At the very least, it'll wind up on SportsCenter's Top 10 - maybe even as No. 1. But this web gem may go down in history as one of those plays that saves one of those special things we don't explicitly talk about here at D4L while it's going on:
Yes, he is beginning to throw the ball while he is on his back/ass. Check out the screengrab below:
UPDATE: Verlander lost his no hitter with one out in the 7th inning. This play by Cabrera is still amazing.no comments
Below is what it would look like if a pitcher had the ability to throw four balls all at once, and exceptionally well. You probably saw it with Yu Darvish first, but MLB Network did it with Verlander the other night:
Verlander knows Morneau so well that he vastly increased Morneau's chances of hitting a baseball and Morneau still swung through all four of them. VERLANDERFUL!no comments
Prince Fielder hit a monster, game-winning, three-run home run against the Twins' Mike Pelfrey on Monday night. The ball landed near the flag pole in the visitor's bullpen, which is, like, far out, man.
Fielder, whose bat flip has been off to a hot start in 2013, decided to hang on to the bat for a little while this time:
Anibal Sanchez is probably the third or fourth Tigers pitcher you'd name if you were told a member of this year's staff broke the Detroit Tigers franchise record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. But Sanchez is the dude who did it, fanning 17 Braves batters faced during Friday night's 10-0 Tigers win.
Strikeout No. 17, and the ensuing celebration (x4), is embedded below.
Interesting tidbits about Sanchez's record night:
* It was the Tigers' 17,520th regular-season game
• 17 strikeouts is three shy of overall record of 20 shared by Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood.
• Only Sanchez and Randy Johnson have struck out 17 in just eight innings since 1921.
• Mickey Lolich was previous record holder for Tigers with 16 - he did that twice in 1969.
• Only other pitcher to strikeout 17 in last 5 years is Brandon Morrow on 8/8/10
• 17 Ks is an interleague game record
• 14 of Sanchez's 17 strikeouts were whiffs.
• Sanchez had 11 strikeouts in his previous two starts combined; 24 in 25 innings going into Friday night
• In his last four starts vs. the Braves, Sanchez was 0-4 with a 9.33 ERA and 19 Ks.
• Sanchez is now the 2nd Tigers pitcher to have more strikeouts in one game than the Tigers' ace, former MVP and Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander had to leave Thursday afternoon's game after only 96 pitches. Tigers media relations guy has the reason:
Verlander left today's game after seven innings with cracked skin on his right thumb. He is day to day. #tigers— Rick Thompson (@Thompson_Tigers) April 25, 2013
Oh my dear Laird! A horrible injury to have in the blistering cold. Let's hope he is okay.
Of course, a lot of people seem to be obsessed about JV's velocity being down so far this year, like he hasn't been throwing in mid 30s temperatures and doesn't have a 1.95 ERA after five starts. WHO CARES. Contact me if he's still throwing 89-92 in the midst of a pennant chase or in October and, oh yeah, not getting outs. Kthxbai.no comments
It was pretty clear that Jose Valverde was on the fast track to the Tigers' bullpen once he was signed to a minor league deal earlier this month. When Octavio Dotel got officially shelved on the DL yesterday with a bum elbow, Valverde's ticket back to the bigs came even sooner.
Back as the team's closer, Valverde got a chance to redeem himself from a horrid playoffs on Day 1. Enter Papa Grande [GIF and pic via @WorldofIsaac]:
Valverde threw all fastballs, 18 of them, to earn a 1-2-3 save. Alex Gordon and Billy Butler flew out to or around the warning track, but that's not important. Valverde's splitter was reportedly looking good in Single-A, so once he starts mixing that in, he'll hopefully rack up some strikeouts in those two-strike counts. His fastball was consistently 93-94 and Valverde, with his two-colored goatee, appeared to be having fun out there again, and that's encouraging.no comments
Gene Lamont probably got a bad rep over the years and I tried to defend him a few times over the last couple seasons. Well, Tom Brookens has been third base coach for the Tigers all of 18.5 games and he has already screwed up royally at least twice.
Unfortunately, both times has involved ill-advisedly sending Victor Martinez. V-Mart is 34 and is coming off missing a season due to knee surgery. He's no spring chicken, so let's try not to push the envelope with him, okay?
On Wednesday night, Mr. Brookens did that and to boot, it was against Jeff Francoeur's arm, which would require a license in some states. It resulted in the easiest 9-2 assist I've seen in a long time:
Brookens isn't the only person to screw up here, though. As the video shows, Fielder should've grabbed the bat that was resting dangerously on the baseline and then should've given more than a half-ass signal for V-Mart to get down. V-Mart wasn't getting down and definitely wasn't going to slide straight into the catcher. V-Mart ultimately took the best route, which was veering right and straight to the dugout, safe and sound.no comments
Jason Hanson, former Lions kicker and future Hall of Famer, has quite an arm. After spending 21 years in the NFL, maybe Hanson has a future
closing for the Tigers throwing respectable batting practice:
MVP Miguel Cabrera and runner up Mike Trout had a semblance of a conversation this past weekend, and someone caught it on tape:
Basically, the runner up was talking and the MVP was thinking, when is this dude I don't understand going to stop talking so I can go over to talk to Pujols? Run along now runner up.
(Anybody else notice Pujols hanging on to Cabrera's arm for just a little too long and Cabrera staring at Pujols' erection?)no comments