I think this type of post every once in a while is very welcomed. I like generating excitement about the Tigers and this helps to be able to chat about it with others who share my excitement.
to play football, not to play trumpet
I think this type of post every once in a while is very welcomed. I like generating excitement about the Tigers and this helps to be able to chat about it with others who share my excitement.
Always in favor of a Tigers thread
Any feedback is welcome, even the "well baseball sucks" if I get enough people that think that then I'll move on from posting these.
I have a better idea: if you get enough people who like the posts, and I suspect you will, then post away and the "baseball sucks" crowd can get stuffed, because people who post in threads just to say "this sucks" are trolling and ought to be Boliviated.
+1 for "boliviated"
The word "Boliviated" has the potential to rank right up there with such words and terms as 'veracity" and "Tacopants" on MGoBlog.
Would "Boliberated" possibly be the antonym to "Boliviated"?
Sometimes I think once they drop off the first page on the right they disappear never to be seen again but I always go to recent posts. The Tigers are looking good right now despite bullpen issues. I have missed the conversations.
As far as tonights game, I'm looking forward to seeing how Ray does. I think he's going to be a good pitcher. Whether he's ready to show it tonight is the question.
I've heard discussion of moving him to the bullpen and getting rid of Coke if he pitches well. I'm for anything that removes Coke from the roster at this point. He's had three years to show he can be even semi decent and except for the one post season has gotten hammered. I don't see them moving Ray to the bullpen at this point no matter how he pitches. Hopefully he pitches well and we will see.
I'm not sure you want to move Ray to the bullpen, too be honest he needs to log some innings this year and he's also only pitched 87 total innings above Single-A competition. While I'm in favor of getting a replacement for Coke I don't think it's wise to move Ray and or Smyly for that matter to the pen.
I know they would like to have another left hander but I'd highly doubt it's Ray at this point.
I didn't think Joe Nathan looked particularly impressive last night. However, he didn't get much action in their previous games so maybe it was the effects of some rust.
You won't hear any complaints from me about daily Tiger threads. I'm looking forward to seeing Ray pitch tonight.
I like this idea, maybe try to update it at least an hour before gametime with starting pichers and sorylines like you have for this one.
As for tonight I am excite to see what Robbie Ray can do in his debut.
Yeah that's the idea, once I see a definitive lineup for both teams I'll post them into the OP as well, obviously this will change daily but they're easy changes to edit in.
...really optimisitc about this team. Even with an awkward schedule, bullpen difficulties, and a below-average version of Miggy...they've been in 1st place every day. This might be the year. Go get'em Tigers!
Last year they had a 75% off deal on Father's day, I'm hoping they do that again this year as that's the only way I'll put down the $ for it. That said you can usually find streams fairly easily online but it's only the home broadcasts, so let me tell you watching a Tiger-White Sox game online gets annoying as all hell as you're forced to listen to the Hawk...
Blackout restrictions are the same for most sports with their packages including the NFL.
I get MLB.tv, too, and I think it's great. It's not the same as high-def cable, but it's a whole lot better than nothing. A worthwhile buy, given that the Tigers a team worth following closely.
Honestly? Call or email a complaint. If there is no available tv coverage it may be an error. Worst that can happen is that they can say, "sorry, no dice."
Of course it could be an issue with Astros TV rights negotiations, so I don't know.
Anyway, watching Tigers-Twins games on TV is a small price for me; this is my second year and it's a great value.
It's not the service provider according to the last lady I talked to. Blacked out online for me and aside from the Rangers, all three others I listed are blacked out on a TV too.... Stupidity....
I live in New Mexico and they are blacked out against Texas, Houston, Arizona, and Colorado.... And I too have MLB.TV.... Seriously sucks.... I only get the Rangers games on TV
I love the idea, but I would simply suggest changing the title of the thread to "Tigers vs. Astros: Series Preview" or something like that. When I first saw this post I thought it might have been someone looking for tickets or asking a specific question.
And I had a real strong hunch before I clicked on it, who the OP would be.
Here is my list of favorite teams:
1) All teams Michigan, and
If I can combine both in 1 place, color me happy!
I just picked up MLB 14 The Show today for the PS4, now I'm torn between playing this all night or watching the game.
Jim, Dan, this is Schembo....
Needless to say, I'm also a big fan of baseball (especially the Tigers, but also U of M baseball and sofball) and support your proactive approach to providing baseball fans a thread for each and every Tiger series.
