Thursday: Tigers at Angels

Carlos Guillen’s Achillies tendon was getting sore on him after the first couple games, so Jim Leyland is giving him a day at DH. Leyland wants Gerald Laird playing on Friday and Saturday, so with Laird’s ankle a bit sore, Leyland rested him tonight and gave Matt Treanor a shot.

TIGERS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, DH
  6. Brandon Inge, 3B
  7. Josh Anderson, LF
  8. Matt Treanor, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Edwin Jackson

ANGELS

  1. Chone Figgins, 3B
  2. Maicer Izturis, SS
  3. Bobby Abreu, RF
  4. Torii Hunter, DH (wasn’t feeling well today, stomach bug)
  5. Kendry Morales, 1B
  6. Juan Rivera, LF
  7. Gary Matthews Jr., CF
  8. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  9. Jeff Mathis, C

P: Matt Palmer

64 Comments

We deserve to lose this one too. Sloppy ugly, thoughtless ballplaying.
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Jackson has not helped himself and I have to take that back about Everett.
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Inge throws another one away and now Bonine who would strike fear in the hearts of any Little League team is in the game.
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What worries me about these kinds of game is not so much the L in the Loss column, but the fact that they have this (dis)ability to play this kind of ball. If you have a team that just absolutely dreadfully on both sides of the ball, then you can’t ever really feel too comfortable.
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Realistically, they can come back with a 3 run bomb but that would require a couple of guys to get on base and they just don’t look like they are into it tonight.

I wrote in the last one that I call this the “AAA CALL UP CURSE”. This happens every time the Tigers face a AAA call up. They look as though they are going to get to them and then they let him off the hook and he settles in. EVERY TIME!!!!!
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These errors are infuriating. And not to mention these runs were all scored with infield hits, and errors and walks. Other than the homer by Hunter all in the infield.
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Does it get on anyone elses nerves when ROD gushes over Tori Hunter????
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Ya Jason, thanks the first time I looked at the number of earned runs they gave Jackson, I was shocked and frankly thought I was over tired and loosing it???? Because I didn’t think that many could be earned. Although Jackson was not brilliant tonight, he fought and deserves better than this. The other guy was better though.
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Lets see if they can steal one here,
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GO TIGERS

Let’s hope Ordonez find the right time for an extra base hit 9and not another 1st pitch DP)
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Looks like we’ve given up six runs on one hit, doesn’t it?
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Got something going now. Just in time, I was about to knock off. If the guys feel anything like I do, it ain’t good. Too late.
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–Rich

dang Magglio – Come on Cabrera, it is time for you to come out of this miner funk!!!

second rally killing double play???

Yes Rich, these late night games for the last week are a killer. Bed sounds aweful good right now.
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I just can’t agree that Ordonez is a clutch ballplayer. Errors killed us tonight but we really need someone we can count on th clutch at the dish. Ordonez hasn’t done it all year.

It’s all Ordonez’s fault………………..
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Well, this is Japanese baseball. Good night.
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–Rich

this is miserable I am going to call it a night as well.

Geez, I felt good about facing the Angels without Vlad. Oh well, let’s go get KC.
–Ed

You know Rich I am not that obtuse to suggest this is any of orodnez’ fault. I fault management for not trading Orondez when they could have have and improved this team far more than they did. it would have taken some guts and some vision to have done that. Ordonez’ skills have diminished. He is fine hitter and al lthat but if you want to make a competitive ballclub you sometimes have see past the fluff.
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Im tired of seeing overrated, overpaid, under working superstars block the young guys’ development. I might be dead wrong about that but it is indeed my opinion and, like it or not, that’s kinda what I see this BLOG is all about.

What happened to the pitching that we were all getting excited about???
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Regarding Magglio being a cluth hitter, I looked at hit stats with runners in scoring position and compared them to a few guys who I think are real clutch.
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Magglio—— Pujols——-Youkilis
352 . 343 . 339
371 . 329 . 261
309 . 397 . 325
429. 331 . 329
309. 339 . 374
438 . 500 . 462
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That is running 2004 through right now???

Two miracles in two nights is asking a bit too much with only 3 outs to go. Will be interesting to get the feedback on tonight. A chance to go top of the division against an AL rookie. They just looked flat to me with the 4 errors hopefully just a case of some guys needing a break.
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At least Eddie has made the choice easier. A real worry about Nate being carried. May pitch the 9th tonight.

Wishful thinking!!

