04-05-2012, 01:55 PM #1
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It took 6 innings before Cabrera was charged with an error at third base. I am very surprised it took that long. That vaunted Tiger’s offense has yet to score a run through their first 5 innings
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04-05-2012, 02:18 PM #2"Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand."
04-05-2012, 02:31 PM #3
Over/under on how many games until he takes another ball to the face? I'll go with 5.I bent my wookie...
04-05-2012, 02:38 PM #4
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Verlander seems to be in mid-season form.
04-05-2012, 02:39 PM #5
04-05-2012, 02:58 PM #6
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
04-05-2012, 03:04 PM #7
I hate having to cheer for the Red Sox... but to see them get some runs off of Valverde in the bottom of the 9th was fun. And now Lil' Nicky Punto is in the game at third for the BoSox!
04-05-2012, 03:56 PM #8
He ain't gonna take ANY more balls to the face if he oles every hard hit ball the way he did his first E.
04-05-2012, 05:27 PM #9
And Valverde totally blew it ... but the only thing that counts is the final score.
04-05-2012, 11:54 PM #10
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04-06-2012, 12:30 AM #11
ya know, verlander is such a talent and such a likeable guy, i can't help but cheering for him, even though i know they're our foremost opponent. the guy really deserved the win tonight. if the Twins end up having a crap season, there are worse teams and worse people to root for.
04-06-2012, 10:37 AM #12
It's almost as if people don't remember that third base was Miguel Cabrera's ORIGINAL position when he became a star with the Marlins. He played a lot of outfield in his early years, but that was much due to the fact that they had Mike Lowell at 3B from 2003-05. Cabrera started 157 games at 3B in 2006 and 153 in 2007. He never played a single inning at 1st base until Leyland moved him there in 2008. The number of errors he made at 3B those years was a little high, but roughly comparable to what A-Rod (another great hitter) was doing on the Yankees.
When he came to the Tigers, it was perceived that he had gotten too heavy for other positions, yet his offensive production has actually improved over that same period of time. So it's not completely alien for Leyland to try him at 3B. I think the bigger concern is that they have Cabrera at 3rd, AND a bunch of other questionable defensive players all over the field (except for Austin Jackson in center, who is excellent).
Still, Leyland is much like Gardenhire in that he'll eventually promote from within and fix defensive problems with utility players and younger players if the problems persist. That's what happened by the end of that disastrous 2008 season, where the Tigers were getting similar hype, but finished with 74 wins when it turned out they were old and slow in the field (and their pitching was terrible).