Friday’s doubleheader sweep by the numbers

I already put Friday’s doubleheader sweep into words here in the recap on the site. But with some of the numbers that came out of it, I figured it was worth recapping the day in numbers:

  • 0: Innings led by the Tigers over the two games.
  • 1/2: Games lost in the AL Central to the second-place Cleveland Indians, who lost in Oakland Friday night. They’re six games back.
  • 1: Run scored by the Tigers in the two games. The last time the Tigers scored so few in a doubleheader, the White Sox swept them in Chicago on Sept. 4, 2001. Players who were in starting lineups for both games included Roger Cedeno, Jose Macias, Damion Easley and Shane Halter. Others who started one game included Bobby Higginson, Robert Fick, Randall Simon, Chris Wakeland, Wendell Magee and rookie catcher Brandon Inge.
  • 2: Games gained in the standings by the Royals, who went from 8 1/2 games back to 6 1/2 games back. Also, it’s the number of career home runs Ramon Santiago has hit off of Aaron Crow, more than anybody else who has faced Crow in their careers.
  • 3: Innings in which the Tigers put a runner into scoring position against Shields in the nightcap, all in the first few innings. Shields settled down from there and retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced.
  • 4: Combined hits for the Tigers’ top five hitters, each of whom played in both games. Two of those hits from Miguel Cabrera.
  • 5: Hitless innings from Royals lefty Danny Duffy before he allowed a single in the opener. “He’s got one of those electric fastballs that hits 97 but it’s a different 97,” manager Jim Leyland said. “Some of our guys had never seen him, but he was terrific, and Justin was a close second today.”
  • 6: Total hits on the day for the Tigers, who had two in the opener before doubling the total in the second game.
  • 7: At-bats with runners in scoring position for the Tigers over the course of the doubleheader. The Tigers did not have a hit in those at-bats.
  • 13: Combined scoreless innings from Royals starters Duffy and James Shields.
  • 22: Years since the Royals allowed only one run total in a doubleheader. They did it to the Yankees in 1991 in a sweep in the Bronx. Kevin Appier and Mike Boddicker each picked up wins that day.
  • 26: Players on the Tigers’ 25-man roster for the doubleheader, thanks to what some have called the Jim Leyland rule. Leyland argued on the Commissioner’s Blue Ribbon Committee in favor of allowing teams to add a player for a doubleheader without having to send a player down for a day. Yet this was the first time he actually had a chance to use it.
  • 27: Career hits for Billy Butler against Justin Verlander in 62 at-bats. Two of them came on Friday. Just two have been home runs, however, and none have gone for extra bases since 2010.
  • 34: Saves on the season for Greg Holland, included two on Friday.


Nick Castellanos hit a homer today. Why do I mention that?.
1 run and 6 hits in two games—-that’s why.

Arghhhh still mad this morning!

same here.

79,694: spectators at Comerica Park for the day. About the size of a Lions/Silverdome sellout and just as frustrated.

54: the number of drives to the outfield that were caught by Royals defenders. Or so it seemed.

I mentioned this last night when it happened. Now it appears the ill advised steal attempt in the first innning by Jackson was the turning point of the game. That was the one chance to get to Shields and it was squandered. Inexplicable.

That was actually a hit-and-run call, Leyland confirmed after the game.

The Tigers need to stop relying on Ramon Santiago to carry the offense.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes: opening line of a song in the musical “Rent.”
Sorry, got carried away with the numbers theme.

After Cabrera , Hunter and Infante are the best in OPS (with a significative sample), one in the second spot and the other in the 7th.
Jackson with a 333 OBP and the cleanup hitter with an OPS of 777( Dunn ,for example ,is at 815) . That wont work.
Neither Alvarez nor Verlander deserved the loss

KC is leading the league in fewest runs allowed. The Tigers had won how many in a row at home? I enjoy watching a pitching duel. Why couldn’t we come out on top though? So you think Jhonny is the difference? Why not bring up Nick? Please Jimmy Smokes, no more hit and run! We will win these next 2! Go Tigers!

I think Castellanos might get called up in September but no room for a poor fielding left fielder right now……and it’s not like he’s hitting the cover off the ball in AAA. But it would be interesting for sure.

12 (approximately): position players who need a swift kick to get playing again.

I hear ya Illioifan! Who’s job is it to do so?

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