Game 133: Adding up the damage

This just in: More A’s baserunners.

OK, I’m kidding. But not by much. It was that rough Wednesday night. It’s been that rough for the series, really.

The numbers tell a good part of the story. The Tigers rotation entered this series with a 3.41 ERA on the season. These last three games have bumped that season ERA to 3.50. The difference in the bullpen ERA is way more drastic, up from 3.68 before Monday to 3.89 now.

The A’s, in turn, came to town batting .244 as a team. They’re batting .247 now.

When Oakland put up eight runs in Monday’s series opener, it was the highest run total off Detroit pitching since July 9. Wednesday’s 14-4 beatdown tied the highest run total allowed by the Tigers all season.

In fact, the 28 A’s runs this series mark the highest three-game total by one team against the Tigers since the Mets scored 32 in a three-game series at Comerica Park two years ago. You remember it because Don Kelly pitched an inning in that series.

And if Tuesday’s game hadn’t been washed out in the sixth inning, the A’s might have scored more. Remember, they had the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth against a hobbled Bruce Rondon in that inning.

“It’s a funny thing. I don’t know how to explain it,” manager Jim Leyland said. “Coming in here, they were really not swinging that good against right-handed pitching. We put three right-handers out there and they’ve beat up on us pretty good.

“Normally when something like this happens, it’s a combination of just what’s happening right now: We’ve made some good pitches that they’ve hit and they’ve found a hole somewhere, and we’ve made some bad pitches that they did what they’re supposed to do with them.”

That’s one way of putting it. Alex Avila had another way.

“The last couple games have been like nightmares,” he said, “with the rain yesterday and then today we just got our butts kicked.”

The Tigers got their pitching back in sync after that miserable stretch two years ago, and they’ll get it back in form here. Whatever you make of Justin Verlander’s season, Anibal Sanchez still leads the American League in ERA. Doug Fister entered Wednesday with the fourth-highest groundball/flyball ratio in the league, and he didn’t get the ball on the ground for the first 14 batters he faced.

More important, the Tigers have not been playing as well as home lately, and they have a three-game series with Cleveland coming up this weekend. If the Indians are going to make a move to get back in it, it probably has to come here. Yes, Cleveland has an easy schedule down the stretch, but they won’t have another opportunity to take games from Detroit. And the Tigers’ schedule isn’t exactly brutal, either, once they get back home from their next road trip to Boston, Kansas City and Chicago.

I’d give you a play of the game and an out of the game, but it’s hard to point to one play for anything. Wednesday was just a continuous drubbing.

14 Comments

All I can say is that I hope Max Scherzer has a huge smile on his face when he goes to be tomorrow night. This team needs a win tomorrow.

That’s moneyball! The Tigers are still ok, though, as they are as streaky as they come. Mad Max will break this streak tomorrow, and Detroit will rattle off a few wins in a row.
-Mike
http://minoringinbaseball.com/

If they kill Max today I will officially be panicked! It’s almost like they know what’s coming, could they know what’s coming?? Naw..?

This weekend will be huge – we need a momentum shift and today we need to clobber the A’s to get it out of our system.

Don Kelly pitched to one batter in 2011. The batter swung at a pitch six inches above his shoulders and popped it straight up.

LHB vs Coke:290/.316/.406/.722
LHB vs Luke:278/.297/.278/.575
LHB vs Reed:.281/.351/.375/.726
They dont need Coke back next week.Or next year either

Coke is bad for your health.
No days off for Miggy until the 5th.
They are not giving him much to hit. (Hence the cry for VMart).
A switch hitter after Miggy is a fine idea when managers start to play games in the later innings.
Big game for Max. Not because of the #20 but because he knows his team needs a stopper. He has done everything else right this year , so why not this too?
Pena and Max are the two most likable guys on this team for me

We have bullpen problems. I know this suggestion is going to sound like Jarrod Washburn but I think DD should be considering Erik Bedard who is available on waivers.

Bartolo Colon will not likely be a picnic for us today.
I hope Max makes Moss’ at bats more uncomfortable today than he has the last couple of days!

Colon gives up a HR every game and a half. In 24 starts he has walked only 25 batters.
When get men on base we better find away to move them around and not leave them stranded as prolifically as we have all season, and particularly lately.
We have some guys that can go 1st to 3rd. Let’s make that happen!

Watch out for the Royals as they are swinging the bats well now and their SP’s and BP have not faltered much this season. This Tiger’s team is about as frustrating as they come! Also, Alvarez is NOT ready for the big leagues yet.

I agree about alvarez. I actually was one guy who wanted Alvarez up when we wre having trouble fielding a decent LHP long reliever out of the pen. Thought he might be crafty enouth to complement our RHP rotation. It was a failure.
hence—-Bedard.

The A’s hitting this week is an anomaly. The Tigers inability to score runs against a pitcher of last night’s variety is not. The bullpen has looked bad because Leyland is using his front end guys because we’ve been behind all week. The offense needs to give the team a lead by innings 7-8-9 so Jim will use his back end guys. Everything comes down to scoring runs.
It does no good to have the most runs in baseball if they are piled up in blowout games. Offensive consistency is lacking. As long as that goes on, other facets of the game will suffer.

OK Justin You can not win with 93 mph fast ball and quit depending on the slow stuff

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