Game 1 pitching matchup - Verlander vs Zito
let's go tigers!
P.s. It's a little early to start a game thread( there's more than an hour till game time).
This is a flawless impersonation of Miguel Cabrera by Phil Coke. Great way to start the night. Go Tigers!!
I like to hit?
Verlander gets an RBI tonight,,Rookie Garcia puts one in the cove,, and the Tigers win 6-2
Well that would've been nice
I am really nervous about the week off, hopefully they come out refreshed and we don't see 2006 all over again.
Looking at the matchup purely on paper we have no excuse not to dominate SF, but we all know how that goes. World Series champs or bust!
no better way to help clear off some rust than to have verlander on the mound
Look for the giants to bunt at our pitchers to force them to make a play just like St Louis did in 06'.
Tigers win 3-2 is my prediction. And on a side note, I heard Fitz got another DUI. Wonder what Hoke decides to do with him.
I was just on my fantasy football app and it said that on the espn newsline at the bottom of the screen.
Also, what is with the weird start on that video?
Published October 24, 2012
1. Austin Jackson, cf
2. Omar Infante, 2b
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3b
4. Prince Fielder, 1b
5. Delmon Young, lf
6. Jhonny Peralta, ss
7. Avisail Garcia, rf
8. Alex Avila, c
9. Justin Verlander, rhp
|San Francisco Giants|
1. Angel Pagan, cf
2. Marco Scutaro, 2b
3. Pablo Sandoval, 3b
4. Buster Posey, c
5. Hunter Pence, rf
6. Brandon Belt, 1b
7. Gregor Blanco, lf
8. Brandon Crawford, ss
9. Barry Zito, lhp
Lets go boys.
After TBS I have never been so happy to see Joe Buck's face.
where can I watch it online?
Cool to have WXYT online and it's pretty synced up with the TV broadcast. Fun to listen to some Detroit homerism. ;)
It's sort of interesting really that one of the people in the booth now for FOX - Tim McCarver - played against the last Triple Crown winner in the 1967 World Series actually.
As Zito goes to 3-2 on Cabrera, I appreciate the idea the idea that walking Miguel Cabrera and facing Prince Fielder seems like a nice problem to have...for the team that has Cabrera and Fielder.
What happened to Brendan Boesch ?
Verlander's first career hit. Will it be tonight? Will it be a home run?
Eat em up Tigers!
Call me a bandwagon fan, whatevs. But as a Tigers fan that's only been paying attention since 2005-ish, can someone explain to me why they don't make the rules even between the leagues, what with the pitchers batting and all?
Starting next year it'll happen more often as there'll be more interleague games, I think
This strike zone is really a love-hate thing. I think it works in our favor in terms of Zito vs Verlander, but it is still frustrating seeing what looks like a strike not being called.
Verlander is the worst pitcher in the world. Bench him now.
put in Papa Grande.
Anyone have a stream for price and Dickerson broadcasting?
Also, I hate iOS6 and YouTube...lets go tigers
What's up with that shit? Is there a fix for that yet?
Luck does not seem to be on our side tonight.
Well shit. What are the odds of that happening.
And it costs us....
Man these Giants are red hot
If the old D cannot beat Zito with JV on the mound...I am officially in panic mode. Kate Upton is pissed!
Kate is there to give JV some....err ...comfort.
total squeeze job by the plate umpire.
Fuck all that time off.
Just got back, how is Verlander pitching?
Fuck off Herm.
Shut up Nucky.
Well, this just isn't very fun. I don't like this much at all.
What the fuck..
Take Verlander out. Use him in game 4 and possibly 7
Time to double down on the drinking...This is not the start I imagined.
Leyland's teams have a history of performing poorly in pressure situations. In Detroit they have gagged several times, the most notable being the 06' World Series.
I thought people were far too confident heading into this series. Unlike the Tigers, the Giants performed well in their last WS. Why anyone thinks the Tigers would play any better this time--particularly Verlander--mystifies me. Justin Verlander is not a clutch player. History tells us this. Yes, he has had some nice games this postseason, but in his two previous postseasons he was not good. Justin Verlander is no Jack Morris. Morris embraced pressure. Verlander is consumed by it.
This is going to be a beatdown. The Giants are going to win the series and win it fairly easily.
is forcing Verlander to throw it down the middle instead of painting corners like he usually does. That is all.
Is a strike? You gotta be kidding me.
I absolutely fucking hate it when umps take away half the strikezone. It equalizes the disparity of pitching talent in a game and leads to extremely unpredicatable results.
Normally, I like pandas and think they are disarmingly cute, but for some reason, I don't so much right now...
I'd like to club one in the head right now.
