Thames hitting second

With Placido Polanco getting the day game off, Jim Leyland is up to his old trick of putting a power bat in the two spot — in this case, Marcus Thames. He’s playing LF today; Carlos Guillen is the DH.

TIGERS (1-2)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Thames, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Treanor, C
  8. Santiago, 2B
  9. Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello

BLUE JAYS (2-1)

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Aaron Hill, 2B
  3. Alex Rios, RF
  4. Vernon Wells, CF
  5. Adam Lind, DH
  6. Jose Bautista, 3B
  7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  8. Michael Barrett, C
  9. Travis Snider, LF

P: Ricky Romero

13 Comments

I’ll reiterate my comment from the last post.
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My thoughts go out to the family of Nick Adenhart, the Angels organization and their fan. A tragic accident and so incredibly sad for a kid with so much potential.
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Good luck today Porcello. Here’s to the start of a magnificent career as a tiger!

Horribly sad news about Adenhart – just a grim reminder that baseball is just a game. So sad for his family.

Our kid is doing well but their kid is killing us today.
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Tough break on Inge’s bid for a bases loaded hit.
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Surprised they sent Santiago on Everett’s hit. Top of the order up and they would have had men on 2nd and 3rd. Jays did everything right on that play.
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JL has to actually sit and THINK whenenver we get men on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. Happened with Inge up the first time and though I know Inge is hitting it is still a small ball opportunity that has to be at least considered. It will be important to know when to do this, this year.
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Aaron Hill is getting to be like Michael Young and Grudzelanek against us.

Sure would like to see some offensive support here today. I know Everett is on deck but with Treanor struggling and Inge on 1st I would have considered laying one down even thought there was already 1 out.
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This (the 6th) will be the make or break inning for young Rick.

The coaching is just killing me these inning…
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why would you not make treanor, who can’t hit a beachball, bunt after inge’s leadoff walk? And when he has two strikes, why wouldnt you send Inge to stay out of the DP that he hit into.. and then i think they should have taken porcello out after the 5th.. at 77 pitches (i thought they wanted to keep him around 75) and facing a lefthander that has killed the tigers in this series and already has a hit against porcello.. Bring nate in and let him throw the 6th and the 7th.. GRRRR!!!!!

Oh well–he did pitch very well. He will have a lot of well-pitched games in his career and hopefully this year. The hitters are not grouping together their hits yet and unfortunately the breaks have not really gone Porcello’s way today. Nice job.

It seems like I can’t let a day go by without saying this, but a good rightfielder racks up a putout on Snider’s fly ball to the warning track.
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It would be nice to see the Tigers start hitting the ball if they can get into the Jays’ bullpen next inning.
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Everett so far has not made the big plays that we have been expecting to see. Two times today he has not been able to get the ball out of his glove.

It seems like I can’t let a day go by without saying this, but a good rightfielder racks up a putout on Snider’s fly ball to the warning track.
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It would be nice to see the Tigers start hitting the ball if they can get into the Jays’ bullpen next inning.
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Everett so far has not made the big plays that we have been expecting to see. Two times today he has not been able to get the ball out of his glove.
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Oops! Scutaro kills us again. That’s probably the ball game.

Porcello did okay – great at times and then he probably started to get figured out a few times through the order. All I have heard about is how the defense is going to be better this year, I believe that we have 4 or 5 errors so far this year and if Everett would of been able to make that double play well, we are looking at a few less runs. So I am waiting for this improved defense to show up.
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No so sure that Overbay wasn’t out at home though. Very close play.
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Everett sure can’t hit worth a crap.
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Porcello did okay – great at times and then he probably started to get figured out a few times through the order. All I have heard about is how the defense is going to be better this year, I believe that we have 4 or 5 errors so far this year and if Everett would of been able to make that double play well, we are looking at a few less runs. So I am waiting for this improved defense to show up.
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No so sure that Overbay wasn’t out at home though. Very close play.
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Everett sure can’t hit worth a crap.
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Well, we got no breaks today. Strange that, with all the talk of baseball changing to a speed/pitching/defense game, there were a ton of homeruns hit in the series.
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Inge gets robbed of a bases loaded single and we get a guy thrown out at home. That would have been five runs instead of two.
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Porcello pitched fairly well considering he didn’t have his curveball most of the day. I would have hoped our hitters would have been a little more patient with Romero, especially early on.
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Everett is making plays, but not completing the plays, if that makes any sense. You can see why people rave about his defense, but he’s not finishing up at this point. I think the turf in Rogers Centre was terrible, and will be glad to get back on grass.
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Way too early to get a handle on how all this will shake out, of course. Things haven’t settled in yet. Not sure if Rincon can help or not, and the bullpen is a question mark. We may have a very good starting rotation, however, and that’s a big plus.
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Need a little more offense. My fear is that Inge will lose his approach with these homers he’s hit. Maggs is off slowly, as I thought he would be. Cabrera is closing in on Player of the Week honors. Granderson looks good, even against lefties. Treanor’s going to have a problem after missing so much spring training. Might want to look at getting some runners in motion, bunting early in the game, etc.
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–Rich

Forgot one thing. Since I tend to be hard on Leyland, I did want to compliment him on something he does that I really like. It’s when he goes out to the mound to tell his pitcher (usually the starter) that he’s pitching to his last hitter. Kind of like “good job, we’ve got a lefty to face the next guy, so just hump up and get this one.” Let’s his pitcher know not to leave anything out there for his final hitter.
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And since I’m complimenting people, how about Mr. Ilitch givng the Big Three about $2M worth of free advertising in the ballpark? I meant to mention that a few days ago.
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–Rich

I don’t have the benefit of being able to watch this stuff on TV, but I agree with everything above. Dan & Jim were putting a big emphasis on all of the long balls, but that 6th inning was a perfect example of what was supposed to be different this year.
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If you get your hands on the ball, you’re supposed to make the play. If Everett had gotten either of those two out of his glove, then the strikeout of Barrett would end the inning and we’re only down 3-2. Not saying we win anyway, but boy does that feel more manageable when you’re trying to mount a comeback.
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-Brian

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