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I haven’t been around here much.  I think in part that’s due to the fact that I need to find a better organization for the tags and categories, partly because I’m still a bit hazy on what exactly I want this blog to be, and partly because I don’t have a loyal fan base.

I do come baring a new article though: NHL: Brendan Shanahan as Disciplinarian Bodes Well for Consistency in the NHL.

I’m interested to see how this pans out.  Obviously I’m a fan of Shanny, and I trust him to do well in the higher roles of the NHL.  What I like though, is that by putting him in this position, there will be someone who understands the marriage between fighting and hockey, someone who in the past has been disciplined by the NHL in the role.  Normally this role seems to be given to someone who has never played the game, someone who just doesn’t seem to “get it”.  Hopefully Shanny will be able to bring his NHL experiences with him to the job, to help him determine which actions should be punished and whicht shouldn’t.

The Tigers won’t be setting a new club record for consecutive wins this season.  But, that doesn’t mean that they are over or bad or anything.  I think this team has fought to get where they are, and should be congratulated, not ridiculed, for what they have done.  I just wish the media would stop trying to make something out of nothing, and realize the Tigers are a competent competitor in the post season, and quite often a team has to beat up their own division to be able to go very far.  It happens in the NHL quite often; even with 8 teams making it out of 4 divisions, the teams are not evenly divided.  For example, in the 2010-2011 season, in the Eastern Conference, the teams which made it were as follows: Washington (Southeast – 107 pts), Philadelphia (Atlantic – 106 pts), Boston (Northeast – 103 pts), Pittsburgh (Atlantic – 106 pts), Tampa (Southeast – 103), Montreal (Northeast – 96 pts), Buffalo (Northeast – 96 pts), New York (Atlantic – 93 pts).  Each division had 1-2 teams with 100+ points, and one team with 70+ points.  Teams don’t make the playoffs without beating up on at least one team in their division.  You have to be able to beat your division to be able to advance, because in both hockey and baseball, that ‘s who you play the most.  And in baseball, if you  have dominant team in your division, chances are the rest will be around if not below .500.  That’s how it works.  Still don’t believe me?  Vancouver made it the last round last year (hockey).  They had 117 points, making them the top team of the league.  The rest of the their division had points ranking 94-62 (the worst team in the league).  Did they beat up Edmonton to get them to the top?  Of course they did.  And did they have troubles in the playoffs?  Not in the grand scheme (which is what people are saying will happen to the Tigers; they argue they have so many wins playing against below .500 teams and the playoffs will be their first time playing above .500 teams).

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Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Teams: Detroit Tigers (66-68) @ Kansas City Royals (56-77)
Pitchers: Jeremy Bonderman (7-9) v. Zack Greinke (8-11)
Time: 8:10PM
Stations: TV – FS-D HD (Detroit), FSKC-HD (Kansas City), Radio – WXYT 97.1 FM / 1270 AM (Detroit), KCSP 610 AM

The Tigers are coming off a long night (13 innings), while the Royals are coming off a day of rest (they lost their last game 4-3 to Texas two days ago).  Statistically, it looks like a series with Kansas City is just what the Tigers need to boost themselves over .500.  However, Kansas has won 56 games against someone.  Therefore, the Tigers cannot sit back assuming they already have this series in the bag.

Source(s): MLB Game Day Preview

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The 13th Inning (Tigers 10, Twins 9)

Did you remember how to breathe again?

Sometimes it doesn’t come down to the ninth inning.  Sometimes it doesn’t come down to the tenth inning.  Sometimes it comes down to the 13th inning.

The one thing you have to say for both sides: the fans got their money’s worth.

Games like this make you thankful that the Internet exists: at least for those who went to bed before the game ended.  Newspapers have deadlines, and the late night scores cannot appear in the next day’s paper.  However, the Internet has no deadline.

I said that this game would be a one run game; I also dared to hope that the Tigers might actually take this one.  I, however, incorrectly assume it would come down to the extra inning in which one team got two runs.

