catslash: (long day)
( Oct. 1st, 2006 05:47 pm)
'Stros are eliminated and Tigers lose the division.

Something good can happen in baseball now, please.
catslash: (fantasy pint)
( Sep. 27th, 2006 08:11 pm)
Words I have heard many times and will never tire of:

"What a play by Inge!"

Defense for the win. He could never get a hit again, as long as he makes those plays he makes, I'm happy to see him on the field.
catslash: (say what? - credit _laiset)
( Sep. 26th, 2006 11:18 pm)
Playoffs math makes my brain hurt. Magic numbers and elimination numbers and games back and games forward and games upside down and I just don't even know. I probably made a post like this last year.

I know the Tigers' magic number right now is four. I know the Astros' elimination number is five, and we are suddenly a game and a half back in our division (seriously, what the hell? Not that I'm complaining, but where did they come from? And who killed the Cardinals?). But I'm not sure which I should place more weight on, those numbers or games back. I mean, obviously, the elimination number can do whatever the hell it wants, if the Astros stay even half a game behind the Cards they're getting nowhere, so can I just disregard it at some point? Is an elimination number of five with five games left on the schedule in any way meaningful?

Understand here that for the last week I've been thinking about just the magic number, which makes more sense to me, and maintaining a slim division lead and praying the Royals can pull one out against the Twins, and now the Astros would like me to think in the opposite direction. I have a lot more teams to root for tomorrow. The last week before playoffs can get so complicated. I suppose the elimination number is basically the magic number backward, but I've never been good at thinking backward. So, whatever. Go, Tigers! Go, Royals! Go, Astros! Go, Padres! Oh, and also, go Orioles, because the Yankees can get the hell away from our best AL record!

. . . did I miss anyone?
catslash: (Bondo fist pump)
( Sep. 24th, 2006 06:01 pm)
We did it. The Tigers are in the playoffs for the first time in nineteen years. I sure wish I could fly to Michigan right now.

This is so amazing.
catslash: (Leyland)
( Sep. 19th, 2006 01:22 pm)
Hi, Red Sox! If you guys could kick the Twinkies' asses, that would be really great and very helpful. Remember: the key is not to let them win. The Tigers will thank you. With orgies chocolate.
catslash: (stopped listening - credit allthewhatifs)
( Jul. 2nd, 2006 08:30 pm)
Blah blah All-Star Game whatever. We all knew Ozzie Guillen was going to be a giant doucheburger and stuff the AL team with as many White Sox as he could get away with, and we also knew that a lot of excellent players would get overlooked in favor of either completely inexplicable choices or the fact that each team has to have a token representative.

Boys from my teams who made it, because if I'm rereading this in six months I'm gonna wish I'd made a list: Papi, Mark Loretta, Manny, Bronson Arroyo, Ivan Rodriguez, Kenny Rogers, Jon Papelbon, and Lance Berkman's token Astro self in reserves. Justin Verlander is in the running for the AL Final Vote. All of this is, of course, subject to change based on who ends up dropping out.

Last year I was all pissed off because my Houston boyfriend Morgan didn't make the team. (He did end up getting in after whoever the hell from the Cards had to drop out.) This year, I just don't care. There are countless deserving candidates and not enough spaces, to say nothing of the silly politics and name recognition.

So I could get all worked up over unfair exclusions and Ozzie Guillen sucks and blah blah, or I could sit back, eat some popcorn, watch everyone else get worked up, be glad most of my boys get a break to gear up for the second half, and hope to god every last White Sox player participating breaks an ankle.
catslash: (Bondo fist pump)
( Jun. 30th, 2006 09:52 pm)
Curtis Granderson just did exactly what Coco Crisp did last night. Lunge and dive and catch and slide. God, I love him. Beautiful catch. I love our defense.
catslash: (Bondo fist pump)
( Jun. 28th, 2006 11:32 am)
Damn. Looks like I'm still Rocket poison. I was hoping that was just a 2005 thing, and I'd be able to watch his starts this year without the very presence of my attention dooming him to a no-decision at best, but not so much, apparently. Just like each of the few times I watched him start last year before I wised up, he had a beautiful outing and the offense helpfully got themselves shut out. Sorry, Roger. I won't do it again. (Though probably it would also help if you didn't try to kill the umpire and end up forcing Garner's hand. Just a thought.)

Although, obviously, it wasn't just me over here. Nate Robertson had a lovely outing, shutting down the (admittedly sadsack) Astros offense for seven innings, with six hits, three walks, and four K's. He also recovered nicely after making an embarrassing throwing error that let Preston Wilson get to third. Zumaya did the job in the eighth, a little shaky at first but getting himself neatly out of trouble, and Rollercoaster Jones had (omg GASP) a perfect ninth.

