Back to back division champs!
Celebrate good times!
Very nice, at least one Detroit team is winning.
the red wings are not losing
Insert squinting Fry "not sure if political" meme here
Just thinking about what he had to say or not say. They score 11 runs for absolutely nothing. Gas Your Gone Sox!!!
for persuavering in what has been an frustrating year for the much of the year. Still not as confident in their chances as I was last year, but as we have seen getting to the dance at least gives you a chance. It may hinge on Scherzer's health. A healthy Verlander, Scherzer and Fister pitching well at least gives you a fighting chance, even with inconsistent hitting and sketchy defense.
In the fine tradition of MGoWordsmithing, I commend your contribution of "persuavering"
for my own good. Persevering, it is.
Persuavering. v. The act of overcoming adversity or hardship while simultaneously looking good or "suave" in doing so.
Do you sit Cabrera?
No way you sit MIggy. Maybe only have him DH for the last 2 days.
He's going for history. He's got to play the last two. They can't take the cheap way out. (Ted Williams, if he were unfrozen, would agree.)
even if they only unfroze half his brain he would agree with you
He's the first player to have a real shot at the Triple Crown in 45 years, you have to play him, but not necessarily in the field.
I mean, other players have come close in the past, but I can't remember a player leading in all three categories with only two games to go in the season.
Says they go out and lose tmrw all hung over.
not a doubt. Coke and Benoit already look drunk.
Let the good times roll baby! Go Tigers!
I just wish they were dumping champagne on Shannon Hogan.
I'd give you +1000 if I could.
This feels good. After being on the other end of things in '09, we can all feel Chicago's pain. It's nice to have this over with so we can breathe again.
Also, Cabrera went 4-5 with 1 HR and had a beautiful catch in the 9th. What a night!
You have to let Miggy defend his homerun crown. Texas is in a dogfight for homefield advantage and division title, so Hamilton is going to be playing.
Batting title and RBI title seem safe even if Miggy doesn't hit well.
Not so fast on the batting title. Trout is 4 for 4 tonight, and only .004 behind.
When you're from Detroit, living in Chicago, there's not a whole lot you can brag about. So when you get the chance you make the most of it. There's only a couple of Sox fans at the office, but by God I'm gonna be absolutely insufferable tomorrow...
As if Chicago has anything to brag about.
Am I supposed to take from that video that Boy George is a tigers fan? What an endorsement!
Perspective is necessary here. It was 1984. That should be more than enough explanation for most everything in that video.
Take your delta bravo-ery and Bruno Kirby 'staches and go sit over there.
Be honest in retrospect: Did anyone really expect this season to go any differently?
the frustrations throughout the season and the fact that it wasn't easy does make it a little sweeter.
Not sure who called it, but Leyland did in fact breakdown a little postgame. People can say whatever they want about the guy, and I would be lying if I said I didn't second guess him at times, but however you slice it 3 playoff appearances in his tenure isn't too shabby. He was right in his postgame presser, when he said it is mostly about the players, which is what I have been trying to get across to the fire Leyland crowd all year. The reason it wasn't easy was because certain players didn't have the years they were expecting, that is not on the manager. Some guys don't respond to yelling and screaming from the manger, and if Leyland said that is makeup of this team I take his word for it.
Does anyone know what time the ALDS game is going to be Saturday? Really hope it doesn't interfere with the Purdue game.
Well both ADLS games are on TBS on Saturday so I'm hoping we end up with the later one so it doesn't interfere with the Michigan game.
There's probably a good chance they get the prime time slot...and there's also a good chance they get the Yankees in the first round
are still only up 1 game on Baltimore. My gut says I would rather see Baltimore, but on the other hand the Tigers have had success against the Yankees in the playoffs and Baltimore has some funky positive mojo going for them.
Actually, I'd rather face New York. Besides Sabathia, their starting pitching is terrible.
Give me the Yanks. Make it 3 post seasons in row (for the Tigs) of knocking those douches out.