The game ended on a homerun by Gerald Laird; and by the enthusiasm by Mario Impemba and Rod Allen on the hit, you would think the game had literally ended then, instead of five outs later.

It was by no means a pretty game (Hits: 19-15 (Detroit), Errors: 2-2, Detroit team RISP: 4-for-18, Detroit team LOB: 15, Minnesota team RISP: 5-for-17, Minnesota team LOB: 10, 1 double play, 1 passed ball).  But in the end, a win is a win and a loss is a loss (depending on which side you’re on determines if you breathe a sigh of relief or think “Not another”.)

I think this win was long deserved by the Tigers in this series; their previous two losses had been too close for them not to come out on top eventually.  It wasn’t like they were losing as big as the statistics would have it seem like they should.

Congrats to the Tigers and Twins on another hard-fought, albeit sloppy, game.

Complete Box Score
MLB Wrap

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The follow up

It’s too bad that in the stats a loss is a loss.  I think the Tigers have been playing hard, and the final scores echo that: twice they’ve taken a team that is by far their statistic superior (Minnesota) to one run games, one of which went to extra innings.

Articles:
MLB Wrap
-Detroit Free Press: Tigers’ Max Scherzer masterful — but unlucky in extra-inning loss, Perseverance pays off for Tigers catcher Max St. Pierre, Jackson’s approach helping in late innings, Tigers notes, quotes from Wednesday’s loss to Twins
-Detroit News: Max Scherzer marvelous, but Twins still beat Tigers
-Star Tribune: Valencia’s RBI single was worth the wait
-Pioneer Press: Danny Valencia’s walk-off, RBI single in 10th gives Twins a playoff-like win over Tigers, Minnesota Twins earn a painstaking victory over Detroit

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Pregame: Tigers @ Twins

Teams: Detroit Tigers (65-67) at Minnesota Twins (76-56)
Pitchers: Max Scherzer (10-9) versus Francisco Liriano (12-7)
Time: 8:10 PM
TV: FS-D HD (Detroit), FS-N (Minnesota)
Radio: WXYT 97.1 FM/1270 AM (Detroit), 1500 ESPN (Minnesota), BOB FM (Minnesota), KBGY 107.5 (Minnesota – Spanish)

MLB.com preview of the game

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The Morning After: Postgame Articles

I was able to watch a majority of the game, but I’m trying to avoid blogging during the game if I’m not watching the whole thing/in one sitting (versus, the TV being flipped during the game).

I think that while the Tigers did wind up losing 4-3, it was as close as the score lets on (after all, how many one run games are there in baseball?) The Tigers had a 2-0 lead at the middle of the first, and a 3-0 lead at the middle of the second. They held this lead until the bottom of the sixth, when Minnesota got two runs making the score 3-2, and then the bottom of the seventh Minnesota got two more runs, making the final score 4-3.

Other stats of interest:
Hits: 10 each
Errors: Detroit 0, Minnesota 2
Team RISP: Detroit 2-for-12, Minnesota 3-for-10
Team LOB: Detroit 11, Minnesota 8

Articles:

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As bad as it is, it’s as good as it gets when you’re only one game better than the ’62 Mets

At least the Cubs and Boston have got a curse. We’re just bad, and then we get worse.

Coming off a win, the Tigers are headed to Minnesota.

Teams: Detroit Tigers (65-66) @ Minnesota Twins (75-56)
Pitchers: Armando Galarraga (4-5) v. Brian Duensing (7-2)
TV: FS-D (Detroit), FS-N (Minnesota), MLBN
Radio: 1270 AM/97.1 FM WXYT (Detroit), 107.5 KBGY (Minnesota)
Time: 8:10pm

Looking at the statistics, the Tigers will be lucky to split this series.

Source(s): MLB.com. Lyrics from “Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues” by Jeff Daniels.

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8/29 Game Day: Tigers @ Blue Jays (Game 4/4)

Sorry y’all, but I coudn’t get something out sooner. 

