Saturday: Tigers vs. O's

You get your lineups early today. You also get Carlos Guillen back; he’s batting sixth, while Matt Joyce is back in left hitting seventh.

TIGERS (59-63)

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

ORIOLES (59-62)

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B (0-for-7 career vs. Verlander)
  2. Nick Markakis, RF (1-for-9 vs. Verlander)
  3. Melvin Mora, 3B (0-for-6 vs. Verlander)
  4. Aubrey Huff, DH (0-for-7 vs. Verlander)
  5. Kevin Millar, 1B
  6. Luke Scott, LF
  7. Jay Payton, CF
  8. Guillermo Quiroz, C
  9. Juan Castros, SS

8 Comments

No comments? Do I have to call on someone? :-)
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I see we now have a worse record than Baltimore, a team who’s fans held its own version of the “Millen Man March” less than two years ago.
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I’m wondering what the point of signing Raul Ibanez would have been, anyway?
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Whenever we play Baltimore, I get blacked out of every feed except for local Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) which is the worst one I’ve seen. It’s also second to last in viewership. This station has poor camera work and worse announcers. Last night, I wanted a replay on the Raburn steal attempt so I could see if it was supposed to have been a hit and run. Not only did the announcers (Hunter and Martinez) fail to comment, there was no replay although we did get a dandy Orioles minor league report, followed by a detailed discussion of Jupiter by Hunter and Martinez. Not kidding. The camera showed what was supposed to be Jupiter and they talked about that for five minutes. Did you know Jupiter has 64 (or 63) moons? And that proves, according to Buck, that it’s very large?
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Tigers, you need to get a winning streak going so our poor bloggers don’t have to listen to me go on like those two announcers did.
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Signing off, from Jupiter….
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–Rich

I think the Ibanez thing either was to either have a better chance at landing him for next year or to block minnesota and chicago for claiming him.

Looks like Sheffield is hitting a little bit better after getting all that complaining out of his system. He sure lost my respect with that, but if the Tigers are going to pay him 14M or whatever next year, hopefully he can bat at least .250!

Sheffield drew a walk which scored a run! What a change from last night. I was at the game last night and the Tigers were pathetic. They looked like they came into the game with the attitude that they were going to lose. Nate;s pitching wasn’t his best outting but he had no support in the field or at the plate. (Guillen just made his second throwing error!) They are not the fired up team they were the last couple of years, I blame that on management.

In “the glass is half full” department, we’ve won 2 out of 3.
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Verlander pitched a pretty good game. Two runs score on the throwing error by Guillen which Cabrera should have dug out, then a run is saved by Polanco’s diving stop in the same inning. That’s a neat microcosm of the importance of defense in one inning. If pitchers are going to be on that 100 pitch limit, six innings is about the most you can hope for. It’s not always the manager reacting to the pitch count either. The pitchers themselves seem to only have about 100 good pitches per game.
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Leyland came out there and gave Beltran one of his patented “listen to the hand” talks, and it worked. It usually does. I don’t know why JL doesn’t do that as often as he used to. Beltran looked a little shocked as JL walked away, but he got the DP.
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This minor league replacement umpire, Walker I think his name is, has ejected two players in two nights. He’ll be the homeplate umpire tomorrow, so that’s something to watch. The play at first on Payton was very close, and that’s because Renteria again seemed to have trouble making the exchange to his throwing hand. Does anyone else see that?
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Guillen and Ordonez aren’t starting tomorrow, per JL.

BTW, I solved the MASN problem by watching the game on MLB.tv, hooked up to the TV. Where there’s a will………..
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–Rich

Thanks TigerGirl, but I have still not seen the Polanco play. Her Rich, I starting watching Renteria a little closer and yes I noticed the bobble on the Payton play. He should have been out by at least half a step :) Inge should be at 3rd and I would not mind seeing Carlos at SS or DH. Put Sjef in left and tell to produce or he sits, like an old fashion tryout! Yes we have won one in a row. Go Tigers! –Dave

Watched most of the game on my Blackberry last night as I was outside and away from TV and radio. I did just watch some of the highlights, including Guillen’s first error last night.

Rich- I’m not sure how Cabrera could have dug it out when it sailed a few feet over his head.

Glad to see Justin get a good outing last night. I guess the best I can hope for is that our key players end on some positives so there’s confidence going into ’09. Conversely, I don’t want the pitchers to recover so well that CH’s job is salvaged…….

Owell- go Tigers- let’s end the homestand with a win!

-Tracey

Tracey, you’re right about that throw. I mixed it up with another play, one that was down at Cabrera’s left foot. The point remains the same, though.
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–Rich

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