Yankees, please. As a Tigers fan living in Baltimore, it would be awesome to be guaranteed a chance to go see them play in the ALDS. However, I've been to about 20 O's games this year and something about this team is magical. Unless our starters can go 9 innings every game, I'd be terrified to see what the O's bats will do against our relievers. No lead is safe against the O's.
Baltimore is the only team that really scares me in the playoffs. They seem to have that "team of destiny" vibe going, so hopefully somebody can knock them off. Maybe in the 1-game wild card.
They are also the worst team in the playoffs, so I wouldn't mind facing them.
True, but the Orioles lead in almost every team batting category in September. They've played bad yet winning baseball. They're a team that even when you outplay them 8 out of 9 innings, they find a way to win more often than not. They're just a weird team. They could come out completely flat and the Tigers could sweep them or they could go on a tear. At least with the Yankees you know what you're going to get, and I think the Tigers a better team.
I believe there is only one ALDS series starting Saturday w/ the the other one on Sunday. The winner of the wild card play-in game will be in the Sunday series vs. the top seed so I'd think that the Tigers are certainly starting Saturday. Same goes for NL. I'd think Tigers/Yankees or Tigers/Rangers would get the prime time slot.
The two games on Saturday are Detroit hosting Bal/NYY/Tex/Oak and San Francisco hosting Washington or Cincinnati.
The game time slots are 6:00 and 9:30 pm. It seems pretty clear that the Detroit game will be at 6 and the San Francisco game will be at 9:30. It wouldn't make any sense the other way around.
Where are the time slots listed? Don't see them on MLB or TBS website. Thanks.
It's there; you just have to do some digging. Every time I look for a TV channel's broadcast schedule (usually it's ESPN), it ends up being much much harder than it should be.
Try here for the whole month:
Jim Leyland crying tears of joy and smoking that good kush was awesome. Not gonna lie, I got a bit emotional there. Go Tigers!
the orioles and red sox...?
Trout is 4-4 tonight and is up to 325. FYI
Just Glorious. Love it. Can't wait for Saturday. Michigan then ALDS. Wow.
Repeated attempts to convince an attractive woman to go home with you that are initially rebuffed, but eventually succeed through sheer force of repetition and liberal application of alcohol.
that the Tigers have made post-season play in consecutive seasons.
years, it was ALOT harder to make the playoff in back-to-back years. Still this is no small feat.
Baseball didn't split into divisions until 1969, and then split into its current format in 1994 and from 94 to 2003 the Tigers were pretty much a train wreck.
Also a little perspective on how long ago 34-35 really was, Tiger Stadium wasn't even called Briggs Stadium yet, it was still known as Navin Field.
Tigers had Greenberg, and six of eight position players hit better than .300 in 1934. (The other two hit better than .280.)
So that is a historical outlier. And the last two years are in a sense the closest the Tigers have been to dynasty since.
Wearing vintage early 90s Tigers t-shirt and having a few rounds for the tiges in the Upper Haight.
Leyland has more playoff appearances than Sparky, and a better win pct to boot. (Leyland is our winningest skip since Billy Martin, who I think was fired for fighting in his third year thus providing a smaller sample size.)
Which is why I do not understand the Fire Leyland crowd. He has been our best dude.
I'm not trying to disagree, I generally like Leyland (even for as stubborn as he is playing some players *cough*Rayburn*cough*). But, wouldn't you agree that Leyland has been blessed with some tremendously talented teams compared to those of any of the slew of managers since Sparky retired?
Just like any sport, the coach/manager can only do so much with the talent he has. The good ones know how to put their players in a position to succeed, after that it is up to the player to do the hard part. Jim has been a good manager, but he also has been fortunate to have Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera, Placido Polanco, Curtis Granderson, Kenny Rogers, Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, etc, etc, etc.
is that he always seems to have a good clubhouse. No matter where he's been that seems to have been the case.