Also, a special note for the Tigers offense: Alexis Gomez got his first Major League homerun in the eighth inning.

And the crowd last night. I'm used to hearing noise at ballgames. Every Red Sox home game is sold out, and Fenway is always deafening in tight spots and on big plays. The crowd gets into the game and tries to carry its players through on sheer volume. I don't remember hearing that sort of noise very often for my other teams, and possibly never for the Tigers.

Last night, Comerica Park sounded like Fenway. The crowd screamed for Nate as he fought to get that last out in the seventh and eradicate the mistake with Preston. The crowd screamed for Zumaya as he battled back from allowing two baserunners, recording two K's in a row to clean it up. The crowd screamed for Tigers hitters in full counts, for Craig Monroe's two-RBI double to break the scoreless tie, for Alexis's homer. That crowd made Comerica ring last night, and I wonder if it's ever heard that sort of noise in its few years' existence before.

This team deserves that noise level, and I hope they get to hear it again. With a 53-25 record, they continue to hold first place in the MLB and in their division. This has been amazing to follow, and has just completely devoured my brain. Detroit seems closer than Boston right now, and much as I want to step back and take a breath and pay some attention to my first baseball love as well, there always seems to be a reason these days why the Tigers game is more compelling than the Red Sox. Today I am far more excited about the Verlander/Pettitte matchup than about Pedro's return to the mound at Fenway. (Although this is at least partly because I've never seen Pedro in quite the same way since his graceless, childish, whiny departure from Boston. Go if you must, that's how the game is played, but there's no need for the self-serving parting shots. I don't care a whit about Pedro and probably never will again.) What the Tigers are doing this year after what they have done for nearly a decade and a half is nothing short of astonishing, and I can't seem to tear my eyes away long enough to give the Red Sox the attention they deserve, or my poor mediocre Astros the love they seem to need right now. I feel a little guilty, like a parent who does, in fact, secretly have a favorite child, but I am powerless to resist it.

Whoops. Sorry, I didn't mean to spew rambling justification all over you guys. I'll go get you a towel.
catslash: (reason to stay)
( Jun. 21st, 2006 05:05 pm)
Several things.

* First, [ profile] beckla30 and I propose that the Tigers trade a year's supply of clean, reasonable quality jockstraps to the Orioles for Kevin Millar. It's a psychological manuever: We believe that the sheer humiliation of being benched for Millar for a week will put Shelton right back on his game. Then, Millar can just goof around and cheerlead in the dugout for the rest of the season, and occasionally play if Shelton desperately needs a rest, or if we're down or up by eight runs. We also think he'd be a top notch addition to the gum brigade.

* And really, it wouldn't be any worse a move than this. Jason Johnson?? Right before the second half of the season? Or, you know, AT ALL? Theo, what are you thinking?? Man, I know we are desperate for the pitching, but first a Royals reject and now this? Well, on the bright side, at least I'll get to hear Joe and Jerry tell me alllll about JJ's insulin pager. Because I didn't hear that one umpteen times last season with every non-Detroit feed I got stuck with.

* In conclusion: Ozzie's no homophobe! He's been to a Madonna concert, by damn! Funny, in my GSA days in high school, that would have pissed me off, so conditioned to loathe any hint of hate language was I. Now it just entertains, because, you know, it's Ozzie Guillen, and why get all worked up? Using every stock excuse in the book that every homophobe uses to claim that they are not homophobes is just precious. Oh Ozzie, don't ever change.

I really do need to start posting more often. It's been a difficult month. I don't really want to talk about the mess I seem to have made for myself until I've cleaned it up. But it's not like I ever talk about real life here anyway, so I do need to keep up with my posting. Feel free to poke me if I go too long.
catslash: (Bondo fist pump)
( Jun. 14th, 2006 08:42 pm)
Jeremy Bonderman just got career strikeout number five hundred. The victim was Ty Wigginton. Congrats, Bondo! Not a lot of pitchers get there so soon.

It has been way too long since I've updated. I'll work on that.
catslash: (Leyland)
( Jun. 5th, 2006 02:10 pm)
Jesus, do I have to look at the Yankees AGAIN? I am sick of them and do not care, kthx. I am working nights during most of this series, I do not care, the one night I have off during it I am pretty sure coincides with Justin Verlander's next start, so I will be watching that. Because I do not care. The Yankees have played the Red Sox three times already, they played the Tigers last week, and I never ever want to see them again. Go away. There are other teams in the league, too, or so I hear.

