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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tigers (29-33) @ Cubs (21-41), Thursday, June 14, 2012, 2:20pm

DET:Justin Verlander (29, RHP, 5-4, 2.69)
CHC:Travis Wood (25, LHP, 0-2, 4.71)

The Primer Chimp Posted: June 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 33 comment(s)
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   1. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4156846)
Cubs season HR pace: 128
Starlin Castro NL dWAR rank: t2
Darwin Barney NL WAR rank, overall: t5
Team defensive efficiency (NL rank): .699 (4)
   2. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 02:17 PM (#4156893)
####, I didn't realize Verlander was pitching in this series. Good chance of being no-hit today.
   3. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4156914)
####, I didn't realize Verlander was pitching in this series. Good chance of being no-hit today.

Campana should've tried to bunt his way on to start the game, just to avoid it.
   4. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM (#4156923)
I'm not being cynical when I say that there's a good shot at Verlander throwing a no-no today. This is the type of lineup he just devours.
   5. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4156926)
I wasn't kidding, either.
   6. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4156938)
Ryan Raburn does dumb #### like that all the time. Jim Leyland's fixation with him rivals Dusty's Neifi love.
   7. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4156953)
I think Wood saw more pitches than anyone else.
   8. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4156954)
They got two runs, though, which feels like 5 in context.
   9. SouthSideRyan Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4156957)
Nailed it Walks.
   10. SouthSideRyan Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:10 PM (#4156959)
Verlander's been bad lately, and the Cubs BA isn't nearly as horrible as their OBP and SLG.
   11. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4156963)
Verlander's been bad lately, and the Cubs BA isn't nearly as horrible as their OBP and SLG.

But you have to admit, if he had gotten through the lineup the first time without giving up a hit, you'd have had that nagging concern.
   12. SteveM. Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4156968)
I am shocked the Cubs have 2 runs. Soriano runs now like my 91 year old grandmother.
   13. SouthSideRyan Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4156970)
No-hitters are so random that I'm not going to concern myself with them no matter how good the opposing pitcher is.
   14. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4156981)
Walking Gerald Laird on four pitches is pretty inexcusable.
   15. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4156984)
Verlander is a better bunter than most Cub pitchers.
   16. SouthSideRyan Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4156998)
Travis Wood is a better htiter than most Cub hitters.

Just as bad at running the bases though.
   17. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4156999)
[Insert pretty much any non-Cubs pitcher here] is a better bunter than most Cub pitchers.

Travis Wood needs to be moved to 3B, I think. I wonder if he can cut it defensively.
   18. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4157002)
Wood is just trying to give this to Detroit.
   19. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4157004)
I don't support headhunting, but I can understand the impulse when a guy leans into an HBP like that. "You want to get hit? Fine, get hit by this!" and then zip one up at his ear.

But again, I don't actually support that kind of thing. A bunch better solution would be for the ump to keep him in the box.
   20. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4157005)
Thankfully, Detroit is kicking and screaming the entire way.
   21. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4157006)
On the other hand, Wood can barely get an out without the GIDP. So putting Fielder on was probably the plan all along.
   22. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4157016)
I don't know if I've ever seen a starting pitcher allow the lead-off man to reach in every inning.
   23. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4157023)
Ugh.
   24. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4157024)
It's ALWAYS the top of the 7th.
   25. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4157029)
All in all, another not-terrible but also not-inspiring start by TWood. It'll look worse than it really was after Wells allows the two inherited runners to score, but overall I don't mind having TWood in the rotation.
   26. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4157035)
Nah, he's fine. I've watched a lot of Tigers games this season and can say that while they've had quite a few games like this (tons of men LOB), they're also capable of sudden and powerful offensive outbursts.
   27. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4157036)
Ah well, that was a quick nice surprise.

And now we get Jeff Garlin, who's way up on the list, maybe even at the top of the list, of overrated Chicago sports celebrities.
   28. SteveM. Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4157041)
A one run lead with Verlander on the mound feels like its 10 runs.
   29. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4157042)
I'm relieved that half-inning went so fast, because Jeff Garlin is painful in the booth. How is that unfunny ####### famous?
   30. SouthSideRyan Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4157056)
He was good on Arrested Development.
   31. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM (#4157074)
Never watched it.
   32. Brian C Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4157080)
Crap.
   33. SouthSideRyan Posted: June 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4157082)
Well ####

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