here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Game 1 pitching matchup - Verlander vs Zito
It's official. Family confirms noted Michigan fan and all-around superbabe Kate Upton is dating Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
At least someone on the Tigers is scoring. Ba-zing!
The Tigers are clearly going to get beat tonight against the A's.
Max Scherzer will be lucky to go 5 innings on his bum ankle.
Jim Leyland is putting strikeout machine Quentin Berry in the 2-spot.
The Tigers have 1 (!!!) RBI this series and clearly are a pathetic offense.
Jim Leyland doesn't bunt nearly enough. And don't give me "statistically he bunts more than most managers." When I played high school baseball, you always bunted the runner over to second, always. THAT'S THE WAY THE GAME SHOULD BE PLAYED.
Also, Jim Leyland will obviously either let Scherzer go too long in the game or will not let him go more than 110 pitches and either way it will be the wrong decision because OBVIOUSLY.
Also, the A's fans kick the Tiger's fans asses in terms of sign-making ability. This clearly has an effect on the field.
I thought the sign comment made the /s redundant. Here's the translation for my quick thoughts on the game:
We need a big night out of Scherzer and I think he'll deliver.
I like that Berry is in and he's in the 2-spot. Even though I strongly dislike bunting, I think that if Jackson gets on, we'll see a sacrifice early. Get someone into scoring position and force them to either walk Cabrera or put two on base for Fielder. Otherwise: BOO BUNTING.
Also, reverse jinx, obvs.
Sanchez gives up 3 hits to start the game, but escapes giving up only a run. Not a good start there.
Offensively, the first inning was trash, but then in the second we had three hard hit balls off of Anderson, so I'm not too worried yet as long as Sanchez settles in.
Fister vs. Miilone. First pitch at 12:07. Would be a really big win for the Tigers to start the playoffs 2-0 and only need to take 1 of 3 out in Oakland.
Bless You Boys has a good preview up.
Per the Tigers' official Twitter feed, via BYB, the Tigers have set their playoff rotation:
Game 1: JV
Game 2: Fister
Game 3: Sanchez
Game 4: Scherzer
Game 5: JV (if necessary)
That's a scary rotation, if you ask me. If our offense wakes up, we could make a very solid run. Speaking of the offense though, I haven't heard anything about Martinez possibly joining the team. Earlier in the season, I thought the word was that he would be good to go for a postseason run, as long as we made it. But I haven't heard anything about his status for a while, which makes me think he's not going to play at all.
How are you feeling about our series against the A's?