It’s go or go home time !

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Well Tiger fans, this is it. A whole summer full of baseball awesomeness is now down to possibly two games to get to the World Series. Getting to the World Series should have been a minimum requirement for this team so now it’s time to see if they can suck it up for two games in Chowderville and get to the promised land.

In many respects this series has been one of the most frustrating I have ever watched. This team has put together starting pitching performances of a historical nature and still find themselves down 3 to 2 and facing elimination. TO be honest, you have to really stink it up in other aspects of the game to lose games with starting pitching this good. From inexplicable managing decisions to horrendous base running and bullpen implosions the Tigers have found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I honestly think that right now they are a better team than Boston but the mistakes have cost too dearly. Speaking of mistakes let’s talk about a 350 pound one playing 1st base. I realize players go through slumps, its baseball and it happens but this is ridiculous. Prince Fielder has been about as useful in this Series as our U.S. House and Senate combined. I guess I would feel better about the slump if I thought Fielder gave half a shit about it. Continued Inge like at bats with no discernible change in approach is enough to make a fan throw the remote through the flat screen TV. That being said, it may be time for Old Smokestack to either move him down in the lineup or move him out completely. Lord knows you are not giving up anything defensively if he is out. Fielder is not solely to blame for the offensive troubles of the team but at 23 million a year he has to perform better.

Even though the Tigers have played less than stellar ball this series I still think they have a shot. I know, I know, not exactly a grand statement but like many others I feel very good with Scherzer and Verlander ready to pitch. Let’s face it, the Sox are not exactly clubbing the ball and there is no other pitchers I would want to try to get me two wins. It will be tough in Fenway but it if they can somehow erase the mistakes and get a few clutch hits it should be possible. OK fans, get ready for what I hope is a great weekend of baseball and Go Tigers !!!!

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Game 4 recap – The heart attack edition

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Ok folks if you are anything like me you are probably still recovering from the racing heartbeat and high blood pressure from last nights game. That little gem was exactly what makes playoff baseball so intense. Living and dying on every pitch and freaking out over your chain smoking, baffling and possibly senile managers decisions is what makes it fantastic.

First of all, since I am the bigger man I will say kudos to Old Smokestack for making the right decisions to get the win. It pains me to say it but most of his inexplicable decisions actually worked out. No, I wouldn’t have pitched Scherzer. Not because I don’t like Scherzer but having him to start Game 5 would be my preference. Would our bullpen have gotten us through the 7th or 8th? There is no way to know since they didn’t get the chance. Scherzer got it done and that’s that. For the record, getting out of that no out, bases load jam was one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time. A couple of things I do think the Marlboro Man did whiff on. Why take Peralta’s bat out of the lineup in the 7th for defense and for the love of all things holy why do you not intentionally walk Cocoa Krispies with a man on 2nd and 1st base open ? Oh well, I will never agree with everything Old Man River does but a win is a win is a win.

Alright, let’s discuss Mister Permanent 5 o’clock shadow Alex Avila. I am not gonna say he only gets to keep his job because his dad is the assistant GM but come on I haven’t seen worse nepotism since the other 5 Baldwin Brothers actually got to star in movies. I actually had a little back and forth text chat with a Detroit sports radio host today because I had ripped Avila for his pathetic at bats. The host said it was ok because Avila made some good stops behind the plate in the late innings. He insinuated Avila was the only catcher that would of got it done. I am sorry, but I am only willing to meet halfway on this. Avila did make the stops but there is no damn way to know if Pena would of or not. Stops or no stops his at bats have become more terrifying than the fashion choices of your average Wal-Mart customer. For instance, right after Peralta ties the game and there is still no outs Avila walks up and waves at three straight pitches. Hey Alex, Brandon Inge wants his swing back. This guy is next on my list of Mud Hens that needs to take that lovely drive down Southbound 75.

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World Series or Bust !!

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I am going to make this quick and to the point.  The Detroit Tigers MUST win the World Series this year.  The Division Championships are nice, beating on the Yankees in the playoffs is stellar but it has been a long damn time since 1984.  Do we need a parade down Woodward this fall?  Heck yes we do.  

This team has spent the money and made the moves to make this happen.  These are not the cute and cuddly Royals with their tiny salaries.  The PIzza Man has spent and spent big so the goals have to be set accordingly.  The addition of Torrii Hunter filled a huge hole.  Having Vmart back is tremendous.  Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante have been here all year and we now have one of the best young shortstops in the league.  The bottom line is no more excuses and no reason to not bring this thing home.

The way I see it is there is only one concern and that is the health of Miggy Cabrera.  He needs to be back at a more functional level than we saw at the end but frankly I will take 80% of #24 over most players in the league.  The starting pitching is stacked and the lineup with a Roided up Peralta in left along with the glove and speed of Iglesias at shortstop should be solid.  I don’t see any gaping holes in the order unless Dirks gets to much playing time and Alex Avila reverts back to being his normal Mud Hen self.

In summary, I am very optimistic with the chances for the Tigers.  The talent is there, the experience is there and everyone should be rested and ready.  As long as Tom Brookens doesn’t cost a couple of runs a game by trying to score Prince or Vmart from 1st on single we should be ok.  Is it bad that I miss Gene Lamont ?????  At least he was fat and blind for an excuse, whats Brookens excuse, he can’t see over his cheesy mustache ???  Sorry, I digress.  Anyway, this is it.  I will not be happy with any outcome that does not involve a World Series trophy,  Time to get this done and Bless You Boys !!

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