June 26th, 2013

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Angels

Surprisingly, the bullpen is pretty fresh tonight in case Jose Alvarez doesn’t work into the late innings. Darin Downs is the only reliever Jim Leyland listed as unavailable, and Drew Smyly’s return essentially fills his spot. That said, Downs threw just 16 pitches, and he hadn’t thrown in a few days, while Evan Reed topped the 50-pitch mark before he left last night.

I switched things up and took a shot with Torii Hunter against his old team for Beat the Streak tonight. He’s 12-for-29 for the homestand and went 3-for-4 last night, though he doesn’t have a 10-game hitting streak going like Cabrera. He is not an ex-teammate of Hanson, who joined the Angels over the winter.

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, AM 1270, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Tommy Hanson)

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

P: Jose Alvarez

ANGELS

  1. J.B. Shuck, LF
  2. Mike Trout, CF
  3. Albert Pujols, DH
  4. Mark Trumbo, 1B
  5. Josh Hamilton, RF
  6. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  7. Chris Iannetta, C
  8. Erick Aybar, SS
  9. Brendan Harris, 2B

P: Tommy Hanson

 

Game 75: Breaking down the Tigers’ breakdown

That was ugly.

“We got beat down today,” Torii Hunter said. “They looked good. We had six errors. They had like 17 hits, 16 hits. All around, they beat us in every facet of the game.”

This is one of those games when Jim Leyland says to turn the page.

“I just think that this one’s just one that’s in the book and you put it in the book and you forget about it,” Leyland said, “because there’s nothing you can do about it. It was just an ugly night for us. Obviously they hit the ball all over the place and we didn’t make some plays. Those things happen. There’s no sense getting all excited about something like that.”

The story might be better told in the statistics:

  • 14: Runs allowed by Tigers pitching, their highest total since they gave up 15 to the Giants on July 2, 2011. That game capped a stretch in which they allowed 14+ runs three times in a five-day stretch, and ended up bringing in Don Kelly to pitch with two outs in the ninth inning on June 29.
  • 6: Errors by the Tigers, their highest total in a game since Sept. 11, 1982, in a 13-3 loss to the Red Sox. It’s also the highest error total by a Major League team since the Pirates committed seven errors against the Cubs last Sept. 7.
  • 2: Errors committed by Miguel Cabrera, just his second two-error game since returning to third base last season. The other came last Aug. 31 against the White Sox.
  • 2: Errors from reliever Evan Reed. Surprisingly, he’s the fourth Tigers reliever since 2010 with a two-error game. Brayan Villarreal was the last, having done so on May 25, 2012 against the Twins.
  • 4:03: Time of game, second longest for a nine-inning game in the Majors this season.
  • 36: Runs scored by the Angels in four games against the Tigers this season, tripling Detroit’s scoring.

Thanks to baseball-reference and STATS for the info.

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