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Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results

Jun 3, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

Jose Valverde

Miguel Cabrera hit two homers last night. But not just any homers. Homers out to center at Comerica Park, officially tallied at 466 and 444 feet. That’s some mileage. Well, 0.17 of a mile, but that’s still a lot of distance. Both were needed too, as it was a tight game throughout, with Detroit beating the Yankees 4-3.

And how about that Jose Valverde? He came in to lock down a one-run lead in the ninth and hit the first batter, allowed his pinch runner to steal, walked the next guy, allowed a double steal to put runners on second and third, hit another batter to load ‘em up, then walked another guy to blow the lead. Thanks to the Tigers rallying in the ninth, however, he was credited with the W.

Dude just knows how to win, doesn’t he?

Tigers 4, Yankees 3
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4
Nationals 2, Braves 0
Marlins 5, Phillies 4
Athletics 9, Royals 3
Mets 5, Cardinals 0
Mariners 10, White Sox 8
Dodgers 6, Rockies 2
Orioles 2, Rays 1
Brewers 5, Pirates 1
Twins 7, Indians 4
Reds 12, Astros 9
Angels 3, Rangers 2
Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2
Giants 2, Cubs 1

  1. pharmerbrown - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Valverde = vulture. Who coined that phrase, knows how to win? Sounds like something Tim McCarver would say, may have even said after the broadcast.

    Hats off to my Yankees, whose RISP hitting woes continue. /sarcasm

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Hats off to the “Risen From The Dead” Sox. Their recovery from the operating table has been remarkable.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      And they’ve done it with half their roster still in the hospital.

      • mornelithe - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        I know, right? ~66 Million on the DL, and they’re still finding ways to win. Pretty remarkable.

  3. Charles Gates - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Maybe he was just being super altruistic regarding saves.

  4. mungman69 - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    If the Phillies can’t win with Hamels, they are in trouble.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      I wouldn’t be worried about Hamels, the Fish seem to be his bugaboo. Cole will rock the old school ways to the tune of a fine year and a big deal

      Hanley is hitting as well as anyone in the game right now and I drool when I think of how difficult it will be to pitch to Reyes, Infante, HanRam, and Stanton going forward when LoMo is actually hitting as well

      • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        Jimmy, don’t get carried away with the Hanster yet. He;s starting to get better than his brutal early season numbers and .278 is sure better than .225. However, his RISP is still terrible overall – way down in the very low .200s. He came into yesterday batting .203 with RISP and of course a solo homer and a homer with a man on first won’t improve those numbers. The Hanster clearly benefited yesterday from Hamels’ peetching around the Iron Giant, as Kendrick and the Feelies boolpen did the day before. Word seems to be out that most of the Feesh are really struggling in scoring situations and that the key is not to let the Giant beat you.

        By and large, if the competition keeps avoiding the Iron Giant, they’ve still got a better chance of beating the Feesh even if they serve up a couple of fat ones to his predecessors – because they can still face Tweeter and his awful .146 RISP (which is about what he hit last season, so we’re talking about a fairly long term trend here) with men on base and get that strikeout, popout or DP. I’m still in favor of trading him for any ballplayer of value that the Feesh might be offered.

        Let’s see how Krazy Karlos fares today against Blanton.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        If Hanley not hitting the way Hanley usually hits is the biggest problem the Fish face, they’re in pretty good shape. IMHO, the problem is the bottim of the order, as you have chronicled well. The Nats had a similar problem but with Morse’s return, plus the production of Young Mr. Harper and Lombardozzi the Younger, Davey can put a more productive and less strikeout-prone lineup out there.

      • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

        Greg – the Hanster’s performance is a bigger problem than it seems to be precisely because, with the bottom of the lineup underperforming so badly, he affords the Iron Giant no protection in and gives opposing teams some options, like letting the Giant get on base so they can go after the others – as his one for six over the past two games indicates.

