QMAX ratings: (4,3) for Verlander (Success Square) (4,2) for scherzer (Succcess Square) (7,5) for Smyly (Hit Hard) Bullpen Awards: Goat's Head for Hardy Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values: Suarez 0.637 Kinsler 0.506 Castellanos 0.276 Holaday 0.102 Romine 0.080 Avila -0.004 JD Mart -0.031 V-Mart -0.259 Cabrera -0.340 Jackson -0.419 Hunter -0.447 Rajai -0.685
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Tigers 2014 Games 76, 77, 78: non satis cursus
The Tigers deserved to lose the Sunday game, as Drew Smyly had terrible outing, but the previous games featured pitching performances that, while not dominant, were theoretically good enough to win when given average run support. Now, in the 2014 American League, that means four or five runs. Rather logically enough, the Tigers split the games. In Max Scherzer's start, the Tigers, just, scored four and won. For Justin Verlander, however, the Tigers could only score three, and lost. What's more is that there were few chances for the Tigers to add a run or two more. Their bats were shut down pretty completely by throughout the game by the Astros' Brad Peacock. The best chance came in the third inning, when both Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera failed with runners on first and second. Both are among the worst performers with the bat as far as LI Win Values tell us. All of this is a roundabout way of saying that the defeat was not entirely Blaine Hardy's fault.