Opening day babby, LETS GO TIGERS
Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Please, espn3 is blacked out. wtf is that
ESPN3.com is working in NYC, and since the other two people in this office are serious Yankee fans, I can keep it going on the spare computer! They had no idea the Yankees would allow a free legal stream!
in the context of this blog...F*ck Nick Swisher
Impressive first inning for Curtis Granderson.
I hate the yankees, but i'll always love Granderson. All around good guy, and I loved to watch him play.
Shows rain holding off until about 6:00 pm. (It was pouring this morning.) Office mate says they'll get it in.
Have tix for Saturday's game, from another alum. First time ever seeing Tigers live! (And first time in new Yankees Stadium, but it's only the Tigers that're drawing me there.)
I would pledge a billion dollars to hear George Kell say, " Thanks Larry, and good afternoon everyone, it's time for another TIGER baseball game"
Or; "Tiger first innings have been like a rollycoaster ride"
Big strikeout for Verlander on Cano.
I reallly hope he doesn't have another one of his trademark April, frustrating as hell.
Well, Avila sure looked terrible on that AB.
Tex crushed that ball.
Let's score some runs boys
Avila looks completely lost at the plate.
I think we'd be better off with Gerald Laird right about now.
He just aimlessly waived at those 3 pitches. Absolutely lost out there. In better news we are starting to get to Sabathia a little bit I believe.
Can we send Avila to Toledo mid game?
Martinez will be the everyday catcher within 3 weeks, mark my words.
Seriously. If he can't throw a guy out at third base then his "bat" isn't even close to worth keeping in the lineup. Does he know what a strike looks like?
Because Pudge didnt' allow a single steal of 3B ever.
What catcher do they have to replace him? Martinez is a miserable defensive catcher (that's why he almost never plays it, and his team have avoided playing him there for half a decade), and his bat is too valuable to waste there anyway. I'm sure he'll catch SOME games, but who do you want to catch the other 110 or so?
V-Mart at C, Boesch at DH, I can't stand Avila. Sorry
Martinez is a miserable defensive catcher - both the Indians and Red Sox avoided him having play the position as much as possible - the Red Sox exhumed the remains of Jason Varitek to avoid it.
Boesch's bat isn't major league quality - he's strike out 260 times a year if he were up.
What else you got.
Yeah, OK. Because 99 Ks in 512 PAs is so miserable. On what, exactly, are you basing this strikeout assumption?
Boesch's K/BB ratio's suggest someone that doesn't a fleeting clue of the strike-zone - more than 3:1 in his professional career.
His transition to "pumpkin" after his first trip through the league (.194/.223/.261) and declining K/BB ratio during that stretch (around 4:1) sort of confirm that.
His first 100 AB's were out of character with any performance he has exhibited in college, or the minor leagues.
Whoa, Rhymes is a quick little guy. I'm not sure what to expect out of him this year honestly.
Tie game! Come on V-Mart knock one out here and open it up a bit!
Sick running snag out from left
JV's dealing now boi
Look at all the empty rich people seats behind home plate. Crazy.
Avila, we could use a hit here. Thanks.
I noticed that early, there are more empty seats than people there behind the plate
This ump sucks so hard. This strike on Swish, the ball on Tex, the check swing on Rhymes. Guh...
Verlander locked it down after NY's homer.
Man, Avila gets once game.
After all of you complained non-stop about Laird for two years.
Jesus you people are fucking fickle.
I was joking when I said we should send him down now, but his track record is not good, even if you include his callup two years ago.
What major league caliber catcher are the Tigers keeping on the bench so Avila can play? Don't say Martinez - the Tigers need his bat more than they need his imitation of a catcher.
You've taken away my only option so, INGE TO THE BACKSTOP!!1111!!1
I am going to HATE the 7th inning this year.
The Tigers middle relievers are a major weakness. I cringe when they enter the game.
Win #1 for the YANKEES!!!!
Good guys win again!
Evil Tigers LOSE!!!!
Jesus Christ. One day and I already want Avila gone.
You know what? I'll still take Martinez and his "miserable" defense. What's so much better about Avila's defensive abilities? We just saw him let two balls get to the backstop that shouldn't have been there. He was -6 runs per 1,200 innings last year at catcher. Martinez was -9. That kind of defense is worth keeping his hitting in the lineup? Yes, I will take Boesch in the lineup over Avila. Any day.
Are you under the impression that playing a 33 year old you just $56 million to over four years (an age that most catchers knees explode) 120 game at catcher is a good way to protect your investment?
I assume you don't, because, I assume that you know, like most that follow the team, that they ARE planning on playing Martinez at catchers sometimes, but not as much as "regular" catchers in an attempt to preserve him, as his bat is vital.
So, who do you propose plays catcher when Martinez doesn't, like today?
I propose it be Avila, just not for 115-120 games. Moving it toward at least a 50/50 split would probably be in our better interests. Unless Avila keeps that up, in which case it might as well be Max St. Pierre as anyone.
I'm just curious - are you aware that Victor Martinez, as a free agent, made it publicly known that he desired to not be a primary catcher? That primarily being a 1B or DH was part of his criteria for choosing a team? That both Dumbrowski and Leyland have publicly said that Martinez will NOT primarily be a Catcher?
Because all these things happened.
I'm ready for him to be gone, too. Terrible over react after day one, but he's not the answer back there and he's Laird 2.0 (well, really .189). The ball that Perry threw was tough but Avila tried to catch squared up instead of doing the easy backhand.
Oh, well, 161 games to over react as well.