Well... Fuck this. Sports make me so mad.
to me why Verlander given Sandoval some 99 mph chin music?
welllp...I don't think we're meant to get this one boys
I don't see how the Tigers are going to win a game. What a bunch of chumps. Jim Leyland's boys are gagging just like they did in 06'.
Good lord overreact much? I can honestly say I don't think I've seen a single post from you ever be positive. It's the 4th inning of game fucking 1, grow a pair and have some faith, if they lose today it's only 1 game.
History tells us that this team is a bunch of weak kneed sallies who collapse at the mere hint of pressure.
So does the game 5 in Oakland just not exist on your "history" book?
The Tigers are done. When your ace is getting pummelled on the biggest stage it does not indicate that good things are headed your way.
You're an idiot. Also, only three players from '06 are on this team. Idiot.
Yes, damn Jim Leyland for giving up three homeruns to Sandoval.
Seeing your closer implode for 4 runs in the 9th also doesn't indicate "good things" and that didn't stop this team. Look JV was terrible tonight there is no denying that, but to make wild assumptions that we won't win a game is outlandish and frankly pretty stupid.
Verlander was destroyed by the Giants. The offense is doing nothing. Yeah, I don't think that is a harbinger of good things to come.
The Tigers are not a consistent team.. They are either on or off. There is no middle ground with this team. Unfortunately they appear to be in "off" mode.
History also tells us that you act like a little bitch during Detroit sporting events and then have to come back the following day and apologize for acting like a 7 year old.
San Fran has yet to win a series this postseason after winning the first game
Respect, STFU. I hate fans like you. Youre the exact same guy at the Michigan games when were down 7 to 0 you say well hopefully we win next week. Put your big boy pants on, chill the fuck out and have a little faith.
Has anyone found an online video stream?
oh well.....1984 wasnt that long ago. Barry Zito and his amazing 74 MPH fastball is just too much for us to handle.
how to stop giving up so many runs? It's just... odd... that a guy as dominant as Verlander is so susceptible to giving up homers to total bums. Actually, the year he won the Cy Young he gave up like 25, which was a career high. I mean c'mon, Pablo Sandoval? Not exactly Barry Bonds there. He had 12 homers for the year in 108 games, which is on pace for 18 in 162 games. Meanwhile, we have easily two of the top 5 power hitters in the league, a triple crown winner and a guy with 6+ years of 30+ homers. And I am fully confident we will get shut out.
hello 2006. oh well at least we made it.
that throw might have have been the wors in mlb history.
Yeah Verlander just doesn't have it tonight. Hopefully the pen can hold it together and the offense can get something going.
Man he looked ok early, but the 2 early homers and the tiny strike zone got to him. Honestly, he didn't look great in game 1 vs the yankees either. Hopefully there's nothing wrong with him.
EDIT: Game 3
Probably time to take JV out. :(
4 strikes into the at-bat and Zito gets a 2-2 count into the outfield, 5-0. You're shitting me.
I thought you guys were overreacting but over the plate at mid thigh cannot be a ball.
Also this thread: RCMB-level implosion
D. Young's bounce hit seemed to bounce behind the plate. How is that not a foul ball? I know home plate is fair, as it's the convergence of the foul lines.
Am I wrong? How was that fair?
The ball was fielded in front of the plate, it was the correct call.
Even if it hits the dirt over the line? It looked like Young thought it bounced foul, and if the rule allows it to be an out when the batter hit it foul then that seems like a weird rule, unless it's because the judgment call is too difficult.
FIELDED in front, but bounced BEHIND the plate off the bat. I just replayed it and it is clearly behind. Doesn't that automatically make it foul?
No it doesn't, I know it's a bit weird because that play is such a rarity but if it's fielded in front of the plate than the ball is indeed fair and in play. Here's another ridiculous play to show that ball that are intially foul can be fair.
Not if it bounces fair. Ball has to be dead before its ruled foul.
the ball should not be called fould until its movement has ceased.
The TV is muted for the rest of the series. Period.
I know! Is he drunk, stoned or just too damn old and senile? He also coined the phrase "Pandoval" earlier.
So much for the idea that having Verlander makes us up 2-0 automatically.
Is as terrifying as a trip to the "Little League" level batting cages but yet they cant hit it........WTF
Because it's baseball, and not who can throw the hardest/fastest. Zito's offspeed stuff, primarily a stanky curveball, means his fastball is sufficient enough to keep fools guessing and off balance.
I saw him. But fail.
tired of peaking in the ALDS....
Wierd bounces tonight off the 3rd bag and plate.
2 homers inching over the wall
Spooky bad luck tonight for the Tigers.
Yeah, so the only logical response is to freak the fuck out and call it a good run, right guys? Guys...?
Because everyone knows we only have one good starter.
I will say that Giants fans are awfully eager to wave their bright orange surveyor flags in the stands....
