Discussion in 'Tigers and Baseball' started by roscoe36, Jan 24, 2011.
Boesch is done for the year. Delmon Young will start today.
Game 2 looks like deja vu of game one.....Tigers get two base runners on with and next three batters pop out and then two lazy ground outs.
Texas gets a batter on and a long extrabase hit gets him in.....then that runner gets in on another extrabase hit.
Thru two innings, the Tigers have already left 5 men on base.
Things not looking good with Perry coming in behind Papa
You said it....
It will be hard to win games in the post season even with good pitching when your batters can only muster no more 3 runs a game and you leave almost 15 runners a game on the bases. What was it tonight 14??
We all knew it was over when Perry came in there and he didn't get anybody out.
At this point it is not about who the starting pitcher is for Tigers as both JV and Max gave up only 3 runs.....but the Tigers had no timely hits with RISP and the rangers just know how to execute and get the ball to the out field when needed.
Cabrera, VMart, Avila and Jackson have all been busts so far this post season with what 1 or 2 dingers between them...and no clutch hits to break the games open despite ample opportunities.
If Fister can't save us tomorrow...it's probably a sweep.....Go LIONS!!!
Lots of chances again today....Raburn with the only clutch hit. Tigers will bounce back. No worries.
The Tigers have had enough chances to have swept the Yanks and have a 2-0 lead here if the offense would just show up...
They scored 38 runs in their last four games of the season and 22 in the past 7 games of post season....where are the Cleveland Indian pitchers when you need them....better yet where are the Tiger batters when we need them.
After 7 playoff games, the Tigers best and worst hitters have basically reversed roles.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
Avila: 2 for 25 (.080), 10 K
Jackson: 3 for 25 (.120), 14 K
Martinez: 4 for 25 (.160)
Cabrera: 5 for 23 (.217)
Peralta: 6 for 26 (.231)
THE TOP FIVE
Kelly: 6 for 14 (.429)
Raburn: 4 for 11 (.364)
Inge: 3 for 10 (.300)
Santiago: 7 for 24 (.292)
Young: 6 for 23 (.261), 3 HR
* Magglio was .385 before he got hurt
Thanks for the stats BillL
The flight attendents should read off these stats every 15 minutes on the Tigers flight home from Texas tonight and it should be posted in the bottom five guys lockers to be the first thing they see when they open them....This team has not scored more than 3 runs in the past 4 games.
Have Kelly lead off and move Jackson to the bench and have him come in as a defensive late inning replacement.
We're still OK. If Fister wins game 3, then Verlander will get a crack at game 5. We could easily be 2-3 at that point even with a loss on Pocello's start. And of course, Fister would be the man if we can push it to 7.
So, we have 3 games remaining from our aces. Just have to steal 1 of 2 from Porcello and Scherzer.
I thought Scherzer was great last night. That Rangers lineup is pretty tough.
Traveling on a plane again I caught the opening inning at the Oakland Airport....bad feeling in stomach as the plane took off with Fister getting banged for three straight hits. Could only pray that we would be ahead when I arrived back home in SoCal, and sure enough 2-1 when I landed, 3-1 before I got off the plane and 5-1 by the time I got home and saw the last two innings.
Twisted Fister is ready to pitch game seven if we can get that far or need it If somehow Porcello, Verlander and Scherzer can each hold the Rangers to two runs or less, I think our batters get us out of the slump long enough to sweep the rest of the series, and put Fister in game 1 of the WS. Optimistic? yes!!
It's a very good sign that Victor was able to get back in the game after the scare and also that Cabrera got in 2 huge swings... oh yeah, and also that Austin Jackson broke out of his slump.
We're wounded, but still have plenty of weapons that most teams would envy.
As the song says: Blame it the rain....or do we blame Leyland?? Once again a rain delay drains out a tiger victory...not to say that same series of mistakes would have occurred if the game had not been delayed.....
Down 3-1, and no batters hot enough to carry the load the next three games, the Tigers season will probably be over this weekend if not tomorrow.
Porcello's error to first base that allows the tying run.
Inge saving the day temporarily with the Tigers tying run in the 7th.
The game was lost in the 8th when the Tigers had Miggy on 3rd and Vmart on 1st. Instead of pinch hitting Kelley for D Young, JL leaves Young in there and it will be debated [STRIKE]all winter[/STRIKE] the rest of the night if Lamont should have sent Miggy home who was in affect out as soon as he tagged third...or if Kelly should have PH since he came in the next inning anyway.
Next one..10th inning..why send Jackson running after one pitch?? He could have milked two more throws to first base if could have gotten the pitcher to bite and distracted him on his pitching to Raburn. Running him took the bat out of Miggys hands in the 10th and you had that feeling the game was already over then...
Our relief pitching was great, but you had to know that either Benoit or Jose (yeah the one who said today that the series tied 2-2) Valverde would fold after pitching last night.
Not over until the fat lady sings, so good Aretha is not singing tomorrow...
On the pitch that was made before throwing Jackson out...it was in tight. let that one nick the uni........and it's Cabrera up with two on..............
What a heartbreaker. The Tigers last two losses come with extra innings.
Young couldn't stop swinging.
I was thinking that a pinch runner was in order there. Would have been a gamble though as it would take the batting champ out of the game in case we needed him later.
All in all, we made them execute a long throw that turned out to be right on the money. Also, a nice throw to 2nd to get Jackson.
Tough loss for sure. Porcello had a strong outing.
Hopefully Verlander can hold his serve and we'll get to see Scherzer again.
The cards are stacked against a Verlander, Scherzer, Fister sweep. Those guys can pitch, but our batters just don't know what to do with RISP...we have no rallies and need the HR's just to stay in or win games. I think 5 or 6 of the 7 HR's in the post season were solo shots. I was praying that the hit by Cabrera in the 3rd was a three run shot, but it fell short and he got the RBI, but he didn't score.
Bottom line I am optimistic, but I think we are toast. You can't win three post season series averaging only 3 runs a game, no matter how good your pitching is...........
If you were not optimistic, what would you think we were?
Tigers play at 4:19 pm today.
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