Indians 13 Tigers 1

I didn’t see one pitch and I’m glad of it.  I was otherwise occupied at a memorial commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

I’m afraid we’ve been duped again. They start off with a bang and then this.

I hate them.

Game time is 1:00 pm.

Yankees 2 Tigers 1

I’m not tipping my hat to Tanaka or the Yankees bullpen.  Sanchez and the Tigers pen pitched fine.  The offense has to do something other than bounce into double plays and hit weak fly balls.

Miggy’s last at-bat to lead off the ninth was a microcosm of the Tigers offensive performance this entire series.  He took to fastballs down the middle and swung and some piece of garbage for strike three.  In fact, the Might Miggy was a one man wrecking crew today.  He contributed nothing offensively and couldn’t field McCann’s ground ball cleanly enough to turn two in the eight to keep the game tied.

This team makes me sick.  The only two that didn’t have their heads up their respective asses were Gose and J.D. Martinez.

Yankees 13 Tigers 4

It is outings like this that, if I were Dave Dombrowski and Mr. Ilitch, would nag me about offering David Price a big contract. These are not bad outings. These are Fukushima like melt downs that happen too often for a guy looking for $20 plus million a year.

Going back to last season, this is the second start in a row that the Yankees absolutely beat David Price into a conniption and if I’m not mistaken the Giants put a similar beating on him last year as well.

Oh, how much more of The Amazing, Everyday Al do we need to see?

The offense wasn’t much better. I realize you aren’t going to win many games when your pitching staff gives up 13 runs but the offense did nothing except hit into two more double plays. The four runs they got in the bottom of the first came courtesy of four walks and only two hits.

Ok, ok 13-4 isn’t bad and a split in a four game series will make me feel a little better but I’m serious about what I said about Price. His Fukushimas scare me.

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Good News Out of The Pen

Another Hat Tip to Nebraska.

http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2015/04/detroit_tigers_joe_nathan_exit.html

I feel like an a jackass for the title of this story but I can’t forget Nathan’s insolence.

Yankees 5 Tigers 2

On a cold, nasty, night, at Comerica Park, the Tigers fifth starter, Kyle Lobstein gave them a chance to win.  Lobstein gave up only one run in six complete then handed the ball over to the bullpen.  No need to say more.

The bullpen, however, isn’t the story of this game or series, the lack of offense is.  The Tigers have grounded into seven double plays in two games against the Yankees and 17 for the season, tied with Baltimore for most in the majors.  I love double plays when the Tigers turn them but the hate them when the Tigers hit into them.  I don’t know, is it good pitching or bad (selfish) hitting?

In any case, 11-3 isn’t that much to cry about.

Tigers 2 Yankees 1

Hmmm, 13 games into the 2015 season and this version of the Tigers seems to be finding ways to win.

The Tigers got another great start from Alfredo Simon and enough offense in the seventh inning to snatch a win from C C Sabathia and the New York Yankees.

Guess what, the bullpen was good today.  Joba came in with two on and one out in the eighth and got an inning ending double play and Soria closed out the ninth.

There has been little to complain about this season.

If I wanted to get picky, Miggy had an awful day and I wish they had tried a little bit of small ball when Castellanos walked to lead off the sixth. But I’ll take 11-2.

Latest on JV Not Good

Hat Tip Nebraska.

http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2015/04/detroit_tigers_notebook_victor_3.html

Sark, I have the same feeling about JV’s contract that you do about Victor’s.

Tigers 9 White Sox 1

The Tigers took the rubber game of a big early season series this afternoon by beating White Sox starter Jose Quintana into a conniption.

Yoenis Cespedes had a monster day.  He had six RBIs on a grand slam and a two run homer.  Today’s game was a mirror image of yesterday’s game, it was over by the time the Sox came to bat in the top of the fourth.

Shane Greene got his third win.  The Tigers are 10-2 and right now I don’t hate them.

Here are a few early season observations:

  • Iggy looks great at short and even though he swings at a lot of pitches he’s pretty good at making contact.
  • Miggy looks very good, defensively, at first base.
  • Nick Castellanos has been flashin’ leather at third.
  • Despite his miscue today, J.D. Martinez plays a pretty good right field.
  • Doesn’t Miggy usually start seasons slowly?
  • Victor is still hurt.

Yankee are in town tomorrow.

White Sox 12 Tigers 3

Ok, so it is only the second loss of the season but it is the second bad start in a row by Anibal Sanchez.

This game was a nightmare and it was pretty much over by the time the Tigers came to bat in the fourth.

We need the rubber game tomorrow.

Tigers 2 White Sox 1

The Tigers moved to 9-1 with a win over the White Sox this afternoon at Comerica Park.

David Price and Jeff Samardzija had a classic pitcher’s duel. Each pitcher surrendered only one run, on solo shots, in eight complete innings.  The Tigers had more chances to score off of Samardzija but a combination of good clutch pitching and bad execution at the plate kept the game tied.

The White Sox made a few crucial mistakes that allowed the Tigers to take this one. First, Alexei Ramirez did David Price, and the Tigers, a favor by flying out on the first pitch he saw in the top of the seventh after Adam LaRoche had worked a six pitch walk.  Price’s pitch count was climbing.  If Ramirez had a better AB, who knows, they may have gotten into the Tigers pen in the eighth.  Second, why in the sam hell didn’t Robin Ventura challenge the play a second in the ninth? On TV, it looked like Castellanos was out by a mile.  If I was a Sox fan I would be furious.  Perhaps he’s still loopy from when Nolan Ryan beat him into a conniption?  Third, and this a friend of mine mentioned, after the Castellanos debacle, why didn’t he walk Iggy and play the infield at normal depth?

In any case I don’t think anybody will be knocking down Ventura’s door after the White Sox fire him.

FYI: The last time the Tigers started 9-1 was 1984. I’m not sayin’. I’m just sayin’.

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