Home opener today. Fister on the mound for Detroit, Nova for NY. Early 1-0 lead for the good guys.
no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
A way to stream or listen on a computer without MLB radio ?? Thank you !!
2-0 Tigers. Infante with an RBI single.
Ehhh wish I could be there. Best opening day in baseball!
2-0 tigers, Nova struggling with command already over 50 pitches in 1 2/3's.
I forgot it's Opening Day in Detroit. Hard to get interested in the Tigers when M is on the eve of playing Syracuse in the FF.
Kind of weird seeing Boesch in a Yankee's uniform. I...don't miss him at all.
Wait til we see Raburn in a Tribe uniform, he'll find a way to troll us, but it won't be until September.
Speaking of Boesch, what the crap?? He never made a catch like that for us.
Fister is insanely wild today, and fuck the Youk.
He struggled with his control in Spring Training, but you obviously take ST performances with a grain of salt. I just looked at his career splits though, and March/April is the "wildest" month of the season for him. He's got a 6.6% career walk rate for March/April. Besides that, he's only got one other month over 5%. So I think he'll be alright. At least I hope so, both for the Tigers' sake, and for my fantasy team's sake.
When he's going good he's my favorite pitcher to watch (yes even over JV.) The way he controls the strike zone, and moves the ball in and off the plate is a thing of beauty especially when you consider that he doesn't have the velocity of even your average MLB pitcher. Good find though on the stats, I'm going to be curious to see Max tomorrow considering he didn't pitch much in the spring.
Lets get a little offense in late innings today. Damn.
Prince! That's a good way to get off the schnide!
5-3 Tigers after a 3-run shot from Prince.
I don't think there was much question about that one either - Avila hits his first HR of the year and it is 6-3 Detroit.
...and there's Jackson getting himself on base. Nice to see the offense come alive in a timely spot here!
I feel like Avila is really key to this offense. I don't think we can expect him to hit .295 like he did in 2011, but I think he's better than the .243 he hit last year. If he can land somewhere in between there, with an OBP > .300, this offense will be almost unstoppable. He's can bridge the gap between our mashers and the top of the order and hit for more than just singles power.
His swing is too good to be a .243 hitter but last year it seemed like his timing was off all year. He couldn't catch up to most fastballs and generally just seemed to be in a funk, maybe he was still a bit hurt from the end of 2011 but he really struggled. You can accept .243 from most catchers but for Avila the expectation is a bit higher.
He'll have an OBP over .300 no problem. Last year when he hit .243 he had a .352 OBP.
Austin looks to continue living on a high BABIP, everything he makes contact with seems to find a hole.
We need to get Avila going early. His lack of production last year was a disappointment after 2011.
Smyly looking sharp. Much better than his outing the other day.
A freaking moonshot from Prince! Here we go!
Wonder if they let smyly finish this one.
Smyly closed it out and looked real impressive with 12 up and 12 down out of the pen. 8 to 3 tigers win.
Love the way they've used Smyly so far.
He should be expected to give 2+ innings when called upon.