Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thoughts after 7 innings, Tigers, Giants, Game 2, World Series

- I'm sorry, I just don't see Drew Smyly as a situational left-hander. The bad part is he didn't throw strikes tonight. Usually, he is pretty good about that, but has trouble keeping the ball in the park, but this a park it is difficult to hit homers. But the Tigers don't have many options in these situations. It is one of the downsides to using Phil Coke as a closer. Perhaps Darin Downs should have been added for this series instead of Jose Valverde. Of course, that is the ultimate in hindsight 20-20 vision.
- The Giants have a good bullpen, and will be seeing the bottom of the Tigers' order. They can match left-handers situationally. So if Andy Dirks does come up in the eighth as a pinch hitter, he will see a lefty. The key for the Tigers in the eighth, even if they don't score, is to get enough aboard so they can give their big guns another shot in the ninth.
- The Giants had the bases loaded with nobody out in the seventh. It could have been a lot worse.


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