OT: Tiger pregame/MLB open thread. Who's your Tiger tonight

Submitted by Blue boy johnson on October 11th, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Quadruple header today leading off with Reds v Giants in deciding game 5

Who is your Tiger tonight?

Tonight is the night we find out if JV is worthy of being mentioned in the same breath with the incomparable Jack Morris.

Sabermetric over analysis warning: JV is 29 years old. Jack Morris was 29 in 1984.

I'm going with Justin Verlander as player of the game

Comments

CalJr3000

October 11th, 2012 at 3:00 PM ^

Actually, that would be worse, because much like our past closers (such as Rodney), he's much WORSE when he's not pitching in a save situation.  I can't fault him for being so inconsisent, though, because almost every closer is.  Even Mariano Rivera has blown some huge games.

mzdmv

October 11th, 2012 at 1:30 PM ^

It has to be Verlander. There's no other choice. If he doesn't shut the A's down, the Tigers chances drop significantly. The A's find a way to win better than any team I remember

WolvinLA2

October 11th, 2012 at 1:33 PM ^

Everyone is going with pitching, but I'd like to see the bats really come alive. We've had hits, but we need big runs. Outside of Comerica, this line-up should be hitting 5-6 homers a game.

Gobgoblue

October 11th, 2012 at 1:42 PM ^

I feel that Prince will come through to knock in some extra bases for the runners, so I will go with the HOPEFUL MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera.    I think if he goes 3-4 our offense will overcome any pitching problems.  

Simps

October 11th, 2012 at 1:48 PM ^

He's been quietly solid in this series. He'll get on base a lot and hopefully he's hitting 2nd with the big fella and the bigger fella drive him in. JV has got to be on tonight. Valverde will most likely pitch the 9th so god help us at that point.

stephenrjking

October 11th, 2012 at 1:59 PM ^

The comparison available for Verlander is not Jack Morris, who is merely a great one-time Tiger pitcher; the space Verlander can ascend to with a win tonight and a further deep run is that of Michigan legend. Yzerman, Kaline territory.

If he pitches 9 innings and wins it will be the greatest thing I've seen in Detroit sports since Yzerman carried the Wings halfway to a Cup on one leg.

His Dudeness

October 11th, 2012 at 2:03 PM ^

For the rest of my days if you don't do your job I will refer to you as a Valverde (n) or if you didn't do your job; pulling a Valverde (v).

I seriously hate Valverde. Did anyone notice him on the mound last night? He threw in a little extra hip thrust in his horrible routine before his pitches. I hate him so much. It's like he tries to piss everyone off. He is the Jonny Gomes of baseball. Biggest fucking worthless piece of shit ever. Douche bag.

Maize_Nation

October 11th, 2012 at 2:49 PM ^

Valverde sucks.

And guess what? He sucked last year too.

There is hardly any statistical measure by which he is in even the top 2/3 of AL relievers.

Valverde had the 46th worst ERA and 47th worst K rate among the 54 AL relievers with more than 50IP this year.

So while he sucked last year, he's even worse this year.

He's bad, he's a very bad pitcher, and to simply rely on him because "he's the closer" is foolish.

The whole system that MLB managers have set up to run their bullpen is asinine.