Thursday: Tigers at Red Sox

The lineup gets shuffled a little bit with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Brandon Inge is up in the leadoff spot thanks to his history of hitting knucklers, including 6-for-22 with two home runs lifetime off of Wakefield. Renteria remains in the seven spot after his key RBIs last night.

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

For the Red Sox:

  1. Julio Lugo, SS
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Manny Ramirez, LF
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  6. J.D. Drew, RF
  7. Coco Crisp, CF
  8. Sean Casey, 1B
  9. Kevin Cash, C

All of the relievers are available, though it’ll be interesting to see if and how Leyland uses Bobby Seay tonight with the White Sox and Jim Thome looming this weekend. That’s the caution he has to consider with only one lefty in the bullpen, but it’s a situation he hopes to rectify in the next few weeks with a second southpaw. Considering Toledo now has Clay Rapada, Aaron Fultz and Casey Fossum, they have choices.  Leyland would also like to get back to a seven-man bullpen, so those two moves would mean two right-handers being sent back or dropped.


I’ve been wondering about those lefties down on the farm. We have a growing list of them but none of them are jump-off-the-page names. Macay McBride and Ian Oslund are on Toledo’s roster too. More of the same. Logic would dictate that a LHB will need to be added at some point.. Hopefully this makes for some strong performances out of what we got now in order to keep their jobs.
Nate may have cut a bit of a break with Lowell out. He at least gets to have 3 LHB in there. Granted one is Ortiz who is ready to bust out of his slump at a moment’s notice.
It will be a very tough assignment for him. Another Tiger to watch is Polanco. His struggle continues and he has to face a guy today he has not done well against.

Had this guy on the ropes and couldn’t do anything to him. Very poor at bats for Cabrera. I don’t care what JL says–that boy is pressing and pressing hard.
Nate has a long way to go and he may have to revisit old feelings of non-support again today.

Nate hurt himslelf badlly with those walks but the big problem was giving in to Drew. The Bosox did what a good team does. They answered back with runs after going behind in the top half of the inning.
Nate always seems to have a really bad inning in most of his outings. Same thing today in an otherwise pretty good showing.
Sure would be nice to see Sheffield or Ordonez drive in a couple tonight. Hard to believe that Ordonez has yet to get an RBI this year. Together the 3-4-5 hitters have a grand total of 2 RBIs in 9 games. Don’t have to go much further to explain the 1-7 record.

Guess we should have figured Manny was going to tear into one. I think he actually was struck out on the previous pitch though. Both he and Pudge missed it and I think that is why the ump thought it was ticked.
Nevertheless, you can’t walk hitters on a good hitting team. This is one of the reasons the Tigers have not fared well this year. They have drawn their fair share of walks themselves but there’s been no one to drive them home..
Tough game to lose but they do deserve to lose it. The 3rd inning K by Cabrera with the sacks full really was a crucial point in the game.
At least Ordonez got it going a bit and Polanco too. Really disappointed in Sheffield–more so than Cabrera. Sheffield is a 20 year vet and should be a leader. Cabrera is young and trying to assert himself in a pressure cooker situation here in Detroit.
This bullpen is never going to amount to much. Even when this team starts to hit they are going to have a difficult time keeping the opposition under control. I think that being transparently self-confident is essential for a reliever and the only guy I have seen so far that seems to have anything that resembles confidence is Bautista.

Nothing like having bases loaded and having a 20 year veteran have a crappy hit right into a double play. Talk about a momentum killer. Hopefully the Tigs can keep this going despite that. Looks like Polanco might be coming out of his slump

Sounds like Jamie Walker may be on the trade list come July – from an article on ESPN:

The Orioles have already advertised that, assuming they’re not in first place in July, all these names will be on the table: George Sherrill, Chad Bradford, Ramon Hernandez, Aubrey Huff, Jay Payton, Kevin Millar, Steve Trachsel, Jamie Walker, Daniel Cabrera, Melvin Mora (if he’ll waive his no-trade) and (here’s that name again) Brian Roberts.

Man(ny) does that strike ever look big now. The bottom of the lineup kept us in the game and Polanco came through. That darn Seheffield though. He has been a rally killer a couple of times this year hitting into DPs. Taveras was really struggling and would have had to groove one to Sheff if he could have been patient. He went reaching for one that he should have left alone. I don’t know if he can turn things around like he did last year but he is hurting the club if he can’t drive in runs. I don’t care how many times he walks. Eddie Yost walked a lot to. (Remeber Eddie?) But his bat is supposed produce runs.
I am not blaming him for the teams stuglgles but am only pointin out what I see as a very important factor.

I wonder what JL is REALLY thinking about finding someone who can get outs. He could swap bullpens with the MudHens.
.JL is hanging Bazardo out to twist in the wind now. I don’t blame him. No sense wasting another arm tonight. I don’t see Bazardo, Grilli, Miner, and Beltran ever being intimidating forces out there on the hill.
JL is ready to pop a blood vessel soon. All the composure and bravado we have seen from him so far has run its course. I think the media may be barking up the wrong tree if they try corner the “coot” for a quote after this performance.

sheffield has not been sheffield for a long time. you can bet on a ground out or fly out to left almost every time lately. it is time for marcus thames to get the shot i feel he earned a long time ago. i mean what else does the man need to do to be an every day player. i really dont get it. he has proven he can play the outfield well and isnt afraid to bang himself up to make the play. a class guy too.

yeah I have to agree on Sheffield. He’ll get you the nice leadoff solo homerun once in awhile in the first couple of innings but I can’t ever remember him coming through big in the 8th of 9th with guys on base. He doesn’t seem to hit anything solid anymore either. Major clog in the 3 hole.
I’d like to see Marcus get a shot too. He thrives in big spots and hits the big homerun like last nights game.
I think you gotta play Clete Thomas too at least while he’s still hitting everything in sight.

yeah. clete should be playing as much as possible. they always say it’s a team effort so shouldn’t they play who is hot t te time and not just the big names

The Tigers hitters are too far away from the plate, high in the batters box with a closed stance. They as a group look like they are gripping the bats way too hard and not going about business in a fun manner. They need to set a line-up with:
This is a line-up set to get specific hitters the pitches to watch ahead of their at bat to time a plate appearance better.
Kenny Rogers needs to throw strikes, Jim Leyland needs to be throw out of a game for argueing balls and strikes and the team needs to start acting like a team!!!

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