Tigers debacle

I probably should refrain posting anything after todays game until I calm down but what the hell, this may be for the best. It is not often that I find myself almost speechless but Old Smokestack and the Tigers made me hit that spot today.

First things first, the lineup. If I was Justin Verlander I would sucker punch that senile old manager at the first opportunity. For the last 3 years JV has been the victim of the proverbial Leyland “Sunday lineup” in which every Tom, Dick and Mud Hen is in the lineup when Verlander hits the mound. A simple, “Hey Skip, more than 2 runs of run support with a lineup that is not normally in Ohio would be kinda cool” obviously does not work with Smokestack. Verlander has not been at his best so far this year but today he was awesome and he was a better man than I because if I saw that lineup card this morning I would of immediately had the worst case of turf toe or tendinitis to keep me from pitching for that mess.

Small ball. Make it stop. You know who sac bunts? Losers. You have a lineup with no speed and guys that cannot handle the bat other than to hit the ball hard. Stop the nonsense. Sac bunting in the middle of the game and wasting outs is just stupid. If you don’t trust whoever is at the plate to put the ball in play with guys on base and 0 or 1 outs then cut them or send them down. Sacrifice bunting is for the 9th inning or extra innings when 1 run may win the game not as a tool to kill potentially big innings the way Smokestack is working. It sucks, it’s dumb, and this lineup and is not capable of doing it.

Valverde. What needs to be said? This is the most predictable implosion since Hangover 3. He was brutal at the end of the year last year and when he is bad you can see it coming from roughly 326 miles away. Even when he has survived a 9th inning it has been the kind of roller coaster ride that would make Cedar Point and Todd Jones blush. As much as I would like to solely blame Leyland for this a lot of guilt falls to Mr. Dave Dombrowski for not even remotely addressing the bullpen in the offseason. Throwing all of your cards on the table with an unproven minor leaguer (Rondon) is how we ended up with Papa Small Latte anyway. It needs to be fixed.

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