Friday: Tigers vs. O's

Todd Jones is back, but don’t look for him in the ninth inning, at least not tonight. If he pitches tonight, it’ll likely be in a lower-pressure situation.

Marcus Thames is also back. He’ll be hitting sixth behind the Ordonez-Cabrera-Sheff trio in teh middle of the order.

As for Carlos Guillen, he’s out for at least one more day. Even if he says he feels fine, manager Jim Leyland said, he’ll probably still rest him for another day to be on the safe side with a pinched nerve.

TIGERS (59-62)

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

ORIOLES (57-62)

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Melvin Mora, 3B
  4. Aubrey Huff, DH
  5. Ramon Hernandez, C
  6. Kevin Millar, 1B
  7. Luke Scott, LF
  8. Lou Motanez, CF
  9. Juan Castro, SS

11 Comments

Everyone sitting this one out or what? Usually 10 posts by now? LOL
GO TIGERS!

tigers signed roberson for how many years,what a waste of money.

I bet they do trade Robertson, and I hope they do. Soon. I don’t care if they can’t get much–let’s trade the guy.

Going to stop watching these guys tonight and watch the olympics. At least they will be entertaining. Wasting a one out Granderson triple and a Sheffield double did it in for me tonight. Pathetic as usual.

Well, Jason, I guess I’ll take the 5th. Comment, that is. Based on the low number of responses to this blog tonight,
I assume most fans have now given up. This 10-game homestand was supposed to bring a revival. Instead, a 3-5 record so far has all but mathematical eliminated this team. If some important changes are not made to resuscitate this team in the off-season, I would imagine you are going to see a drop-off in season tickest sales and fan responses to your blog. I know it is not your job to tell management this, but if they should ask, please tell them how unhappy we all are. Thank you. See you (maybe) in 2009.

I’ll give credit to Nate and guys like him who will still stand up and give interviews after yet another bad performance. You like to see good people have success, but it’s not a perfect world.
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If anyone could provide a stat on it, I’m sure curious to know how many times Nate has given up a run or runs after we’ve scored. Seems to be an awful lot.
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Sadly, it appears that this team is headed for a 72 to 75 win season. Every year it appears that other teams improve over the course of a season while we chronically get worse. I don’t know. There are only so many fixes a club can make over one offseason, so I don’t foresee much for next year either. Maybe you have one of those magical seasons again, but the shine of 2006 has worn away.
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1968, 1972, 1984, 1987 and 2006. An entire lifetime, while some franchises accomplish that in five years. If it was only about winning, none of us would be Tigers fans.
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–Rich

Great way to describe the state of the Tigers, the shine of ’06 has worn away. And with it went our hopes of ’08 playoff games.

I will still watch the games, as any true Tiger fan will. Although, I do hope they surprise us and start playing better baseball.

Note to Tigers: no more ground outs to 3rd base.

I will post on here thru thick and thin, and I don’t post while I am watching the game, Everyone has their opinions and comments, which are fun to read. This Tiger team is just like my fantasy baseball team, you never know. How about the guy that took a chance and picked Josh Hamilton, or Kinsler, or Berkman? I picked Chipper Jones and Verlander to name a few. There are some great hitters out there but we need to concentate on pitching and defense and maybe some speed. I never did like too many trades as I have said before that you should promote from within, as in the farm system. The 06 team had chemistry! Go Tigers! –Dave

OK, my comments on the game. Nate did what a fifth starter should do. The offense and defense did not. The O’s had some 2 out hits. We did not. Maggs should have thrown out the guy at home. He did not. I should have watched the end of the game and not turned the channel. I did not. I had to turn back to the Tigers to see what was happening and saw Polanco in an argument. I was waiting for Rod and Mario to show a replay but they did not. When Placido was ejected, I was waiting for JL to get thrown out, but he was not. Well, at least I saw a little bit of fire. Do these guys want to win? Al Kaline for manager! Go Tigers! –Dave

So much for a low pressure situation for Jones. That game was brutal. For whatever reason the Tigers just can not move runners, and in JL’s words from 07 you can not win games on just the long ball.
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My family will continue to watch this team because we love baseball. If someone has tickets to a game, we would be more than happy to use them. Any true fan would!!!!!!!!!!!
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GO TIGERS!
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***Marci***

Dave – in case you haven’t seen the replay yet, on a double play throw to first, Placido’s throw his the hand of the runner sliding into second. Placido felt the runner attempted to interfere but the umps didn’t see it that way and was very fired up. To be honest I don’t think it was intentional but I don’t get paid to make calls either. I almost wonder if Placido was trying to get thrown out just to show some fire in his game, who knows. I missed the rest of the 9th after more runs were scored, but I believe a lot of the runs were not earned but due to poor fielding?

Another frustrating night.

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