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08-20-2011, 12:49 PM
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Can Brandon Inge get any worse? I feel like he will have to rebound a tiny bit. He still wont be good or productive, but hey what can you do.

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Tonight's game has "Cory Cross" written all over it. But it will buy Inge a month of starts and a spot on the playoff roster, if they make it.

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08-21-2011, 12:07 PM
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That was surreal last night. Inge getting an ovation like the guy came back from beating cancer or something. I give the guy tons of points for coming in and making an impact. I can tell from being there that this fanbase still wants to embrace him.

The last thing I wanted to see was him struggle some more and they let him dig his own grave and take away at bats from more deserving guys. I listened to the radio on the way in...Leyland is going by the belief that Inge hit lefties well in Toledo so he'll only start against lefties. If he can do that at the very least as well as be more dependable with the glove, he's justified being on the roster.

He's not an everyday player and I'm glad they're not trying to put him back in his old role. Betemit is still a very useful player and they should play him just as much or more than Inge.

It would be such a coup for the Tigers if they can finish the sweep and win this series without Verlander starting any of those games. However, they've avoided the heart of the Tribe's rotation...no Masterson or Carmona. Jimenez today in the finale...another win would be dynamite.

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A third inning explosion...bring it on home, fellas!




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08-21-2011, 04:18 PM
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Valverde is going to have to get creative if he wants to blow that first save of the year. He's tried just about everything at this point but he just keeps getting away with it...

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Well, it isn't about how...it's about how many. That was a picture perfect throw from A-Jacks...another monster win to put them 4-1/2 up and 6 up in the win column.

The Tigers catch somewhat of a lucky break...they'll play 4 with Tampa and miss Shields with him going today and getting knocked around. A good matchup in the opener JV against the Rays' hottest pitcher in the last month, Niemann.

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you know Inge is terrible when the other team intentionally walks Raburn to pitch to him instead

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08-23-2011, 08:46 PM
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what says more: Raburn being walked to pitch for Inge, or Leyland using Kelly over Bausch as the defensive replacement in the outfield? At that point, I'd have been more interested in seeing Santiago take over at second and Raburn moved to right field. But Don Kelly has to get his playing time to stay sharp.

edit: though I have to like Leyland getting Penny out of there at the first sign of trouble.

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08-23-2011, 09:49 PM
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Coke came up huge tonight. Have to wonder if maybe we shouldn't have burned through Valverde last night in a non-save situation...

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08-23-2011, 09:58 PM
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At this point, this series will be a disappointment if they don’t win three out of four.

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Coke came up huge tonight. Have to wonder if maybe we shouldn't have burned through Valverde last night in a non-save situation...
Leyland will never understand - you should NEVER burn Valverde in a non-save situation. He's a mess when he doesn't have a chance at doing his little savey dance.

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08-24-2011, 09:11 AM
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Those are the kind of difference-making games this team needs to win down the stretch to preserve their lead. This lead was 1-1/2 games on Friday and it's ballooned up to 6 in 5 days. What's scary is that it can shrink just that quickly as well.

A .500 record in the remaining 34 games puts them at 87 wins. Cleveland would have to go 24-12 to get to 87 wins. Considering how relatively easy the schedule appears...including the head-to-head games with Chicago and Cleveland...I can see them getting up 85-87 wins and perhaps as high as 90. A 20-14 finish would get them to 90. A .500 finish should be a bare minimum goal for them.

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08-24-2011, 09:52 PM
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Brandon Inge is my hero. What an awful............awful player.

Smokes should be fired.

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08-24-2011, 10:04 PM
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Brandon Inge is my hero. What an awful............awful player.

Smokes should be fired.
The apparent answer to your earlier question seems to be yes.

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Another odd way to end an extra innings game...a botched force out to potentially end the inning. While I don't blame Inge for looking to second because it was closest base to where he fielded the ball...no one was covering the bag. Why don't you just go to first and get the routine out?

All things considered...the lead is still 6 over the Tribe and 6-1/2 over the Sox (Weaver with a masterful performance last night). Could be a skeleton crew for the finale...Cabrera leaves to be with his wife and Omir Santos gets called up to potentially play today in favor of Avila, who has earned a day off. The Sox and Indians are both off today so at worst, they just lose a 1/2 to both teams if they lose.

