Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Every Ten Games: The First Ten

I’m going to try something new this year and give some sort of report on the Tigers after every ten games. Quite frankly, the well is running a little dry on the dumb humor front. So I'll cover the team record, Top Five, Bottom Five, fanbase complaints about Leyland, etc. All the fun stuff.

With any luck, I won’t get bored of this gimmick after thirty games. Let’s give it a shot.

AFTER TEN GAMES

Record: 7-3
Division: 1st place (1 ½ games ahead)
Scored: 51 runs
Allowed: 36 runs

Top Five

1. Austin Jackson: .405/.511/.703, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 230 OPS+
2. Justin Verlander: 1-1, 2.13 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 23 K
3. Rick Porcello: 1-0, 1.84 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 8 K
4. Alex Avila: .310/.375/.621, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 167 OPS+
5. Jhonny Peralta: .324/.366/.456, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 132 OPS+

AJax is on fire and off to a better start than anyone could have imagined. Verlander is off to his best April start ever, when not in the 9th inning. Porcello appears to be started toward the breakthrough year many have predicted for him. Avila is proving that last year wasn’t a fluke so far. And Peralta remains the best player on the Tigers that no one ever talks about. Six doubles in the first ten games. Awesome.

Bottom Five

1. Daniel Schlereth: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 HR, 2.50 WHIP
2. Ryan Raburn: .065 Avg (2/31), 0 HR, 0 RBI
3. Jose Valverde: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2.50 WHIP
4. Brennan Boesch: .244 Avg, 0 BB in 41 PA
5. Miguel Cabrera: .222 Avg, 0 for road trip

Schlereth is an abortion clinic fire. Raburn is making me look bad by supporting him. However Santiago and Inge aren’t pushing him much, going a combined 2/17 so far themselves. Valverde is off to a very shaky start. Boesch has worse plate discipline than Delmon Young after three Monster energy drinks. And I hate to put Big Mig on here, but he has set his standard so high, that the last few games have been a shock. He has played very good defense, though.

Best Game: 4/8/12: Tigers 13, Red Sox 12 (11 innings) (Avila walk-off)
Worst Game: 4/11/12: Rays 4, Tigers 2 (JV blows it in 9th)

Top Complaints About Jim Leyland (Not necessarily by me…)

1. Why are you using Schlereth in close games? Where is Dotel/Coke???
2. Why is Verlander still in there? You’re gonna kill him!!!
3. Why is Raburn starting still? Free Ramon Santiago!!!

Overall Impression of Team

To have Cabrera start so slow and lose Doug Fister early and yet still be 7-3 is a good sign, I think. The team is finding weird ways to win when the big boys don’t show up (Laird, Inge, etc). This is what good teams do throughout the season.

The important thing to remember is that it’s been only 10 games. Give it until the 50 game mark before completely panicking about guys on the team. Raburn is going to frustrate. Inge is going to drive you mad. Valverde is going to "Todd Jones" his way through some ninth innings. But you know what? We knew all that stuff going in to this season. Many folks need to stop acting like it’s such a surprise.

I’m happy with the first ten ballgames. I hope the rest of you are, too.

4 comments:

Quietadah said...

Even with all the weirdness, I love this team like there's no tomorrow and have high hopes for where this is going.  I'm with you.  Seeing guys like Laird and Inge step up, watching Peralta quietly go about being awesome, makes me comforted that they're going to be just fine.  People need to seriously calm the heck down.

Jay Hathaway said...

Dude, that Easter walk-off against Boston was such an awesome game.  Even Rod and Mario were a little more hilarious than usual that day (especially when discussing the technical terminology of the Fister injury--Rod: "What does that mean?"  Mario: "Umm, his side hurts.").

To top it off, that was the first time I saw Rod's lawn fertilizer commercial on FSD ("That's good advice.  Thanks, big fella!").

Gonna be hard to top that one going forward, but I'm sure we'll have some great moments.

Lillkevi said...

That's good advice.  Thanks, big fella.

ChaunceyD said...

I saw the Tigers in person last night, and I am going again tonight.  Finally PRince and Miggy looked like they have a clue this road trip.  You need to know, Duffy is a great pitcher on the rise (think JV in 2007)  and Chen is dialed in so far this year.  Those close wins aren't aberrations, its just that the Royals aren't that bad.  Adn I fully expect them to bomb Sanchez on his short rest tonight.