This game started out bad and kept getting worse.
For the second time this season Miguel Cabrera got thrown out of a game during an at bat. In the first inning, home plate umpire, Brian Gorman, ruled that Cabrera swung at a pitch that ultimately hit him. Cabrera asked for the appeal to first but Gorman refused. Replay showed that Cabrera probably didn’t go around. However, Miggy needs to keep his F***ING mouth shut. There is nothing he can say that is going to change the call so shut up and finish the at bat.
Miggy does not get star treatment. I don’t remember seeing a game where I thought he got a borderline call because of his past accomplishments. I can’t say for sure why but maybe shutting his trap would help. Instead he gets kicked out of the game in the first inning and the Tigers have Ramon Santiago batting third for the rest of the game against arguably, the best pitcher in the American League, Chris Sale.
Speaking of pitching, Max Scherzer has had a great year. He may even win the Cy Young award but he is not a staff ace. A staff ace can be counted on to stop the bleeding. They prevent long losing streaks and they pick the team up when they are slumping. The Tigers are slumping and this is the second time in a month that the Tigers needed Max to be a stopper and twice he has come up with horrible performances.
The Tigers don’t have an ace. They have a good staff but with Verlander not pitching well they don’t have a stopper. Right now if you asked me who I would want to pitch a one game playoff, I wouldn’t have an answer.
Nice offense. The vaunted Tiger offense put up one run today. That makes six runs scored in the last three games. The part that is so frustrating is that it never looks like the Tigers offense makes adjustments during a game. As has often been discussed here, opposing teams seem to have better at bats against Tigers pitching in the 4th and 5th innings, or the second time through the order. Most of the time this year, the Tigers’ staff has been able to readjust, but the Tigers offense never seems to try anything different. They go up there time after time with the same approach and just hope that it works. That’s one of the reasons their offense is so streaky.
I’m sure this isn’t the case but the only person on the team with any spark, that looks like they give shit, is Jose Iglesias. You don’t want a team to be too uptight but this team looks too loose. On that note, I’m not sure about anyone else, but I’ve have had just about enough of Torii Hunter’s clowning antics in right field. I like when players have fun but this is your profession, act like a professional.
It is looking more and more like wheels on this bandwagon are falling off. The Tigers lead has been cut to 4.5 games courtesy of the Indians victory over the Royals.
Does anybody want to change their vote in yesterday’s poll?
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