Know Your Foe #22: Tigers Sweep Rockies, 2012 Continues

Who's Excited?!?!?!!

Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. Perhaps I'm thinking that the team might channel their inner June of 2009 Rockies and be practically effective against the sub-.500 Detroit Tigers, Offseason Big Spenders (TM). Prince Fielder earned hisself a nice large $214M contract for the next 9 years, and he's rewarding the Tigers thus far with a .884 OPS and 10 whole home runs! I kid, I'd love to have that production out of a non-Carlos-Gonzalez player. Well, Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer count, too. Actually, the Offense is still OK, so I guess this is a bad example.

Pitching though. Pitching will be a blast. The Rockies have a good shot to beat up on Casey Crosby in the first game of the series. Casey's rocking a healthy 9.35 ERA, striking out 5 batters to 9 walks over 9 innings in 2 starts. That game is totally winnable. We'll find a way to lose it. It'll be really exciting, nailing him for 6 runs in the first 2 innings and then losing 11-8.

Game 2 is also technically winnable. I mean, for age 23, Rick Porcello is hardly as bad as his career 4.62 ERA and season 5.28 ERA would suggest. He does have "Aaron Cook at his Peak" strikeout-to-walk numbers along with his career 52% groundball percentage. We'll totally find a way to beat him - especially since Rick Porcello is actually Doug Fister (I barely know 'er). I just know it. And then we won't and the sweep will seem inevitable and we'll say things like "screw your sweep!" on Sunday and then...

Game 3 is Justin Verlander against Jeremy Guthrie, so we're totally going to lose like 18-0. Well, we tried, right? Max Scherzer is actually starting this game and not Verlander, but the Rockies' Sunday squad will totally make him look like Verlander (well that and I heard that Scherzer will be growing a goatee for that start).

I laugh, I kid, we give the Rockies a hard time but this should be an entertaining series. I remember last time we went to Detroit. George Frazier wouldn't shut up about sneaking into old Tigers' Stadium and looking for ghosts, and Drew Goodman was all like "Yeah, that's great George. 2-1 count to Hawpe and -" "Yeah, we could go ghost hunting! Let's come back tonight!"

Ghost hunting.

Possible Starters:

Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 5:05PM MT

Jeff Francis vs Casey Crosby

Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 2:05PM MT

Christian Friedrich vs Doug Fister

Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 11:05AM MT

Jeremy Guthrie vs Max Scherzer


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Hernan Perez 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Andy Dirks 37 134 24 44 9 2 4 16 9 18 1 0 .328 .379 .515
Austin Jackson 41 158 32 51 12 2 7 25 21 35 6 0 .323 .400 .557
Prince Fielder 63 239 34 75 13 1 10 41 26 38 1 0 .314 .386 .502
Miguel Cabrera 63 257 35 79 17 0 13 51 21 39 3 1 .307 .361 .525
Quintin Berry 21 71 17 21 4 2 0 6 6 22 8 0 .296 .383 .408
Gerald Laird 26 73 12 21 3 0 2 4 5 7 0 0 .288 .338 .411
Jhonny Peralta 56 191 21 51 12 2 4 18 22 38 1 1 .267 .346 .414
Delmon Young 56 213 18 56 13 0 5 22 7 42 0 1 .263 .298 .394
Brennan Boesch 61 238 30 60 11 0 7 25 8 46 3 1 .252 .283 .387
Alex Avila 44 140 18 35 8 1 5 20 19 38 2 0 .250 .338 .429
Ramon Santiago 48 107 9 22 2 1 2 13 10 15 1 0 .206 .283 .299
Danny Worth 24 51 4 10 1 0 0 2 7 16 0 0 .196 .288 .216
Don Kelly 39 79 9 15 0 1 1 7 11 13 1 0 .190 .289 .253
Brad Eldred 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .188 .235 .375
Bryan Holaday 2 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Ryan Raburn 38 126 8 20 6 0 1 8 8 36 1 1 .159 .219 .230
Omir Santos 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125
Brandon Inge 9 20 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 6 0 0 .100 .100 .300
Matt Young 5 10 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 .100 .182 .200
Rick Porcello 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Justin Verlander 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Duane Below 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Drew Smyly 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Max Scherzer 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Luis Marte 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Thad Weber 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Adam Wilk 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Clete Thomas 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Ortega 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Doug Fister 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joaquin Benoit 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Phil Coke 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Octavio Dotel 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Luke Putkonen 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brayan Villarreal 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Collin Balester 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Daniel Schlereth 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Casey Crosby 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Valverde 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Jose Ortega 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.00
Brayan Villarreal 3-1 16 0 0 0 0 0 18.1 10 5 3 1 9 27 1.47 1.04
Joaquin Benoit 0-1 29 0 0 0 1 1 28.0 24 8 7 1 12 40 2.25 1.29
Duane Below 2-1 18 0 0 0 0 0 28.0 19 8 8 2 3 20 2.57 .79
Justin Verlander 6-4 14 14 3 1 0 0 101.2 76 34 30 6 23 103 2.66 .97
Doug Fister 0-3 6 6 0 0 0 0 34.1 37 13 12 4 8 24 3.15 1.31
Luis Marte 0-0 5 0 0 0 0 0 10.2 10 4 4 1 2 10 3.38 1.13
Jose Valverde 3-1 28 0 0 0 13 3 27.1 22 12 12 2 15 19 3.95 1.35
Drew Smyly 2-2 12 12 0 0 0 0 63.2 63 30 28 10 18 58 3.96 1.27
Phil Coke 1-3 29 0 0 0 0 1 26.1 31 15 12 1 8 26 4.10 1.48
Octavio Dotel 1-2 21 0 0 0 1 2 18.1 14 9 9 2 6 27 4.42 1.09
Rick Porcello 4-4 13 13 0 0 0 0 73.0 96 48 42 8 19 44 5.18 1.58
Max Scherzer 5-4 13 13 0 0 0 0 70.1 83 49 45 13 29 88 5.76 1.59
Collin Balester 2-0 11 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 14 14 13 5 11 12 6.50 1.39
Adam Wilk 0-3 3 3 0 0 0 0 11.0 21 11 10 4 3 7 8.18 2.18
Luke Putkonen 0-2 6 0 0 0 0 1 7.1 14 7 7 0 5 6 8.59 2.59
Thad Weber 0-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 10 4 4 0 2 1 9.00 3.00
Casey Crosby 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 8.2 9 9 9 1 7 5 9.35 1.85
Daniel Schlereth 0-0 6 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 14 10 8 3 5 6 10.29 2.71


Detroit Tigers Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andy Dirks achilles-tendon 05/31/2012
Alex Avila hamstring 06/06/2012
Doug Fister oblique 05/29/2012
Drew Smyly fingers 06/11/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Victor Martinez knee 03/14/2012
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