Originally written on Tigers Weblog  |  Last updated 6/23/13
41-32, 1st place, 3 games up on Cleveland, winning streak at 1. Now it’s time for Justin Verlander (vs. Doubront) and the most satisfying series win of the season. Some bench guys are going to get starts today. Count on it, and don’t complain about it. The bench has been good. Tub is Love, and Bench is Good. Considering Miggy’s stats in JV starts, it might be a good time to give him a day off. But I wouldn’t count on it, and that I would complain about. If we update this: OFFENSIVE WPA/RE24 HEROES (bold = win) + OPPONENT GAME 68 JACKSON (BAL)  GAME 69 JACKSON GAME 70 TUIASOSOPO GAME 71 PERALTA (BOS)  GAME 72 CABRERA And then update this: OFFENSIVE WPA/RE24 TURDS (bold = loss) + OPPONENT GAME 68 PENA (BAL) GAME 69 CABRERA  GAME 70 JACKSON  GAME 71 CABRERA, MARTINEZ (BOS) GAME 72 FIELDER  And then tote up all the “best in wins” and “worst in losses,” we might come up with something like this: OFFENSIVE W-L TUIASOSOPO 4-0 KELLY 3-0 SANTIAGO 1-0 CABRERA 13-3 JACKSON 4-2 PERALTA 3-2 FIELDER 9-7 AVILA 3-3 PENA 0-0 DIRKS 3-5 MARTINEZ 4-8 HUNTER 1-2 GARCIA 1-2 INFANTE 2-5 If we instead looked at “best in losses” and “worst in wins,” we’d get a look into where team results mask the individual contribution: THE CONTRARIANS W-L FISTER 1-0 CABRERA 10-3 TUIASOSOPO 4-2 KELLY 2-1 FIELDER 9-5 PERALTA 3-3 PENA 3-3 JACKSON 2-3 INFANTE 2-4 HUNTER 3-7 AVILA 2-5 GARCIA 1-3 SANTIAGO 0-1 DIRKS 0-6 MARTINEZ 0-6 Much of all that won’t surprise you, but some of it should. For instance: Infante, Hunter, Garcia… all overrated offensively. If JV is ordinary today, let us hope for more of the extraordinary from the Comerica Strong bats.
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