From Portage Northern.
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?
When Erik Bakich made an appearance on WTKA a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned having a total of 12 commits for 2013. Here's a link to the podcast and an embed:
These 12 include several who have been noted here with Hello posts, including Jackson Lamb, Johnny Slater, Nick Kowalczuk, Keith Lehmann, Hector Gutierrez, and Trey Miller, as well as some earlier committed prospects such as Brett Adcock, T.J. Shook, and Harrison Wenson (listed in Michigan Baseball Prospects' 2013 rankings). (Adcock was the subject of this recent Prep Baseball Report interview.) Another 2013 Michigan commit is Carmen Benedetti, although he's not listed as such in his Perfect Game profile.
Here's one of the other 2013 verbals, who committed in mid-September:
Hello: Ramsey Romano
Romano is a 6-3, 185-lb shortstop out of Valhalla H.S. (El Cajon, CA). Here's his Perfect Game profile. Romano is also the QB on his school's football team, and there's now some speculation about him possibly switching to football at the college level:
Today, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior is the section’s leading passer, having thrown for 1,571 yards in five games, nearly 400 yards more than the No. 2 quarterback.....
He has already committed to play shortstop for the University of Michigan’s baseball team. That may change, though, as colleges study tape of his breakout football season.
“If something for football were to come up, I would obviously have to consider it, talk to my parents and make the best decision,” he said.
In addion to the long-committed Brandon Hughes (PG profile; Hughes is ranked #5 in the state of Michigan by both PBR and MBP), two more 2014 commitments have since come to light:
Hello: Drew Lugbauer
Lugbauer, according to his PG profile, is a 6-3, 190-lb. catcher from Arlington H.S. in Pleasant Valley, New York. Couldn't find much else about him.
Hello: Jake Bivens
Bivens, who just committed yesterday, is a 6-0, 175-lb. middle infielder from Battle Creek Lakeview H.S. He's ranked #7 in the state by PBR and #9 by MBP. Here's his PG profile and his PBR profile. PBR has this scouting report:
Battle Creek Lakeview HS, SS/2B, Class of 2014: Bivens is one of the top players in the Class of 2014 who has the ability to pick it in the middle infield. The 6-foot, 175-pound agile athlete displays smooth hands, superior glove actions and demonstrates the ability to turn two on either side of the bag. Bivens lateral ability is a plus which assists to define him as one of the top middle infielders in his class. At the plate, Bivens swings it from the left side. He has a balanced neutral stance and takes quality approaches allowing him to spray the field. Running home to first on a bunt Bivens is a speedy 3.8 and averages 4.1.
This PBR item also indicated the other schools he considered:
Bivens was a Midwest Futures Games participant and has seen his stock continue to rise. After taking visits to Michigan, Michigan State, and Wake Forrest, Bivens decided to stay close to home and attend Michigan.
Bivens is another strong middle infielder in the state of Michigan. He has flown under the radar but Bivens has good upside. Bivens is one of the premier middle infielders in his class. He runs well (6.73 60-yard dash) and uses his athleticism at short to display some smooth footwork. He was 78 MPH across the diamond but that is sure to improve over time. At the plate, Bivens has excellent balance with gap to gap power. He consistently displayed pop to the opposite field and showed a "get-on-base" approach.
Just a final note: Bakich is also off to a good start on the 2015 class with the previously noted commitment of Charlie Donovan, ranked #2 in Illinois according to PBR.
Update on Donovan: PBR released new rankings for the Illinois class of 2015 and have bumped Donovan up to the #1 position.
Miguel Cabrera is officially in the lineup for tonight's game against KC:
Looks like the start time is 8:10:
Hopeful signs: Cabrera is at .331, Trout seven points back. Hamilton needs two homers to tie Cabrera. Both players will have wrapped up their games before the Tigers commence play, so we will know where we stand.
Do your commenting, hopefully celebrating, here. Updates, shifting percentages and tallies all appreciated, since I will be wrapped up with an eight-year-old who likes to go to bed at midnight, only looking in from time to time.