Friday, April 18, 2008

Ouch, again

I see how this season is gonna be. Score 11, give up 11. Justin Verlander's struggles are becoming a concern. His velocity is down, which is either indicative of an injury or is because the Tigers want him to ease up on the gas in favor of control and longevity. If it's the latter, it could be another example of a team messing up a good thing. Now he's got no heat and no control.

Verlander's woes have taken the heat off Zach Miner, who might be Zach Minor (as in league) soon.

Miguel Cabrera turns 25 today. At least that's his story. He's batting .361/.385/.583 in last 9 games.

Detroit's pitchers with a runner in scoring position and 2 outs: .384/.477/.479. With a runner on third and less than two outs: .407/.477/.926. Yes, that says .926 SLG, thanks to giving up 4 HR in those situations.

The 6th and 7th innings have been tough for the pitchers. In the 6th: .370/.461/.699. In the 7th: .328/.423/.433. The 8th is only better by comparison: .288/.386/.424. Foes have scored 27 times in the 6th, 16 in the 7th and 13 in the 8th.

Tigers go 4 against Toronto. Kenny Rogers, Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson and Armando Galarraga go for Detroit, which will miss Roy Halladay. I guess we'll hope for a split, but I've about given up trying to figure out this squad.

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