Verlander on the mound. No no-hitter tonight (gave up a solo HR in the first), but he's pitching well otherwise. 2-1 Tigers in the bottom of the 4th.
OT - Tigers/Rays 8/22
How stupid can Jim Leyland be putting Velrander on the mound. What an idiot. Dave Dombrowski too. They should be fired. Sweeping the Indians was terrible.
This will be a tough series. Rays have a better record than us despite playing in a much tougher division. Tonight is a must win with JV on the mound. Hopefully the Mariners can take out the Indians tonight, would be nice.
Tonight should be crystal-clear evidence that we better get a 3rd catcher so that we don't have to turn to Brandon Inge behind the plate if Avila gets nicked up, much like he did in the 2nd inning. We're begging for trouble here until Martinez gets himself right.
A couple of Inge starts behind the plate wouldn't end the world. If I had to guess, he'll probably be back there a couple of times even if Avila stays healthy-ish.
I'm not sure I agree. Given that he hasn't caught with any frequency at all in 7 years, he might make an unholy mess back there.
I don't know if they even plan on having Inge catch at all. With the knee injuries he has had, I don't think I would want him back there. Don Kelly might be a better option as a backup right now, or they might be thinking about giving the catcher from Toledo a chance. They're probably just holding on right now, hoping Avila can make it to Sept. 1, when rosters expand.
Good win today, although Valverde has now looked shaky in two straight appearances. Mildly concerning.
We'd see Kelly behind the dish before Inge.
The game is free to stream today.
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Anyone else see Avila get smoked in the neck with the foul tip? BAMF.
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Awful crowd tonight at the stadium. Tiger fans may be in the majority.
A couple of times when Verlander didn't get a pitch on the corner, I thought I heard a pronounced booing from the crowd.
Reminds of me of the old Montreal Expo crowds... or a Ryan field crowd.
Man, we cannot hit worth a shit. Not giving Verlander a lot of back-up today.
And Verlander is at 102 pitches through 6.
Look out JV.
Verlander looks human today, he has mere ace stuff tonight, not the nearly unhittable stuff we are use to.
And Niemann has ace stuff tonight too. He could go a complete game if we don't start getting some hits off him.
How bad is that? The guy has given up 1 run and 3 hits through 6 innings, and I find myself disappointed. I feel like Homer ordering a Fosters:
should help prepare the Tigers for the playoff pressure. Just hope they pull out the win while they gain in helpful experience.
one of those games that they will lose as soon as Verlander goes out.
Even without his best stuff....he is just damn tough.
Verlander going into beast mode... enters the seventh with over 100 pitches and gets a 1-2-3 inning. A run would be nice... If the Tigers hold on, JV has a chance for 20 wins before September.
2 on, 1 out and the big guy at the plate. Even if they walk him, we've got a prime opportunity to put this one on much firmer ground.
No if needed, they are going to walk him. I like Avila but wish Victor Martinez we at bat here.
Delmon Young doubles... which is good... but BJ Upton busted his shoulder on the play.
Nice play by Joyce backing up the play on Young's double, preventing Boesch from scoring.
Hard to see how Upton hurt his shoulder on that play, didn't really have a hard collision with the wall.
He must have hit that wall just right. It looked like he was just stopping himself.
Okay, I'm not a fan of Arby's commercials in general, but that one in particular was just not right.
I never saw that commercial before, it was kind of stunning, gross and funny all at the same time.
He hasn't called that all fucking night.
Strike two was a borderline call. Strike three was terrible.
Looks like it worked out in the end. Peralta with 2 steaks.
Looking at that replay, had the throw been cut off and played properly, that 2nd run wouldn't have beaten the play at 3rd, and likely would have come off the board.
You can put the H wherever you want. Just keep the RBIs coming.
This thing might tighten up yet.
Tied 2-2 in the 9th, but the Mariners have them loaded with no one out.
EDIT: 3-2 Mariners. If this holds, the Tigs stretch their lead to 5.5, and the Indians fall into a tie with the Sox.
Jesus Christ, guys. Communicate with each other. I don't care if you speak proper English, Spanish, or point and grunt at each other. This isn't the first time tonight.
I believe point and grunt is currently being used exclusively by the MSU football team.
Papa Grande is just not very good in non-save situations. Strange.
It's just that big potato save magic.
Cleveland has lost.
White Sox 5 games back, Cleveland 5.5
So assuming we hang on, both Cleveland and the Sox will be 5.5 games back.
EDIT: And there it is. Rod just misspoke, but the Tigers are up 5.5 games on both teams.
You're correct, I forgot to factor in our win tonite vpwith relation to the Sox.
...at least it isn't Joyce...
And now the ump wants to squeeze Valverde, after he rammed it up Avila's ass an inning before.
Verlander pitched well after a shaky start and valverde does his best todd jones impression but they pull one out. Go Tigs!!!!
Good win to start the series, I'd gladly take a split here in Tampa, although we will have Max, and Fister in the final 2 games so anything can happen.