That being said, Danny Worth just became the latest person to be Zito'd.
Any links for an online video stream? Maybe I don't want to watch it anyway...
Yeah, you probably don't want to watch this. Wait till Game 2
Panda is ridiculous today. DAmn it.
Ok don't pitch to him the rest of the series...
Ugh, just not the Tiger's night
ok san fran get it all out of your system
Why am I still watching....the horror
I am wondering that too
Just can't turn away.
but it isnt over.
There is only one the horror and he does not share power!
Oh shit LOTR reference.
Fuck this shit. See you all in game 2.
It's a night to tip your hat, specifically to a man named Pablo...Wow.
give up two homers to a guy and then pitch to him a third time. WALK THE SOB!!!
The seven days off will cost the Tigers another World Series!
I don't know if it's the seven days off as much as the Tigers are catching a red hot Giants squad. They're on an amazing four game streak of unbelievable hitting and just plain luck right now.
Thats some pretty fine hindsight you got going on there.
on the bright side, at least we get the rust out on the road this time
I turned off the TV
12 homers all year. Fiiissshhhyyy.
Hunter Pence looks deranged. That is one scary meth addict.
i did not notice it.
Ease off on the useless comments. It's obvious you want to get to 100 points. The mods are just going to knock you right back down for this sort of thing.
Whoever starts a thread for game 2 will get a steaming pile of feces on their front porch.
Is it me, or is Tim McCarver not a very good color commentator?
It's not you.
this is easily the worst pbp-color combo of the post season.
tim mccarver sounds like he's slipped deep into senility. and joe buck suffers from a severe case of voice immodulation syndrome...
mistakes tonight. Bring on Rod and Mario.
unfortunately for the rest of us it was over 15 years ago. Its mostly kind of sad now.
at least Michigan is going to win Sat!
Whooo a run!!
The Game of Inches is not swinging in our favor right now....
say that again.
Peralta - make it 6-4
You jinxed it!
Man, didn't want to see Lincecum in here. No, seriously, I didn't want to see him because I just plain don't like looking at him and his dog ugly hair.
Super mullet looks like super douche
like the kid from Dazed and confused.
Five-alarm fire at the dumpster factory
still beat Staee Saturday
Why did they not just shut down Valverde?
When they took Verlander out, I e-mailed a friend that at least we didn't have to worry about the bullpen blowing the game for him. Never occurred to me they'd actually put in Valverde.
Justin probably should have pitched better in that all star start. Dumbest thing in sports, the whole all-star-winner-home-field-thing, but ... I missed the game but when I heard JV post-game talking about how he was just trying to hit 101 "for the fans" and "having fun" I cringed ... wait, wut? What are the chances in all of humanity that would come back to haunt him but here we are. I'm sure he would have been much more comfortable starting at home.
I don't like this Pagan-Scutaro-Sandoval thing. Not one bit.
Now we're short one pitcher.
That's the silver lining of this shit show; there's a good chance we will never have to see valverde's sorry ass in a tigers uniform ever again. This possibility makes me happy
Giants had a better record anyway. They would have had home field regardless.
its decided by who wins the all-star game now
I know it is. I thought he was talking about if home field wasn't decided in the All Star game but by record. Either way San Fran would have had it. But I guess if JV was pitching to win instead of entertaining in that game it might have been a little different.
he's nowhere near the only reason the AL lost that game so don't even try that. They scored 0 runs and he pitched two innings.
Valverde in to save the day...lmao
Welp, time to draw up the euthanasia solution for this old horse.
I actually really feel bad for Big Papi. Damn. 5 batters, 4 hits. Dude's cooked
It's Papa Grande. Big Papi is David Ortiz. And don't think Valverde is deserving of any positive nicknames until he stops pitching like something bad is going to happen whether or not that ever happens again while he's in a Tigers uniform.
In my game induced sadness, I did in fact, err on the matter. Thank you for politely pointing that out.
I think Big Papi could pitch better than Valverde is right now.
I don't know what is worse...watching Valverde or watching Gerg's D on 3rd down?
and destruction tonight. fortunately runs don't carry over to the next game.
Things we learned tonight:
Tigers just got mounted by the Panda!
Lincecum starred in the Disney movie, The Emperors Groove?! http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/6800000/Llama-the-emperors-new-g... @bigclam69 @AceAnbender @TremendousUM
Well, that sucked.
Have you guys really never seen Tim Lincecum?! Like, his hair-do isn't anything new, he's been around for few years.
They blew out our ace! Worried that the brooms may be coming out. But one thing I've learned this season never give up on the Tigers!
this thread is awesome. go giants!
also: im pretty sure barry zito had pine tar on his hat. kept touching a very shiny part of his bill before each pitch. really showed up as it got dark and the lights came on.