Sunday, October 07, 2012

Thoughts after 8 innings, Tigers, A's, Game 2 ALDS

- Oh boy. Phil Coke...Yikes. He does have postseason experience...
- It wasn't luck the Tigers pushed the tying run home. They did get two hits in that inning. They did get a sacrifice bunt from Andy Dirks. They forced Oakland's hand with the wild pitch. Oakland's Ryan Cook has been as effective as any reliever in the AL lately.
- The home run routine is getting a little stale with Tigers' setup man Joaquin Benoit. Perhaps manager Jim Leyland should consider flip-flopping his role with Octavio Dotel. I wouldn't put Al Alburquerque in that role just yet. He seems to flinch a little bit too soon under pressure. Dotel is still throwing the ball well.
- The Tigers only have themselves to blame for what transpired in  top of the inning. OK. You allow a hit. The runner steals second. It's a close play. But then not paying any attention to Yoenis Cespedes while he was on second base? That's just poor fundamental baseball.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree with you more about Benoit. And no one mentioned it, but he was SO close to giving up a potential game-winning HR last night too! And is it my imagination or are Detroit relievers the worst in the league at paying attention to base runners??


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