Hmmm, I’m sitting there thinking, in the bottom of the 11th, ‘isn’t it time for Miggy to get a clutch hit’? I guess I always blame him when things go wrong. But, then for the second straight game, an un-expected hero emerged, this time it was James McCann. He hit a solo shot to end the game in the 11th after the Tigers blew a five run lead.
By the way, where is Alex Avila playing when he gets back?
This is going to sound strange coming from my fingers but this pen is smokin balls. Especially, Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy. The only weak link is Joba and I’m not going to jump on Soria, it is one blown save.
For the record, I like the five and six run Tigers much better than the two-run Tigers.
I was fuming. Another crappy performance by the two-run Tigers. They’re asking too much from this pitching staff! From any pitching staff. Then it happened. Finally. From a most unexpected source. Nick “The Quick” Castellanos. A highly touted third baseman who has done virtually nothing in his sophomore season delivered the hit I have been waiting for. A clutch, two-out, run producing, triple. Finally, a lead. A three run cushion.
Soria closes the ninth.
Isn’t this how it is supposed to work?
Forty games into the season and what I see isn’t good. Today marked the 19th time that the two-run Tigers scored two runs or less. Anibal was a nightmare but lets focus on a bright spot this year, the bull pen. The pen is number one in overall era and runners stranded. If you had told me that at the beginning of the season I would have thought that the Tigers would be 8 games up. Don’t look now but the White Sox have won six in a row. It is not impossible that the Tigers will finish behind Kansas City, Minnesota, and Chicago and in front of only Cleveland. Another bit of good news is that Victor went on the 15 day DL. I know I’m reaching but this team is hard to watch.
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The Little League baseball season is upon us once again up north. The kids have been working the indoor clinics (which most of the kids hate), but on Friday they finally were able to make it outside. In most parts of the country baseball has probably been played for a month or two, but up here we usually get onto the field in mid-May. It was another long and brutal winter (we had more snow than any other city on the country this year…), so Brian was thrilled to be outside and playing baseball. He’s moved up from Tee Ball to Rookies (coach pitch) this season, but he’s been hitting live pitching for a few years now, so this shouldn’t be anything new to him. They had a pitching machine at the practice, but I’m not sure if it will be used though out the season at the games, or…
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They’re back! After a brief hiatus, the two-run Tigers, returned to Comerica Park. The Lobber was fine. The bullpen was fine. The bats were an abomination. There is no excuse for offensive production, or lack there of, of this magnitude. Victor needs to sit down for a month. He can’t hit left handed. He can’t run, although I thought he was safe at first. I sound like a broken record but you can’t ask a pitching staff to hold other teams to two runs or less every night. Somebody has to step up and get a clutch, two-out, run producing, base hit, like Iggy had a few nights ago.
I’m as guilty of this as anyone, I’m always looking to Miggy, but it doesn’t look like anybody is going to pitch to him even if his numbers aren’t great in night games; not with Victor hitting .216. J.D. seems to be coming out his funk but he’s not driving in a lot of runs and I’m not exactly sure what Castellanos is doing. The middle of this lineup looks bad.
A sweep would have been nice but I’ll take 2 out of 3, on the road, against the Cardinals, any time. Although there wasn’t much offense to speak of Yoenis Cespedes flashed some leather. He made a nice running catch in the second. In the seventh, the made a good, one hop, throw to the plate to cut down Jhonny Peralta to keep the game tied. On the back end of the throw, James McCann made an excellent pick and tag. After the play I couldn’t help wondering if Avila would have made the play. Speaking of A Squared Money, does he still have a job?
Am I the only one that found John Kruk and Curt Schilling’s incessant Miggy worshipping too much to take? It was making his at-bats hard to watch. JMC is probably the best right handed hitter I’ve ever seen but enough already. They were acting like fifteen year old girls, in the 80’s, at a Rick Springfield concert. Hmmm, I’m showing my age.
This was a nice win that gives the Tigers a series win over a quality opponent regardless of what happens tonight during Sunday night baseball.
Miggy hit his 400th home run and the Cardinals helped out by running themselves out of potential rallies.
Don’t look now but the bullpen doesn’t look too bad.
Well look who decided to hit two games in a row, the two run Tigers. I hope there is nothing seriously wrong with Shane Greene.
Forgive me if I’m not impressed by the 13 run, 20 hit, offensive output. All it does is skew the average numbers for the casual observer. I’ll take the W and the series win but watch them go another six games scoring six runs or less.
I’m just going to call them the two run Tigers. I guess that is the max output for this high priced, high powered offense. I won’t even discuss the pitching. You can’t ask for lights out pitching every game. The guys that swing get paid too! ” I hate them!”