I actually think that it is real curious that Nate didn’t pitch at all during this series with all the lefties in their lineup?? I think they only saw BOBBY Seay out of the pen.
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JASON is Nate hurt?

A bit of an ugly game all round, even with 5 runs scored. Will be a good test of team mettle having to back up in KC tonight.

It will be 2 weeks tomorrow when Nate last pitched – two innings without a walk or hit and getting the win against Texas. Nate is now the least used pitcher – 3.2 innings, 2.45ERA with no walks.

jason,
what’s up with nate? 2 weeks since pitching, is he hurt, trade bait, any news?
hopefully KC will light a fire under us about playing in division and we can get back on track.

jason,
what’s up with nate? 2 weeks since pitching, is he hurt, trade bait, any news?
hopefully KC will light a fire under us about playing in division and we can get back on track.

I’m expecting a near .500 record this year, so there will be lots of nights like last night. It happens. I didn’t care for the style of play, the ball rarely leaving the infield and all. Too much like the Japanese in the WBC. “Small ball” is part of the game, but shouldn’t be the whole game.
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I don’t think there’s any clear cut definition of a clutch hitter. A guy who hits .320 for the season and .320 in run scoring situations is not stepping up, he’s just doing his normal thing. Then there’s the question of game situation. A 2-run double in a 14-2 game isn’t much, but the same hit in the first inning is. I guess there are stats on baseball-reference.com that address these things, but that’s too many numbers for me, and still open to speculation of worth.
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–Rich

The Tigers should have three more wins this year, which would put them at 11-4 — pretty awesome. None of their bad losses (that second game against Toronto, the Verlander start against the Mariners, and last night’s debacle) is due to the failure of certain hitters in the clutch. Give Ordonez a break — he’s earned it the last few years.

The problem is horrible fielding, obviously, most notably by Inge (although he does save some runs with his glove now and then), Adam Everett (signed for his glove — three errors in eight games!) and Ryan Rayburn (’nuff said). And of course horrible relief, most notably by Brandon Lyon, but also Eddie Bonine. We got Bonined!

Jackson deserved better in his first start (f’n Lyon) and again last night. Verlander deserved better on Wednesday and against the Mariners last week. Verlander — he hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t been as bad as 21 ERs in 21 IPs suggest. He was crippled by horrible fielding in two starts. Sure, he didn’t recover well after the errors and misplays, but he also shouldn’t have been in the position to have to recover well.

All of which is to say, this Tigers team is WAY better than last year’s, and better this year than their record suggests. 85 wins, easy. And if Zumaya comes back strong and Leyland wakes up and makes Anderson an everyday player, I wouldn’t be surprised at 90.

#1 – the Tigers need Anderson to be an everyday player. Period. He brings too much to the table to ignore. With Thames out, Guillen should be the regular DH now that he’s swinging the bat a bit better, opening LF for Josh.
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#2 – Cabrera needs to work on digging throws out of the dirt. The throwing error charged to Inge was due to Cabby not picking that throw. Rod even mentioned that he stretched out too soon and was in poor position to make the catch. Yes, the position is still relatively new to him, but he needs to keep working on all aspects.
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#3 – Everett has made more errors than I’d like to see from ****, but let’s face it, he’s no Renteria. Defensively he’s definately an upgrade from last year, and I’d even argue that he is offensively as well.
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#4 – Why isn’t Leyland using Robertson? He’s pitched well when called upon so far, but Jim seems to favor Lyon (anybody remember 4 consecutive HR’s in spring training?)for some reason. I’ve said before that I think Lyon is a waste of a roster spot, not to mention several million dollars. It seems Jim has made it his pet project to insert Lyon as much as possible, no matter the situation or consequence. Something funny about the whole situation to me.
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#5 – It seems a lot of people are putting their hopes in Zumaya’s return. While it will be nice to have him back, I’m more concerned about Verlander’s performance to date. I don’t know what it is, but something’s wrong with him – either physically or mentally. He’s just not the same.
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#6 – I agree with an earlier post about trading Magglio. It should have been done before the season, because we need more than singles and a slow baserunner in the 3 hole. A little speed in RF would be nice too!
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For some reason LAA have had the Tigers number for the last few years. Let’s hope they take out some frustration on KC this weekend!

Hmm… I’m not sure why I got and edit in point #3. I simply typed “SS” as an abbreviation for shortstop. Strange.