I don't think this idea has ever been tried, but I'm certain you'll find a lot of support from the many Michigan fans who follow MLB, especially the Tigers.
As for tonight's game, I'm pretty excited to see what Robbie Ray can do as a new starter. I wasn't as upset as many about the Fister trade---don't get me wrong, I love what Doug Fister provided, but I also recognized that, more and more, opposing lineups were starting to catch up with what he threw. Ray looks to have a lot of potential and, if successful, could prove to be a very valuable as a lefty starter.
How 'bout our Tigers? Best record in baseball right now (winning %, anyway)!!!
Things are so slow right now that I don't think a daily game thread is a bad idea. This will probably stick on the FP for a day or two, but by Thursday? I'd rather have a fresh thread. My two cents.
For those of us out of state that are not bombarded by local tiger coverage this is a nice alternative. I do love me some rod Allen though haha
I enjoyedd the tiger threads, usually they were just the right length. I suppose a series thread is an ok compromise if Tiger threads were annoying people (hard to believe anyone on this blog would whine about something so inane, though...)
What a shitty 1st hit to give up, a freakish bloop double.
Impressive for a young pitcher. Good start.
Way to get out of Jam rookie.
Why steal when you're already in scoring position for Miggy, just dumb.
And that's why you don't lol, just cost us a run.
Hope that doesn't come back to haunt them.
Leyland-haters will probably conveniently forget that we just small-balled our way out of a run there.
(This is not to be construed as ripping on Ausmus. Only Leyland-haters.)
Yes. That one play right there makes me regret every negative thing I ever said about Leyland!
Yep. Being aggressive is good when it's good to be aggressive. It's not good to be aggressive on the basepaths when Miguel Cabrera can put a ball in the seats in any given AB.
Long live the 3-Run homer. #leyland
:/ Agree, with Cabrera at the plate you wait for the hit, oh well...
What is that? Midnight? Just how far from Detroit are you (without giving exact location), way up in the Keweenaw Peninsula or far Western UP? I haven't been anywhere west of Luce County in well over a decade, but even in bad weather, it never seemed to take that long to get to the Western UP Ski areas from GR.
I believe you about the snow (UGH!), as one of my brothers was up near Marquette on a business trip just over a week ago and talked about seeing a lot of snow. Not to mention the snow that fell in much of the UP just yesterday morning.
Enjoy that trip and game with your boys---I envy you, as I likely won't take in my first game of the season until the Boston series in early June.
Waiting for a double steal!
Throw Miggy another change-up. DO IT.
way more than normal. Still isn't where he should be.
V-Mart giving quality AB's in every plate appearance, seriously sign that man to another 2-3 year contract.
The kid is dealing.
Welp, now the small-ball game is neutral again.
Haha, that was a much better position to take a chance though.
At least we're not giving away outs by bunting, even though some of the talk-radio slappies loooove to give up an out to advance a runner.
I would give up the out of whoever were playing at SS every time around the order to advance a runner.
first 5 innings for Robbie Ray. I know it's just the Astros, possibly the worst team in the American League, but Ray seems to be in control, especially for his first-ever MLB start.
3-hitter thru 5, 76 pitches so far, I would bet this is his last inning. God save us, if its just a 4-run lead when handing it to middle relievers!
Kinsler...come on bud.
Should have caught it, but he also should have been called off by Hunter. Yes, it's a play that is made by a MLB second basemen, but it's still a much easier player for the outfielder.
Here is to hoping the bullpen doesnt let the kid down now. Keep Coke fastened to the pine please.
Impressive debut for the youngster, especially considering the defense really hasn't helped him much tonight. He had good command of the strike zone and showed the ability to get swings and misses when he needed it. Develop that breaking ball a bit more and that's quite the arm to work with.
The kid pitched a tremendous game.
Oh look. After 7 innings, the Tigers have scored half of their 6 runs on sacrifice flies. The day before in a classic pitchers' duel, they scored the game winning run on an error, followed by a walk, followed by an RBI single.
Balanced offense, I love it. If you rely exclusively on the 3 run homer, you will die when you don't get the three run homer (again and again and again). This year's team is much more fun to watch and much more dangerous than last year's team.
Competition be damned, the Tigers are playing some good baseball.
but keep in mind ( as MadMatt already posted) that 3 of the first 6 Tiger runs were scored on Sac Flies. I love big innings, but this kind of baseball excites me, too. No more do-or-die depending-on-the-long-ball baseball Jim Leyland-style, but a team that has multiple ways to score runs.