Also, I love Jim Leyland. That was the best thing I've seen all week. Out of the dugout to yell at the impassive umpire. Turn and start to walk off. Whip around and yell some more. Turn and start to walk off. Whip around, stalk over to the plate, demonstrate the strike zone, and yell some more. Finally go to the dugout. Take sweet time getting a drink of water and delivering a parting shot before at least disappearing on the clubhouse. Brilliant. Everything I think I couldn't love Leyland any more than I already do, he proves me wrong. ♥
catslash: (not mad)
( Jun. 3rd, 2006 02:09 pm)
I hate Todd Jones. Shit. I figured that one would go to the Red Sox, but that's because Schilling has been Schilling and Rogers's previous couple of outings were not stellar. That was a suck-ass way to lose. It was nice to see Rogers back on form, though. I was getting a little concerned.

I am glad that the Red Sox didn't lose any ground to the Yankees, though. And the White Sox have been losing all week, too, so the Tigers are still on top of them by two and a half games.

I did end up making friends with a Red Sox fan who bought me a sympathy beer. We had a blast talking and might end up doing so again tonight, and I suppose I'll have to find a way to confess that I am a dual fan who's been drinking the Tigers Kool Aid. He just thinks I know a lot about opposing teams for no reason.

Tonight: The guy who gets no run support versus the guy who might be a little distracted by the birth of his daughter (congratulations, Jeremy and Amber Bonderman!). I think this'll be a good one. Leyland, plz to be leaving Jones on the bench today unless the Tigers are up by at least five runs. In fact, let's go with that rule in general. A one-run lead is not enough cushion for the Rollercoaster.
catslash: (what now?)
( Jun. 1st, 2006 01:07 pm)

Maroth is undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.

Thank god for that pitching depth I was yammering about the other day. Christ, that sucks for him, though. He was having an incredible year, his team is crazy, and boom! Two or three months down the drain.

Okay. Wonderful. Now what?
catslash: (Default)
( May. 31st, 2006 01:12 am)
My AL teams are grounded. Both of you stand in your respective corners and think about what you have done. Especially Josh Beckett and Todd Jones.

On the other hand, it looks like Clemens has finally signed with the Astros. Everyone on the planet is denying it, but whatever, that just means the ink hasn't dried on the contract yet (or, as a poster at Astros Daily put it, "If you even remotely attempt to read between the lines it should read 'Clemens' pen ran out of ink and we had to find a new one, sorry for the delay.'" Heh). Plsu, they finally managed to win today after sinking all the way down to .500. I am so wearing my Astros hat tomorrow.

Also, the answer to the spot starter conundrum is David Pauley, up from AA. I can't remember if I've seen him pitch for the Sea Dogs or not. Hope this one works out. Or he at least does better than Beckett.
catslash: (what now?)
( May. 30th, 2006 01:12 pm)
So. I know that Roman Ramon (okay, okay, Roman Colon, whatever) is starting for the Tigers tonight in Maroth's place, and I am comfortable with that, since he stepped up nicely to cover for Maroth in that miserable last start (six runs in a third of an inning, ouch, Mikey, I'm almost glad it was an injury and not just spontaneous sucking).

But who the hell is starting for the Red Sox in Boomer's spot when it comes back around? DiNardo was doing it before, but he's on the DL last I heard. And, uh, who else do we have? This troubles me. I can think of three or four guys I would accept taking the start for Maroth, but I have no idea who they're going to put in for Boomer. The Tigers have a solid bullpen, and plenty of guys in AAA we could call up without a moment's worry. The Red Sox have - Timlin. Who is on the DL. They have prospects, sure, but those prospects are in the minor leagues for a reason, and it ain't because there isn't room for them up here.

The flaw here, however, is that frankly I know a lot more about the Tigers right now than I do the Red Sox. Yes, yes, bad and wrong, equal attention, blah whatever, at least I know the Red Sox line-up, which is more than I could say about the Astros. This equal attention thing does not work when one of the teams appears to have had fairy dust sprinkled on its heads so it can go out and do all kinds of magical things. My point here being, is there something I'm missing? Am I misinformed about DiNardo? Is Jon Lester more ready than I thought? Are we going to try a four-man rotation for a little while? Can someone fill me in? Or am I right on the nose?
catslash: (Leyland)
( May. 29th, 2006 12:28 am)

The next person who declares that the next week of baseball is "the real test" for the Tigers is GOING TO FEEL THE BACK OF MY HAND.

