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A supreme rally: Tigers 9, Indians 8

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Happy Happy Joy Joy time in Detroit
Happy Happy Joy Joy time in Detroit


Final - 4.11.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 8 10 0
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 3 9 18 0
WP: Phil Coke (1 - 0)
LP: Chris Perez (0 - 1)

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Quick: Is the glass half full or half empty?

The Tigers rallied back to beat the Indians 9-8 on a wild pitch in the ninth inning, but when you finish celebrating the fact the team swept Cleveland and improved to 5-1 on the season you'll come back to that question.

The reason for that is simple: Detroit scored nine runs and managed to come back from six runs down. They had 18 hits and took nine walks. So, half full. But the Tigers also stranded 18 runners and hit 6-for-19 with runners in scoring position. So if you're the type to look for negatives, there's one for you.

Or is it?

Actually, the Tigers did a bit better than average when you take a step back. They hit .316 with runners in scoring position, but the American League averages the past three years were .269, .273, .276. So Detroit didn't do too bad when you look at it from that angle, especially with the Sunday lineup getting the start.

The Tigers scored more than five runs for the fourth time in six games as well.

Of course, if you want to discount all that because the Tigers opened the season against the Royals and Indians, I'm not going to stop you. And if you're worried because Detroit keeps finding itself trailing in games because it struggled against the starting pitchers, I won't blame you.

But what's important right now is that Detroit is winning the games in front of it, and doing so against division opponents at that. You hate to see them fall behind so frequently, but they're going to be playing from ahead their fair share of times too, I'm sure. Win the ones you should lose, and try not to lose the ones you should win, and you'll do fine.

So I'd say optimism -- cautious optimism, but optimism -- is a healthy feeling right now.

As for how the Tigers go to the point of winning the game after Justin Verlander gave up five runs -- including a grand slam -- in the first inning, here' a short recap:

  • Verlander bounced back from throwing 43 pitches in the first inning to pitch into the sixth.
  • Phil Coke got out of some trouble in the ninth inning.
  • Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-3 AND had three walks and three RBI.
  • Rookie Austin Jackson got on base four times, and rookie Scott Sizemore had three hits.
  • Carlos Guillen came up with a key double in the ninth inning.
  • Your favorite players did great things. Seriously, you hate to leave anyone from the Tigers' box score out after the games they all had.

So a win is a win. We'll take it. Royals visit Detroit on Monday.

So tell me about your mother ...

Comment of the night

crwi knows it isn't over till it's over:

I AIN'T HEARD NO FAT LADY SINGIN!

Graphing it

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(via Fangraphs, and be sure to vote for the three stars of the game there!)