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2012-10-26 12:56:07 AM
As a Giants fan, I have to give props to the Tigers' porno-named pitcher, Fister. Dude pitched one hell of a game--especially after taking a f*cking line drive to the head in the second inning, and he didn't deserve to lose. Bumgarner was even better, though, and deserved the win.

So this means the Giants' 3 and 4 starters have beaten the Tigers' "unbeatable" 1 and 2 starters, and the Giants now get to pitch their two best against the Tigers 3 and 4 starters. It ain't over by a long shot, but I'm sure feeling good.
 
2012-10-26 09:17:39 AM
Here's hoping there's some magic in Comerica park for the Tigers, like the magic the Giants had in their two wins. Seriously, it's like the Tigers not only have to beat the great Giants players but some invisible force that's helping San Fran. Each time the ball is put into play I'm thinking "What's going to happen this time? Is there going to be that single minuscule divot in the infield that the line drive is hit and bounce inexplicably foul instead of out for a double? Is the ball going to bounce just far enough in front of the pitcher that he can't field it in time to throw the runner out at first? Is the ball going to go forward off the bat then because it's spinning in an odd way, is it going to bounce BACK to the catcher and make it an easy out at home?"

I don't know if the Tigers would have won either of those games without the weirdness, but damn.
 
2012-10-26 09:19:14 AM
My meanest snark is still reserved pending the outcome of Game 3.
Fister pitched better than you can ask for last night, and the Giants got a handful of odd lucky breaks. That game could've gone either way, really.
Verlander got blown up in Game 1, but even every good pitcher has "one of those games" a couple of times a season. It was unfortunate that one of them occurred during the World Series (perhaps also unfortunate that one of the other ones occurred during the ASG, else these two games may have been in Detroit instead).
It could also just be one of those weird matchups. For whatever reason Sandoval really likes hitting off Verlander.
 
2012-10-26 09:19:17 AM

Cyberluddite: As a Giants fan, I have to give props to the Tigers' porno-named pitcher, Fister. Dude pitched one hell of a game--especially after taking a f*cking line drive to the head in the second inning, and he didn't deserve to lose. Bumgarner was even better, though, and deserved the win.

So this means the Giants' 3 and 4 starters have beaten the Tigers' "unbeatable" 1 and 2 starters, and the Giants now get to pitch their two best against the Tigers 3 and 4 starters. It ain't over by a long shot, but I'm sure feeling good.


As a tigers fan, I actually consider Scherzer our number 2, but your point still stands.

I feel like if the Giants score a single run, the game is pretty much over. San Frans pitching had been great, and Detroit's season long ineptitude against left handers is continuing.

Guess I know how the Yankees fans feel now.

Hopefully we can sweep in Detroit and then win it in SF, but if I were a Giants fan, I'd be pretty excited right now.
 
2012-10-26 09:20:40 AM
This series is done in 4 book it done
 
2012-10-26 09:27:01 AM

Karate Explosion: As a tigers fan, I actually consider Scherzer our number 2, but your point still stands.


Interesting.. why is Leyland pitching him 4th?
 
2012-10-26 09:37:17 AM

The Bestest: Karate Explosion: As a tigers fan, I actually consider Scherzer our number 2, but your point still stands.

Interesting.. why is Leyland pitching him 4th?


He was battling shoulder fatigue over September and October. Also why he was on a strict 100 pitch count v. Yanks.

I would say Scherzer and Fister are 2a and 2b, case could be made for either.

Problem with Max is inconsistency. If he was a bit more consistent, he would be our definite 2, and a lot of teams 1.

But, none of this matters if the Tigers can't score a single run. I like SFs bullpen a lot more than ours, so the longer the game goes scoreless, the more the advantage goes to SF.

We need to score early and often if we want to keep playing. Otherwise, I can see SF raising the trophy on Sunday.
 
