OT: Tigers vs. Yanks

Submitted by Moleskyn on April 5th, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Home opener today. Fister on the mound for Detroit, Nova for NY. Early 1-0 lead for the good guys.

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Moleskyn

April 5th, 2013 at 3:01 PM ^

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.

WMUgoblue

April 5th, 2013 at 3:19 PM ^

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.

LSAClassOf2000

April 5th, 2013 at 3:24 PM ^

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!

Moleskyn

April 5th, 2013 at 3:31 PM ^

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.

WMUgoblue

April 5th, 2013 at 3:44 PM ^

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.