Originally written on Tigers Weblog  |  Last updated 11/15/14
40-32, 1st place, 3 games ahead of Cleveland, losing streak at 1. Phooey on the Red Sox and their silly beards. The good great news is that Jose Valverde has been DFA. The talk of repairing him down yonder is just to soften the blow. No freaking way he pitches in a Tigers uniform again, ever. Al-Al is back, and that might be good news, not sure. Thus concludes the good news portion of our broadcast. AJax, out yesterday with “soreness,” has become A-Glass. With Tui on the DL and the well-known “durability” of Andy Dirks, I don’t think Avisail Garcia will be spending much more time in Toledo this season, but he is playing as though he might wish to. Max Scherzer gets the call tonight. Will he answer it or be the next domino to fall? Beware the Unknown Struggling Rookie looming in the headlights dead ahead. We have learned to fear things like “11.74 ERA” by now. The Detroit Tigers have played .500 baseball since May 8. The Detroit Tigers have played .500 baseball since May 8. Oh, did I repeat myself? And now, the flip side of yesterday’s “offensive hero” list: OFFENSIVE WPA/RE24 TURDS (thru 67 games, bold = loss) + OPPONENT GAME 1 AVILA (MIN) GAME 2 FIELDER  GAME 3 FIELDER  GAME 4 PERALTA (NYY) GAME 5 MARTINEZ, SANTIAGO GAME 6 INFANTE, MARTINEZ  GAME 7 PERALTA (TOR) GAME 8 AVILA  GAME 9 DIRKS GAME 10 MARTINEZ (OAK)  GAME 11 JACKSON, MARTINEZ GAME 12 INFANTE GAME 13 AVILA (SEA) GAME 14 INFANTE  GAME 15 AVILA GAME 16 FIELDER (LAA)  GAME 17 JACKSON, INFANTE  GAME 18 MARTINEZ  GAME 19 JACKSON (KCR) GAME 20 MARTINEZ  GAME 21 PERALTA. PENA (ATL) GAME 22 FIELDER GAME 23 FIELDER GAME 24 INFANTE (MIN) GAME 25 DIRKS GAME 26 MARTINEZ  GAME 27 PENA (HOU) GAME 28 HUNTER GAME 29 FIELDER, JACKSON GAME 30 CABRERA GAME 31 AVILA (WSN)  GAME 32 HUNTER  GAME 33 HUNTER (CLE) GAME 34 CABRERA, JACKSON  GAME 35 MARTINEZ  GAME 36 CABRERA (HOU) GAME 37 HUNTER, GARCIA GAME 38 CABRERA, FIELDER  GAME 39 HUNTER (TEX)  GAME 40 KELLY, HUNTER GAME 41 INFANTE  GAME 42 DIRKS, MARTINEZ  GAME 43 TUIASOSOPO (CLE) GAME 44 INFANTE, MARTINEZ GAME 45 DIRKS, PENA (MIN) GAME 46 MARTINEZ GAME 47 GARCIA, DIRKS  GAME 48 DIRKS GAME 49 GARCIA (PIT) GAME 50 DIRKS  GAME 51 PERALTA, INFANTE  GAME 52 DIRKS  GAME 53 PERALTA (BAL)  GAME 54 DIRKS, AVILA GAME 55 AVILA  GAME 56 MARTINEZ, HUNTER (TBR) GAME 57 FIELDER, GARCIA  GAME 58 DIRKS GAME 59 FIELDER (CLE) GAME 60 MARTINEZ, GARCIA GAME 61 INFANTE, AVILA GAME 62 INFANTE, FIELDER (KCR)  GAME 63 HUNTER GAME 64 MARTINEZ  GAME 65 HUNTER, TUIASOSOPO (MIN) GAME 66 DIRKS  GAME 67 FIELDER I wouldn’t make too much of a certain name coming up 14 times. I’m sure Gary Martinez, I mean Victor Sheffield, I mean Victor Martinez has just been a bit rusty and will soon get going, as we all wish he would, though perhaps in different ways. Maybe we can blame Brennan “11″ Dirks instead. Shut them down, Max! Please.
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