March 3rd, 2007

The unbeaten season is over

Not that it really matters, of course, but it was kind of an ugly game. Jason Grilli said after his outing that he was trying something different today, pitching with his foot on the first-base side of the rubber to help out his sinker. He didn’t blame that for his rough performance, but any changes like that can be a struggle initially. Other notes …

  • Nate Robertson already has a working changeup, but like Jeremy Bonderman, he’s trying to improve it. He wants it to be as effective a pitch as his slider, making those pitches 2a and 2b in his arsenal behind the fastball. He threw a couple Saturday and was happy with it.
  • Good two innings from Edward Campusano, including a couple outs against left-handed hitters.
  • Leyland understandably didn’t want to make a big deal out of Marcus Thames’ first error at first base. He’s going to make mistakes, after all. Part of the error was his positioning. The bright side was that the lopsided score gave Leyland a reason to keep him in all game instead of playing Sean Casey for the last half like he had planned.

The Tigers will hit at home before heading over to Winter Haven tomorrow. Hopefully it’s a better day than today, though I realize it’s all relative to not relish low 60s, breezy and overcast.

Pudge leads off again

That’s his second game in three days doing it with a left-hander on the mound, in this case Sowers. Thames is starting at first base, though Casey will probably be in later in the game. Here’s the lineup:

  1. Rodriguez, C
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Guillen, SS
  5. Ordonez, RF
  6. Monroe, LF
  7. Thames, 1B
  8. Granderson, CF
  9. Inge, 3B