QMAX ratings: (3,3) for Smyly (Success Square) (5,3) for Sanchez (Uncategorised) (1,2) for Porcello (Elite Square) Bullpen Awards: None Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values: Kinsler 0.285 V-Mart 0.230 Avila 0.066 Suarez 0.061 Davis 0.054 Jackson 0.029 JD-Mart 0.005 Cabrera 0.004 Holaday -0.018 Castellanos -0.049 Hunter -0.111
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Tigers 2014 Games 73, 74, 75: verrunt in Texas
The Tigers began their Texas tour with a visit to the Ballpark at Arlington, possibly my least favourite ballpark in the major leagues, with its pastiche approach to architectural design. They came away with three victories, led by the bats of Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez. The starting pitching was solid, with an excellent start from Rick Porcello, but the bullpen again suffered ugly moments, with both Joe Nathan and Al Alburquerque giving cause for concern in Game 74 (25th June). From here it was on to Houston, to face an Astros team that wasn't playing with quite the verve it had in late May and early June.