Found September 18, 2012 on Tigers Weblog:

Post image for Game 2012.147: Athletics at Tigers

77-69, 2nd place, 3 games behind CWS.

The Tigers literally threw the game away yesterday afternoon when an errant toss from Omar Infante skipped by Prince Fielder and the tying and winning runs crossed home for Cleveland. That singular play, no more than 10 seconds long, offers a candid perspective into the team’s late season struggles.

1) The Tigers could not convert on a seemingly routine double play. This has happened time and time again this year. While failure to convert double plays are not classified as errors, they extend innings and demoralize pitchers. As Lee Panas of Tiger Tales pointed out in great detail last night, the Tigers have a significant double play problem, and that has largely contributed to costing the team an estimated 36 runs this season. I highly recommend reading the post. On the flip side, the Tigers have grounded into a major league leading 143 double plays.

2) The Tigers 2B made an error. Tigers 2B have committed 14 errors this season (3 worst than league average), and Omar Infante’s 16 (between Miami and Detroit) are tied for 2nd worst in the majors. We specifically went out and got Infante to improve all-around play at 2B, and he’s simply stayed the course. Perhaps the bag is cursed?

3) Fielder could not scoop the throw, much less get in front of it, which would have saved a run. The Tigers overall poor team defense continues to plague the team in subtle ways.

4) The White Sox scored in a bases loaded 1 out situation. Boesch struck out with the bases juiced and two outs to end the 3rd. It wasn’t a 1 out situation, but the Tigers’ inability to score with the bases loaded has been a problem all season.

5) Al Al walked the first batter he faced, which setup the Infante error. Tigers relievers average 3.31 BB/9, the AL average is 3.27/9. Considering that the Tigers are 9 games under in 1 run games, reliever walks are no small matter. Even one additional walk every week relative to playoff teams can lead to a few losses over the course of the season. Of all other playoff contending teams, only the Yankees have a losing record in 1 run games (TB does too, but I think they are toast).

Righty A.J. Griffin opposes Scherzer tonight. Griffin typifies the Athletics organization and their success this year, as the June call-up is 6-0 with a 1.94 ERA and a microscopic .91 WHIP. All the 2010 draft pick has done is throw 10 QS out of 11, and he left early in the only non-QS due to injury. Griffin has been even better in away games, posting a 4-0 record and 1.15 ERA in 5 away starts.

Looks like Avila’s sprained jaw has him out of the lineup tonight.

Tonight’s Berry Good Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Berry, LF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH
6. Dirks, RF
7. Peralta, SS
8. Infante, 2B
9. Laird, C

 

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
DATE TIME

Upton, Verlander spotted out together in public

Yep, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander are still dating and going strong. While Upton has gone quiet since Detroit went nuts over the possibility of their ace dating the most notorious swimsuit model of a generation, it seems things are moving along just fine with baseball’s royal couple. The two were spotted last week – in daylight for the first time – during a stroll along...

Shoulder fatigue ends Scherzer's night early

DETROIT -- The Tigers got just what they didn't need Tuesday night -- a shortened start from Max Scherzer. Scherzer (16-6) left the game against the Oakland A's after the second inning and headed to the locker room with trainers. The team announced that Scherzer has right (throwing) shoulder fatigue and would undergo an MRI. Scherzer had allowed one run on two hits, walked...

Alex Avila dealing with headaches after Prince Fielder collision

After colliding with first baseman Prince Fielder Sunday, Tigers catcher Alex Avila was held out of the lineup Monday against Chicago after suffering a sprained jaw on the play. The sprained jaw seemed to be the extent of the injury after Avila passed a concussion test however manager Jim Leyland told Chris Iott of MLive.com after Monday’s game that Avila experienced headaches...

Tigers down the stretch and in a hole

DETROIT -- It's not the situation the Tigers hoped to be in at this point, but there's no denying it. With 16 games to go heading into Tuesday night's game against the Oakland A's, the Tigers are three games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American Leagues Central Division. Manager Jim Leyland points out that at this time last year, the St. Louis Cardinals were...

Error paves way as Tigers fall to White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) -- Omar Infante's throwing error on a potential double play helped Chicago scored two runs in the fifth inning Monday and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 in a pivotal makeup game. Chicago increased its lead in the AL Central to three games. Nate Jones (8-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief and the White Sox won their fourth straight. The game...

Tigers throw away a second consecutive game

Have the Detroit Tigers literally thrown their playoff chances away? For the second consecutive day, Detroit's inability to complete a seeming routine double play played a key role in a loss. Two "not quite" midgame turns Sunday contributed to Detroit eventually losing 7-6 to the Indians in Cleveland. On Monday, an excellent takeout slide at second by the Chicago...

Tigers 12, Athletics 2

Miguel Cabrera homered twice, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers had no trouble overcoming an early injury to right-hander Max Scherzer in a 12-2 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Cabrera matched a career high with six RBIs and now has 40 homers on the season - also a career best. Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta added home runs for the...

Tigers' chances blowing away

If the Detroit Tigers end up missing the playoffs and a CSI unit is sent to the scene of a criminal waste of great talent, the investigators are likely going to determine the cause of death to be coughing up leads in the last two one-run losses. Detroit was up by three runs Monday before losing, 5-4, to the White Sox and dropping three games behind Chicago in the American League...

Tigers on the brink, fall to White Sox 5-4

The Chicago White Sox (80-66) topped the Detroit Tigers (77-69) with a final score of 5-4 in a pivotal makeup game, forcing the Tigers back three games in the American League Central Division. A missed double play in the fifth inning would be the difference maker, allowing the White Sox to capitalize and score the tie-breaking run. Detroit’s Doug Fister (9-9) pitched four innings...

Tribe Takes A Key One From Detroit – Yours Truly Rejoices

My Twitter followers know how much I dislike the Detroit Tigers. My poor brother has been a sports radio guy in Detroit since 1996. He is known as a big time Tribe homer by listeners of his station. Its a stigma he has carried since he arrived on the scene there. He makes no apologies for it and never hides from it. See, my brother truly only loves one team – The Indians. So imagine...

My Top-15 Overall for 2013

1. Miguel Cabrera – The most consistent hitter in baseball right now also happens to qualify at third base. He won't steal a base, but that also reduces his injury risk. Since 2004, he has never played fewer than 157 games and has averaged 34 homers and 116 RBI. Cabrera's career batting average is .318. 2. Ryan Braun – Whether or not he was ever on steroids, it...

A's Enter The Lions' Den

The path to the post-season is filled with bumpy roads for the Oakland A's. The A's will begin a 10-game roadtrip against potential playoff teams on Tuesday. Chris Biderman previews the A's series against the Detroit Tigers.

Defensive mistakes cost Tigers sweep

DETROIT The old saying is defense wins championships. If that's the case, the Tigers are probably not going to need any champagne. The box score from Thursday afternoon's 12-4 loss to the Oakland A's shows that the Tigers made one error, Omar Infante's throwing error in the third inning that allowed a run to score. "I think Omar's play, he just didn'...

Tigers' Avila leaves game after collision with Fielder

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila had to leave Sunday's game at Cleveland because of a sprained jaw he suffered when he collided with Prince Fielder while chasing a popup. Avila was listed as day-to-day, and manager Jim Leyland said Avila did not show any symptoms of a concussion. "There's no breaks or anything, no concussion or anything, it didn't appear to...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.