Magglio back in lineup

He’s expected to be in there the rest of the way, so there should be no sandbagging in the batting race. It’s pretty much the regular lineup today:

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

On a side note, it’s one last trip to Detroit for ex-Tiger Rondell White, who says he’s 99 percent certain he’ll retire at season’s end rather than go through the injuries again. He has a newborn baby girl awaiting him at home, and he’s well-off financially to go home, be a dad and watch her grow up. So wish him well if you make it to the park for batting practice in the next couple days. He’s one of the nice guys who make baseball a good sport.

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Well good for Rondell. You’re absolutely right, he’s an A+ person. I still miss him.

Okay, so we’ve got several goals left, mostly individual ones:

1. Stay alive in the race as long as possible.

2. Win 90 games.

3. Get Maggs that batting title.

4. Polanco finishes up with no errors.

5. Polanco gets 200 hits.

6. Verlander comes on in relief for his 20th win. Okay, that one’s dumb.

Any others?

7. Granderson gets 3 more doubles (stretch those singles Curtis!). Gives him 40 and as far as Iknow, the only person ever to do 40-20-20-20.

8. Guillen gets a 3-run jack to get to 20 HRs and 100 RBIs

9. Granderson hits .300

10. Timo hits .500

I thought about giving Verlander a shot at relieving too if he gets to 19. They actually could do it.

BTW–that Punto drives me nuts!

Robertson is throwing OK tonight. Be nice to score a couple of runs. Darn. Curtis is going into his ~.300 cycle. He gets his avg up to around .302 then loses it back to start all over again around.296. That and Maggs winning the title would be the best milestones of them all for me.

Sheffield has a bad year every decade. This will be his worst since 1997.
I think we would be wise not too put too much emphasis on what he will do for the team next year. I don’t like what I am seeing now. Yes he plays hurt but I don’t see why he doesn’t cut down his swing if he has warning track power because of the shoulder. A simple base hit every now and then would be nice. He keeps going the way he has been and he may see his average slip below .260

Nate is throwing one of those games that we have seen all too often. When he throws really well the club doesn’t score any for him. I remember this happening to him last year as well.

Well Nate deserves this one. I hope we see a good at bat from Carlos this inning. He seems to getting a little weary at the end of this long season.
First pitch fastball to Ordonez?

Bottom of 9. 2 runs seems like a lot to come up the way the bats have been. A couple og guys on and a HR would be nice.
Rodney looked good but had trouble commanding his fastball.

Yikes–Nathan didn’t throw a strike to Pudge.

Nate has deserved a better fate than what he has gotten from his teammates. He has as usual gotten little or no run support. To bad.

11. Jones gets 40 saves. It’s a pretty decent accomplishment.
Nice job by Nate tonight. Another undeserved loss. And Dan , yes “Yikes” about sums it up.

Sorry about the poem earlier today…ouch.

Some of our guys look like they’re running on fumes. That big push to get back into the race must have been taxing. Guillen could have laid out and maybe knocked down that run scoring single, but like Maggs, he doesn’t really do that.

Nate has always had this kind of luck. It was this way in 2005 too.

You guys hear about this thing with Milton Bradley? Bizarre. My initial reaction is to blame the umpires. It started with them accusing Bradley of throwing the bat in Brian Runge’s direction. Sound familiar? It should. And this is the crew doing our current series. In fact, our favorite ol’ boy Bruce Froeming will be behind the plate tomorrow night.

I might have blown this off as just Bradley acting up again, but I saw with my own eyes the different treatment Sheffield gets, based on reputation. I won’t go into the racial aspect of it.

Todd Jones possibly not returning in 2008? Well, that would make a lot of people happy. Happy, that is, until Zumaya or whoever blows a save.

I’ve listened to Jones’ comments all season, I personally have gained the impression that he’s tired of people riding him all the time. He seems to be a very sensitive guy.

As far as Jones goes–it ain’t gonna get better next year. He had some good saves, some mediocre saves, some blown saves and a couple of disastrous and demoralizing outings too.
He will be another year older and though his numbers are good enough he will not be able to be the “dominator” that a plyoff bound club needs.

I hope he doesn’t end up like the other recent Tiger castoffs, Monroe and Maroth.

DD knew what he was doing in dealing those guys when he did. Nice guys and everything but Monroe is hitting .220 and Maroth is 0-5 with a 11 or 12 point ERA.

I do hope that JL has the wisdom to lower Pudge (if he’s still here) in the order next year. He will be hard pressed to hit even what he has this year. He has had an awful year in terms of coming up with clutch hits and has been a rally killer too many times to think that he can be a middle of the lineup hitter any more.

Great game by Nate tonight. When he’s on he can be very good. The numbers this year were not great but he has to be one of the best 5th starters in the business.

You guys think Maybin, Hessman, Rabelo and Raburn start against Santana?

I guess there is not much point in blaming the guys at the end of an exhausting season. Suffice to say that a lot has changed in one year. Going into 2007 we were “stand pat” but injuries and bad performances have made that not the case for 2008. I think we are all set at 2b,CF,RF,bullpen lefties and bullpen set-up guys but the rest is open to question.

It’s going to be a fun “hot stove league” this year isn’t it. By the way, do we keep this blog going in the O/S? I hope so, you fella’s are a pleasure to talk to about something we mutually have a passion for, THE DETROIT TIGERS! Thanks Jason Beck for the ride.

I guess there is not much point in blaming the guys at the end of an exhausting season. Suffice to say that a lot has changed in one year. Going into 2007 we were “stand pat” but injuries and bad performances have made that not the case for 2008. I think we are all set at 2b,CF,RF,bullpen lefties and bullpen set-up guys but the rest is open to question.

It’s going to be a fun “hot stove league” this year isn’t it. By the way, do we keep this blog going in the O/S? I hope so, you fella’s are a pleasure to talk to about something we mutually have a passion for, THE DETROIT TIGERS! Thanks Jason Beck for the ride.

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