Wednesday: Tigers vs. Mariners (and King Felix)

Firefighters memorial, Pioneer Square, Seattle

Firefighters Memorial, Pioneer Square, Seattle

The Tigers beat Felix Hernandez in his Major League debut at Comerica Park on August 4, 2005. They outdueled him again the following April at Safeco Field. Since then, King Felix is 9-0 in 10 starts against the Tigers with a 2.86 ERA, including eight consecutive quality starts and four outings with seven innings and a run or no runs allowed. That’s the challenge the Tigers face tonight, as well as a Seattle crowd that treats Hernandez’s starts as an event in some similar ways to Justin Verlander’s starts in Detroit.

The best glimmer of hope for the Tigers is that Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera have hit him a little over their careers, though Hunter’s hits have come amidst a lot of strikeouts. Alex Avila is 3-for-11 with four strikeouts off King Felix, but he gets the night off in favor of Brayan Pena, who has never faced him.

With runs likely at a premium, it’ll be interesting to see if the Tigers get aggressive against Jesus Montero, who has allowed 60 stolen bases in 71 attempts in 65 games behind the plate as a Mariner.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF (3-for-12, double off Hernandez)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (22-for-68, 2 doubles, 19 K’s off Hernandez)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (9-for-21, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s off Hernandez)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (0-for-2, walk off Hernandez)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (5-for-18, HR, 4 RBIs off Hernandez)
  6. Andy Dirks, LF (1-for-4 off Hernandez)
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS (7-for-29, double, HR off Hernandez)
  8. Brayan Pena, C
  9. Omar Infante, 2B (0-for-8 off Hernandez)

P: Max Scherzer


  1. Franklin Gutierrez, CF (2-for-6, HR, K off Scherzer)
  2. Kyle Seager, 3B (2-for-3 off Scherzer)
  3. Kendrys Morales, DH (3-for-9, 2 walks, 3 K’s off Scherzer)
  4. Michael Morse, RF (1-for-3, HR off Scherzer)
  5. Raul Ibanez, LF (0-for-4, walk, 2 K’s off Scherzer)
  6. Justin Smoak, 1B (1-for-8, walk, 2 K’s off Scherzer)
  7. Jesus Montero, C (1-for-3 off Scherzer)
  8. Dustin Ackley, 2B (1-for-2, walk off Scherzer)
  9. Brendan Ryan, SS (1-for-4 off Scherzer)

P: Felix Hernandez


At least Pena has been hitting the ball.
It is almost a breath-taking sight to see Austin Jackson rounding 3rd base.
Miggy may be seeing a lot of stuff high and tight now.
Prince proved baseball can be a humbling game.
We have 3 pretty smart pitchers in Max, Fister and Anibal Sanchez.
Andy Dirks will not be the starting left-fielder in August/September.
Bruce Rondon will save a game before Jose Valverde does.
Danny Worth is quite likely a dejected young man.
Casey Crosby has become a footnote in Tiger lore.
Brayan Villareal is not going to like life in Toledo.
Austin Jackson is playing like a superstar. Contact up and strikeouts almost disappeared.
Torii Hunter will not hit .400.
Victor Martinez will not hit .200
AA needs to sprinkle in a few more fastballs-even when that satanic slider is doing its thing.
Mike Illitch thinks this is HIS year.

Worth removed for the game with MudHens but no word on why .

Bruised heel. Yeah, I had trades in my head.

Nasty injury for a ballplayer. Avisail still out. I did the same a couple of years ago and I ended up on crutches,

Looking forward to tonight’s challenge against one of the best.

Who SO the fist batter does not end the game

So much for the 0-2 advantage

We K’d 16 times last night. Felix looks like he might get 22.

12 pitches . one SO , short inning

Pitching for contact. Efficience

This game is just flying by. The plate ump has a dinner date.

Guess by giving Seager an error they are protecting their pitcher..? Not an error it should be an earned run.

Two excellent pitchers on top of their game and an umpire with a massive strike zone. Not a good night to be a hitter, as Prince strikes out yet again. Gone from .632 to a total unability to even hit the ball. It’s a funny game.

New game

Not grinding , going for him worked.They were expecting a strike for first pitch

What about that 3B and the 2B?

The often maligned Tigers’ defense has been fantastic so far this year.

I was watching MLB channel and they were talking about the defense and they were saying you can’t talk about the fielding percentage tigers defense is still bad because of the zone rating.

I take it back then. The Tigers’ defense just cannot get it done. But you might want to check MLB zone ratings for verification.

Is Max going to be the Tigers pitcher this year that doesn’t get the run support?

Damn good game, Max. Let’s see how the pens do.

Max was incredible…..the pen scary!

No confidence in Dotel and less in Coke. The bullpen will kill us

Coke was the right choice from the beginning

Morales is a switch hitter right? So coke against two righties? I don’t know

211 vs LHP /290 vs RHP.

Or Smyly, ALCS redux

Dotel isn’t the same guy this year. Too bad and I agree this year the pen is killing us.

His split were bad vs LHB last year, but he was not overexposed

Fantastic pitching battle by 2 dominant starters. The Tigers now turn the game over to the pen, which practices lots of”pitch-to-contact.” “Light a candle.”

Well credit where credit is due……nice job Phil!

Excellent infield defense. Infante and Peralta getting ‘er done. Good game tonight.

“Pitch-to-contact worked. ” Third DP tononight.

Whatever. It’s late. And the Tigers defense did the job. Not sure what to say about the pen except the Tigers are still playing.

nice work Coke. interested to see if Leyland will give him the 10th if still tied.

Gk, on that zone rating stuff, they must be talking about last season. If they say our zone rating is bad this year, they may as well throw that stat in a trash can.

Yikes, it’s Mr. Walkoff. Let’s get ’em this time, Brayan.

Regardless of the outcome, that DP started by Infante was a thing of beauty. Going to his left and wheeling around to get a throw right on the bag. Whew. Turned another one earlier that was also a good one.
BV in now. No comment.

B-real was just screwed by the ump….dude was struck out twice. Appearently he has a different strike zone than Whilhelm ( or whatever his name is)

A venezuelan scout watching the game, he is leaving his arm behind That why his fastball is going up

B-Real is just too hyper. He starts throwing those arms up over his head and you know it’s trouble. He got a couple bad calls. Ump changed his zone when the starters left. Lucky to get that last swinging K.

Three 10 PM starts so far and two of them go extra innings. That sucks.

Fielder trying to avoid the golden sombrero

Benoit and Smyly last 2 guys in pen?

The relievers are keep the Tigers in the game, but the offense better score a run, soon. Looking pretty empty in ‘pen…

What about Porcello?

I would’ve liked to have gotten more than one run that inning…Smyly needs to hold ’em now.

OOPS-Benoit in now…

game should end on a K…apropos

Never in doubt!!!

how close was play at plate?

That was a close one! Good win, boys!!!

Oh Benoit. How do you let a guy hit an 0-2 pitch like that in that situation.
We lucked out and won one we shouldn’t have. Glad you folks got to see them win at 2:30 in the AM

Are 40 K’s some kind of a record?? Two starters with 12 each?? That duel lived up to the hype!! XL Sombrero for Prince?? Regular size for AJ. What about the defense!!! When was the Hunter assist at the plate?? I went to bed at ten and walk up at 3:30 in the morning. Good win! Won the series and Verlander going today, tonight, whenever !! Go Tigers!!!

That walk there s/b woke but it really was 3:30 in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I konked off when BReal was removed. Oh, man, did I miss a good one. Tigers didn’t give up.

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