Tigers play Kansas City tonight and have taken a quick 2-0 lead as i type this. hopefully the indians lose again so the tigers can take a 5 game lead. Also looks like the Ubaldo Jimenez trade will do as many expect, he will not give the indians the boost they need because they needed hitting and he isnt going to be a good in the AL. if the indians suck into next year looks like they may have a fire sale next summer and get loaded with prospects like the royals are.
OT: Tigers vs. Royals 8/6/11 Verlander on the mound
looks terrible with one of the weakest defensive alignments ive seen this year. id much rather see andy dirks starting today along with betemit with carlos getting a day off.
Austin Jackson making plays
I think the White Sox are going to end up being the Tigers' main competition for the division. Cleveland is in second place but remember, they were once 30-15. Since late May they've been playing .384 ball (25-40). 65 games is more than a simple slump.
It's always just so much fun when Verlander's pitching. Gotta be one of, if not the, best pitcher out there right now.
the key difference between this year and last has been he is pitching not just throwing everything he's got at the plate for 7-8 innings. also this year he would be at around 80 pitches by the 6th innings now he's usually in the high 60s- low 70s range and a complete game takes him just over 100 pitches
GM's have to, among other things, assess where their roster lies and determine whether to re-allocate assets from future help towards immediate help and vice versa. I think Cleveland misinterpreted their chances of competing with a star pitcher in the fold and may have mis-labeled Jiminez as a star.
Verlander is consistantly in the game for 110-120 pitches and he can go up to 130 if needed. He has gotten much better this year at going further into games and is almost guaranteed to last 7+ innings.
and the heck of it is, the guy can still throw 101 gas in the 8th and 9th if he wants to!
GD Verlander! When he gave up the hit?
It's almost expected that he's going to go a long way before anyone hits him, particularly against the Royals.
How bout that Indians collapse last night? They had something like a 7-2 lead, and a 2-run lead with 2 outs in the 9th with the bases empty.
Color me unintimidated.
is it on espn or anything?
mlb.tv or fsd
This game is over.
1 run on 2 hits through 5.
(We grade on a curve for JV)
They should trade him for such a terrible performance.
with an injury. Looked like a knee injury, did not look good at all.
Not sure why I get so pissed when some bum takes JV yard. I never tip the hat and it is always followed by vigorous cursing. Now his ERA is a bloated 2.30!!!
Nice Benoit DP to end the 8th - just need an insurance run. I have no faith that Valverde will be able to get through the inning without giving up a run.
no confidence in a guy who has saved 31/31(many of which have been of the run one variety) and has a 2.98 ERA to get the job done? Ok.
I guess I just burned so often with guys like Todd Jones and Rodney that I'm leary of any reliever who comes in for the Tigers. I actually like the Big Potato; I just don't like his penchant for letting teams stick around at the end of the game. He was very good today, and I hope he continues.
I guess if you pull this shit every time he comes in, you're bound to be right eventually.
Left knee sprain and will be evaluated further tomorrow.
it looked bad in the replay but you could tell it just sorta locked up and he sprained it. i think he should get about 7-8 days off, let it heal and come back healthy again because we will need him down the stretch.
Who knew in the span of a year we would go from catcher being a liability to a strength? We are in a position to absorb Victor's injury thanks to Avila's emergence. Here is to hoping he isn't out too long.
Hurts a bit at DH and in the 5 hole...
Victor and Avila are usually in the lineup. Having Avila doesn't really absorb losing Victor from an offensive standpoint. Having Victor behind Cabrera gives Cabrera the protection he has been missing in previous years.
It's 3-0 Tribe now, in the 7th.
Tribe up 1-0 and batting in the top of the 7th.
Bottom of the 7th...
9 over 500 for the first time this season. I feel pretty good about this team this year. We have Verlander and the Tribe and Sox don't.
I was thinking Leyland could give Cabby a rest and DH him with Victor hurt, but who would play first? Guillen maybe? I think the Tigers need to pick up a first baseman as insurance for the stretch run.
are clearly the best team in the division, with the acquisition of Fister. It should be theirs, as long as they don't choke down the stretch.
Rangers have now tied it at 3 in the 7th.
"The Tigers said Martinez will be evaluated further on Sunday, but the initial word suggested some optimism that the injury wasn't as bad as initially feared."
jim thome or jason giambi for a spot dh or 1b if needed
Thome could finish off his AL Central tour quite nicely.
If the Tigers lose Martinez for more than a few weeks I'll be worried about our lead in the division. He has been a beast with RISP and is second in RBIs. The Tigers would be lacking a backup catcher and someone else who can actually hit as a DH. It's scary.
or two given the information that has been released so far. Even if he does the Tigers would obviously bring up a another catcher to fill the backup role and a combination of guys like Dirks and Raburn could DH. Obviously those guys' aren't Victor, but they aren't useless offensively either, and the rest of the lineup would be good enough to get by in this division. Cleveland does not look like a viable threat and Chicago hasn't played good baseball all season.
Martinez says he "feels fine":
well my boy below did pretty damn good. proud of him!
well my boy below did pretty damn good. proud of him!