Well, as a Los Angelenos I have spent the last few days reading the posts. Congratulations to you folks for staying up so late! I went to all three games and obviously didn’t enjoy two of them. Last night’s was particularly tough. Miggy’s double play was a killer. I thought they had the makings of a big inning right there. Then Eddie comes in gets the two outs and then the game caves in. Looked to me like JL was just going to leave him out there no matter what. I saw Nate get up twice last night though. Not sure what for.

BY and large I’m still hopeful about this team. But I think the KC series will be a big test for the boys.

Oh and by the way … one thing I noticed and I am now starting to form some opinions on this but….

What on earth is going on with the weight of big league ball players. I was looking at these guys and they all seem to be 5’11″ and well into 220 lb range. Palmer for the Angels is huge. You look at Detroit and we got some hefty gents there with Laird, Miggy, Polly, Lyons, etc. I was watching some other games too and the players just seem to be getting uh… portly. I think they need to start hitting the salad bar once in awhile. Just saying.

Big Test in deed! KC is no joke or push overs, from years ago. THey are as good as reports state.

Last night, Tigers were off guard , not knowing, or having good scouting on that rookie!… He saddled in, and kept them of the rampage.

Its going to be a toss up between Bonine, or Rincon, or Perry sent down, for Zumaya. My guess is who doesn’t JL care for the most?

THe errors by officials have been terrible calls, on this whole series- both sides!

They Tigers played like – “we have to save ourselves for KC” , last night!

I respect the abilities of all players, but Treanor is not as good as Laird. It seemed to me, it was an awkward engagement between him and Jackson last night. He dropped alot of balls that he wasn’t prepared for. Jackson wasn’t anywhere near his best. I have to think, Bonine was rusty.. gosh! WHats Roberson going to look like when ever he goes in? LIghts out? NOT!!!

I hope Zumaya brings it, but lets be realistic… he’s going to pitch, no different than Rodney.. win some and loose some.

They are headed to disaster , I think, if they rush to bring up Willis.

Buck, that edit you got is common. For some reason, you have to spell out shortstop. I guess the edit-checker is blocking the German variety of the term? I agree with all your listed points except maybe the Ordonez one. Not that I don’t think a trade could have been a good thing, but because I don’t believe any team would take on that salary plus give us much in return. You can hope that Maggs keeps his average above .300, even with singles, in order to make him attractive at the trade deadline. Then maybe we could drop the hammer on a good deal. Until then, it is what it is.
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Eric, thanks for that Nate sighting. :-) I’d think that there have been situations where he could have come into a game, but maybe Leyland is hung up on that lefty-righty thing, as most managers are. Nate is certainly not going to buy into the relief role if he never pitches. Or maybe he’s in the doghouse as some people think.
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Dan, just yanking your chain a little bit. We’ve both been here long enough to do that, right? A late night attempt at humor?
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GK and Marty, did you get my e-mail about the Pittsburgh series?
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–Rich

Well, amidst all my incessant complaining about the WAY overrated Verlander, it’s been nice seeing this staff get after the hitters, when they’ve got them down in the count 0-2, 1-2, instead of dancing around the zone too much, as before. Going for the out.

I attribute that to finally having a legitimate pitching coach.

Rome is going on and on about the Tigers acquiring an outfielder (Tyner) from Milwaukee for uh … nothing. No cash, no set of maple bats, no case of Strohs or PBR (Not that Milwaukee would need anymore of that). Nothing. Rome was saying it was like finding a couch by the side of the road and just picking it up. DD is driving to work and see Tyner next to the road and figures, why not. Haven’t seen anything out on this but I think he’s headed for Toledo. Another OF? I guess the price is right. How’s Tyner got to feel about that. It’s one thing to get traded for Willie Mays but how do you get “traded” for uh … nothing.

Love point #1, Buck……Anderson should be playing left field everyday……Would love to see Anderson hit lead off ….. Granderson bat third…..Maggs hitting fifth and Guillen hitting in the 6 hole….Bet we`d average 2 runs per game more…..Would sure cut down on the DP`s……….What do you think Dan? Rich?……………………………I also think that the Tigers are going to be a very good defensive team, but need to dh Carlos to keep left respectable. Miggy has already shown great improvement out there at 1st. The big question remains to (to me) to be pitching. I think we are greatly improved in that category also……….Anyway,we look a whole lot better this year,than last at this time……………………Bruce

