September 23rd, 2008

Two views of the same pitcher

greinke.jpgZack Greinke tossed seven scoreless innings and sent the Tigers to their 12th shutout of the season, but there was a difference of opinion in the outing.

“Greinke would’ve shut a lot of people out tonight,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “When you throw 97-98 with a good hook and a changeup and locate the ball pretty good, he probably would’ve shut a lot of teams out tonight, no matter what lineup we had in there.

“He just powered us early. We did hit some balls good at people, not that we were on him that much. But we had a couple chances. … But Greinke was very good. He was a power pitcher early, and then in the middle innings, went to a little more offspeed stuff. He got off the fastball a little bit. I thought he pitched very, very well.”

By contrast, Greinke was a little tougher on himself:

“I didn’t have any location of any pitch,” Greinke said. “My fastball was good, it just wasn’t being located good. I wasn’t throwing breaking balls for strikes, really. I threw the curveball for a strike a little bit but that’s not one of my top pitches and my slider was pretty bad.”

Tuesday: Cabrera at DH

It was already in the plans whether Cabrera was injured or not, and manager Jim Leyland said he wouldn’t do it if he felt like Cabrera couldn’t play the field today. But talking with Cabrera this afternoon, he seems to be feeling OK.

Jeff Larish gets the start at first base.

Don’t be surprised to see the Tigers doing some scoreboard watching tonight and for the next few days with the White Sox facing the Twins. How that series unfolds will probably determine whether the Tigers have to plan for a return trip to Chicago next Monday to make up that rainout.

TIGERS (71-84)

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

ROYALS (71-86)

  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Mike Aviles, 2B
  3. Jose Guillen, RF
  4. Ryan Shealy, 1B
  5. Mark Teahen, LF
  6. Billy Butler, DH (.442 lifetime at the CoPa — didn’t start Monday, though)
  7. Alex Gordon, 3B
  8. Miguel Olivo, C
  9. T.J. Pena, SS