        Some of this pressure on Stanton will be alleviated a bit when Bonifacio comes back and has had a few games to get into his rhythm; it will certainly allow Slobbering Ozzie to bench Coghlan (and I predict that he’ll get no more than one more stint in Nawlins before they release him, assuming his performance remains so awful).

        Ruggiero has looked promising so far, but you always have to assume there’s a reason some guy his age has been knocking around the busball leagues for as long as he has, and you kinda just have to wait and see if the gremlins show up in his slash line once you’ve got a representative sample to work with. Bench depth always helps, but the Feesh really need to fix their missing link in the outfield with a genuine starting player. A .240-.250 hitting Tweeter or, if he ever regains his big-league stroke, Gaby Sanchez at first can be carried even with the spotty RISP numbers if they get one more guy who can drive in a run or two at the bottom of the order.

        Then there’s Buck, whose offense is nonexistent. Sending him out every day to anchor the whoopee cushion end of the lineup and praying that one of his swings might accidentally come into contact with a pitch is a lot like sending the Polish cavalry into action against the Panzers. I don’t know what they can do about him short of eating the balance of a contract that any fool could see was a boondoggle the day he signed it.

  5. nflfollower - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    What about Yankee’s hitting coach and the Girardi getting tossed for what initially looked to be minor complaints over a terrible called strike on Granderson. As a tigers fan, I was amazed the hitting fish was thrown out for minor complaints from the dugout. And by the same ump who was suspended a game for instigating the Phillies coach? Might be something there.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      What about the call by Tim McClelland in the Rangers/Angels game? Granted It was very close play at the plate, but he was standing nowhere near where he should’ve been when he made the call.

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_06_02_texmlb_anamlb_1&mode=wrap#gid=2012_06_02_texmlb_anamlb_1&mode=video

    • natstowngreg - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Bob (arglebarglefargle) Davidson seemed almost tame. He didn’t yell at Long after tossing him, and didn’t get in Girardi’s face after Girardi did the childish manager hat-tossing thing.

  6. jarathen - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    That Angels-Rangers game was ugly as sin. The Rangers looked like a little league team, the umpiring was suspect at best, and it just went ON forever. Darvish had incredible poise out there through it all, though. If that was John Lackey he would have spontaneously combusted.

    Watching Torrealba do the Aybar Wiggle on Trout’s safe call was a riot, though. I half expected him to grow big and green, his uniform stretching and tearing, as he wreaked havoc on the field.

    And that was before he realized he’d been tossed four minutes earlier.

  7. natstowngreg - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    There was concern after back-to-back struggles by Stephen Strasburg. Is the problem physical or mental? Neither. He was more like the Stephen Strasburg we expect: 4 hits, 9 K, no walks, 90 pitches (59 strikes, 31 balls).

    Good news on the health front. Jesus Flores returned from a hamstring tweak without time on the DL, hitting a homer and continuing his excellent blocking of pitches in the dirt. Michael Morse returned, pushing Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa down a slot, and Rick Ankiel to the bench. A defensive downgrade, but this team’s problem has been scoring runs. Morse should help, not just with his own hitting, but by getting Ankiel’s strikeouts out of the lineup.

    Much respect to Brian McCann, but it seems that when the Bravos play the Nats, he either gets hurt or has to play hurt. The latest was taking a Jonny Venters pitch on a kneecap.

    Gio vs. Tommy Hanson this afternoon. The Nats tend to do well against Hanson.

  8. yankeesfanlen - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Ninth inning, Universe down by one, manager and hitting coach disposed of. Valverde comes in and proceeds to pitch to Farmington, Troy, Grosse Pointe Shores , Belle Isle and Hamtramck because it’s Polish-American night at Comerica. Rather than stand there like cigar store Indians, we begin a futile effort to hit these errant bullets and only tie.
    Then, instead of being able to bring in Soriano with a lead, we give the game up on a sac fly.
    Nice work all around.

    • nflfollower - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Yea, I wasn’t sure who deserved to lose that game more, the yanks or my tigers.

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