2012-10-26 09:46:58 AM

Techhell: Here's hoping there's some magic in Comerica park for the Tigers, like the magic the Giants had in their two wins. Seriously, it's like the Tigers not only have to beat the great Giants players but some invisible force that's helping San Fran. Each time the ball is put into play I'm thinking "What's going to happen this time? Is there going to be that single minuscule divot in the infield that the line drive is hit and bounce inexplicably foul instead of out for a double? Is the ball going to bounce just far enough in front of the pitcher that he can't field it in time to throw the runner out at first? Is the ball going to go forward off the bat then because it's spinning in an odd way, is it going to bounce BACK to the catcher and make it an easy out at home?"

I don't know if the Tigers would have won either of those games without the weirdness, but damn.


This.

We haven't played great, but the team hasn't had a break to provide a spark. Where is the seeing eye single or the popup that drops for a hit or anything like that?
 
2012-10-26 09:47:44 AM

Karate Explosion: We need to score early and often if we want to keep playing. Otherwise, I can see SF raising the trophy on Sunday.


Yes, indeed. The surest way to win is to score more run point goal basket units than the opposing team.
 
2012-10-26 10:22:52 AM
Hey subby, GFY.

/I really don't care, but my wife does, so by extension, I have to.
//If Detroit wins, I will probably get laid.
 
2012-10-26 10:24:44 AM
That was a great pitching duel last night. Props to Fister for being a tough dude and taking a line drive off the noggin and still throwing. Some of the best pitching Splat has seen in awhile. Fun game. Go Giants.
 
2012-10-26 10:30:14 AM
I only caught segments of the game, but what was the Detroit 3rd base coach thinking in that 2nd inning? Why would you try and score your 300lb runner from 1st base with no outs?
 
2012-10-26 10:36:12 AM

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: I only caught segments of the game, but what was the Detroit 3rd base coach thinking in that 2nd inning? Why would you try and score your 300lb runner from 1st base with no outs?


I am told that the Giants put on a double tandem relay there, so he should have seen Scutaro coming over as backup cutoff, which makes it even more questionable.
 
2012-10-26 10:45:29 AM

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: I only caught segments of the game, but what was the Detroit 3rd base coach thinking in that 2nd inning? Why would you try and score your 300lb runner from 1st base with no outs?


He was thinking it was hilarious watching him run.. and he was right.
 
2012-10-26 10:57:51 AM

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: I only caught segments of the game, but what was the Detroit 3rd base coach thinking in that 2nd inning? Why would you try and score your 300lb runner from 1st base with no outs?


O has struggled so Gene tried to force the issue and it took a perfect relay to get him. A throw to Posey's right and Prince scores. I have no problem with being aggressive in the second inning.
 
2012-10-26 11:03:02 AM

TigersorHawksorBoth: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: I only caught segments of the game, but what was the Detroit 3rd base coach thinking in that 2nd inning? Why would you try and score your 300lb runner from 1st base with no outs?

O has struggled so Gene tried to force the issue and it took a perfect relay to get him. A throw to Posey's right and Prince scores. I have no problem with being aggressive in the second inning.


It's not like a perfect relay is low percentage though. These guys do this all of the time.

I do get what you're saying, but I just think 2nd and 3rd with no outs puts less pressure on your struggling offense than being left with a man on 2nd and 1 out is Fielder doesn't score.
 
2012-10-26 11:14:19 AM

Ordinary Genius: Hey subby, GFY.

/I really don't care, but my wife does, so by extension, I have to.
//If Detroit wins, I will probably get laid.


Well, you should probably just start tuggin' it now.
 
2012-10-26 11:16:10 AM

Ordinary Genius: Hey subby, GFY.

/I really don't care, but my wife does, so by extension, I have to.
//If Detroit wins, I will probably get laid.


If you have to wait for a sporting event outcome to nail your wife, your balls are already gone.
 
2012-10-26 11:21:14 AM
Tigers are muff cabbage. Bring out da brooms!!
 
2012-10-26 11:23:37 AM

Techhell: invisible force that's helping San Fran


You mean 'roids?
 
