Indians 2, Tigers 1: When Justin Verlander can't stop the losing, is it time to worry?

May 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Detroit Tigers first base coach Tom Brookens (61) argues with umpire Paul Emmel (50) after being ejected during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

Final - 5.24.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Cleveland Indians 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 2 6 1
WP: Justin Masterson (2 - 3)
SV: Chris Perez (16)
LP: Justin Verlander (5 - 2)

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The Detroit Tigers dropped a 3 game series to the 1st place Cleveland Indians in embarrassing fashion, falling in the finale 2-1. With the sweep, the Tigers are mired in 3rd place, 6 games out of 1st, closer to the 4th place Royals than the top of the division Tribe. Not exactly what was envisioned before the season.

Kurt wrote this after yesterday's loss:

In all, I think it's safe to say we're seeing among the worst play of the year.

Well...maybe not. Today may have topped it. It was damn near an epidemic of suck.

There's not much more to say, as I've about reached the limit with my righteous indignation over the Tigers' lousy play over the past few weeks. So the recap with be much shorter than its normal War and Peace length.

Jim Leyland and Tom Brookens deservedly lost their minds, and got tossed.

Justin Verlander was great. He deserved so much better, it's ridiculous as to just how much.

The rest of the team did next to nothing. We saw sloppy play, bad defense, runners stranded by the bus load, a constant stream of bad at bats, not hustling, with some dumb sacrifice bunting the cherry on top.

Verlander had this to say after the game:

You can only say it's still early for so long. We've got to get this thing turned around.

As for a team meeting?

So what's the point in getting everybody pissed off? We're already pissed off.


Well, getting pissed off is a start. But until this lineup starts hitting, not much is going to change.

3 ROARS:

Justin Verlander: 8 IP, 2 R

Justin Verlander: 6 H, 7 K

Justin Verlander: 0.81 WHIP, 2.15 ERA

BONUS ROAR:

Tom Brookens: He was on the umpires for the missed balk call faster than a Verlander fastball gets to the plate. He then voiced the same amount of frustration we all have with the current state of the Tigers, spewing all kinds of venom at the umps.

3 HISSES:

Everyone: 1 R

But: 6H

Verlander: 19 LOB

GAME 43 PLAYER OF THE GAME

Brennan Boesch with 46%, but it was a "If it's gotta be someone, might as well be him." vote than anything else.

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