How Was The Game? (June 3, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

[expletive].

Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3

Anibal Sanchez (9 GS, 50.1 IP, 2.15 ERA, 2.14 FIP, 1.8 fWAR) is just the best. He doesn’t have the public relations staff that Verlander or Scherzer do, but man is he fantastic. He took on one of the best offenses in baseball and twirled a no-stress 7 IP, 2H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K ballgame. He allowed two baserunners and didn’t get one past second all night long in another truly impressive performance. Unfortunately, Hutchison was equal to the task and sent this one hurdling toward the bullpens nodded at zero. Joba did his job in the 8th, but Ausmus went to Nathan in the 9th despite a short inning for the former and Nathan did Nathan things. Walk, single, pop out, single, and walk. Ausmus went to the pen again and Krol got a sac fly, which set up a three run bomb against Alburquerque to make it 5-0. The Tigers gave it a go in the 9th, scoring three on a JD Martinez long ball but they could not tie it up. It’ll be Rick Porcello (10 GS, 63.2 IP, 3.82 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 0.9 fWAR) going Wednesday looking to even the series.

The Moment: Cabrera cuts the lead runner down at 3rd to quiet a potential rally.

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One response

  1. Is there any evidence for dejection/futility/’there is no point’? That is, after (I think in the case of Anibal) two Pure Quality Starts that are lost by the bullpen or lack of offense, does a pitcher’s performance begin to decline, since ‘the game’s gonna be lost anyway’? I thought Edwin Jackson suffered from this when he was a Tiger. I’d think Samardjia would have a chronic case of this. I hope Anibal doesn’t catch it.

    Maybe if we all buy Sanchez gear, his luck will turn around.

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