2012-10-26 11:25:17 AM

Ordinary Genius: Hey subby, GFY.

/I really don't care, but my wife does, so by extension, I have to.
//If Detroit wins, I will probably get laid.


You should still be getting ass from the Yankees ass whoopin!
 
2012-10-26 11:44:55 AM

netweavr: Techhell: invisible force that's helping San Fran

You mean 'roids?


I'm sure nobody in the Tigers lineup has ever used PEDs.
 
2012-10-26 11:48:42 AM
And now, back to Detroit for Big Boy Baseball and modern rules.
 
2012-10-26 11:49:25 AM

The Bestest: Verlander got blown up in Game 1, but even every good pitcher has "one of those games" a couple of times a season. It was unfortunate that one of them occurred during the World Series.


Funny, this is EXACTLY what I said in 2010 after Cliff Lee got shelled in Game 1, and the Rangers never recovered.
 
2012-10-26 11:49:39 AM

SlagginOff: netweavr: Techhell: invisible force that's helping San Fran

You mean 'roids?

I'm sure nobody in the Tigers lineup has ever used PEDs.


SF has a reputation for it.
 
2012-10-26 11:51:33 AM
if we lose on saturday, no way does verlander not get the start on sunday
 
2012-10-26 11:54:05 AM
I've never cared less about a World Series than this one. I can't put my finger on the reason why.
 
2012-10-26 12:02:51 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I've never cared less about a World Series than this one. I can't put my finger on the reason why.


Either you are too young to remember NY vs NY or you are a fan of one of those teams.
 
2012-10-26 12:09:08 PM
Whoop their ass seabass!
 
2012-10-26 12:13:12 PM
news.nationalgeographic.com
 
2012-10-26 12:26:39 PM

JosephFinn: And now, back to Detroit for Big Boy Baseball and modern rules.


Designated Hitter is the greatest thing in ALL of sports. Why would I pay money and spend my time to watch someone hit .071?

Oh right, it's "strategy."
 
2012-10-26 12:27:18 PM

JosephFinn: And now, back to Detroit for Big Boy Baseball and modern rules.


Paging DeWayne Mann...
 
2012-10-26 12:32:07 PM

netweavr: SlagginOff: netweavr: Techhell: invisible force that's helping San Fran

You mean 'roids?

I'm sure nobody in the Tigers lineup has ever used PEDs.

SF has a reputation for it.


All of professional sports has a reputation for it.
 
2012-10-26 12:38:46 PM

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: I only caught segments of the game, but what was the Detroit 3rd base coach thinking in that 2nd inning? Why would you try and score your 300lb runner from 1st base with no outs?


The best part of that was McCarver's commentary, which was (if such a thing is even possible) even more inane than usual, something like the following:

"I'll bet that if Lamont had it to do over again, he would've held Fielder at third!"

Gee, you think so, Tim? That's a really bold opinion. I personally believe that if he could do it over again, he would've sent him home again even knowing that he would be thrown out.
 
2012-10-26 12:55:36 PM

Combustion: JosephFinn: And now, back to Detroit for Big Boy Baseball and modern rules.

Designated Hitter is the greatest thing in ALL of sports. Why would I pay money and spend my time to watch someone hit .071?

Oh right, it's "strategy."


Well, for one thing, because it's possible that the pitcher is the guy who gets the clutch base hit to drive in the run that knocks the "oh he can't possibly lose because he's the reigning Cy Young winner and MVP and he's the best who's ever played the game and his opponents might as well just forfeit before the game even starts" pitcher out of the game. Not that that ever really would happen, or anything, I guess, but--oh, wait . . .

ww4.hdnux.com 

But yeah, you're right, it's much better to see a game with certain fielders who never hit and certain hitters who never field. (And what an absolutely amazing throw that Delmon Young, their DH playing LF, made on the hit pictured above--it really has to be seen to be believed, to fully appreciate the majesty and atleticism of the Tigers' DH.) While we're at it, why don't we move all the outfield walls in to about 250 feet in dead center, so we can have even more offensive "excitement" and "big boy baseball"?
 
