your unrealistic trade proposals suck

It’s that time of the year when fans throw out however many trade proposals they can, no matter how unrealistic they might be and without regard to the teams’ needs.

The Braves want outfielders for Prado and/or Jurrjens, so hay Tigers, just give them Dirks and Raburn! Git ‘r done, Dumbrowski!!

Or, hay the As want middle infielders so just trade them Danny Worth, Will Rhymes, and Don Kelly for Gio Gonzalez right nao!

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Game 60-something: Scherzer’s gonna Scherz.

After a rocky first inning in which Scherzer allowed two runs– a Raburn throwing error helped the Indians out– he got his shit together and managed to pitch into the sixth inning.

It didn’t look very good in the beginning. Scherzer was getting hit hard and even the outs were loud and scary. Thankfully, those two first inning runs were the only runs the Indians would get, as Scherzer and three relievers combined for the 6-2 victory.

Valverde did make it a little interesting in the ninth, but after he got the leadoff walk out of his system, he locked the game down. In a non-save situation, but still.

I’m interested to see if they talked to Scherzer after the game and whether he made any specific adjustments after the first inning.

Pictures will be uploaded to Flickr and linked to at some point.

Notes and observations:

  • Brennan Boesch is not a very good baserunner. Failing to advance to third on a sac fly? Meh.
  • Raburn is back in fans’ good graces if only for how long it takes them to consume a 25¢ chili dog at A&Ws.
  • Save the first and sixth innings, Scherzer looked okay.
  • Travis Buck apparently still has fans.
  • Umpire D.J. Reyburn did not make many friends. At least amongst Tigers fans. There were a fair amount of Indians fans there.
  • Until the rain came, the stadium was pretty packed.
  • Raburn’s homerun was a legitimate towering shot into the left field seats. That was slightly encouraging to see. And I want my chili dog, dammit.

  • How do you solve a problem like Raburn?

    (Sung to the tune of “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria,” from The Sound of Music.)

    Some Tigers fans think Ryan Raburn should be designated for assignment. They’d rather risk giving him up for nothing than keeping him on the team and hoping for the best. It’s the only logical thing to do, obviously, since Raburn isn’t known for having ridiculously hot second halves or anything.

    Oh, wait.

    My solution is obvious: Brennan Boesch is a streaky first half player and Ryan Raburn is a streaky second half player. Find out a way to combine them into one player to maximize their talents. Therefore, you have Boesch’s first half and Raburn’s second half– in one guy! They’re the perfect player!

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    Game 62: RAGE REDUX!

    Leadoff triple stranded.

    Check.

    Leadoff double stranded.

    Check.

    Good friggin’ job, guys. You should be proud of yourselves. Tonight, they’re 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

    At least that extra base hit streak is still alive, amirite?

    * * *

    Oh hey, the Mariners had a runner in scoring position and he just scored. Will you look at that!

    * * *

    This feels like one of those games the Tigers of April/May would not be able to come back to win.

    I don’t think I’ve quite gotten out of that “DOOM DOOM DOOM!” mindset, and maybe for good reason, from the looks of this game.

    * * *

    ALEX AVILA SHOULD BE AN ALL STAR.

    If they strand him at third, they are going to die.

    * * *

    Don Kelly didn’t want to die, so he singled in Avila. Tigers take the lead, and I am astonished we are no longer losing.

    * * *

    BOESCH TOOK FISTER DEEP TO RIGHT.

    Let’s see how many innuendo-laden comments I can make about Doug Fister now.