He's an outstanding manager. The Tigers got almost no production from its utility players this year and several players had lower production than maybe expected. On top of that the 4/5 pitching was mediocre at best until late in the year.
Because only a fool would gauge a manager by W/L record.
Congratulations to the Tigers on clinching the AL Central....again! (the "again" part feels good somehow)
Weeeeee! 2 in a row!
This team is winning the World Series, I can feel it in my bones ( lol ). Fuck the Sox. It feels so good to be a Tigers fan today.
So, I had heard that Scherzer was going to pitch sometime this week. I think that should absolutely not happen. There's no reason to put him out there. Give him extra time to rest up for the playoffs.
he'll work a low pitch count, most likely as a reliever. You can't just throw him out in game 2 or 3 of the playoffs having not pitched in over 2 weeks.
I think you can. At this point in the season, it's all about regimen and getting into a structured routine. He's already broken up his regimen with the injury, so what's the point in putting him in, even for a couple of innings? There's not enough time left to re-establish his routine.
I can understand why you would say to put him in (get him back in live game situations), but I just don't see the real benefit of doing that. It's not like he's forgotten what it's like to compete or what it takes to win. I say, save his arm for the playoffs.
Scherzer would benefit GREATLY by pitching in a meaningless game against the Royals on Wednesday. Limit him to 75 pitches then he'll be ready for game 3 next Tuesday. I think this is what will happen.
He had a great bullpen sessions yesterday according to the Dickerson, velocity was up in the 95-96 range and he said he felt great, so assuming he feels good today I'd throw him out there Wednesday for 3 innings or so. Just get his feet under him before the ALDS starts, and let Smyly finish the game.
Scherzer himself said in the postgame that he would pitch, because he needs it to stay in rhythm. Even if it's only a mental placebo, I'll go along with that; baseball players need to be comfortable more than they need to be rested, and if Scherzer says he needs to pitch, then he needs to pitch.
Can win the AL West with 2 more wins against Texas
You should go post that in the pennant races thread
Saw this thread first. Hoping for Tigers - A's ALCS
I just saw some other ppl had voted down your post as offtopic without doing you the favor of explaining why it was OT. Just trying to be helpful & polite :-)
As to outcome, I would just like to se an entertaining postseason regardless of who's in as I have no horse in this race.
In Scherzer comes back, this team would scare me in the playoffs. Verlander, Fister, and Mad Max would be a terrifying 1-2-3. Of course, Valverde would still be at the end of the game, so everyone gets to freak out.
The offense is still a bit stagnant but should be competitive against most of the teams they'll see at least in the first round. I'd rather play the Yankees or Baltimore, but Texas hasn't impressed me nearly as much as they did to start the year.
Yankees and Rangers still desperately fighting for Division Title, while the fat cat Tigers are on easy street today.
This new Wildcard format really puts a premium on winning your division. I am not a fan of the one game Wildcard playoff thing.
Of the one game wild card because I really like that winning the division carries a bit more weight now. Sure, sometimes one division winner like Detroit will have fewer wins, but whatever. One day it will work against us. Overall, a good idea, imo
I think you understate it. Winning the Division carries not a "bit more weight", rather, a ton more weight. One of the two Wildcards will be out after one game, I don't think that is going to go over well.
OT: Then you have the ridiculous situation of the AL West has 4 teams and the NL Central has 6 teams. What's up with that! Houston needs to be moved into the AL West tomorrow.
But at the same time, it gives a team like Oakland or Atlanta a chance at the playoffs instead of punishing them for playing in a tougher division while a team with a lesser record gets in as a division winner. I mean, the Tigers would not be in the playoffs if they did not win their division, while teams like TB and Oakland would be clear division winner if they played in the Central.
My problem is with the one game elimination.
I dunno if it's on the table, but maybe shorten the regular season? FInish up in mid-September, have a 3-game series for the wild-card, and then regular playoffs to start October. Plus everything should be finished by the end of October too, avoiding the November WS games the league has had the last few years