Found June 23, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
Last night's win was a good thing for the Pirates, because over the next two afternoons they're going to face Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, who combined to strike them out 27 times in 16 innings last month. It's true that this Pirate team is a bit different from the Pirate team that Verlander and Scherzer so thoroughly dominated, in that it looks like they can generally hit baseballs a little bit, but they still tend to seem overmatched against hard-throwing strikeout pitchers. These next two games, especially with Lincoln and Correia going for the Pirates, are pretty dangerous territory for our Buccos. The first pitch today is at 4:05, to avoid the FOX primetime blackout.  

Verlander goes the distance in 3-2 win over Pirates

The Tigers avoided the sweep Sunday afternoon at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-2 victory from PNC Park. Justin Verlander went the distance for Detroit allowing 2 runs (both earned) on five hits with 1 walk and seven strikeouts. Verlander’s only real blemish of the game came in the 7th inning when Garrett Jones hit a 2 run home run to tie the game. “I actually...

Scherzer’s amazing effort unbacked by ice cold Tigers offense

Different day… same results. The Tigers’ offensive woes continued Saturday afternoon as they fall to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 losing their first series of the year to a National League team. Detroit was held scoreless all game by Pirates starter Brad Lincoln until the seventh inning when Miguel Cabrera led off with a solo home run. In fact Lincoln held the Tigers hitless until...

Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander happy about Doug Fister’s return, plans to finish season strong

The potential of the Detroit Tigers No. 1, 2, and 3 pitchers is almost scary. However, that’s where the word “potential” comes into play. The staff, even ace Justin Verlander, the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, has been up-and-down during 2012. But imagine a Tigers staff with Verlander pitching like he’s [...]

Historic MLB Strikeout Race: Adam Dunn vs Justin Verlander

MLB Week in Review: 6/25/12 The south side of Chicago is ablaze with 1st place team, greatest stance of my lifetime taking over 3B and a historic K race. Adam Dunn is leading the majors in HRs and top 10 in many other offensive categories. But he is heading toward a stratospheric K destination no man has traveled. The race is on. It’s the week in review!

Game 70: Tigers 3 Pirates 2

For one brief, shining moment this afternoon, it looked like the Pirates were going to pull off an incredibly unlikely comeback against Justin Verlander this afternoon. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Kevin Correia somehow shored up the slopes against the Tigers' exlposive offense and kept the game within reach until Garrett Jones hit an unlikely home run off of...

Justin Verlander, Quintin Berry Help Detroit Tigers Avoid Sweep in Pittsburgh

Verlander retired all six batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings, to close out his eighth victory. Continue reading →

Tigers 3, Pirates 2

Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter Sunday, Quintin Berry hit a two-run shot for his first major league home run and the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2. Berry also scored the go-ahead run on Delmon Young's single in the eighth, an inning after Garrett Jones tied it with a two-run homer. Five weeks after he took a no-hitter into the ninth against the Pirates...

Justin Verlander narrowly out-duels Kevin Correia and Chris Resop

Justin Verlander pitched his way to a complete game victory over the Pirates for the second time in as many tries, but this one did not come nearly as easily as the first. In fact, the Bucs were able to turn what looked like a lost cause into a dramatic victory and a sweep…but instead came up just short. One of the reasons the game seemed like a lost cause what the Bucs’ starting...

Game 2012.72: Tigers at Pirates

Detroit Tigers, 34-37, 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland. The Tigers couldn’t touch Cy Lincoln, McCutchen got an 0-2 fastball he liked very much, and that was that, a quick tidy victory for the Pirates. Well, the Tigers got the obligatory solo home run, and have still not been shut out this season.  So there’s that. Also Delmon Young got a walk, for those of you have have been holding...

Armchair Zone Rating: Miguel Cabrera on Sunday

With the exception of a seventh inning that saw him concede three well-struck hits — including a homer to Garrett Jones — and two runs, Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander was excellent on Sunday in Pittsburgh, striking out seven, walking just one, and inducing weak contact all day (box). Indeed, despite the fact that Verlander entered that seventh inning having allowed two...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers – Game 71

Great win yesterday.  Who thought the Pirates even had a chance to sweep this team?  Hell, I questioned if they were going to even win the series! Recap from last night. My thoughts on the Jordan Staal trade.   First Pitch: 1:35 PM EST Where To Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-D   Justin Verlander, RHP [...]
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