Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:23 PM
Yeah, both of those were unfortunate calls on their part. Conceding a run late in a game where you've yet to score one yourselves is a questionable move.
Having said that, those decisions didn't necessarily singlehandedly cost them the game. There's no guarantee they would've scored that run from third, and there's no guarantee the Giants wouldn't still have scored that other run.
Frankly, I think the ridiculously imbalanced focus on offence over defence that has been the Tigers' philosophy might be showing up a little here. This is a team that has defensive dogs like Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young all fielding a position simultaneously in NL ballparks (and Victor Martinez too, when he's healthy), as well as negative defensive players like Kelly, Dirks, Laird and Garcia. In fact, the only positive defensive players to play for the Tigers all year are Avila, Jackson, Peralta, Infante and Santiago, and of those only Avila is above a dWAR of 1. The Tigers collective team dWAR is -4.8, good for last amongst playoff teams (4th worst in the majors above only Houston, Cleveland and Colorado). Conversely, the Giants are pretty average defensively (+0.4, 15th in the majors), but a good chunk of that is also taken up by guys they aren't playing regularly for whatever reason in the Series (Theriot, Burriss, Cabrera). In comparison to the Tigers though, they're defensive stalwarts and I think that's been making a difference so far this series.
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