Ordonez is 4 for 27 lifetime against Greinke. That’s a big enough sample for me! Give him his night off tonight and give the start to Larish. And get Santiago back in there to improve the defense.
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Bruce, I’m pretty happy with the team this year. I’ve had few complaints, other than the odd managerial decision here and there. Fans are expected to do that. :-) We’re in a 3-way tie for first, also expected in the Central. With no announcement yet, I think Bonine will go down. I’d just as soon give Rincon a further look. If he came anywhere near what he used to be………………anyway, it’s beginning to appear that Knapp is indeed having a positive impact. I don’t shudder when they go to the pen.
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And yeah, Anderson makes this a much better team so far. The leadoff spot might be down the road, and I’d like to see that, but he’s also helping the bottom of the order produce big results. Maybe we’ve paid the Braves back for the Renteria deal. I also prefer Guillen at DH, especially with his injury, although they’d need to get him enough starts in left to stay somewhat sharp if needed out there.
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–Rich

With all this talk of lineup orders, I threw our rather limited stat set from the season so far into Tony LaRussa Baseball II (the greatest baseball simulator 1993 had to offer) just for kicks, and here’s what Tony thinks our everyday lineup against righties should be:
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LF Anderson
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CF Granderson
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1B Cabrera
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3B Inge
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SS Santiago
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RF Ordonez
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DH Guillen
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C Laird
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2B Polanco
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This seems totally legitimate since Leyland and Tony are such good friends, right? I’ll have to check back on this later once folks have more ABs under their belts.

Porcello looks impressiv eto me though I did miss the first 2 innings. Bad baseball in the 5th here (again, they seem to be in a rut) hurt, but you look at kids like him and Greinke and shake your head when you think of what Verlander could do if he used his forebrain rather than the medulla oblongata.
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My gripes continue–6th inning these guys came up and gave Greinke a gift by allowing him another 9 pitch inning. They seem to not realize they are making life easy for the starters they have been facing. Maybe they sholuld take a page out of their opponents books and see what they did against G-Man, Verlander and Jackson. It works.

The Royals are playing far better ball than we are and look like they are a better team.
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Not much going right for the Tigers lately. I hate to see them enter this bad mojo zone, but they do it with regularity and when it happens it just seems to get worse.

So here, on a Friday night with a more normal 8 PM start time, NOW we get a 2-hour ballgame. Go figure.
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I think we may have seen the 2009 Cy Young winner tonight. My idea of sitting Ordonez probably would have just resulted in some other guy going 0-4.
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Porcello pitched fairly well. He got hurt by a couple of longballs but had settled in nicely. In the 5th, he had Olivo struck out on a 1-2 curveball that was called a ball. Olivo then singled, Cabrera made a bad decision with worse execution, and that was the end of the competitive part of the game. I think all the guys were in a time zone funk, but Miguel looked the worst of all. He just looked tired. I would like to see a little more intelligent scheduling by MLB.
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We can get a 5-4 road trip by winning the next two, but 4-5 might be more realistic. We’ll see.
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–Rich

Lot of feeble swings tonite by our guys. Greinke looks like the real deal. KC is going to give us fits again this year, I’m afraid. Need a good outing from Zach tomorrow. Think we can get to Ponson on Sunday, so I’m remaining optimistic that we can still take 2 of 3. Don’t understand why Larish didn’t play. With Greinke, I’d think you’d want as many LH bats as possible in the lineup.

–Ed

Miner stuck it out and has regrouped. Nice hitting by Laird tonight and really all the new guys have had a good game.
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My guess is we will see Zumaya tonight.

The bottom four continue to be the backbone of the offense. Maggs just continues to miss out.
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Good to see the team not so hungover. About the schedule, the Tigers were forced to have lay days either side of Seattle in order for the Angels to travel back from the Twins, not a hard issue travelling with time and if after a day game. The Tigers should have been able to bring the Angels series forward a day or at least have the 3rd game as a day game. A total disgrace by MLB.

Pitching Lyon and Seay so early. Looks like JL has gone for his remote control of Zoom and Rodney to finish. He is like a dog with a bone!!

JL is back into overmanaging again. What I don’t like about it is he engages in this behaviour at the expense of some of his players. He takes advantage of their reputation or history. Why take Miner out that quickly? Why take seay out with a 7 run lead? Because he thinks he can look like a strategist at the expense of his 2nd tier ballplayers.
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I can understand wanting to have seay in against the LHB. But he could have gone out and told Zach he has pitched a great game and that he will leave him in as long as he can get an out. He insulted Zach.
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And Seay needs to be able to pitch against RHB too. In the pea-brain JL has it decided that Seay is the LHB “situational guy” and that it is not a consideratio nto throw against a RHB.
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That’s just plain stubborness.
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You want to strategize—take out Ordonez in the late innings of a tight ballgame. Give Larish some ABs against RHP. Give Curtis the steal, hell, order him to steal. Make the bottom of the order get their bunts down or sit them.
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I know Miner missed a start and pitch count was something to be aware of. But JL handled it like a despot and bush leaguer.

