At home against teams with sub-.500 records (before tonight’s game) the Tigers are 28-10 if you assume they’ll hold on to their 12-2 lead against the Royals tonight. In all other situations (on the road and at home against teams with winning records) they’re 34-53.
I didn’t confirm these numbers, but I’m listening to the Tigers game and Dan Dickerson mentioned that the average player scores 30% of the time when he reaches base. Austin Jackson scores 41% of the time he reaches base and he attributed this to his speed. I think it’s more because he has a guy like Cabrera hitting a few spots in front of him. Cabrera has driven in Jackson 21 times this season. Oddly, that’s third to himself (31 times) and Johnny Damon (23 times). Just wondering what others though.
The Tigers are in a freefall and for all intents and purposes, they should now be playing for next year. I also have to hand it to the people who blasted me for saying the Twins weren’t what they ended up being. I’m not saying I like them, but they’ve managed to once again put themselves into the mix and they also took advantage of their increase in revenue by making some prudent moves.
Anyway, that’s not why I’m here. I usually don’t mix personal stuff with this blog, but my writing this season has been even more sporadic then the past couple. Let’s just say it’s been an interesting summer. The good news is, my tax practice is doing really well. The bad news is, it’s draining time away from other things including baseball. The other big thing is I’m now going through a divorce and that’s taken time out of my schedule. Combine that will being a full time dad (Devin doesn’t go to bed until 8:30 so by the time I sit down and turn on the game, it’s mostly over) and my dad being in the hospital a couple of times, it’s made for both a physically and emotionally exhausting past couple of months.
So there. Tigerblog is still on my priority list, it’s just not near the top like in years past. Fortunately, at least for the past month and change, I haven’t been missing much. I still plan on making it down the ballpark (I haven’t been to a Tigers game yet this season and that would break a streak of over 20 years where I’ve made it to at least one game) and I’m still trying to figure out how to get my son to a new ballpark (which we’ve done five of the last six season) before the minor league season ends. I also have to figure out what to do with the whole Baseball Historians network, which has basically been on life support the past two to three years.
Anyway, I’m rambling now. The gist of this is, I’d love to immerse myself into baseball more, but the way things are right now, I can’t. Next year “should” be a lot smoother and I should have some time free up after September 15 (big tax deadline) so this isn’t a goodbye, it’s just an “I’ll see you later.” If you want to keep tabs with me, friend me on Facebook or follow my business page. I’ve been updating those more regularly.
The trade deadline has come and gone and the Tigers pretty much sat on the fence. I kind of like this move (or lack of moves). They did enough to say they weren’t giving up (there’s still two months worth of tickets to be sold) but they didn’t sell the farm. And this was before a rough weekend where they blew a four run lead on Saturday and then came back in the top of the ninth on Sunday only to lose it in the bottom half of the inning.
As it stands, the Tigers are seven back of the White Sox and six back of the Twins. The Wild Card is pretty much out of reach and they go into a four game series tonight with the White Sox. In a lot of ways, this is the Tigers season. Anything less then three of four is bad and the Tigers could really use a sweep and it all starts with Rick Porcello against Mark Buehrle this afternoon at 1 pm. Thursday’s game is also in the afternoon.
Wilkin Ramirez is gone. After being the Tigers top hitting prospect in 2009, he was dealt to the Braves for the infamous player to be named later. Our deals with the Braves haven’t gone very well. They’ve either been a wash or, like the Edgar Renteria deal, a disaster. It was also nice to see Jhonny Peralta get off to a nice start in his debut on Friday. He also drove home the tying run in the ninth on Sunday. I just think it’s too little to make an impact the rest of the way. I just hope I’m wrong.
It’s been a weird summer for me and I’m a little surprised we’re already four months into the season. Seems like it wasn’t that long ago we were excited about opening day.