2012-10-26 12:56:20 PM

netweavr: SlagginOff: netweavr: Techhell: invisible force that's helping San Fran

You mean 'roids?

I'm sure nobody in the Tigers lineup has ever used PEDs.

SF has a reputation for it.


But Detroits entire order look like linebackers...either there is sonething in the Detroit water, or something fishu is going on. But since their "power-hitting" is flailing, ill let it slide
 
2012-10-26 01:00:06 PM

Combustion: JosephFinn: And now, back to Detroit for Big Boy Baseball and modern rules.

Designated Hitter is the greatest thing in ALL of sports. Why would I pay money and spend my time to watch someone hit .071?

Oh right, it's "strategy."


Gerald Laird will be in the lineup at some point... Oh wait.. .071.. I read .061

/a cool guy, we have chatted a couple times on twitter
//CSB
 
2012-10-26 01:11:07 PM

Le Grand Inquisitor: netweavr: SlagginOff: netweavr: Techhell: invisible force that's helping San Fran

You mean 'roids?

I'm sure nobody in the Tigers lineup has ever used PEDs.

SF has a reputation for it.

But Detroits entire order look like linebackers...either there is sonething in the Detroit water, or something fishu is going on. But since their "power-hitting" is flailing, ill let it slide


The whole team is built on "power-hitting" guys and not little speedy guys, and even Austin Jackson is more of a power hitter so he's not in line to steal 2nd as much. It's why Detroit only had 59 SB in the regular season while 25 other teams had at least 90.
 
2012-10-26 01:12:04 PM

Combustion: JosephFinn: And now, back to Detroit for Big Boy Baseball and modern rules.

Designated Hitter is the greatest thing in ALL of sports. Why would I pay money and spend my time to watch someone hit .071?

Oh right, it's "strategy."


I don't like thinking during sports, I just want to sit down watch them hit dingers
 
2012-10-26 01:17:13 PM

MugzyBrown: Combustion: JosephFinn: And now, back to Detroit for Big Boy Baseball and modern rules.

Designated Hitter is the greatest thing in ALL of sports. Why would I pay money and spend my time to watch someone hit .071?

Oh right, it's "strategy."

I don't like thinking during sports, I just want to sit down watch them hit dingers


Exactly, which is why the 7th game of the World Series should be decided by a home run derby if it's tied at the end of 9 innings.
 
2012-10-26 01:28:42 PM

Combustion: JosephFinn: And now, back to Detroit for Big Boy Baseball and modern rules.

Designated Hitter is the greatest thing in ALL of sports. Why would I pay money and spend my time to watch someone hit .071?

Oh right, it's "strategy."


You could have paid even better money to go watch a full team hit .158, if you were a "Big Boy Baseball" fan of the Yankees in the ALCS.
 
2012-10-26 01:38:01 PM
The breaks are falling the Giant's way this series. When sports media jumped on the Tiger bandwagon after they swept the Yankees... it didn't make any sense to me. I mean the Yankees absolutely sucked in that series and the Tigers were able to suck less. And although I didn't want to play the Cards (based upon the whole "rematch" hype that would have occurred based on 2006), I was pretty freaking impressed with the Giants in that series, so either team would have been a tough matchup. I'm hoping they'll win a couple in Detroit and the luck will start going the Tiger's way.

/All hope is lost if I see the big dancing potato on the mound, however
//please don't let game 5 be the deciding game, I have a night meeting :(
 
2012-10-26 01:48:22 PM
I have watched that damned bunt no less than 6 times.
 
2012-10-26 01:54:03 PM
Oftentimes you hear people (me included) saying, "Team X didn't win that game, Team Y lost it." Meaning that the losing team was so bad that a group of 12-year-olds could have beaten them.

The opposite happened last night. The Giants earned that win. The whole night was one hell of a fight, tight, close, and intense. Both teams showed why they were in the World Series, and in the end, the Giants were able to defeat one hell of a team.