Next four games: Series against the Yankees. HI THE YANKEES SUCK KTHX. Their outfield is, like, Johnny Damon and my mom, okay? Their starting rotation is basically Mike Mussina and four other guys who are fresh from the DL, eighty-seven years old, or both. The bullpen has a bunch of guys who suck and two guys Torre overuses, one of whom is having back problems (and gave up the win to the Royals the other night; thanks, Kyle, love ya!). Mariano Rivera continues to not be human, except that occasionally these days he is. Basically, the Yankees have their offense. This may be enough against, oh, the Royals, or certain Boston teams who forget about plating runs and we will get to that, but against a team with insane pitching and solid defense? Go away, Yankees. You are not a test.

The following three games: Against the Red Sox. Okay, they don't suck so much. They have a real outfield and an actual starting rotation, which includes Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling. Of course, they also have a bullpen that includes Rudy Seanez and Julian Tavarez. There is also Mike Timlin, so yay, but there is also Keith Foulke, who never really knows what he's gonna do on the mound from night to night. And the offense, while making an admirable show of it, can't completely carry their pitching and shouldn't always have to. Also, with the plating runs? Yeah. What have they left, like 712 men on base in the last couple of weeks? I will, however, take Jon Papelbon over Rollercoaster Jones any day.

Meanwhile, the Tigers starting rotation owns you all, the bullpen has been rock solid, and the offense has developed this intriguing habit of getting runs when they are needed. And when they are not needed. And even with Maroth on the DL and Leyland apparently undecided about who will be taking his start (I heard Colon, but then I heard not so much, so I don't know), I am unconcerned. We have some great pitching depth this year. Lots to choose from.

In conclusion, the teams' records to date:

Yankees: 28-20
Red Sox: 30-18
Tigers: 35-15

So bite me already. I do not want to hear about this test shit at all ever again plzkthx BYE.

Ahem. That rant has building up for the last week or so. In case you can't tell, the whole thing has really been pissing me off. The 2000 Yankees? That would be a test. The 2004 Red Sox? Final exam. The 2006 versions of same? Not so much. I don't make predictions, because I'm always wrong, but I think you can guess what I'm expecting.

And, yeah, I'll be the chick at the bar this weekend in the Tigers hat and Bonderman shirt. Sorry, Red Sox. Get your wins somewhere else.
catslash: (Bondo fist pump)
( May. 18th, 2006 09:53 pm)

Suck it, White Sox.

Tigers record: 27-13.
White Sox record: 26-14.

Tigers in first place in the league by a full game. God, is that ever sweet.
catslash: (baseball gay)
( May. 12th, 2006 09:05 pm)
*stares* Did Rodriguez just tap Kenny Rogers on the nose during the pitching change?


Edit: Oh, no, it was his ear. My bad.

catslash: (what now?)
( May. 6th, 2006 07:35 pm)
Wow, that bit. Bondo had a shaky outing today, but the offense caught up and we were ahead 6-4. Then Jamie Walker came in and we were ahead 6-5. Then Todd "Rollercoaster" Jones came in, and the Tigers ended up with their first blown save of the season. 6-7 loss. Suck, suck, SUCK. Last minute losses SUCK. Especially when the team worked so hard to get back in it. suuuuuuck.

And of course the Royals couldn't catch lightning in a bottle twice (honestly, it's amazing they managed to win yesterday, so I'm not really mad) and the White Sox won, so we're a game and a half back in the division.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox won, because Rudy Seanez can close a game more effectively than Todd Jones. Well. When he has a six-run lead, anyway. Sox beat Orioles, 9-3. And they are half a game ahead in the division, for a little while longer anyway. Yankees'll win soon, though, and pull back in to tie.

Also, the Astros got shut out by the Rockies. Let's not dwell. They are one game back, and what is up with the Reds leading the division? Clearly we are looking at a Tigers/Reds World Series here. I think we can take 'em.
catslash: (Vance)
( May. 3rd, 2006 11:32 pm)
19-9 record! I love you, Tigers!

Stupid loss! Go away, Red Sox!

One-run win for the 'Stros! Quit taking tips from Foulke, Brad Lidge!

Inside Man is a nifty movie! You'll always be Don Pedro to me, Denzel!

Also, I love the Tigers. A lot. I need a joyous Tigers icon. The ones I have are of awesome Tigers, but don't really convey joy. Can anyone help me out with that? I am not picky; anyone but Rodriguez will do. Bonus points if it's a picture of Bondo showing emotion.


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