Monday, September 8, 2014

Game Wrap 9/7/2014: Tigers 6 Giants 1

Kyle Lobstein seems like an appropriate name for a soft-tossing lefty, the kind that the Giants tend to lie down an die in front of, especially if they've never seen them before.  This game was no exception as the Giants managed to produce just one run out of 12 baserunners.  Key Lines:

Joaquin Arias- 2 for 4.  BA= .242.  Arias is 10 for his last 21 and something like 15 for his last 30.  I'd probably still rather see Matt Duffy out there.

Tim Hudson- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.12.  Miguel Cabrera's 2 run dinger to cap a 3 run 3'rd inning was the big blow.  The Tigers scored 3 insurance runs in the 7'th, but the game practically ended with Cabrera's shot.

Hunter Strickland- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  They've all come in mop-up time, but Strickland has now pitched 3 scoreless innings in 3 appearances.  He reportedly sat 97-98 in this one.

MLB- This game took 3 hours and 45 minutes to play and there was nothing extraordinary going on.  New Commish gotta do something about that.  Maybe I'll post some thoughts on speeding up the game?

The Loss dropped the Giants to 3 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers who beat the worthless D'Backs again, this time 7-2.  They lead the Pirates by 3.5 games for the first Wild Card playoff berth and lead the Brewers and Braves by 4 games.

The Giants have the day off to get ready for a huge 6 game homestand against those same D'Backs and then a weekend series against the front-running Dodgers.  Yusmeiro Petit will pitch the first game against Wade Miley on Tuesday night.


  1. The only two close races are the AL Central with KC/Detroit and the NL West with the Bums/Gints. 19 to play and 3 down isn't the worst thing to look at. The Cards are starting to get a commanding lead. It'd be nice not to go in on the wild card, hope the Giants can handle the D-backs as well as the Dodgers did. Six series to go, they win every one of them 2-1 and they have a shot. That Padre 4 gamer at the end could be weird. The Dodgers have to play the Rockies at home to end. That looks like further advantage for them. Plus they get to go play the Draft Tanking Cubs in Chicago.

    I thought 2 of 3 against the Tigers was good stuff though. Win 12 or 13 of the last 19, especially against the Dodgers, we might have a shot at the wild card and a chance at the west.

    1. It just dawned on me that all the division leaders as well as the top wild card contenders are broken down exactly along regional lines: Angels&Dodgers, Royals&Cardinals, Orioles&Nationals, and Giants&As. It would be pretty unusual if those are the actual post season teams. I can't remember that ever happening before.

  2. We have to take care of Arizona, Colorado and San Diego. Whoever wins the showdown takes the division.