Huge Win!

This might be the best win, by far, of the season!

After falling Behind 4-1, Rajai Davis, hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 9th.

This is big for a few reasons. First, the Tigers haven’t played well at home. Second, they got to a closer who has been lights out this year. Third, it was against the A’s, probably the best team in the AL this year. Fourth, Rajai has kind of sucked recently. Fifth, BIG WIN!

On another note, Eugenio Suarez better go on a Miggy like tear for the rest of the season because he plays short like Tommy Brookens coached third.

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

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Astros 6 Tigers 4

It’s hard to complain about a 7-2 road trip.

The Tigers didn’t have the winning recipe today. Smyly was bad and Miggy and Victor were worse.

In fact, Miggy and Vmart were a combined 1-25 for the series. This is worst three game stretch I’ve ever seen from Miggy. The Tigers won’t be playing in November if he goes through too many stretches like this.

I hope it is just a short lived spell.

Don’t look now but Oakland is in town.

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

Tigers 4 Rangers 3

Ian Kinsler’s three run homer, with two outs in the ninth, prevented the Tigers from losing their second straight to the Astros.

Max was fantastic. Unfortunately, this was one of the worst offensive games I’ve seen this season.

Miggy was 0-4, 0-9 for the series.

Victor was 0-4.

Rajai Davis had two chances to tie the game with a runner at third and one out and couldn’t come through either time. In the fifth, he had runners at second and third with one out and popped out to the third baseman. In the seventh he had the bases loaded with one out and grounded to third base. The third baseman threw home to get the force on Castellanos.

In the ninth Davis had runners on first and second with one out and tried to bunt his way on. He advanced the runners but was out at first. Fortunately, Kinsler picked him up but he is showing the Tigers who he is. They’d be wise to believe him.

On another note, why was Davis allowed to bat in the ninth?

Nathan got another save but gave up another run. How long does he last as the closer.

A win is a win but the holes in this team are showing. How long can they win without plugging them?

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

Astros 4 Tigers 3

The Tigers seven game win streak ended at the hands of the Astros last night in 11 innings.

The Tigers, technically, got a quality start from Justin Verlander.  He pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs.  But that’s not a $30 million start.  I have no problem when players, or anybody else, make as much as they can, but “to whom much is given, much is expected.”  I expect more than six innings and three earned runs for $30 million.

JV struck out 8 and walked only 1 but had to throw enough pitches to get through 6 that he couldn’t come out for the seventh.  I guess he’s been better recently but not $30 million better.  His ERA is down to 4.80.

I’m hoping that the Tigers can take at least one game in Houston.  Remember the last road trip the Tigers started 6-0?

Let’s not repeat that.

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

 

Freeway Ricky Porcello…

lead the Tigers to their 7th consecutive victory and series sweep of the Texas Rangers.

Freeway Ricky, pitched his second career complete game. This time it was a shutout. Ricky is 10-4 on the year with a 3.41 ERA.

The Tigers are running well right now. I know they can’t win out the rest of the season but I’d like to avoid another .333, 30 game run.

It’s off to Houston for three with the Astros.

On another note, if you’ve been reading the comments, you might have noticed trade rumors. In fact, the one most mentioned is with San Diego for Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit. I would like to go on record right now as opposed to this moved. Benoit was already here and Street is too old. Well, I guess I’m wrong on that, Street is only 30 but I’m still against it. Unless the Tigers can Street only for a humpty dumpty. Dirks perhaps? 🙂

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

Tigers 8 Rangers 6

The Tigers were able to win their sixth straight game despite not getting a quality start from Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez lasted 5.1 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 1.

One thing that I’ve really like about the Tigers lately, is that they have scored early, during the first three innings of the game. It might be a hangover from the hockey season, but scoring first / early, seems to give the game a better feel than falling behind early.

On another note, Tigers, third base coach, Dave Clark, is trying to unseat Tom Brookens as the worst third base coach in baseball history. During the last two games, Clark has gotten runners thrown out at the plate by 30+ feet. It hasn’t cost the Tigers a game yet, but I don’t like to play with fire.

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

Tigers 8 Rangers 2

Well, after going 9-21, the Tigers have won their fifth straight, returning the beating the Rangers put on them a few weeks ago, in game one at least.

Like I said previously, I’m reluctant to start screaming about he merits of this team, five in a row is nothing to sneeze at.

At the center of the Tigers resurgence is, J.D. Martinez. Who is J.D. Martinez? Is he a revamped slugger that can fill one of the holes in the outfield, or his he guy the Astros released?

I don’t know the answer but he’s been able to put this team on is back and carry them out of the abyss.

I hope he’s the revamped slugger to studied Miguel Cabrera’s swing to take his game to another level.

I guess time will tell.

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