Yep, if Josh had bunted Inge over with no outs, another RBI. JL has tried to mix it up this year through necessity but reverts back too easily.
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I would have brought Zoom in in place of Lyon who all said and done is proving reasonably reliable as well as an innings eater. Zoom has a career 3 from 16 saves, so putting him straight back into late innings work is just plain dumb.

Now Nate is doing the 8th inning? If he had to replace Miner, why not with Nate so he could have done a few innings. Is Nate now a late innings guy? JL has said he has to sort out relief roles, he keeps confusing the issue unnecessarily.

Any bets for Zoom doing the 9th???

I think it would be a good way to ease him back.

Couldn’t get any easier with an 8 run lead after Maggs got on the board. Annoys me that JL would immediately do it which to me just dumps on the other relievers. JL did a similar move last year commenting on how thwe two would march straight back in. The bullpen at that stage was going well. Hardly a confidence builder.

Well ya gotta get him back in and in a sense it may have been the perfect time. Rodney can’t get his nose out of joint being that it was not a save situation and that JL is keeping him fresh for tomorrow. Gives Zumaya that 9th inning confidence he is going to need.
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Larish in for Cab at 1st —hope Cab hasn’t pulled a muscle. He hasn’t been hitting and it did look like he may have hurt something on that swing in the 9th.
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Much needed win and hopefully some momentum for tomorrow.

A nice, smoothly played win. Everett finally demonstrated why we got him, and we had good all around defense. Good to see Maggs crush one, maybe that will get his stroke going. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cabrera sits tomorrow, as it appeared he’d done something to his left wrist. There haven’t been as many overall days off for the guys as I would have expected. Laird seems to like KC, or at least their pitching.
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I don’t think I would have pulled Miner at that point either. He had 83 pitches and appeared to be settling in. It was indeed a good opportunity for a confidence boost, but he didn’t get it from JL. Well, some guys got some work in. Zumaya was throwing the heater as he used to, but he’ll need to get that curveball working. In the 4th after Anderson fouled off the bunt attempt, JL took off the play. I didn’t agree with that.
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4-4 road trip so far, back in 1st place, and Galarraga going tomorrow. Not a bad place to be. Then the tottering Yankees come to town, and I don’t want people saying later on that they got it going in Detroit the last week of April.
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–Rich

Not a bad win last night. I hope that Miggy is not hurt, he appeared earlier to fussing with his wrist and rubbing them, they were showing it on FSN Detroit. I would imagine that Larish plays first today and give Cabrera a blow. Regardless he has had 5 bad hitting games now and maybe just needs a rest regardless.
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I at the time last night was thinking that he maybe took Miner out a little to early, however in thinking about it later, because he had pitched (although be it a fairly easy inning) he did pitch in relief earlier in the week, and maybe they thought it was just too much. I could see though going deeper into the game Miner got better, at the beginning of the game he had too much movement on his balls and they were all tailing out of the strike zone. But I kinda liked how he used the pen last night. He didn’t overuse anyone (except Lyon would probably not be available today) He keeps them all fresh.
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Especially since the Yankees are coming to town and have a way of dragging out long ball games. Did you all see how long that Boston/Yankee game lasted yesterday?? It was about 4 1/2 hours. Lets hope they have another long one today and waste their pen even more?? That would be good for us.
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Hopefully today we get the good Galarraga and not what we saw in LA. If we do I think that we have a good chance of doing well.
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GO TIGERS.

I hope Everett can starst making these plays behind his pitchers. There not easy, but as a defensive specialist, they are the ones that make you valuable. Defense has been a bit of problem area thus far. You can see we are better defensively but the results have not been fantastic.

The boys are slippng into non-hitting mode again. G-Man is gonna need more runs today as he is bound to give up a HR or two. Weird how this club can knock the stuffing out of the ball and then end up looking overwhelmed by mediocre pitching.

Wonder what life would be like if we had the top 5 guys in the order hitting like they should. MCab has obviously produced but is scuffling lately. Granderson Polanco and Ordonez are collectively hitting about .260
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That plus Guillen disappointing and we are still over .500
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We’ve been lucky

Sardinha has really contributed today. That was an excellent AB that ended up in the Sac Fly and the throw to cut down Crisp was as perfect as one could be. I actually feel more comfortable with him as backup than Treanor.

