Archive for October 23rd, 2006

Monday: 10.23.2006

Already?

I was taking a look at some books on Amazon.com to pick some things out for my birthday when I stumbled across the most aptly named book I’ve seen in some time. It’s not that I don’t think the 2006 Detroit Tigers are worthy of a book, but isn’t it a bit early for this book? With the Tigers in the World Series and the book scheduled for an October 30th release, how good can it really be?

Furthermore, I’m not saying you have to judge a book by its length, but at 127 pages, is it really going to cover the ins and outs of this wonderful season? The author, George Cantor, wrote two books I’m very interested in getting. One is about the 1968 Tigers and the other is about the 1984 Tigers, both of which have received some great reviews. Thus, given his history for covering wonderful seasons in Detroit, you have to like him tackling the 2006 season, but I think the timing is just a huge problem.

Speaking of books, if you’re a stat-nerd like myself I heavily recommend the Bill James yearly handbook. Last year was my first time to receive it and I absolutely loved it. It not only serves as an amazing statistical reference for each player, but it has the most in-depth leaderboards on some of the most obscure stats available from the 2006 season. Also, I recommend going for the spiral-bound edition that can purchased by clicking the picture below. I have no vested interest here and won’t receive a nickel for anyone that follows the link, I’m just passing off my heavy recommendation for a great item:

The Bill James Handbook will be available November 1st, 2006.

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Monday: 10.23.2006

The Aftermath: Game 2

Phew! Now that’s more like it. Kenny Rogers threw yet another playoff gem to run his postseason scoreless innings streak to an astounding 23. It didn’t come without controversy. Dirtgate, as it’s being called, is on the tip of everyone’s tongue this morning as Rogers defends a brown smudge found below his thumb on his pitching hand. Of course, the fact that he removed it after the first inning and continue to dominate for seven more innings is evidence enough that he doesn’t need any illegal assistance. Still, it is the hot topic for debate amongst the talking heads on this Monday morning. I think we just need to get Grissom and Willows on the case to settle it once and for all.

With two World Series home runs, Craig Monroe has ran his playoff total to five and put himself in a tie with the legendary Hank Greenberg. Monroe has really started to become a favorite player of mine as he has come up big for this team time and again both at the dish and in the field. It really started with his 23rd home run of the season on August 30th that capped off a thrilling comeback against the Yankees in the night game of doubleheader in New York.


Monroe Against New York in August
Courtesy: CBS Sportsline


Monroe in the First Inning Last Night
Courtesy: Yahoo!

Rogers and closer Todd Jones held the first three batters of the St. Louis lineup hitless as they went 0-for-10 with two walks. In fact, Scott Rolen continued his coming out party from game one as the only hitter in the lineup to notch more than a hit. He was again 2-for-4 and scored the team’s lone run. Jones made things exciting by allowing an RBI-double to Jim Edmonds, but closed the door for his fourth save in October.

Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez combined to go 5-for-7 and scored two of the team’s three runs. Guillen’s 3-for-3 performance gives him five hits in seven at-bats for the World Series after hitting just .188 in the LCS against Oakland. Meanwhile, Monroe is 3-for-7 with two home runs and a double in the first two games.

The teams enjoy an off day to travel to St. Louis where the series will pick up on Tuesday for three straight in Busch Stadium. Nate Robertson will face Chris Carpenter and Jeremy Bonderman draws NLCS MVP Jeff Suppan before the rotations start over on Thursday.

Here is a World Series Boxscore followed by a complete playoff boxscore for the Tigers:

Detroit AB  R  H  RBI  BB  K  HR AVG
C. Granderson 9 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000
C. Monroe 7 3 3 2 1 1 2 0.429
P. Polanco 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000
M. Ordonez 7 1 2 0 1 1 0 0.286
C. Guillen 7 1 5 2 1 1 0 0.714
I. Rodriguez 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000
S. Casey 6 0 1 1 0 1 0 0.167
B. Inge 7 0 2 0 0 3 0 0.286
R. Santiago 5 0 1 0 0 2 0 0.200
M. Thames 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
N. Perez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
TOTALS 64 5 14 5 3 13 2 0.219
               
St. Louis AB  R  H  RBI  BB  K  HR AVG
D. Eckstein 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000
S. Spiezio 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.000
A. Pujols 6 2 1 2 2 1 1 0.167
S. Rolen 8 3 4 1 0 2 1 0.500
J. Encarnacion 7 0 0 1 1 1 0 0.000
J. Edmonds 7 1 3 2 1 3 0 0.429
P. Wilson 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000
Y. Molina 8 1 2 0 0 1 0 0.250
A. Miles 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000
R.Belliard 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000
S. Taguchi 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.250
C. Duncan 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 0.250
TOTALS 67 8 12 7 5 15 2 0.179




Playoff
Composite
Player AB R H RBI BB SO HR AVG
Granderson 36 5 9 6 0 4 3 0.250
Polanco 32 4 11 3 3 3 0 0.344
Casey 26 1 8 5 1 1 0 0.308
Ordonez 31 5 8 3 3 4 2 0.258
Guillen 30 6 15 4 3 5 1 0.500
Rodriguez 30 4 5 3 2 7 0 0.167
Monroe 31 6 8 6 1 5 5 0.258
Thames 23 3 7 2 1 6 0 0.304
Inge 28 3 7 3 1 9 1 0.250
Gomez 4 1 2 4 0 0 1 0.500
Santiago 6 0 1 0 0 2 0 0.167
Totals 277 38 81 39 15 46 12 0.292