Monday: Tigers vs. Twins

Both Polanco and Guillen are back in the lineup, while Brandon Inge gets the day off after playing a game each at center field, third base and catcher over the weekend.

The Tigers lineup:

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

The Twins loaded up on left-handed batters, which should be a very good test for Bonderman and his ability to throw the changeup. If he can’t spot it, he’ll have a very hard time winning:

  1. Carlos Gomez, CF
  2. Denard Span, RF
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Jason Kubel, DH
  7. Brendan Harris, 2B
  8. Mike Lamb, 3B
  9. Adam Everett, SS

Miguel Cabrera was doing some early work this afternoon with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, and he got a talk from manager Jim Leyland, too. The message was to simply be himself and play his game, not try to put everything on his shoulder (as it sounded like he might be doing from his postgame quotes Sunday).


Almost a normal looking lineup. Let’s see how Clete does. I’m thinking we should be using Ryan Raburn since he’s the only one that had decent looking at bats yesterday.

First of all nice to see Guillen in the lineup tonight. I was hearing something quite the opposite. I was under the impression that it might be even a few more days until he got back. And interesting to see that Inge isn’t in the lineup?? My guess Jones is in instead of Inge because of a lefty righty thing??
Secondly interesting point Rich in the last section that the 2 days they have managed a win, there were less posts on those days. The days they lost more posts. I suppose it is a way to get out the frustration.
Thirdly in my opinion and I guess the opinions of a lot of folks around is that the most frustrating thing about this flop is the fact that there are so many reasons for this and not necessarily the same thing each day. Bats are certainly a problem, we have been shut out four times and frankly the pitchers would of had to throw practically a no-hitter to combat that. There were four other games that they scored four runs or less. I have really been trying to think about this and trying to make sense out of it. The first 5 games or so we were in all of those, but the pitchers got absolutely no run support. These pitchers although not perfect in these games pitched well enough to get a win. So after watching these first 5 games, these pitchers looking at these slow bats are going out there thinking that they need to be perfect, in order to win. Therefor putting the weight of the whole game on themselves knowing that they practically have to pitch a no-hitter to win. So in putting that much pressure on themselves, they are practically doomed to fail.
So in my opinion right now they are plain and simple snake bit, and now they are all pressing so hard that they just plain and simple have forgotten how to go about winning. Feeling defeated before they even step out on to the field.

Well, some poor pitching staff is going to go out there one of these nights and get totally busted up by the Tigers.
Anyone who has to get the Twins feed tonight, it will be a stark contrast to Chicago. These announcers are pros, some of the best. I’ll probably be picking them up so I can get the HD feed.


I’ve got a question, how come in the bottom of the seventh when I think Twins catcher had a throw come to home it bounced away and up from him, but the tigers runners didn’t advance from first and second. Even if the throw got away from him and went into the stands the runners should have advanced a base each. I couldn’t tell from the Telecast, but it definetely looked like it got all the way to the backstop or out. I didn’t see any backup either, but did anyone see that or can explain why the runners held up. Can’t remember who was up.

Nevermind about the throw at home comment fellas, I see he had backup now from the replay, sorry for the wasted bandwith guys.

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