A’s 6 Tigers 3

Well it all comes down to tomorrow’s game.

The Tigers have scored a combined 6 runs in the first 3 games of this series.  If the offense is ever going to do something tomorrow would be a good day to start.

Anibal Sanchez was not good today and the offense couldn’t bail him out.

Austin Jacskson struck out 2 more times today making it 6 Ks in 2 games.  I hate to pick on AJax because he has plenty of company but he’s the lead-off man.  He’s supposed to be the offensive catalyst and he’s not even having good at bats.  But again, nobody else is doing anything either.

I hate to even think this but does anybody think putting Dirks in the lead-off spot might help?  He batted lead-off around 6 week ago and went 4-4.  I know this is a stretch but I’m looking for anything at this point.  The offense has to start earning its keep.  This is ridiculous!

This is what I’m thinking, have Dirks bat lead-off and play left. Have Peralta DH and have Victor catch.  Alex will have to sit.

This lineup might seem like a drastic change but tomorrow is time to “F*** or walk” to steal a line from Glengarry Glen Ross.

The only starter in today’s lineup batting .300 or better is Omar Infante.

“God I love baseball.” -Roy Hobbs | The Natural

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6 thoughts on “A’s 6 Tigers 3

  1. We are grasping at straws…..can’t fix what’s broke from here. Rook pitcher vs team facing elimination. We shall see who handles the pressure. That’s the way it is.

  2. In the grand scheme of things this was the game we had to win. Home game with a very favorable pitching matchup. But the $80 million dollar pitcher messed it up. Very disappointing!!

    These recent Ilitch years are starting to remind me of the Yankee teams of the 80’s and early 90’s. Steinbrenner kept collecting big name after big name (Dave Winfield to name one), and never won anything, until they developed their own core of players… Jeter, Pettite, Posada, etc…. These Tiger teams are a great collection of individual stars, but the TEAM has absolutely no identity. It’s been bad like this for the 3rd straight year now. The hitting was mostly anemic last year, except for a game or two, and in 2011 the hitting flamed out against Texas.

    Why this collection of players struggles so much when the bright lights are on is hard to comprehend. But it happens so often that it’s hard to imagine keeping the team in this current form. Something drastic has to change, and for me it can only logically be the manager and coaching staff. I’m not one to lay all the blame at Leyland’s doorstep, but common sense says we can’t get rid of all the players. It just seems no matter who comes to play here, they become the same non-performer. I’ll use Iggy as my example. He was hitting .400 during his early days with Boston, and seemingly hitting the ball hard. Since he’s been here his decline has been fast and furious, to the point where he can barely get the ball out of the infield. Another one is AJ. Whoever is coaching him on his hitting approach is doing him wrong. He is at his best when he ambushes the pitcher, hitting first pitch fastballs, especially the first pitch of the game. Instead he is probably being told to work the count. That’s not his style, and causes him to take the good pitches and swing at the pitchers pitch.

    Chris, I think your idea to get maximum offense is the drastic move needed at this time. I guess if I had a say I would put Peralta at SS, and put DK in left, batting leadoff. Sit Iglesias since he isn’t providing anything. Dirks is another one that has stage fright and doesn’t look comfortable in this situation. Miggy is hurt, but he still hits some balls hard. He simply isn’t getting chances to drive in runs. VMart is the only guy who is hitting the ball hard, at least more than others. Overall this is a seriously flawed team, not statistically, but mentally.

    I sense game 4 will not go well unless Fister pitches as well as JV did, meaning no runs allowed. I’m not saying he can’t do it, but I’m not feeling real confident right now. And making matters worse is the A’s are feeling very confident. I’ll hope for the best.

  3. Sark I am with ya….when this is all over Mr. I is going to sit down watch the sun rise over Cleveland and make a move. Who that is I just don’t know. I do know this I am not going to eat b4 I go to the game so I won’t puke…..god that’s sad.

  4. I have to say I’m enjoying the other three series.. Where both teams seem to be providing both offense and pitching at various times throughout a game. The Rays surprised everyone last night with a walkoff against the Sox closer. This one could get interesting. Sorry to see the Braves give it up in the 8th after taking a lead. That could have crushed the Dodger strategy of using Kershaw. And can you ever count the Cards out?

    • Sark, the Braves remind me a lot of the Tigers, offensively. Hot and Cold but mostly cold. They have good pitching that can get them through the regular season, but their hitting is inconsistent. Sound familiar? 12 runs one game then 1 in each of the next 5.

      I am going to be very disappointed with anything other than a WS! It ain’t looking good.

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