Indians 5 Tigers 2 (Game 2)

Nathan is horrible but the offense was worse.

During this four game losing streak the Tigers have scored a total of nine runs. That’s putting a lot of pressure on the pitching staff.

The pitching hasn’t been good either.

Max was ok. He only allowed two runs but the Tigers needed him to pitch deep into the game but he couldn’t make it through six.

I was at the game and it was one of the most irritating that I could remember. Max stood on the mound and allowed the Indians to foul pitch after pitch off and drive his pitch count up. As a result he had to leave after five and two thirds.

High pitch counts have plagued the Tigers pitching staff for a long time. For some reason they have a religious aversion to throwing inside. They allowed hitters to lean over the plate and send their pitch counts through the roof. Now add in an abomination of a bullpen and you begin to understand why the Tigers haven’t won the World Series since 1984 and probably won’t win this year.

I’m disgusted!

Smyly is on the mound tomorrow. I’m not optimistic.

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

Indians 6 Tigers 2 (Game 1)

I think we’ve seen this move before. The Tigers lost their third straight game, second straight to the Indians, and first of a double header.

Rookie Drew VerHagen didn’t look too bad but he only lasted five innings. We all know what happens when the Tigers need more than two innings from the bullpen.

Here’s a hint, (whisper) they don’t win.

Not that the offense was any help. They had seven hits, struck out 11 times and walked once.

Right now the Indians are 5.5 games back.

I hope Max can strop the bleeding or this could get ugly again.

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

Tigers 4 Dodgers 1

Impressive, is the best way to describe this win.  Not only did Max break the string of crappy starts, the Tigers beat a pitcher that has dominated them, Zach Greinke.

In yesterday’s post, I asked for at least seven innings with no more that two runs allowed.  Max did one better.  He pitched seven completed and allowed only one run.

Another thing that makes this win impressive is that neither Miggy nor Victor were in the lineup.  Victor still has an issue with his side and apparently, Miggy was just given a day off.

Nebraska told me that Brad Ausmus wanted to get DK in the lineup because he has hit Greinke well.  Coming into the game DK was 3-8 against Greinke, hardly a large enough sample, but Donny went 2-3 with a big RBI.

What I’m happiest about today is the pitching.  Max was great and Joba and Nathan were lights out.  If Tigers starters can go seven innings a lot of the deficiencies can be covered up.

The Tigers go to Kansas City for weekend set-to with Royals. Depending on what team shows, the Tigers could have a nice lead going into the break.

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

Tigers 14 Dodgers 5

I’m not sure what to make of this game. I’m not sure what to make of this team.

Let’s be honest, JV blew. Again. I don’t care if he pitched five scoreless innings. He gave up five runs before the Tigers even got to bat. He got lucky today.

The Tigers got a break on the Hunter replay in the second and the offense exploded. But spotting any team a five run lead is a dangerous way to play.

JV got lucky as well because Chen Meing Ryu was worse than he was and couldn’t get straightened out.

Another thing that is concerning is that this is the fourth crappy start in a row for Tigers starters. They need a stopper and nobody has really stepped up to fill the role. That’s how you go on 9-20 runs.

All the above being said, it’s a win and I’ll take it.

Let’s see if Max can give the Tigers a good start tomorrow. I’d like to see seven innings with no more than two runs allowed. 🙂

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

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Tigers Continue To Roll…

dust Rays in weekend opener 9-2.

Max was lights out.  In fact, I thought he was going to get a chance to get his second career complete game. But, with a big lead, BA decided to pull him after eight complete innings and 106 pitches thrown.

Six of the nine starters had multiple hit games.  Miggy lead the way with a 3-4 night plus a walk and four runs scored.  The line seems kind of odd showing Miggy scoring 4 runs and not driving any in.  But, hey, we’ll take it.

Has anybody noticed how great the bullpen has looked lately?  Pun intended.  🙂

I’m going to the game on Saturday with Nebraska.  This is only my second game all season due to my bad back.  I’m looking forward to it.

Happy Independence Day!!

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

 

Tigers Sweep Tribe 10-4

I’m not going to get too excited about the sweep and the four game winning streak.

I’m not really sure what to make of this team.  This is the same team that was 9-20 in their last 29 games before winning the last four.

The difference, I guess, is the starting pitching.  They’ve been getting quality starts, scoring enough runs, and winning in spite of their bullpen.

I think one of things I’ve noticed in the last few games, is that Miggy has starting coming up big again with both his glove and his bat.  Although, he was never one the Tigers really had to worry about, when he would strike out, ground into a double play, or hit a rocket right at someone, it was magnified because the team was running so bad.

I’m not so sure the bad run is behind the Tigers but Miggy has been flashin leather and getting big hits.

On another note, I’m a little surprised that Alex Avila got two starts in a row.  Perhaps it was wishful thinking but I kind of got the impression that Avila was going to be the defacto backup while Ausmus rode Holiday while he was going well. I can see giving Holiday a day off, but two starts in a row for A Squared Money?  He is hitting .218.

Anyway, needless to say, I’m glad to be talking about a four game winning streak, than the nightmare run we endured for the month prior.

On another note, did you know that the Tigers own Freeway Ricky Porcello’s maternal, grandfather, Sam Dente played in the 1954 World Series for the Cleveland Indians? H/T – My Sister

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

Max Stops The Bleeding

Let’s hope it isn’t a band aide on a hemorrhage.

There’s no other way to say it, Max was smokin balls! Not only did he get the win but he got his first complete game as well.

The Tigers finally got an Ace to beat an Ace. Chris Sale was good but Max was better.

Is Bryan Holaday the number two catcher?

“God I love baseball.” – Roy Hobbs ! The Natural

 

Mariners 4 Tigers 0

I wonder if Max is reconsidering the contract offer the Tigers made him?

This game was disgusting.  Max failed to put in a quality start.  He gave up four earned runs and was out pitched by newcomer Roenis Elias.

On that note, Elias made the Tigers offense look like a carnival of assess.  In nine innings, the Tigers could manage only three hits.

The Blue Jays are coming to town today and the way things are going, if the offense doesn’t out hit them, the Tigers are in a lot of trouble.

Basically, the pitching is making me sick.

FYI: Castellanos was charged with an error in this game.

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

Mariners 3 Tigers 2

So, I’m not feeling well and as a result I fell asleep after the second inning.

Despite only pitching 4 innings Smyly’s line doesn’t look too bad.  That being said, Drew ran into some bad luck in the second.  The Mariners were able to score on a ball Castellanos should have gotten to, a wounded quail and a swinging bunt.

I’m really having my doubts about Castellanos.  His hitting is OK but his fielding is horrible.

Let’s see if Max can deliverer a winning west coast trip.

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