Monday, September 19, 2011

On where Matthew Stafford ranks, Michigan fans view of MSU and Tigers postseason rotation

- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is the fourth-rated passer in the NFL. The top three are Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. The theory Stafford has been performing like this in the first two games because of inferior competition goes out the window when it's considered both the Chiefs and the Buccaneers were 10-6 in 2010. It's not a mirage. The kid has special talent.

- The reaction of some (certainly not all) Michigan fans to Michigan State's loss at Notre Dame in the Twittersphere and elsewhere Saturday is laughable. They act like MSU fans used to toward Michigan.
Also, haven't many Michigan fans been passing the notion for years that Notre Dame is a bigger rival of Michigan than MSU? What happened to change that perception?
Good for Michigan getting into the Top 25. Brady Hoke is a terrific coach, but the ranking could be fleeting, depending on the result of a tough home game Saturday against San Diego State. As for the Spartans, their season isn't over. The Big Ten season is what matters. And this state won't know for sure on the in-state rivalry until Oct. 15.
It's always anticipated, but will be even more supercharged this year, won't it?
If that game were being played this week, what would the point spread be? Considering Michigan State is at home, my best guess it would be the Spartans by a touchdown.

- Here's a not-so-comforting thought for you: Max Scherzer is 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in three career starts against the Boston Red Sox. That includes giving up seven earned runs in two innings in his only start vs. the Red Sox this season at Comerica Park. He is 0-2 with a solid 3.06 ERA in three career starts against the Rays.
Rick Porcello is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in three career starts vs. the Red Sox. He allowed six earned run in three innings in his only start vs. Boston this season. He didn't pitch against the Rays this year, but is 1-1, 3.46 in two career starts vs. the Rays.
A case the Tigers would be better off facing the Rays? Maybe. Until it's consider the Rays are the one team that hit Justin Verlander relatively hard this season.
Replay of my livechat today on Tigers, Lions, Michigan and Michigan:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So on Sunday you make a case for playing the Red Sox in the first round - now you thought about it more? And decided it's better if we play Tampa in the first round?

Pat, you sound a little squeamish. Nothing comes easy in the playoffs.

11:23 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

It's a real shame that we don't have another series before the end with either Boston or New York (or Texas / LA for that matter) before the post season - just to smoke test this team and see what these matchups really do look like.

Who knows - we may come out of the first series with the Bo-Sox with Scherzer as our hero this year and Porcello - both having excellent outings!

Anything can happen now. I'm very glad Leyland said they are chasing down home field Advantage. Although if we get to play Texas or LA - I'd rather our boys play in the warmth. We need a month of good old Indian (native American) summer right now.

My apologies to all Cleveland fans for my inappropriate use of the word Indian when referring to post season weather.

12:49 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

LOL. Right now, after watching Red Sox blow lead to Orioles, I'd have to say Tigers best chances are against them

1:19 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
I think the Tigers will be fine in the postseason, but would benefit a great deal by having the home field edge in ALDS

1:21 PM 

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