Welp, it wasn’t the outcome that Detroit Tigers fans were hoping for. The nine inning Justin Verlander masterclass didn’t materialize, and Verlander’s Houston Astros dropped Game 6 of the World Series in Los Angeles. Now, the series rests in the hands of someone much less capable than him. Sometimes, that’s how baseball goes.
Verlander’s night may not have been the 150-pitch outing we expected, but it was still an excellent performance: six innings of work, three hits, and nine strikeouts. After a flawless early start, Verlander allowed a hit, a hit-by-pitch, a double, and then a sacrifice fly before slamming the door shut. It was an incredible job to limit the damage, but two runs were all the Dodgers would need.
It looks less likely that the Astros and Verlander are going to win their first World Series, but anything can happen. At least we get another spectacular baseball game out of it. And if all else fails, Curtis Granderson gets a ring, so it could always be worse.
I mean, the Yankees could have won.
I...I did not see that coming
I guess when you have the epitome of experience at the manager position, you can go with a couple fresh faces on the staff. In what has to be described as a major upset, the Tigers are bringing in Ramon Santiago as their first base coach. Considering what the roster might look like next year, maybe they are planning on him jumping into a couple games as well.
As for Omar Vizquel? He’s going to be just fine.
Asked what he's going to do now that he doesn't have a job, Omar Vizquel said he's going to Disney World.— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) October 30, 2017
We will miss you, Omar.
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The future is now
The entire point of tanking is accruing talent in the form of prospects and garnering high draft picks with last place finishes. With most of the talent traded out of the organization, it’s now on Al Avila to come through with the right draft selections. And we should all cross our fingers, because even high draft picks tend to be a crapshoot.
Around the horn
The Backstreet boys gave Jose Altuve a shoutout because of course they did. FanGraphs puts a damper on the slick ball theory. Here’s an excellent Q&A with Joe Girardi about being let go by the Yankees and his future as 2020 Tigers manager. South Korea’s elaborate and spectacular cheer culture. People want to sprinkle their ashes in MLB parks. I am not one of those people, but I get it.
Baseball is awesome
Justin Turner must owe Joc Pederson a ton of money.