Friday, July 11, 2008

Tigers Lose Must Win Due to Bad Fundamentals

The Detroit Tigers started a 4 game series with the Minnesota Twins to day in which they really needed to win. Trailing behind the Twins in the division a strong showing is needed in the series to try and gain some ground before the AS break.

After their private jet charter home from a 2 game sweep of the division rival Indians, the Tigers took a 6-4 lead into the 9th. Todd Jones came in to close the door, but a very costly 2 base error by Matt Joyce in right field opened the door for a 2 run 9th to tie the game.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th with 1 out an failed to score for the win. Joyce failed to lay down a bunt with men on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Larish failed to drive a run in with the bases loaded and 1 out. The Twins eventually won in extra innings on a go ahead HR by Morneau.

A brutal loss for the Tigers that was lost solely because they couldn't play small ball and fundamental errors in the field. The game ended on a Clete Thomas strike out looking. A perfect end to a poorly played game by the Tigers.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Verlander is Back

After what looked like a complete bust of a year for Verlander early on, the young Ace has been mowing opponents down of late. Questions about his velocity in the early weeks of the season had many thinking that he would burn out and be looking at Hilton Head rentals rather than trying to lead the Tigers into the playoffs.

Verlander has allowed 2 runs or less in 6 of his last 7, and 5 have been Quality starts. He has won his last three decisions and hasn't given up more than two runs in any start since giving up three to Cleveland back on June 6.

Shame on any of you that were talking about the death of Verlander in April...*whistles innocently*

Monday, July 07, 2008

See ya, C.C. Sabathia...Good Riddance

Nothing better than when a team from your division trades away a CY Young winner to a completely different league. Although the Detroit Tigers seem to be one of the few teams that enjoyed some success against Sabathia, it still is great news that he has been traded out of the division, and away from a perennial Central Division contender, Cleveland Indians.

His shipping boxes will be addressed to Milwaukee, where he is joining the upstart Brewers in hopes that he will be the final piece to their playoff run. After Ben Sheets gets hurt again, JJ HArdy gets off his yearly one month streak, and the rest of the yahoos that strike out ever 2 ABs settle in I doubt we see much fromt he club. Then at the end of the year Sabathia is gone because they won't even pay guys like Fielder $1 Million after hitting 150 HRs the year before.