More of the same.
A’s 6, Tigers 1
If you close your eyes and pretend the 2nd inning didn’t happen, this still wouldn’t have been a great game. It might have been a little better, but it still would have been a 3-1 loss that featured very little offense. Anibal Sanchez (12 GS, 74.1 IP, 5.69 ERA, 4.50 FIP) had his bad inning in the 2nd, but was solid enough otherwise and the Tigers ran into Sonny Gray, who is an Actually Good Pitcher, so this particular loss is more aggravating in the context of the others than on its own. They’ll try to avoid a sweep and seven straight losses behind Shane Greene (11 GS, 60.2 IP, 5.19 ERA, 4.53 FIP) on Thursday.
The Moment: Uhh….um….err….?
‘More of the same’ –exactly, just like last year at this time. Games no fun (even painful) to watch. Grumbling about Ausmus, whose pitching and tactical management is….
It seems like, just from what I’ve seen, that Tigers righties cannot, and I mean cannot, lay off the ‘down-and-away’ pitch (slider or fastball). If they somehow survive, then they are given whatever pitch it is they all invariably hit right to the shortstop. I’ve seen this now for the last several teams they’ve faced–they’re all doing the same thing to the Tigs. It’s like watching a line-up of Inge-s, when Inge was off. At least Cespedes is fun as he tries to imitate Vladimir Guerrero. Cespedes could play cricket. (And what’s with Iglesias swinging at a pitch seemingly near his shoulder/chin his first at-bat yesterday? He did hit it.)
I have to believe that if I can see the above pitching tactics, Joiner must be able to too. I’m not knowledgeable enough to provide any cures.