Anyway, I did get to listen to most of the game on the radio, and was able to see the final out. 

Summary:
*Detroit led 1-0 after one.
*Detroit led 2-0 after four.
*Detroit led 4-1 after six.
*Detroit led 7-1 after seven.
*Detroit led 10-1 after eight.
*Toronto had three runs in the ninth, leaving the final score 10-4.
*The score board has only one error listed, however there is debate that it should be as high as three.
*The reason Detroit was able to be so successful is they had 12 hits (compared to Toronto’s 7).  If a team can get hits, they tend to be able to get runs.
*Detroit kept their LOB down, with only 8 stranded men.  Toronto had 3.

And with that, the Tigers split the series.

Source(s): MLB.com  Boxscore

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Cats v. Birds

*Cabrera knew he was on camera.  He was striking poses trying to look tough.
*Jackson has the day off, and Rhymes is in instead.  He got a double at lead-off, therefore it’s working so far.
*Bottom of the first, 0 outs, guys at first and third. . .looks good from a Toronto point of view.
*It’s 2-0 Toronto with only 1 out.
*Cabrera got his 30th homerun of the season , second of the series.  (3-1 Toronto)
–Rogers Centre is second in all of the Major League in homeruns given up.  Yankee Stadium is number one.
*The 4th ended with a call of “out” at home plate, but it looked like Escobar was safe.  Then Inge was called safe at first, when it looked like he was out.  It’s nice to have an equal amount of bad calls, but they’re never truly equal.  One is always going to be a bigger play/call when the game is over.
*I always liked it better when a pitcher could field a ball.  Of course, it’s never fun when they field against you.  It was an amazing play by Morrow to have the sense to turn 180 degrees and get the play at home rather than take the easy out at first and give up a run.
*Random Trivia: There were 9 pitchers in this year’s All-Star Game who have undergone Tommy John’s surgery.
*Hill’s triple makes me think of the Hank Aaron quote, “The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.”
*And with the triple, Figaro’s game is done.
*Bautista was out trying for a triple.
*The Tigers look like they’re falling apart.  No matter what they do they can’t seem to catch the ball.  It’s like watching “The Bad News Bears” (do you know that scene with the circus-esque music?)
*Raburn’s ground rule double puts men at 2nd and 3rd with no outs.  Let’s see if the Tigers can do something with RISP, or if they’ll turn their RISP into LOB.
*Bases loaded on a walk with one out is making fans on both sides anxious.
*Casper Wells was recently called up from Toledo.  He was brought in to pinch hit for Will Rhymes.  He did all he could with a double to drive in two runs.

A huge rally, but one run short of causing any damage past making the score look better in the paper tomorrow.  In the end, a loss is still a loss, rather it be by 1 run or 100.

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I get visions of my Tigers in a Pennet race. Win or lose, I got them lifelong Tiger fan blues.

Pregame!

Teams: Detroit Tigers (64-65) @ Toronto Blue Jays (67-61)
Pitchers: Alfredo Figaro (0-1) v. Brandon Morrow (9-6)
TV: FS-D HD (Detroit), SNET (Toronto)
Radio: WXYT 1270AM/97.1FM (Detroit), FAN590 (Toronto), CKAC (Toronto – out of Montreal)
Series: 1-1, 2 games left
Start time: 1:07

With the loss last night, the Tigers have dropped below .500.  It seems sad that the goal right now is to simply get above .500 (or at least that’s the goal I currently hold for them).  But, Johnny Damon seems to think the Tiger still have a chance at the Pennet race, so, here’s to hoping.  With Figaro only having pitched one game this season, it’s hard to compare the two pitchers.  Everyone has to lose sometime, and losing one game does not say anything about how good you are as a pitcher.  And as always, all the weight can’t lie on the pitcher’s shoulders; to win tonight, both teams need to have stellar offense and defense, as well as stellar pitching.  I’m hoping this will pan out to be a great game.

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