How Was The Game? (September 18, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Not one to put on the highlight tape.

Mariners 8, Tigers 0 (Magic # = 6)

Justin Verlander (32 GS, 206.1 IP, 3.66 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 4.5 WAR) pitched in a lot of traffic during the first three innings of tonight’s game and allowed two runs while doing so, but allowed just one baserunner in the game’s final four innings on a Justin Smoak homerun. It looked like he wasn’t on his game early, but straightened out as the game went on and was cruising at the end. In sum, he allowed 3 runs across 7 innings that included 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. On most nights, that would suffice for the Tigers lineup but they struggled a great deal against Iwakuma despite a couple of bases loaded chances, to say nothing of the extra five runs the bullpen allowed. With two already in the hopper against the Mariners, the Tigers won’t sweat the loss with Doug Fister (30 GS, 193.2 IP, 3.67 ERA. 3.30 FIP, 4.1 WAR) going Thursday afternoon looking to snag the series.

The Moment: FSD shows O-Swing% for the first time in recorded history. Wikipedia citations can refer to the following exchange:

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