G-Man pitched a gutty game. He battled some control issues but you can feel the bulldog in him on the mound.
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I suspect that (6th) was his last inning and I hope the hitters can provide him with some cushion and the bullpen can hold it for him. He deserves this one.

Whoa–bad call by ump. Anderson was out at 1st. Everett saw to it that the situation was corrected though. Id’a been bunting.

Perry in the 8th is a huge vote of confidence by JL. Hope he justifies the decision.

Pretty nice job by Perry. Be exciting to see him develop an effective off-speed pitch to augment the slider and the heat.
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Meet of the lineup –let’s get something here because Rodney is not a lock with a 2 run lead.

Just in case anything bad happens now–I do want to congrateulate Ponson for an extremely well-pitched game and also to Frank White as being a superb color announcer. A gentleman and a (baseball) scholar.

Frank White was very refreshing to listen to Dan.

Well, Rodney makes it interesting. At least he’s attacking the strike zone with control and confidence, and that’s all JL can ask. Got burned on that change up.

“Don’t worry………be happy…..” (Ferndando Rodney theme song). :-)
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Good win. Mr. Ponson threw 73 strikes in 101 pitches. After walking 10 in his first 15 innings, he tore our gameplan to shreds. Guys like that step up every now and then. I’ve lost count of how many wins Josh Anderson has had a big hand (or foot) in. He should just steal every single time. Don’t know if he has the green light or not, but he should. Good job by Dane, and the game-winner on his sac fly.
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Inge’s hitting is getting ridiculous.
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Does anyone think Juan Cruz looks like a very skinny Gary Sheffield?
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I wouldn’t kick much if Perry was sent down to work on his slider, but you can’t argue with success.
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So that’s a 5-4 road trip, 2 of 3 against a Central rival, 3-2 in the Central altogether, and still in first place. I don’t think anyone could realistically have asked for more up to this point. Now the Yankees will play tonight and possibly into tomorrow morning before boarding their Boston-Detroit flight. Don’t let ‘em breath.
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–Rich

Really nice way to end a road trip. These are the kind of wins we didn’t get last year. Love to see us steal a base, move’em over and get the sac fly. Good baseball. Armando didn’t have his best stuff but made the pitches when he had to. Probably should have had one more win in LA but hey, can’t really complain—-we’re in first place!

–Ed

Always nice to win the close ones, made a little closer with Rodney. Can’t complain with a win and a save.
Winning two of three at KC would have exorcised a few demons from last year!! As it turns out, lucky we got Greinke first up when we wouldn’t have beaten anyone after the overnight trip back.
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The top four around Miggs have to start producing having combined for only 49 of the RBI’s with the bottom four producing 48 RBI’s from a lot less at bats. Polanco .257 (career .305); Curtis .25 (.278); Maggs .257 (.312) and Carlos .222 (.289) are leaving Miggs high and dry with his .382 (.31) even after his recent lean spell .
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Good to see Nate getting used again. Either JL forgot he was there or something was going on. JL used him consecutive days in different roles after ignoring him for 13 days straight.
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JL is quick to make up his mind on a pitcher and then never budges no matter what the results are. Zoom and Rodney can do no wrong and are elevated staight to the 8th & 9th innings role regardless. Grilli last year had a horror start blowing a save and a loss early on. He was pitching great with a 3.29ERA when he was traded to the Rockies. Rincon and Lyon are getting the JL treatment this year.
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Would not be surprised to see Dolsi replace Rincon who JL has barely used – 4 occasions 6th, 9th 13th and 22 April. I never understood how Bonine made the side ahead of Dolsi with his 2008 5.4ERA well behind Dolsi’s record of 3.97ERA, 47IP, 3HR, 28 walks with .267 batting avge. Dolsi got dropped to AAA after only pitching 6 innings & 4.05ERA in Spring. He was the only reliever to hold it together last year as the bullpen imploded from late July. Dolsi has pitched 9 late innings for Toledo for 5 hits, 3 walks and no runs.

Glad to see the road trip over, games being on earlier in the evenings, and the boys coming home at 2 games over .500 – a long road trip with a decent outcome. I missed a lot of the games so not much to comment on. But I almost felt like my beloved Jones was pitching yesterday with that 9th inning homerun! Not a problem to give up a solo hr with a 2 run lead! gotta love the excitement and uncertainty that Rodney brings in – like Todd never left!

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