The Marlins' Alvarez is no hitting the Tigers through 8. Score is 0-0, middle of the 8th.
OT: ALERT: Tigers being no-hit
More like the Mudhens are being no-hit HUR HUR.
It would be interesting to see what happens if the Tigers don't get a hit in the top of the 9th... could we be celebrating a walk-off no-hitter in the dugout? Or a 10-inning no-hit attempt?
Nice start from JV today.
Correction, the Mud Hens are being no-hit through 8.
Top of the 9th. Avila, Kelly, and Dirks due up.
Also, this is one of the biggest strike zones I've ever seen. No wonder there's only 4 hits total.
Probably true everywhere. Everybody including the umpires is ready to go home for the winter and I'm guessing the late-innings-in-a-blowout strikezone is in effect everywhere but the three games that still matter.
Not many runs being scored today.
Two up, two down.
Tuiasosopo at the plate.
My U-verse just went out on me. Unreal.
I'm gonna be pretty upset if Tui makes the postseason roster over Hernan Perez who can at least be a useful pinch runner.
This is not good. The Tigers offense enters the postseason in a serious drought.
The "Tigers" were not no hit... Now, yes, the htting has slipped a bit the last two weeks... However, the team still has the best batting average in the bigs.
|D Kelly CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||.222||.309||.343|
|A Dirks RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||.256||.323||.363|
|P Fielder 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||.279||.362||.457|
|M Tuiasosopo 1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||.244||.351||.415|
|J Peralta SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||.303||.358||.457|
|O Infante 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||.318||.345||.450|
|H Perez 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||.197||.217||.227|
|B Pena C||3||0||0||0||0||0||.297||.315||.397|
|J Iglesias SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||.303||.349||.386|
|N Castellanos LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||.278||.278||.278|
|R Santiago 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||.224||.298||.288|
|J Verlander P||2||0||0||0||0||1||.000||.000||.000|
|D Fister P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400||.400||.400|
|R Porcello P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333||.333||.333|
|A Avila PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||.227||.317||.376|
|L Putkonen P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
Maybe I'm wrong, but haven't the Tigers pretty much always played like crap after they've clinched a playoff spot under Leyland? It hasn't seemed to have hurt them in the playoffs. Games like today's are just about selling tickets and getting AAA guys a little experience, nothing more.
It's a good thing the over/under was 92.5
Kinda bummer Porcello didn't get a second inning... Jim Leyland must be pulling for the no-hitter.
Lol Brayan Pena pass ball ends the game.
Walk off passed ball no hitter.
EDIT: Make that a wild pitch.
Might be ruled a wild pitch but Pena got his glove on the ball and didn't surround it, should probably be a pass ball.
Hahaha, good for the Marlins.
Putkonen is such a bum though. What an embarrassment.
Well that's a bummer
Good for the Marlins.
I may be in unpopular opinion, but I think the Tigers are the worst division winners in the leaugue. Maybe being swept by the worst team in the NL is making me bitter, maybe.
Edit: Definitely bitter because we were swept by the worst team in the NL.
You're kidding right? Did you see today's lineup?
Lots of people are overreacting because they mailed it in after Wednesday. I'll be surprised if they lose to the A's. Oakland is the cute pick because they have the low payroll and a lot of scrappy hitters but they also haven't done squat in the playoffs, and their bullpen has been a bit of a weak point lately, I still like the Tigers chances.
Yes, I did, hence:
Maybe being swept by the worst team in the NL is making me bitter, maybe. Edit: Definitely bitter because we were swept by the worst team in the NL.
Still, what about Friday's lineup, or last night's lineup? Surely we should've taken one game from the NL worst, even if not our best lineup.
What concerns me is that, while having the roster to win the World Series, Leland mismanages it, and it seems that lately we haven't been able to get our pitching and hitting to be good at the same time. We may pitch great, but then we hit poorly, or we may pitch poorly and then hit great. It would be nice if we could get some complete games.
the Tigers won the division and has zero incentive to do well against the Marlins. They wanted to rest their star player. Jim Leyland is one of the best manager the Tigers ever had in their franchise history.
Worst division winner in the league? lololololol. They got the 2nd best run differential in the AL league and the 3rd best run differential in the MLB. That is a better predictor of the quality of a team over the season.
I still expect the Tigers to go to the WS anyway. Your "the sky is falling" is hilarious.
Ummm. When you pitch poorly it's good to hit great, then maybe you can win a shoot out. Also, if hitting is down it would be very timely to have your pitching lights out. I get wanting to win games 6-2 all the time, but winning in reality is like that. One picks up the other
I have to think that they did intentionally tank the end of the season... One doesn't simply get swept and no hit by the Marlins... I'm not worried
Way to go Alvarez!