Sorry if I'm this guy:
...by asking this, but the Tigers are about to go 19-9 despite having a leaky bullpen. Does anybody honestly believe we'd be looking at 10 games over .500 right now if old Smokey was still managing?
It's a completely different roster so it's really hard to compare the 2 managers. I'm a pretty staunch Leyland supporter but like I said, this really is an apple to oranges argument.
different roster, as this team now can run rather than be forced to play station-to-station baseball. Leyland really couldn't do more than only occasionally dabble in "small ball" with his offensive rosters over the last several seasons because there was practically no speed on the basepaths. Not everyone now on the roster can run, but all not named Cabrerra or Avila seem to be threats to run, and that's a huge difference in philosophy. Leyland's philosophy offensively has rarely included the running game.
What impresses me most, though, about the job of managing Ausmus has been doing is in handling the pitching staff. I'm not going to sugar-coat it, we still have a shaky bullpen other than Jaba (who has been a huge surprise) and Joe Nathan., It's the way Ausmus has negotiated thru the minefields that impresses me. He really hasn't used anyone other than the hot-or-cold Al Alburquerque, Ian Krol, Jaba and Nathan in any situation that was remotely close. Even Miller and Reed have been kept out of close games. Everyone else, especially Coke, has been used ONLY in out-of-reach ballgames. That way Ausmus hasn't allowed winnable games to get away, while not wearing out any of his valuable starters and the more dependable guys in the pen. The firestarters (Coke, etc.) have only been allowed to eat harmless innings. Leyland's history suggests that Coke and Co. would have pitched a lot more in dangerous situations.
Sooner rather than later, though, Coke has to go. Ortega and Putkonen have already failed and been sent back down to the minors. When Coke goes, though, it needs to be soon and it needs to be permanant. Release him, not send him down to the minors.
The Tigers are now 19-9, 5 1/2 games up on the Twins and Sox, on pace to win 110, (though i'm not about to predict that many wins). But in this weak Central Division, 100 wins should happen. Easily. Miggy's bat is only starting to wake up.
100 wins is pretty hard to come by these days. Possible, yes, but I don't think anybody accomplishes that easily any more.
Ausmus's management of the bullpen has been good but he's also enjoyed the luxury of having a team that's scored a bunch of runs and and thus afford the back-end of bullpen giving up a lot of runs too. The Tigers would probably have the best run differential in the bigs right now if the bullpen wasn't such a sieve at times.
it may be safe to bring in Coke.
Ray pitched well; offense cruising. Nothing for people to complain about. Tigers win their 7th game in arow.
as the bullpen fodder gave up 3, but Tigers get the win 11-4.
7 IN A ROW!
I don't have too much confidence in Reed, Miller or Krohl at this point. And not just because of the finish to last night's game. Miller hasn't seen much action and Reed is just nothing special. Krohl has looked okay at times, but I just don't know. I'd prefer to see as little of them as possible. I believe they are nothing more at this point then inning eaters. Hopefully Hanharan(?) can come aboard and provide some quality depth.
Updated with today's pitching matchup and the Tigers lineup, hopefully the rain holds off and they can get the game in.
Bump this up to the front page if anyone wants to discuss the game.
Hey mods---I'm looking at you!
No need to bother them with something so meaningless, but by commenting on this post it bumps it up the board if you search by the, "recent" tab instead of the, "new" portion. So like I said as long as I comment or someone does before gametime it can stay somewhat relevant.
Towering fly ball that carries over the short right field porch, Miggy coming back into form.
how I miss that RF Porch at Tiger Stadium!
My favorite place to watch a game there. If they ever do a major remodel at Comerica, I'm gonna start a campaign to build a genuine rightfield overhang . Don't the Rangers have one at their new ballpark?
Oh how I miss the old block building on Trumbull and Michigan Ave. I was lucky as a kid as we not only had Michigan season tickets but through my Dad's work we got discounted Tigers tickets, as the team was so bad at that point that they were basically giving them away.
So growing up watching bad baseball throughout the 90's has made me appreciate the product that Dombrowski and Illitch have put on the field since '05. People need to sit back and enjoy the greatness we get to watch daily in Miguel Cabrera and to an extent Justin Verlander, these talents don't come around too often.
