game. There are under 1000 people in the entire world skilled enough to play in the big leagues and, of that number, only a small percentage can hit successfully on a consistent basis.
It ain’t easy.

Casey Crosby finally threw a really good game today. Eldred won it with a 3 run PH HR in the 9th I think.
I don’t see Toledo providing us a 2nd baseman this year though.

Listened to the radio off and on today. Did not hear the end so glad to know it was a win. Heard the pre game that Leyland told Smyly to not let McCutchen beat them. Also Price said that Alex is taking way too many close pitches. C’mon Avila, hit that pitch 2 inches off the plate the opposite way for a double! Let’s all think winning streak! Go Tigers!

The “Price” is right. AA has been getting a little to fixated on where (he thinks) the pitch is. I think he is going up to bat and thinking like a catcher and a catcher’s awareness of the ump’s strike zone, instead of going up as a a hitter.
He is fine tuning his at bats. He has a good eye but you take a strike and you have just diminished your percentages in that at bat. I think you are right–he needs to become more aggressive. It’s not like he is inclined to swing at bad pitches. Hardly ever swings at anything in the dirt.
AA (and the Tigers) got lucky in his crucial at bat in the 8th. He was struck out but got a favourable call from the ump.
This is a hugely important cog in the Tiger machine—especially with VMart out. He has to contribute at the plate and not just behind it. He also needs to assert himself in a leadership role.
This guy is capable of both.

JL said Villareal could be another Al Albuquerque….and i do not particularly disagree however…they are both righties – as is Doc Oc… is JL suggesting we could go with 3 middle innings righties (Al^2, Brayan V. and Doc Oc) and only 1 lefty (coke)?
albeit Al^2’s number’s against lefties are excellent (e.g. 1.09WHIP) and if Villareal can pitch to lefties also then I’d rather have Al^2 and him than daniel.
How is Daniel doing? How about Marte (lol another middle innings righty)?

News from the Farm – and this likely was discussed earlier but I was not at the computer at all this weekend and don’t have time to go back to check. Went to see the Mud Hens on Friday – saw my first inside the park homerun and a triple play, both done by the Hens. The homerun was so exciting, once he hit 2nd base you just knew he was going to go for it, the whole crowd rose and started screaming. They still lost though. Fu Te Ni started, and his 3rd batter hit a 3 run homerun – long game, I think he gave up 3 home runs. Zach Miner made an appearance, did so-so and then left possibly with an injury, will have to look into that.

Cleveland closer Chris Perez doesn’t realize that it’s actually John Adams’ mind numbing drum that drives the fans away.

sigh. the sad truth is the drumming in my head doesn’t stop after the game ends. it haunts my dreams.

Didn’t want to jinx him until it happened but that was Dirks first 0 for 4 of the season. Could any of you stat guys see how he compares with other players??
Anyone in the league without one??

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