Discussion in 'Football, Baseball, and Hockey' started by TaS, Nov 9, 2012.
Bet not hear any arguments that JV should be the opening pitcher in any of the post season series.
Nice comeback. Tough one to lose. Verlander deserved the "L" on this one.
Rough outing for Verlander, and as JL kept saying in the post game comments, "Justin didn't have his stuff and we just didn't pitch well today." That includes JV, Rondon and Smyly. Historically walks will kill you and that key walk in the 8th to the # 9 batter in the lineup prior to the miscalculation by Ajax in right center was the winning run.
With VMart's game ending GIDP, he has now tied Fielder, Pujos, Billy Butler and Dustin Pedroia for the AL lead with 18 GIDP....
The Tigers are being victimized by the teams at the bottom of their own division....first the Sox last week and now the Twins. How many more games do we have with these overachieving spoilers? The Twinkys beat us 2 out of 3 without the services of Joe Mauer...
Only Cle and KC threaten, and we put them in there place.
With VMart, you'd expect high GIDP because he has the highest probability of coming to the plate with guys on base in the league.
The Tigers are 14-19 in one-run games this season.
Unlucky + Valverde blowing leads at home (where the game was stopped after the winning run crossed the plate).
Miggy is tied in the third group of players with 16 GIDP, so its our big three based on the guys getting on base ahead of them. At least Mig and Fielder are up above 90 RBI so our 1st two batters are getting on a lot...
I said this in May!
If we open on the road Justin might make a nice sacrificial lamb. You know, let him feel things out.
The goal is to see Max open at Comerica Park two months from today on October 23rd. Barring an epic fail in the Tigers or weather disaster if all the other cards fall into place this should happen...
I am so impressed with Victor Martinez I could scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We should All NEVER disrespect him again.........THAT is a man!
It would be interesting to see what our record is in games that are withing 1 run after 7 innings (i.e. crunch time).
Our record in games where we have out scored the other team by at least one run is 75-53!!!!!!
We've lost games where we've outscored the other team? I blame Leyland for that.
Regarding our players propensity to fall into double plays, I looked at a ratio (RBIs/ GIDPs). Except for solo home runs and 2 out situations, this should give an indication of how effectively our guys avoid double plays when there are men on base and they are hitting.
While hitting into a double play is bad, so is failing to get an RBI in an official at bat (causing a regular out). It's a weird stat, but it makes Cabrera look pretty good despite his high GIDPs.
If we just waive Will Bynum, we would have a playoff spot locked up.
Detroit's best starter is not who you think - Beyond the Box Score
Gets more detailed than you'll probably want to hear, but I agree that Sanchez isn't getting enough attention for what he's been doing. Give him Max's run support and he'd have the nation's eyes on him too.
The 2013 Tigers Are (Almost) The Best Rotation Ever | New English D
This one puts our starting pitching into historical perspective (arguing that there are only 2 starting rotations within the last 100 years in baseball that were slighly better statistically). When you consider that Alvarez filled in for Sanchez due to the injury, ours may actually be the GOAT.
Breaking Down The Best Rotations Of All Time | FanGraphs Baseball
one more article on that thought
But this one is the most interesting of all IMO. There seems to be a strategic shift in the Detroit rotation that is limiting fastballs and increasing the frequency of change-ups.
A Changeup in the Tigers Pitching Approach | New English D
It's a clear trend. Either the coaching staff is brilliant or the pitchers are sharing best practices. Whichever it is, it's working. Max's offspeeders today were brilliant.
I bet those 2 other teams had a much higher win %
2011 Phillies: 102-60. Lost in 1st round of playoffs.
1971 White Sox: 79-83. Missed playoffs.
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