Thursday, August 16, 2012

Simple questions, complex answers hold key to Tigers World Series bid


Blogger Fred Brill said...

Indeed the change to the wildcard is going to change a wild card teams potency - thanks for diving into trhat aspect - I hadn't really thought that out yet.

But I don't hold much faith in this version of the Tigers being able to win the AL Central by a landslide if at all. This is going to be a nailbiter of a rde to the very end - like 2010 and the game 163.

Book, these boys just aren't running on the right kind of gas.

12:37 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

One amazing stat that Max has is K/9 ratio. When he reaches 1 000 innings pitch and if continue his career pace of 9.2 k/9 he will be rank 7 or 8 in MLB history with that stat. He is ahead of the our ACE in that stat. Anibal will be rank in the top 50 of all time when he reaches 1 000 innings even though his K rate is poor with the Tigers. Pat, without out looking at any stats, has the bullpen been over used? If this is the case, then our bullpen should improve then when these two guys start pitching more innings. Our D has improve with the emerges of Dirks and Berry and the Infante trade. So now the Tigers only have a hole between SS and 3B and a minor hole at 1B to 2B. I can live with that.

12:52 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
I agree with you. If I were a betting man (and I'm not) I'd put my money on the Tigers winning the division. But I think it will go right down to the wire. It will be interesting to see how much they benefit by playing the Royals and Twins so much to end the season.

12:55 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

It's kind of weird how Scherzer hasn't had more success when it comes to ERA and WHIP. He does win games.

12:56 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

You know though Pat - these guys don't (or never have in last 6 years) taken advantage in tigh races of playing weaker teams like KC. They seem to rise or lower their play to that of their opponents - especially this year.

I'd almost feel better if we finished off playing NY, Texas, LA and Chicago.

That's my only real gripe against Leyland.

5:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, that's a really good observation. I have the same feeling about the Tigers playing to the level of their opponents.

I think it comes from Leyland always saying "that's just baseball, he pitched well but just had bad breaks, this opponent team is playing well, etc." He's been in baseball a long time but a manager has to fire up the troops once in awhile when they're playing inferior record teams.

I think this attitude bleeds down into the team psych.

7:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, checked out the stats on your theory of the Tigs playing to the level their opponents.

Tigers are currently playing to a 0.529 winning percentage.

Their record vs. KC, Seattle, Minny, Cleve, Cubs, Colorado, Toronto is 25-22 for a 0.532 winning percentage.

Virtually the same winning percentage vs. the big boys as the bottom feeders.

10:41 AM 

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