Sweep Complete…

Indians 11 Tigers 10.

The Tigers lost this game because their entire pitching staff was abominable today with one exception.

For regular readers you know that I recently read Bob Feller’s Little Black Book of Baseball.  The thing I found most interesting in the book was that Rapid Robert said the only pitching statistic that mattered was WINS.

When you look at baseball, or any other sport, The Heater From Van Meter is spot on.  At the end of the year the only thing most fans care about is did their team win.

Applying that thought pattern to today’s game my abominable exception from today’s Tigers pitching performance is Max Scherzer.  His line looks horrible.  He gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits, two walks and five strikeouts.  But he found a way to last seven complete and when he left the game he and the Tigers had a chance to win.  If he had any help from his friends in the pen, the sweep would have been avoided.

After the game Mickey sent me a text asking why Phil Coke is still on the team.  I don’t have an answer.  Can anybody help me out?

Tomorrow is a new day.  The game is another afternoon start at home against the Rangers.

 

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

 

2 thoughts on “Sweep Complete…

  1. Well it’s 27 outs of until someone wins…don’t let me leave early again. How you loose to the worst defensive team in the league like that…it’s a funny game. The answer I have heard for Coke is that they had to choose to bring him north if they had cut him then it cost couple hundred K. Now after coming north he is fully vested and left handed and after Gonzo no one wants to admit to another mistake that big so he gets a lot of left handed rope. After coming in and throwing the first five pitches in the dirt @ 55 foot I think he tied a left handed knot. A left handed pitcher that can’t pitch is a pitcher that can’t pitch.

  2. Bingo on the fact he is lefty and owed some money. I’m sure the phones are hot on the lookout for a suitable replacement – lefty or righty. Again, when the starters are not giving us more than 5 or 6 innings it is going to tax the pen. Max actually surprised by giving 7 innings on a day where he simply made some really bad pitches. In his defense he deserved a better fate, with the 2 popup miscues by Worth. Probably cost him 4 runs easy.

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