Raburn as pinch-runner

So why pinch-run for somebody who just legged out an infield hit? Leyland said after the game that he had discussed it with Gene Lamont earlier. The thinking was that Raburn is a little faster, but also more experienced. He was less likely to be tentative, Leyland said, and Lamont knows him better and could feel more confident sending him around.

As for why Renteria wasn’t bunting to get the runner over to second, Leyland said he didn’t want to play for the tie, not with Boston’s offense and with limited options remaining in the Tigers bullpen. Todd Jones would not have come out for the 10th had the game gone to extras.

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Makes sense…when it’s down to the wire like that…you want a guy who has more experience running the bases. I’m sure Ryan was happy to touch the field tonight. I also think that playing for the tie would have been selling themselves short. If you’re going to play, might as well play to win!

k well.. it looks like sheff had a good day at the plate, maybe the LF and 6spot demotion might be influencing him? or a fluke….. time will tell.
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but i am hesitantly optimistic about tonights win. didn’t really see the game. no time. but it looks like they should’ve had the game well under control early, and ultimately blew the lead. but as long as they won. lots of runs. lots of hits (18) i like seeing that. here’s to tomorrow!
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mike

A new day. While we still bask in the reverie of yesterday’s (hopefully defining) victory, I saw this article in the News:
http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080508/OPINION03/805080378/1129/SPORTS0104
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The only way the idea would work would be if Sheffield were to go elsewhere or hang ‘em up. Before anyone jumps on me for advocating this I am only providing a link to the article and stating that it is interesting.
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While Sheffield got 3 hits yesterday, only one was hit with any kind of authority at all. When we really needed him to come through he struck out badly on a hit and run and Ordonez was thrown out at 3rd.
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I watch his swings as closely as I can and I swear he is favoring his front shoulder. He originally injured the right shoulder in the Polanco injury but I think something has gone wrong with the other one.
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At any rate, I don’t see him regaining the kind of form that the club bargained for when they signed him.
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But you are advocating this by providing this link, a link to yet another of the gazillion opinions out there, this one from Rob Parker, of all people. Rob Parker?
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As if this “team” isn’t enough of a circus already, you want to add Bonds to it? No thanks. Personally, I don’t think Sheffield is finished yet. He could hit four homers tonight and it wouldn’t change anyone’s opinion of him.
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–Rich

i’d rather watch the tigers lose every single game remaining on the schedule, than to see barry bonds anywhere near the detroit tigers clubhouse.
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Rich, I’m not advocating it all. As I said, it was an interesting article in a local paper.
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I don’t want Bonds here. It would be another experiment and another blob to clog up the base paths. Not to mention the personal detritus that he would bring.
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The only LHB OF I would want on this team are either Markakis or Crawford. Admittedly, those are exercises in wishful thinking.
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Sheffield won’t hit 4 HRs this month.
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Parker may have had a point with that collusion comment, though. Not that it could be proven.
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Anyway, it’s pitching we need. Pitching pitching pitching. We had to get 18 hits to squeak out a one-run win. I didn’t carry as high an opinion of our staff as management did, going into the season, but these guys aren’t THIS bad.
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Say, what do you think of removing the leftfield fence? It beats us more than it helps us.
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–Rich

Just curious, how many of you Tiger fans would rather see Thames at DH, regardless of the pitcher? To me it just doesn’t make sense to play this lefty-righty nonsense. I would rather see Marcus’ bat 3 or 4 times a game and quite possibly break things open early, than waiting on a pinch hitting opportunity that may or may not come. Matt Joyce may turn out to be a fine player someday, but right now I’ll bet he doesn’t put as much fear in opposing pitcher’s eyes as Thames would.

Just curious, how many of you Tiger fans would rather see Thames at DH, regardless of the pitcher? To me it just doesn’t make sense to play this lefty-righty nonsense. I would rather see Thames get 3 or 4 at bats and quite possibly break things open early, than to just wait for a pinch hitting opportunity that may or may not come. Matt Joyce may turn out to be a fine player some day, but I’ll bet he doesn’t appear quite as imposing as Marcus would. Besides, it has got to ruffle a few feathers that the call-up would immediately get playing time over guys like Raburn and Thames.

Quick thoughts:
1) Bonds– bad idea for lots of reasons.
2) Sheffield– isn’t worth the huge contract he has. That being said, if he can get hot (and I think he still can), he is best option available. If he doesn’t get hot and/or gets hurt, I think he’ll retire, opening up a slot for other guys.
3) The Tigers really need some top notch performances from their starters. Bullpens get much better when the starters limit their workload.
4) I think we’re overreacting. If the Tigers can pull off a win tonight, they’re still in a decent spot. Yes, I’m disappointed that they lost so many games after sweeping the Yankees and coming within one game of .500 but I’m willing to bet that we’d all have been happy with this record when we were 0-7. We’re still not far out of the race for the Central lead and not much has clicked yet.
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My prediction for tonight: Verlander outlasts Beckett in a classic duel 2-1 Tigers. JV goes 8 innings giving way to Jones who retires the side after walking the bases loaded… Jones explains afterward that the walks were in honor of his recently traded teammate, Jason Grilli. :)

sorry for duplicating my post!

Brent, your comment on Sheffield pretty much mirrors my own thoughts. This is why I’m glad to see him go into leftfield. Either he’s a healthy ballplayer or he’s not, so let’s find out. If he goes down again, he himself said he’d probably retire. That would ease the logjam for DH and other positions. Or he has a good, or at least useful season for us. I have a feeling he’s got one more good hot streak.
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We’re bound to get better pitching here at some point. These guys didn’t just all lose it at the same time. And after tonight, no more Boston to mess with their heads.
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Last night’s ninth inning seemed to be a makeup for that loss to Minnesota on Sunday. Not one hard hit ball. So I’ll call that even.
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Now, everybody. Tonight when Youkilis comes up to hit, tell me he doesn’t look like a pirate going “ARRR! ARRRR!” He should be in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
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That’s the word, maties.
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–Captain Rich

I agree with the comments about Bonds, he would be just another name to add to our roster…we already have enough good hitters…they just aren’t showing it right now :)
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I’m hoping ACE will show his stuff tonight and stay in and get a QS. Let’s hope we don’t need to wear out our bullpen anymore this week.
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I’ll make sure I watch for Youkilis tonight, Rich, haha.

Just to throw something out there, what if you change the name from Bonds to Kenny Lofton? Does that midseason signing make any more sense for this team?

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