Friday: Sheff's back, Sardinha catches again

This time, it isn’t a matter of giving Dusty Ryan. It’s a matter of wanting to see Dane Sardinha work with Justin Verlander. You might remember that Verlander had three wild pitches in four innings in his last start at Cleveland, where Ryan was behind the plate. Verlander suggested after that game that Ryan was in a tough spot, since he hadn’t caught him a whole lot and didn’t know the spin on his breaking ball well.

As for Gary Sheffield, he’s back from his suspension and ready to play. Edgar Renteria, on the other hand, is not, still bothered by a strained left pectoral muscle.

TIGERS (72-86)

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

RAYS (96-63)

  1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
  2. B.J. Upton, CF
  3. Carlos Pena, 1B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Cliff Floyd, DH
  6. Dioner Navarro, C
  7. Gabe Gross, RF
  8. Eric Hinske, LF
  9. Jason Bartlett, SS


Blaming the wild pitches on Ryan, that is rich. He has been throwing a ton of wild pitches all year. Hitter batters and wild pitches that is his MO.

Thank goodness Illich is a realist – what has sickened me the most this year is managements – DD & JL mutual admiration society, collective head in the sand. The comment that Curtis is the team spark sums it up – we have only one regular player who is fast, agile and athletic player excluding Inge who has been stuck like a duck out of water all year.
How is it that someone can not believe in team/organisation chemistry yet is happy to just descibe this years problems, pitching aside as just being in a funk.
Good to see Sheff get to 498, I surely hope he makes it to 500 the next 3 or 4 games and he is top of Illich’s high payroll changes for 2009.

Watching between the breaks in the Cubs/Brewers. Hope Polanco is OK – home plate collision looked bad.
Verlander just can’t go deep this year – real struggle to finish 5 and looking ugly after 2 outs.

Seeing Dan is not in, I will make one for him – Inge as our pinch hitter, go figure.
Unlucky line out for Ramon with bases loaded.

Knew I’d put the wood on Balfour with 499 to Sheff. Maybe that’s his role – play him once a week to keep him fresh!!

If Jones was the rollercoaster, what is Rodney?? Man was he excruciating to watch.
Hey two wins in a row. I won’t hold my breath for tomorrow with Willis back.

Like I said a while ago if Jones was the rollercoaster, Rodney is the demon drop. However this if it would of been blow was certianly not his fault. Raburn misplayed for the second time in a game costing two runs and Cabrera should of been able to handle that ball. That would not of been Rodneys fault. Really 99% of their hits were not hit hard and barely if at all made it out of the infield. They got some lucky freaking hits that were finding holes.
I would like to know where all the Sheffield haters on this blog are tonight??? And I am not one who has ever thought or had the impression that Sheffield was a cancer to this clubhouse like some on this blog seem to believe. (we all have the right to our opinions obviously) But I thought that it was interesting that Jones said tonight that a lot of people don’t realize how valuable Sheffield has been. How smart of a baseball player he is and how during the game he comes back from hitting or from watching on the bench and gives advise to other batters if he thinks that a pitcher is tipping his pitches or whatever and how he teaches others. That certianly doesn’t sound like a cancer to me. But what do I know??? What does Todd Jones know???
Ramone we might have to name you slugger of the week! That dude is playing inspired right now.

Your right GK that Rodney didn’t get any help (Cabs needs a day off), although Raburn at least was athletic enough to try and catch it. His five pitch walk on one out , then giving thigh high fast balls straight down the pipe to every batter were just asking to be hit.
Watching Soriano tonight reminded me of the Tigers left and right outfield plays fro most of the year.
My previous comments about Sheff’s impact on team morale relate to the fact that playing the guy day in, day out when he was clearly frustrated in his inablilty to deliver can not be good for team chemistry. His team mates must have been feeling sorry for him, regardless of how much he was helping them with their at bats. These negative vibes were the context of how I saw his impact on the club, not whether he is the life of the party or a sulking loner.

Good luck Gary! It will be an excellent milestone in a great career. Thanks for doing it as a Tiger.

Cabrera will get a lot of days off in a few. But I do agree we often hear about how guys need a day off but I don’t recall him having really any days off. Maybe because he is younger than most. But he will have about 100 days off pretty soon.
Today I hope that Willis has a good day. At least when and if the Rays win we won’t have to watch them celebrate on the field. But I am happy for them. As a lot have noticed they are a similar feel to the 2006 Tigers. Nothing to one of the best. All with pitching, defense and timely hitting. I will be cheering you on in the playoffs.

This might be a bit far-fetched but Tiger Junkies will like to read it anyway:

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