To answer your question though, yes the ballpark in Arlington still has the right field overhang. What made Tiger stadium so unique is that the overhang went all the way around the stadium, so you truly did feel like you were playing in a dark box.
He looked safe but you never know.
when they are not on page one to the right. I don't know how many use the recent posts tab on the left. I always look at that.
Yeah it didn't just tail off, it basically died. Just you and I in here now, that's ok maybe I'll just make a thread for one game a series.
Was going to log in earlier, damn phone calls...
Anyway, VMart went yard a few minutes ago, now 3-1 Bengals.
...to participate much more during the afternoon games. Evening games (hours betwee 7-10pm), it just always seems like I've got something going on and can barely catch the score let alone log in to post commentary.
I've got a hunch that I'm not alone in that.
Nice HR for Victor
Fight On for Western...
Martinez goes yard!
The bullpen needs to follow through.
Joba with a filthy slider tonight, he's settling in very nicely in the setup role.
Starting to come around with a few exceptions but the back end is shaping up.
is continuing to surprise me. Just threw a 1-2-3 8th inning---all on K's.
He's one of the bigger pleasant surprises on this year's Tiger team, along with Davis and Romine.
Another game, another win. This team will continue to go as far as their pitching will carry them as the starters are straight dealing right now.
has been good from the start, but especially over the last two weeks. And doing it without Sanchez, who for a long stretch of last season was pitching as well as Max.
Good game by Porcello. I've always been a fan and glad the rumored trades involving him haven't happened. Kid has proven to be durable and, though he still occasionally struggles, has become more consistantly good.
Rick has continued to get better since being rushed to the show in 2009. The metrics always pointed to what kind of guy he could be if surrounded by a good defense, and to his credit he's also developed a curveball so lefties can't sit on the sinker any longer. What's even nicer is that he's still only 25 and has improved his fastball velocity over the last few seasons. The ceiling continues to climb for Mr. Porcello.
Weird ninth, but Nathan finally nails it down.
They are playing great baseball.
I have to say Dombrowski is looking brilliant right now.
...this it the Tigers best start since 1984.
Starting rotation has been amazing. They keep the runs down. The offense grinds out a run or two to get the lead. And then either:
1- starters grind out 7 innings to set up the premium bullpen arms (Joba & Nathan) to finish it out or...
2- the offensive flood gates open and the Tigers jump to a 4+ run lead and then hand it over to the lesser bullpen arms (who promptly give up 2-4 runs) while they manage to hand on.
Kind of a weird season, but I'm loving it ! 8 in a row !!!
the 23-4 they were at this point 30 seasons ago, but damn, 20-9 makes me happy!
I gotta say, not only are the Tigers heating up, but Rod Allen's in midseason form too. We got an "I see you" last night, we got some of his little predictions that always seem to turn out right, and I love the tone he uses sometimes - Victor's home run elicited a "that was an 0-2 pitch" in chuckling disbelief. Mario's a very solid announcer but I honestly think Rod's a delight to listen to.
Let's bump this back up.
Sorry I won't have a chance to update the OP with the pitching numbers or the lineup. Work doesn't allow me on Mgoblog and it seems like far too much of a hassle to do via phone so no new info is going to be posted. I'll be following the gamecast online, eat em up!
I know I'm missing stuff you usually include in the post but the highlights are there.
Drew Smyly 2- 1 2.45
Dallas Keuchel 2-2 3.96
Detroit Tigers 1. Rajai Davis, LF (0 for 3) 2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5 for 15, 1 HR) 3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (1 for 4) 4. Victor Martinez, 1B (0 for 3) 5. J.D. Martinez, RF 6. Austin Jackson, CF (2 for 3) 7. Nick Castellanos, 3B 8. Bryan Holaday, C 9. Danny Worth, SS Houston Astros 1. Jose Altuve, 2B 2. Jonathan Villar, SS 3. Dexter Fowler, CF 4. Jesus Guzman, 1B 5. Chris Carter, DH 6. George Springer, RF 7. Matt Dominguez, 3B (0 for 1) 8. Carlos Corporan, C 9. L.J. Hoes, LF
Statistics against opposing pitchers is in parentheses. Thanks to MLive.
getting off to such a slow start, he's on a pace for close to 140 RBI's
It's already the 4th inning lol? The pace of this game is rather ridiculous right now.
He's really coming through.
Need to get some bats going. These are the Astros.
Let's go Tigers. Two on one out.
I think this one's done.