Thought I would open a thread as the Tigers finish the season with a three-game series in Miami tonight.
- The Tigers are within one game of the A's for home-field advantage in the ALDS
- Martinez will probably be catching
- Will Cabrera start?
Well, 2 games from home field since Oakland owns the season series
thanks. I despise the foul territory in Oakland. Wish it was just a single game.
Skipper was on MLB Now this afternoon and said Miggy is starting the next 2 days, and he'll rest him on Sunday. J-honny in LF tonight.
Tigers have nothing to lose. The future is Iglasias (who is hurting) and Jhonny can improve his free-agency status with a productive post-season. He is a good clubhouse guy, I'm sad to see him go. But Jose can flat out flash the leather.
Alvarez is starting tonight. No Porcello.
Also, Gates Brown died today.
Sad news about Gator Brown, I met him a few years ago at the Tigers caravan and he had a few funny stories about the things he'd do to keep focused while he was waiting his opportunity to pinch hit. He seemed like a genuinely good guy, thoughts and prayers to his family.
Not too happy to see Miguel in the lineup, I really hoped he'd get the next few days off, while maybe pinch hitting on Sunday or something.
makes me wish we were playing at home tonight. A blue-collar Tiger who was always a fan favorite. Hands-down the best pinch-hitter in Tiger history. RIP.
The Gator signed my glove at a baseball camp up at Northwood University when I was 12. He was great with all the kids. I remember it like it was yesterday. Hard to believe that was 37 years ago. RIP Gator!
Here's the lineup they printed:
1. Austin Jackson
2. Andy Dirks
3. Miguel Cabrera
4. Prince Fielder
5. Jhonny Peralta
6. Alex Avila
7. Hernan Perez
8. Jose Iglesias
Starting pitcher: Jose Alvarez
Is he not starting to move to the bullpen for the playoffs?
Marlboro Jimmy said that this was a "bullpen game", and that it was not due to injury.
has nothing in common with a donut game.
In game for one at bat, walk, Tuiasosopo pinch runner. What gives? Just the skip keeping his consecutive starts going while effectively resting him?
That's basically the case. I didn't notice anything of any significance there. Miggy came out early after going 2-3 as well.
Welp, forget home field. Hopefully it doesn't come to game 5 because that'll be a tough game to win on the road.
I for one fully expect Verlander to return to his old self in the playoffs. At least I sure as hell hope so. Home field advantage is gone, but on the other hand if they can win one in Oakland they will have a chance to finish off the A's at home.
Would have been nice if the skip tried to win last night. Resting guys is good but when home field is at stake, you try to win. Not starting Porcello, No pinch runner for Avila, no sac bunt for Ramon. Couple that with a couple of losses earlier this season solely due to managerial blunders,little faith in this team. Oaktown in 3. Tigers score 3 runs for the series.
Also, bunting is for bitches that don't understand baseball. It's been proven statistically. Bunting is rarely a good decision, which is why the Tigers rarely bunt, especially with the bats they have.
the potential to go to the series again. I think they have been been coasting for over a month, granted, they still have been winning series. the key to the whole thing is miggy's health. there's no doubt that they have the deeper lineup compared to oakland. honestly, if their pitching shows up, they will beat the A's in 4 or maybe 5. The A's have been playing hot, it could be a great series. i'm pretty excited for the whole playoff, i don't think there is a favorite, it will be very competitive, unlke last season.
Peralta changes a lot. Miggy's health changes a lot. Homefield advantage <<<<<<< Miggy (and others) being healthy.
We weren't going to catch Boston. The A's cannot match up with our pitching. If Scherzer and Sanchez give us typical performances, there's almost no doubt we take one of the first two games in Oakland, if not both. Then we're looking at Verlander/Fister/Scherzer to win 1 of 3 or 2 of 3... against...
I love Bartolo Colon. I've had him on my fantasy team in recent years past. However, he won't go deep into the game if we get his pitch count up. We have aggressive hitters, but we have smart experienced hitters. If we knock Colon out by the 5th or 6th inning, I'm confident Scherzer gets the job done.
Our pitchers go about an extra inning, per start. Plus, Ricky P (check out that K/9 by the way) moving to the bullpen gives us some help there. Hopefully, Rondoner isn't shelved. If not, I would say we have a decided pitching advantage.
if the tigers didn't hit like bitches, bitch, then they wouldn't be in the position in which they had to bunt to advance the runner.
Yes, the Tigers hit like bitches....
Quick point... Sanchez is fairly identical home/away. Scherzer has been much more productive away from Comerica. Both are nearly 1 run better, this year, than Verlander on the road.
This certainly points to a Scherzer - Sanchez - Verlander - Fister rotation, which is what common sense points to as well.
Have yet to look into the individual matchups, but I am pretty confident with that rotation in that order. Of course, JL has done some crazy things in the past.