Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Thoughts after 7 innings Dodgers, Tigers Wednesday

Max Scherzer vs. Dodgers
- I thought it was a terrific play in the fifth inning when Rajai Davis, on second base with nobody out, stole third. That's when the running game and stealing third base can really come into play. The move didn't work, though, when Austin Jackson struck out and Ian Kinsler couldn't get the ball to the right side or out of the infield, and Torii Hunter bounced out. More times than not, though, that type of aggression will work for the Tigers with Davis, Kinsler or Jackson on the bases.
- The days of Matt Kemp being a truly great player appear to be over. Max Scherzer retired him remarkably easily to end the sixth inning with a runner on third. His OPS is under .800 and his WAR is minus 0.9. He has looked slow and lumbering in the field. Thing is, Kemp isn't even 30.
- It's been awhile since the Tigers' bullpen has been tested in a really close game. It will be today. Will it pass? I have to be honest, I'm not so sure. Scherzer threw 101 pitches through 7.


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