I'm a huge Giants fan, but goddamn, the Tigers looked great last night. The fielding for both teams was amazing, able to shut down some incredible batters. I pity the people not watching because their teams aren't playing, because they're missing a damn good Series.
 
2012-10-26 02:06:38 PM

Disaster Transport: /All hope is lost if I see the big dancing potato on the mound, however


I'm 100% confident that one thing you will not have to worry about is seeing Valverde on the mound. I think the odds of him taking the mound with the game on the line during the remaining games of this series are approximately equal to the odds of the sun exploding before the series is over. Unless he comes in for mop-up duty in a complete blow-out (with either the Giants or the Tigers up by about 8 runs), he will not throw another pitch this year.

As a Giants fan, I'd like to be wrong about this. But I'm not.
 
2012-10-26 02:09:13 PM

The Bestest: Verlander got blown up in Game 1, but even every good pitcher has "one of those games" a couple of times a season. It was unfortunate that one of them occurred during the World Series (perhaps also unfortunate that one of the other ones occurred during the ASG, else these two games may have been in Detroit instead).


Hmm. Considering the Giants were responsible for virtually all of the offense in the ASG, maybe they just have his number for some reason.
 
2012-10-26 02:14:22 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I've never cared less about a World Series than this one. I can't put my finger on the reason why.


I know why! It's because all your fingers are currently busy being IN YOUR OWN BUTT!!!!
 
2012-10-26 02:21:54 PM

RobDownSouth: I have watched that damned bunt no less than 6 times.


While all the Tigers were watching the ball, I was waiting for Pence to blow right by them and score. Was anybody covering home plate at the time?
 
2012-10-26 02:24:57 PM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Oftentimes you hear people (me included) saying, "Team X didn't win that game, Team Y lost it." Meaning that the losing team was so bad that a group of 12-year-olds could have beaten them.
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I HATE when people use that phrase. Team X DID win the game, even if Team Y was playing like shiat.

I understand the point they're trying to make, but in my opinion it's just them being retarded and trying to sound smart. Or not giving credit to the winning team.
 
2012-10-26 02:27:40 PM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I'm a huge Giants fan, but goddamn, the Tigers looked great last night. The fielding for both teams was amazing, able to shut down some incredible batters. I pity the people not watching because their teams aren't playing, because they're missing a damn good Series.


Yep, and that's sort of what I was saying up at the very top of this thread. Here at the office, pretty much everyone (including me, of course) is a huge Giants fan, but much of the chatter about the game today has been about what a great matchup it was last night and how both teams played great in general, and giving props to Fister in particular for his gutsy effort, especially after taking a hard line drive off the head.

Having said that, I thought it was stupid and reckless for the Tigers to leave Fister in the game last night after he got hit in the head (and I'm not just saying that because, as a Giants fan, I wanted him out of the game so our guys would have a better shot at getting hits, though though I did). Yeah, he looked awesome both before and after getting drilled in the head, but it's not unheard of for someone to suffer head trauma and appear to be completely fine with no apparent effects, only to suddenly drop stone dead a few hours later from an undetected brain hemmorhage. It wasn't like it was a soft liner--it was a hard shot, which bounced off his head and landed all the way out in front of the center fielder's feet (if the center fielder had managed to catch it on the fly, it would've been an out, because it never hit ground after coming off Fister's head). I thought they should've taken him out and sent him to the hospital for tests. Hell, it was only the second inning of a scoreless game--they could've brought the scheduled Game 3 starter to pitch (when a pitcher comes in to replace an injured player, he's allowed to warm up for as long as he wants), and if he checked out OK at the hospital, then Fister could've started Game 3.

It looks like he's probably OK, and I'm glad of that, but they couldn't have known that at the time, and it could've turned out really bad.  You don't want to fark around with potential brain injuries. You could wind up dead, or even worse, you could wind up sounding like Tim McCarver.
 
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