photo illustration by Samara Pearlstein
So we can’t afford to drop anything against the Racist Logos with the race as tight as it is and yadda yadda holy cats I think I’m typing this same line over and over again every game. I should just have some buttons down at the bottom of the screen when I log in to MVN. One for “we can’t afford to lose games right now”, one for “the division race is too close for comfort”, and one for “asdflkjadsflkjlk Racist Logos”.
OK. Let’s look at this one seriously. Verlander just did not have his usual stuff. That wild pitch wasn’t exactly a sign of good location, nor were the 10 hits in 4 innings. It’s asking a lot of the bullpen to come in and shut down the R.L.s, a good hitting team despite their recent relative struggles, for 5 innings. The bullpen is a fragile entity. Good outings should be rewarded with rest, not further demands.
The offense did a lot of good things, led mostly by Maggs, as per usual. But it wasn’t enough. Uh, obviously. I have to admit that it’s hard to say good things about Brandon Inge right now as his batting average drops like a stone once again (although he IS hitting a lot of inbetweeny pops that are landing in gloves, which is just bad luck), and Granderson’s free swinging is starting to get pretty annoying, but most everyone else is hitting to a useful degree. When Verlander pitches like this, though, and when the bullpen acts like version Weenie instead of version Dominant, there’s just not much the bats can do.
I think we all know what REALLY happened here.