Archive for the '2011 Postseason' Category

October 10, 2011

Game 2 Pre-Game Notes

Well that’s it, folks. After one loss in the American League Championship Series and a season-ending injury to Magglio Ordonez* it appears most observers (except Danny Knolber, bless him) are writing off the Tigers. So be it. With Max Scherzer on the mound today and a more-than-capable lineup facing Derek Holland — a batting order […]

October 9, 2011

Fungo Flash Poll: Can the Tigers still win the ALCS without Ordonez and Young?

October 9, 2011

Gloom Returns. Doom to Follow?

Another postseason series, another rainout and another quartet of games in as many days. Oh, and another right-handed slugger shelved – but this one for the season, and possibly for good. On Saturday the Tigers took Delmon Young off the ALCS roster. Today, right around the time they postponed Game 2, the club announced that […]

October 8, 2011

ALCS Game 1 Rapid Reaction

The Tigers simply can’t deliver when given platinum opportunities to do so. Leaving the bases loaded in the first and fifth innings cost them Game 1 – a game in which they out hit the Rangers. Other thoughts: Justin Verlander certainly pitched well enough to win that game. Homeplate umpire Tim Welke had a wildly […]

October 8, 2011

ALCS Game 1 Pre-Game Grab Bag

When Brennan Boesch was shelved for the year, the Tigers pounced on the opportunity to acquire Delmon Young. Now that Young will miss the ALCS due to a strained oblique, the Tigers can’t go out and get a bat to replace him on the roster. Nor can they simply slide the eternally convalescing Carlos Guillen […]

October 7, 2011

Leftovers: Putting a Bow on the ALDS

It’s taken me about 22 hours to regain my regular heart rate but I think I’ve finally settled down. Was Game 5 the best Tigers game I’ve ever seen? I keep asking myself and I couldn’t decide, mainly because the competition features games with different circumstances and consequences: 1984 ALCS Game 3 Scenario: Tigers ahead […]

October 6, 2011

Game 5 Recap: Tigers 3 – Yankees 2

ESPN highlights available here. The Score: Tigers 3 – Yankees 2 The Gist: Jim Leyland’s bet on Don Kelly paid immediate dividends as Kelly gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead two batters into the game. Three batters in, Delmon Young gave Doug Fister a 2-0 cushion before he threw a pitch. Fister was terrific, as […]

October 6, 2011

The Game 5 Non Sequiturs

Here we are, a couple of hours from the most nerve-wracking Tigers game since Game 163 and the club’s first winner-take-all game since the 1972 ALCS, as Lee Panas pointed out after Game 4. Let’s see what happens. (Not unlike to my approach to this post.) Jim Leyland this afternoon explained why we’ll see Max […]

October 5, 2011

How the Tigers Have Bounced Back from Postseason Blowouts

For your consideration: The last time the Tigers lost a postseason game by the score of 10-1, it also came in a Game 4 – of the 1968 World Series. The Tigers won Game 5 at Tiger Stadium, 5-3, behind Mickey Lolich. They also won Games 6 and 7, in case you’d forgotten. In Game […]

October 5, 2011

Audio: Ken Rosenthal’s Game 5 Preview

Rosenthal: DET/NYY Game 5 Preview