There's a 4 day break. In baseball, momentum is tomorrow's starting pitching.
In short, please. Enough of the talk radio concerns. The tigers may very well lose to the A's, but it won't be because of some mythical lack of momentum.
You know who also limped into the post season... A lot of the World Series winners the past few years going back to 2006. We'll be fine.
But I just shot the messenger. Sorry.
While it would have been nice to get homefield for the first round (still was possible going into the weekend series I believe), as soon as Detroit lost on Friday the remaining two games were completely worthless. Anyone gnashing their teeth over what was basically a AAA lineup getting no-hit against a decent major league pitcher needs to relax a bit. This game meant nothing.
As well, for the folks wailing that Oakland will come in and annihilate Detroit in the postseason: please see 2012 and 2006. Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.
Not really that surprising. It was a nothing game for the Tigers; they haven't really been trying since they clinched. Almost picked up Alvarez for my final fantasy spot; would have been nice.
...issues emerging in last month:
1) Cabrera can't run & no extra-base power (he's awesome, but clearly hurt)
2) Iglesias' injured hand
3) bullpen worries re-emerged very lately; 1st two blown saves since Benoit took over
4) Austin Jackson slumping (with that one-game of the three HR in one inning exception--he was 3 of 4, I think)
5) verlander has not re-appeared (tho his last outing brightest sign of anything lately)
So, yeah, I'm worried. It's not this series; it's this last month (tho they continues about .60 ball, which wins the Series, if they can continue that!
JV was brilliant in his final two starts of the season, and September was easily his best month since April:
Your facts are getting in the way of annectotal arguments!!!
Also, Iglesias was back today. Throw in the 4 days off and the 3 de facto days off this past weekend and Miggy and Iggy might be (hopefully!) ready to go.
And really, that was the goal of this series: to get heathly. The odds of us overtaking Oakland coming into the series were very, very slim. The probabilities said "play the 'get healthy' game." Hopefully, it works and the rest is just what Miguel and Jose needed.
Plus, the Tigers' rotation - after getting a little bumpy in late August - has been exceptional the last two weeks. Plus, I'm loving Porcello out of the pen. He's been gunning that fastball up to 96 lately and will be a very nice option to have late.
...I must be a glass half-empty guy, b/c I see Scherzer coming back to earth a little in last, what?, 3-4 starts more than Verlander back to verlander (tho last 2=gems, so hope that's what to view). On other hand, positive side, fielder seems back finally & VMart since second half, plus peralta's bat is back. Oakland was hottest team in AL at end, back to the pessimistic hand. Detroit at start of August (end of July? when was the streak) would've killed them; Detroit now v Oakland now? I remain worried (tho hoping you're right that I needn't be)
were completely and utterly worthless from a Tigers perspective. Winning or losing did not matter. For several of these guys returning to South Florida was virtually going home. This was a working vacation without the work.
What Tigers fans should be more worried about is this:
Oakland 4 Detroit 3
Detroit 7 Oakland 3
Detroit 10 Oakland 1
Oakland 8 Detroit 6
Oakland 6 Detroit 3
Oakland 14 Detroit 4
Detroit 7 Oakland 6 .......this was a bottom of the 9th 3 run home walk-off by Hunter
And your closer blew his first two saves of the season in the last week, given last years near playoff disaster from the bullpen, not a great way to enter the playoffs.
Here's why I'm not freaking out:
|1||October 6||Oakland Athletics – 1, Detroit Tigers – 3||Comerica Park||2:56||43,323|
|2||October 7||Oakland Athletics – 4, Detroit Tigers – 5||Comerica Park||3:28||40,684|
|3||October 9||Detroit Tigers – 0, Oakland Athletics – 2||O.co Coliseum||2:33||37,090|
|4||October 10||Detroit Tigers – 3, Oakland Athletics – 4||O.co Coliseum||3:21||36,385|
|5||October 11||Detroit Tigers – 6, Oakland Athletics – 0||O.co Coliseum||2:56||36,393|
Lets just all agree that the Tigers completely mailed it in after clinching. They didn't try and/or care about the series with the Marlins.
Lets just say that so we feel better about the Tigers, OK
Here are the AL Central standings as of this evening:
Looks like Detroit shouldn't even bother getting on the plane to Oakland.
Beyond a few people, the bullpen is pretty much garbage. The last two games the starters have done great only to have the relievers give it up.
Porcello as a long reliever, Smyly, Veras and Rondon as set up men with Benoit as a closer. As long as Leyland used the 5 RP for the postseason, we should be fine.
Does it really matter though? Both starters were pulled with about 70ish pitches to help save their arms for the playoffs, so obviously they'll be going longer than the 5 and 6 innings they pitched.
Stop using facts!