Offensive woes continue as Tigers lose again

JUPITER, Fla. — The Tigers failed to get anything going offensively again, mustering just six hits in a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday. Yes, the potential Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 hitters in the order are playing in the World Baseball Classic, but manager Jim Leyland said he wishes some of the young guys that are here now would take more advantage of the opportunity. 

And the problem lies with them falling behind on counts early.
“It’s fastball, strike one. Curveball, strike two. Then they’re on the defense. You can’t let
that happen,” said Leyland, whose team struck out eight times Tuesday, after posting 11 Ks on Monday. 
“You can’t take a fastball down the middle and a breaking ball down the middle and expect to hit big-league pitching. It’s just not going to happen. I don’t care who you are.”
* In case you’re not scoring at home, the Tigers (3-8) have mustered two runs per game in their last five — all losses.
* Zach Miner wasn’t as sharp as Rick Porcello was yesterday — another candidate for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation. Miner gave up three runs and seven hits in three innings to move his record to 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA this spring. 

“I felt like I was throwing the ball well,” Miner said. “I just didn’t get
it down when I needed to to get results. The old saying is you can’t control
results. But I wish you could.”

* Miner said he didn’t feel pressured by the 20-year-old Porcello having a good outing on Monday: “You just want to do well no matter what. Whether everybody is doing great, or they’re doing terrible.”

* Ryan Perry pitched another scoreless inning on Tuesday. That makes 4 2/3 straight for the 22-year-old right-hander. 

Alden Gonzalez


You have to wonder whether Miner’s troubles are not related to him knowing he is trying to push the proverbial uphill. Porcello is also got to have no chance with Nate and Willis burning $18m this year and a minimum $21m in 2010. No wonder Justin has problems on his $3.6m seeing where parity sits with DD.
If we still have some chance towards season end, Porcello may come up then if we are likely still bleeding in the 5th tag team role of Nate and Willis.
On a more positive note, great to see Maggs and Cab starting to hit it today and Carlos continuing to perform as a DH.

Well, the only thing dumber than paying millions to players that aren’t playing is paying millions to players that cause your team to lose.

Yes it was good to finally see Maggs, and Cabrera start to hit yesterday, even though it was inferior pitching. These guys in Florida are just not hitting the ball, frankly they are completely overmatched and proving why most of them will not be in the big leagues this year or some of them maybe ever. They are not even hitting the A and AA pitchers. Like JL said this was going to be a chance for them to prove what they have and they certianly aren’t doing it.

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