Wednesday: Tigers vs. Royals

It’s a bright, sunny day in downtown Detroit, albeit still chilly. The ice that was brushed off of the tarp Wednesday morning has melted, but not by much.

Here’s the Tigers lineup, same as Monday:

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

David DeJesus is still dealing with a sprained ankle, so that means a change atop the Royals order. Other than that, Kansas City’s lineup is the same:

  1. Gathright, CF
  2. Grudzielanek, 2B
  3. Gordon, 3B
  4. Guillen, RF
  5. Butler, DH
  6. Teahen, LF
  7. Gload, 1B
  8. Buck, C
  9. Pena, SS

After looking back on the opener — and he had plenty of time to do that, since he drove home to Pittsburgh after the game and back on the off day — Leyland suggested the bullpen wasn’t as big of a factor as the offense. “We can’t go too often four or five innings without scoring. With our kind of offense, we need to score if we’re going to win those games.” It’ll be interesting to see how this lineup fares against Bannister. He had one good start, another very good start and a mediocre outing in three appearances against the Tigers last season.

11 Comments

Not worried about the offense eh?

UGH, we can’t even get a walk on this guy, let alone a hit……7th inning..

great hitting team eh???? What the heck

What a sad game and I only ‘saw’ it on the game trax on foxsports. No offense, pitching ok. I know what we will hear from the media though so I am not even gonna mention it and I would hope no one here does as well. There is no doubt the offense will heat up. It is only the second game of the season and this is a marathon to the end. I am not worried, just disappointed.

So far this offense has not been at all impressive. And I agree pitching was fine, but that hitting but no doubt the media will be all over Miner and the pen for their performance. CAN WE ALL SAY — ITS THE HITTING FOLKS??
Very disappointed in this teams performance so far.

Scary lineup, hey? So far, it’s scaring me. :-)
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Oh well, who would have thought Polanco would start out 0-10? What I find odd is it always seems like the other teams have better pitching staffs than we do. Both performance and statistic-wise.
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Anyway, here’s what I wanted to post. Out of our first 39 games, 15 are against last year’s playoff teams. Throw in that 20 games in 20 days thing, and you have a tough stretch. I would like to see the Tigers come out of that with a 22-17 record. I think that would be a good accomplishment.
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–Rich

Just remember it is cold out there and they are used to the Florida weather! I actually thought the pitching has been really good in the two games they have played so far. There are lots more games to play!

Ya it is cold out there but it is also cold out there for the other team as well and they hit enough to win. Thanks for trying to put a positive spin on it but??????

Someone should have told Bannister it was cold!!

Dan, you can insert a hyperlink just by typing the URL into your comment, like this: http://espn.go.com/
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You can also use HTML to create your comment, but I don’t know why anyone would go to the trouble. Easier to just separate paragraphs with periods.

Disappointing so far. For sure the hitting has cost us 2 games. If they would have scored what they will likely average over the full season, they could have won both games. They seem to be pressing. We no longer have Pudge ripping the snot out of the ball like he did in Florida. As well, everything Polanco hit down there seemed to fall in while up here where the cold winds blow, everything seems to end up in someones mitt. Clearly things are out of sync when Polanco strikes out swinging to end a game!.
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They just need to make sure they don’t press and compound things by making them “mental”–just go out and play ball and have fun. Everythings will fall into place.
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Rogers pitched well. Miner was at the cusp of having a very important outing only to give up that fatal 2 out hit. It is a little troubling to see the hitters struggle and the pitching not being able to “pick them up”. That’s what winning teams can do. They may not be able to execute in one department but another one will keep them in the game until the bitter end. That hasn’t happened yet. Now ,I am NOT blaming the bullpen I am just waiting for someone to step up and lead they way, which has to happen on the field and not in a media interview.
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It’s darn painful to watch the complete dominance by the Royals pen these last 2 games. Nunez is overwhelming and the closer ain’t bad either!
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Someone said that Jacque Jones doesn’t ‘have a clue” up there. I must agree. He looks atrocious and I’ll bet dollars to donuts we see The Kid get his first start tomorrow or possibly JL might even let Marcus in against a RHP.
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I love Polanco and wouldn’t have anyone else there if I had the choice but boy did he ever get a break on that scorers decision to not give him an error. Yes, he had to range to his left and pick the ball off the turf but that’s kinda what the job description is. I know there are at least 2 people in the world that thought that was an error (the other surely was Placido). I’m glad it went the way it did but I am curious what others here think of that play.
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Well those two games have certainly been “bummers” Everything will be “groovy” tomorrow if at 1:25pm the Royals still have a Zero on the board!

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