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Detroit Tigers: 21-15, 1st Place (.5 ahead of Cleveland)
Last night was not only the 5th consecutive game that the Tigers have won from the Houston Astros, but it was the 36th game of the season, which means it was the end of the 2nd inning, to revive a Billfer tradition, which was inspired by Bill Hoff. If you divide up a 162-game season you get 9 18-game segments, which means each 18 games is something of a metaphorical inning in the season-long game.
Let’s look at how the Tigers have done so far this season, as compared to last:
1st Inning: 10-8
2nd Inning: 8-10
Innings 1-2: 18-18
1st Inning: 9-9
2nd Inning: 12-6
Innings 1-2: 21-15
An optimist would see an improvement over the early part of last season’s division winning pace. A more skeptical sort might point out that almost a third of the “2nd inning” has been against the Houston Astros.
At any rate, the Tigers should be doing even better than they have, even with the team the way it is: the Tigers’ Pythagorean record at the moment is 24-12 (courtesy of baseballreference.com), which is a fairly large deviation from their actual 21-15 record. (The Pythagorean formula, developed by Bill James, attempts to measure what a team’s record should be, based on runs scored and runs given up. A team above or below their Pythagorean line is a team that has been lucky or unlucky…or perhaps unusually well or poorly managed).
More 2nd inning numbers to come in tomorrow’s post.
One way in which the Tigers have been lucky is in their lonely Disabled List. Kevin posted an interesting and informative New York Times link that ranks the MLB teams in order of how much salary is being spent on players on the DL, with a ticker on daily costs for each team. Currently the Yankees are at $429,600. Make that $429,723. Make that $430,124…
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Omar Infante. Infante is bumped up into the 7th spot, as Kelly continues to patrol the Jacksonless center field, and Ramon gets the rare start at shortstop. Infante is a perfect 4-for-4 in his career against Astros’ starter Lucas Harrell.
Today’s Hey Ho Let’s Go Lineup:
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Austin Jackson’s hamstring injury has presented Avisail Garcia and the Detroit Tigers with a big opportunity. (Josh May, Flickr)
Before things get out of hand, let me begin this piece with a simple Detroit Tigers public service announcement. Austin Jackson’s not going anywhere in center field. He’s a solid player who’s continued development will lead to him becoming an everyday...
The Detroit Tigers just lost 4 out of 5 games, albeit by a total of just 5 runs. It’s funny how a stretch like this can bring out the ‘Jhonny Peralta has no range’ haters, the ‘Papa Grande has no arsenal’ realists, and the ‘I’m telling you, the Tigers just don’t have what it takes’ buffoons.
Avisail Garcia is back
The Tigers are still a solid 20-15, tied for 1st...
DETROIT -- More than 40,000 people thought the Detroit Tigers had just beaten the Houston Astros Wednesday afternoon.
Jim Leyland wasn't one of them.
When Miguel Cabrera launched a towering drive toward the scoreboard in right-center field, the sold-out crowd came to its feet, and so did most of Cabrera's teammates.
Even if it wasn't a walk-off grand slam, all the...
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a pulled left hamstring, leaving the Tigers without a talented leadoff hitter who also covers a lot of ground defensively in spacious Comerica Park.
The move is retroactive to Sunday, when Jackson missed a game against Cleveland following the injury.
''You want to make sure it'...
Detroit Tigers: 20-15, 2nd Place (.5 behind Cleveland)
The Tigers slipped down into 2nd place after losing 2-of-3 to the Cleveland Native Americans, and even though they didn’t win the series there were some things to like about how they played (and things not to like).
The big news for today though, is that the Tigers put center fielder Austin Jackson on the 15-Day DL with a sore...
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland elected to give Austin Jackson a day off yesterday, allowing the center fielder to rest his sore hamstring. Leyland said Jackson could have played but was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
"He can go," Leyland said, "but it's hard for
him to really burn into that extra...
The Detroit Tigers have activated left-handed pitcher Phil Coke from the 15-day disabled list after having strained his left groin a few weeks back. To make room for him on the active roster Luke Putkonen was optioned to their Triple-A Toledo minor league affiliate. Coke resumes the role as lefty specialist and late inning relief man.
The post Detroit Tigers Activate Phil Coke...
Quick Detroit Tigers update from Monday morning …
Austin Jackson has been placed on 15-day DL, retro to 5/12, w/pulled right hamstring. Avisail Garcia recalled from Toledo today. #tigers
— Rick Thompson (@Thompson_Tigers) May 13, 2013
That’s a tough break for the Tigers, what with Jackson off to a strong start this season. However, he had struggled lately due to that hamstring...
Miguel Cabrera homered, Doug Fister pitched seven impressive innings and Andy Dirks gave the Tigers a lift for a second straight night in Detroit's 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday.
Dirks hit a grand slam in Monday's 7-2 win over Houston, and a night later he capped a three-run fifth with a tiebreaking double. The Tigers added two more runs in the sixth, and...
BY DAVE HOGGFOXSportsDetroit.com
The Tigers knew they were going to have to find a roster spot for red-hot Avisail Garcia. They weren't expecting to come at the expense of Austin Jackson.
Detroit placed Jackson on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sore hamstring and called up Garcia, who has hit .432 after a spring-training heel problem caused him to get a late start on...
The Detroit Tigers Austin Jackson is going to require more than a few days off for his ailing right hamstring to heal. The Tigers placed the 26-year-old Jackson on the 15 day disabled list and recalled outfielder Avasail Garcia.
Jackson, 26, is batting .272/.333/.371 with two homers and five stolen bases this season. Andy Dirks is likely going to hit in the leadoff spot normally...
It took Jose Valverde six games to blow his first save of the season. The Tigers fell to the Indians 4-3 in ten innings, dropping into a first place tie with Cleveland at the top of the AL Central, and Valverde's performance was a big reason why. Detroit's closer began the ninth by walking Michael Bourn, then allowing him to steal second. After getting two outs, he then walked...
Brandon Barnes stood in center field and felt the wind blowing out a bit - an ominous sign when Miguel Cabrera is at the plate with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth inning.
Sure enough, Cabrera lifted a deep flyball to right-center, forcing Barnes to race over with the game on the line.
''I just knew if he hit it out there, I'd have to get a good bead on it...
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Justin Verlander says it's May. Yu Darvish says it's not the first great opposing pitcher he's faced, and won't be his last.
True on all counts. These showdowns don't come along every day, though. And this one - the AL's strikeout king against his potential heir - is an enticing as they come.
The hard-throwing right-handers from Detroit and Texas will meet...