July 14th, 2013 at 2:36 PM ^

I hope it continues, so far this year these performances are followed by shellackings in the next outing. Also, this should be a "nothing to see here" thread...


July 14th, 2013 at 7:19 PM ^

I think its a couple different reasons. First being needing to fill a starting pitcher spot with another starting pitcher so that eliminated Balfour. Shields was eliminated due to pitching today. As for Holland I completely agree guy has been about the only constant for Texas with all their injuries.


EDIT: Balfour was named a replacement also today during the A's / Red Sox game


July 14th, 2013 at 2:50 PM ^

The someone is Chris Tillman. 

As for this game specifically, pretty solid defensive effort through six innings for the Tigers. I would like to see Martinez (or someone) get at least a single deep enough to get another insurance run here, of course. 

The interesting stat that was flashed last inning was that only about one-third of JV's pitches have been fastballs this game, if I heard this correctly. That's unusual for him, but it is working. 


July 14th, 2013 at 2:52 PM ^

Verlander was dominate for 6 innigs against the Sox the other day then got rocked. Leyland has to get the balls/smarts to get him out before he starts to groove that straight heater. Also they have to protect their investment, this John Wayne shit where Verlander won't let Leyland take him out has to stop. He's getting older, alot of innings on that arm (notice the lack of velocity, has it still, just does'nt use it until he's trying overpower and strike someone out in a pinch) and you gotta just know when to call it a day.


July 14th, 2013 at 2:52 PM ^

Jv has a [redacted] thru six. Yes I'm saying this out loud. Yes I'm a bitter cubs fan stuck in Michigan. Wish soto would've broken it up last inning.

[ED:BISB - Boo-urns.]


July 14th, 2013 at 3:04 PM ^

Despite his struggles this year, people forget that JV could go on the mound any day and throw that thing-that-shall-not-be-named (avoiding the jinx here).  He's still in a class by himself, and I think we'll be talking about him with the likes of Nolan Ryan by the time his career is over.


July 14th, 2013 at 3:07 PM ^

If he's able to get to the ninth under 120, you probably give him the chance (assuming that thing he has is still intact). Anything more and you have to pull him. Honestly it would probably best a ranger did something they haven't done so far just to make the decision easier.

M_Born M_Believer

July 14th, 2013 at 3:16 PM ^

Just to remind everyone that an "average" from JV is still way better than 90% of the pitchers in baseball. JV has done enough that he has earned my patience as he works his way back to being "The MAN". Always must see TV.