In undefeated, I mean these next two games. Since they have decided to make it a lot more interesting in the AL Central than it needs to be, the Tigers will need to win both of their remaining games to clinch the division. If they do not, they could let the Twins slip into that division lead. And therefore give the Twins a playoff birth. The Twins have been playing well of late and they could easily beat the Royals a couple more times. Last night they won 10-7. Today won’t be as easy a task as the Royals send Zack Greinke to the mound. He is beatable but I wouldn’t count on it. It will most certainly be a challenge. As far as the Tigers go, they better get their pitching scenario figured out.
Last night, Edwin Jackson, who has been all but and All Star quality pitcher since the All Star break, went five innings and gave up eight runs. It was another terrible performance from Jackson who the Tigers desperately need to get back up to speed if they want to go anywhere in the playoffs, assuming they make it. Right now, the only consistency in that Tigers rotation is Verlander and Porcello. Jackson hasn’t been there, the recently added Jarod Wahsburn hasn’t pitched all that well since being aquired and Jeremy Bonderman has just had a run in with the Twins series. It’s gonna be a tight race no matter what but the pitching is key for the Tigers right now.
Regardless off who was pitching last night, the Tigers offense has been good enough to rely on recently but last night, Jake Peavy shut them out. Peavy has really shown what he can do against a quality offense. The White Sox are really looking forward to having the Jake Peavy of last night next year. He will be a big part of that team. Here’s a quick prediction for next year… watch out for the White Sox.
The Tigers have had a long and grinding year. They have been in the talk of the city’s troublesome economy and how they have brought hope to the city. If they make the playoffs this year, that will be the icing on the cake for that city which is really in need of something special. Now, if they make the playoffs, they will have the uneasy task of playing the Yankees in the first round. It won’t be easy and it probably won’t end well for the Tigers but the fact that they made it to the playoffs will be a great thing for the Detroit citizens.
Honestly, I am rooting for the Tigers to get in. But it really comes down to winning. They can’t rely on the Twins losing since they are playing a weak Royals team. They NEED to win and need to win now. A one game lead is nothing to stand by at this point.
Today, the Tigers have rookie Alfredo Figaro going. It will be the biggest game of his life, at leas at this point, and he will be asked to go out and give a phenominal outing. They really need the pitching. I can’t stress that enough.
Hey everyone. I’m back from my unexpected leave of absence. Now, when someone takes a leave of absence from whatever, there are usually some pretty good reasons for taking a break. Sometimes work or other activities get in the way and their schedules are too cramped up for whatever they are taking a break from. Now, my excuse… a fried computer. My computer basically exploded and we had to get a new one. My parents took like a week to get it too so I was unable to keep up with anything I did daily on the internet. I couldn’t keep up with this blog. Now with my fantasy teams. Nothing. But now I’m back and I’m ready to discuss what was probably the craziest moment from this week. And we all know I’m all about the crazy.
The Red Sox and Tigers opened up a four game series on Monday night, the day that my computer fried. So, it was set to be a good one. The Sox had just been swept by the Yankees, much to my liking, and the Tigers are still in the race for the top spot in the AL Central. You wouldn’t really expect fireworks in an out of division game like this. But of course, it’s the Red Sox and they have had their fair share of fights, in division and out.
Now, this was the most recent brawl that the Red Sox were involved in. This one was between the Sox and Rays, or should I say, Coco Crisp and James Shields. Shields threw a fastball that clunked Coco in the right thigh. After the pitch, it seemed as though Coco was just going to go down to first but then all of a sudden he charged the mound, ready to get it on. Shields threw a punch and wiffed as Coco dodged it and caught Shields in the back of the head as other Rays’ players came over to defend Shields and take Coco off him. Then the benches cleared and you know the rest. This is the memorable pic from that fight.
Now, how can you forget the Red Sox Yankees brawls from the past. Here’s the most famous one in which A-Rod and Varitek went at it after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. A-Rod and Varitek exchanged words as Rodriguez was walking down to first. Then, with a gesture of his hands, A-Rod taunted Varitek who then threw his glove into Rodriguez’s face and it was on. Here’s that famous pic.
Then there was the other famous fight in which Pedro Martinez threw Don Zimmer to the ground. That was really a crazy one. I remember watching it with my dad and I was like, whoa, I can’t believe Pedro did that to an old man like Zimmer. Here’s that pic.
Just face it world. The Red Sox are fight prone. They have been involved in some of the most memorable fights in recent history. They have all been caused by pitchers throwing at batters. They have all been between in division rivalries. And they have all been crazy adventures to watch. Just get over it Red Sox Nation. Your team is a fighting team. Now, that’s not totally a bad thing. I mean if you get thrown at then you should be angry. But charging the mound and throwing punches shouldn’t be how it ends.
When Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Rick Porcello, Youk was fired up. He had reason to be. Only one batter earlier had Porcello thrown at Victor Martinez. But the pitch missed Martinez inside and Martinez himself was a little fired up. He didn’t charge the mound though. When the next batter Youkilis got hit, he knew he had been thrown at. He charged the mound and him and Porcello tumbled to the ground as the rest of the two teams charged out from the dugouts and their positions in the field. It was crazy. Here’s that memorable pic.
Youkilis was FRIED with a five game suspension. Porcello, a five gamer as well. It was indeed a crazy fight and the sparks were once again started by a pitcher throwing at a batter.
Now, here’s a fun fact. The four brawls that I mentioned in this post all took place at Fenway Park. Intersting. Maybe the Red Sox just like getting the fans behind them by getting in a brawl. I don’t know but it’s a thought.
Until next time…
As most of you who read Jeff Lung’s and Allen Krause’s “RedStateBlueState” blog would know, Jeff’s favorite team is the Tigers and Allen’s favorite team is the Cards. Well, the two teams faced off in the rubber match of their interleague series and the Tigers avoided a sweep with a 6-3 victory. With the 2-1 series win for the Redbirds, Allen gets bragging rights in this years Tigers-Cardinals matchup. Fortunately for Jeff, and his sanity, the Tigers were not swept and Jeff won’t go totally insane.
So, it was a pitching matchup of Joel Piniero and Rick Porcello. Both good arms that have had their share of good games and bad games this season. Porcello went 5.2 innings giving up 3 runs (1 Earned) on eight hits and two walks. He also had three K’s. Piniero went deeper into the game but ultimately got the loss. He went 7, giving up 4 runs (1 Earned) on 5 hits. He didn’t walk anyone and had 4 K’s. Other than Jason Motte, who gave up two runs on three hits (2 homers), the relievers were pretty good. Fernando Rodney did walk three guys in his save attempt but still got the save after shutting down the rest of the batters he faced.
Curtis Granderson (my guy), Placido Polanco, and Brandon Inge all had two hits on the day. Polanco had a homer off Motte in the eighth. Other than these three guys, the rest of the offense was quiet. Marcus Thames also had a homer, his only hit of the day, to drive in one. Gerald Laird also drove in one on one hit. So overall, the Tigers offense didn’t do too bad, but they did better than the Cards’ offense which is all that needs to be done to win a game.
So, Allen, don’t get on Jeff’s back too much. And Jeff, good luck.