The Tigers head to Minnesota next with what's left of the Twins (Tigers lead the season series 9-3), Cleveland faces the Royals (Indians lead the season series 8-4) and the Sox draw the Mariners after they pasted the Tribe (Sox lead the season series 4-2). Leyland opting to not shuffle his rotation and Verlander goes for win #20 in his normal spot. If things don't change, his remaining starts will be @ Twins (Saturday), the makeup game against the Royals (next Thursday), @ Indians (9/6), @ White Sox (9/12), @ Athletics (9/17), vs. Orioles (9/23), vs. Indians (9/28, the last day of the regular season).

Considering the opponents this weekend all appear to be teams the top 3 should be able to beat...I think the term "hold serve" comes to mind. You build up a lead like this to give you a little margin for error...at worst, you maybe lose a game to Cleveland and Chicago but I'd be fine with the lead staying the same going into next week.


Conflicting reports over who put a claim in for Thome yesterday...

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...s_mlb&c_id=mlb

While I'm rooting against the Tribe right now, for nostalgia sake...I'd like to see Thome go back to the Cleveland to perhaps close out his career since he's now got home run #600. With Hafner done for the year, the need is there for a DH and a left-handed bat. That would had some spice to the end of this season...still 6 more games left with the Tribe and we all know Thome's reputation when facing the Tigers.

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08-25-2011, 11:53 AM
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Wow, this is a skeleton crew lineup for this afternoon...

CF Austin Jackson
2B Ramon Santiago
LF Delmon Young
DH Victor Martinez
3B Wilson Betemit
1B Don Kelly
SS Jhonny Peralta
RF Ryan Raburn
C Omir Santos

I feel for Fister...

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Why stick Peralta in the dead zone like that? There won't be anyone one base for him, and if he gets on base he's not going anywhere with those schmucks batting. He'd be better off in the 2 spot. They'd at least have 5 or 6 real players in a row, rather than giving the opposing pitcher the opportunity to pitch around every other batter and get bailed out by the next awful jackass in the lineup.

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Wow...another steal of a game. Fister came up huge and outdueled a young stud in Hellickson. A very satisfying stretch of games...but don't stop now with a month to go.

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08-26-2011, 07:54 PM
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Omar Infante and Kelly Johnson.

We have gaping holes at second and third, and I'm hoping we make a run at these two guys to fill them. Infante can play nearly anywhere, and he certainly can't be worse than the Betamit/Inge/Kelly thing we're currently running out there at third. Johnson would take over second. Both guys have done well batting at the top of the order (Infante has been notably better batting leadoff than elsewhere, while Johnson has looked alright in either spot).

With our pitching pretty well covered for the next few years, we need to blow some cash to upgrade these two spots, and we should have it considering the Tigers continue to draw a ton of fans to CoPa (I think I remember reading that we're the 5th team to break 2 million in attendance this year, and we've done it for like five years in a row).

1. Infante 3B
2. Johnson 2B
3. Boesch RF
4. Cabrera 1B
5. Martinez DH
6. Young LF
7. Avila C
8. Peralta SS
9. Jackson CF

Oh, and it moves Boesch into his most productive spot in the order, and gives Cabrera some guys in front of him who actually get on base. Alright, back to the Twins/Tigers game.

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08-26-2011, 08:48 PM
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Kinda drunk right now. BUT. I felt compelled to say that Alex Avila is simply an awesome ballplayer. And Ryan Raburn sucks.

*sent from my iPhone, which looks really blurry right now*

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08-27-2011, 04:03 PM
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Kinda drunk right now. BUT. I felt compelled to say that Alex Avila is simply an awesome ballplayer. And Ryan Raburn sucks.

*sent from my iPhone, which looks really blurry right now*
I was at the game last night but seem to recall Avila struggling at the plate. He faced lefties all game, but still. I recall it not being pretty.

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I was at the game last night but seem to recall Avila struggling at the plate. He faced lefties all game, but still. I recall it not being pretty.
He may have had a bad game, but the guy is a rock. His season, collectively, has been impressive. He does everything the right way and has one of the sweetest swings around.

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Yeah, it was far from impressive but his teammates picked him up after the Twins tied the game to allow him the chance to win this game and the bullpen held it down.

Congrats JV!

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08-29-2011, 05:19 PM
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Brennan Boesch has a partial tear of the ulnar colateral ligament in his right thumb and will require surgery to fix it. The Tigers are hoping to get him comfortable enough to play through it and let him get the surgery after the season, but no luck yet.

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And Santiago finally homered in the bottom of the 10th to win it. I hate the royals.

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