Anderson leads off again

If you find yourself getting twisted between Granderson and Anderson atop the Tigers lineup, you’re not alone. The lineup sheet posted outside the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium this morning started out kind of like this: 1. GrAnderson.

That said, Granderson and Anderson are the only two left-handed bats in the lineup today against Kyle Davies. Jeff Larish and Clete Thomas both have the day off. Thomas, in particular, has been playing a lot. Magglio Ordonez is the DH, while Ryan Raburn gets the start in right field, batting eighth.

TIGERS

  1. Anderson, LF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Granderson, CF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Raburn, RF
  9. Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello

ROYALS

  1. Mitch Maier, CF
  2. David DeJesus, LF
  3. Billy Butler, 1B
  4. Jose Guillen, RF
  5. Mike Jacobs, DH
  6. Mark Teahen, 3B
  7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
  8. John Buck, C
  9. Luis Hernandez, SS

P: Kyle Davies

98 Comments

Nice to see the steal of 3rd base and it pays off with a run scored. Wish I could have seen Miggy’s homerun, they are always a thing of beauty. Kind of odd we bunted with one out and then stole, but like the aggression early in the game and letting Grandy steal, we need to set ourselves up like that more often.

Well it was fun watching the KC defense all discombobulated with the threat of the run in the early innings with Curtis and Josh. Porcello was good again and didn’t spin out of control after the first inning triple. I see spurts of this hitting coming out of its funk. Especially Maggs.
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Good series almost great (except for the blowup last night).
Now I just have to worry about the Wings tonight. No Lidstrom or Datsyuk tonight. Worried. I know that they pulled if off the other day, but two games in a row without the both of them is like playing with fire.

Good job of managing, Jim Leyland! That’s what I’m talking about. Put the pressure on them. I doubt he’ll do it, but if it was me, I’d stick with this lineup. You can make a case for switching Granderson and Ordonez, but if Grandy in the 5 hole gets on base, you have the bat handlers following him. OTOH, him in the 3 hole might reduce some of the doubleplays. At any rate, they had Davies more worried about the runners than the hitters. I’m pretty certain Laird swinging at that 3-0 pitch had a lot to do with Teahen’s poor effort on it, and the threat of the bunt kept their infield jumpy all day.
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After the Greinke game, now I do see Granderson coming out of the funk. He just might have a big weekend in Baltimore, as it looks like he’s seeing the ball better.
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It was going to take an awfully good shortstop to stop me from campaigning for Santiago, and Everett has fit the bill. He’s saved countless runs.
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In has last 20 plate appearances, Ryan Raburn has 9 hits and a walk in limited playing time. That’s good work. They may have to send out Larish to make room for Thames, since they still have Thomas as a LH bat and Clete is more useful overall.
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I hope JL finally sees the light and realizes what kind of team he has. If not, I’ll be within earshot Saturday night in Baltimore. :-)
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–Rich

I wondered if we had the same manager today after the missed bunt opportunites and GIDP’s the previous game. Fancy then bunting on 1 out straight after Miggs leadoff homer!! Great to see with the steal getting a bonus run. Would not have cared if it didn’t come of. JL’s only failure today was not bunting the Curtis leadoff walk over in the 4th leading to a double play
You have to use every opportunity to pressure the opposition, particularly the pitcher and stop him getting into a routine.
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Like any sport, baseball requires a mix of health, technique and ability which are all heavily dependent on self belief and confidence.
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JL has done a far better job this year giving the new Kids a decent chance to earn a regular spot. His patience with Everett and now with Raburn looks like paying off with Larish and Clete probably not, particularly in the top 5.
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The earlier posts about Curtis has been spot on, his mindset probably being the main problem. The arguments about the 3rd position for him are probably correct long term, however short term, 5th carries a bit less pressure. I feel Josh is the only one of the Kids up to playing in the top 5 as leadoff and hopefully JL will also give him a decent go.
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I agree with you Rich about stats, particularly sample sizes. I prefer using stats when looking to resolve problems, not second guessing outcomes that ignore the human element being current performance and confidence. Josh for example was going well in April and then dropped off in May after he was deemed no good against lefties, despite his 2007 stats saying otherwise!! Minimal playing time then affected his confidence and production against righties.
Playing relievers as specialist outs based on stats is also a problem for me as getting a reliever arriving on the mound with confidence and then throwing strikes is difficult at the best of times. Just ask the Rays after the Indians 9th innings comeback!!
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Lyon is sure disappointing. Fancy throwing a guy consecutive waist high 90 mile fastballs straight down the middle and at least a foot higher than Laird wanted. A gift wrapped homer.
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It is looking more like the Twinkies as being the main threat for the pennant this year.

Hey ladies and gentlemen,
It sure feels good right now being a Tiger fan. A couple of observations from the SW Va perspective. I am really amazed at how so poised Rick P. is. He just does not get rattled. Even though, I was opposed at first to him being here, I must concede that he is one of those once in a decade special talents. And to think we’ve had three in the last 10 years; Porcello, Verlander, and Cornejo. Well, I guess two out of three isn’t bad. Sorry Nate.
Second, I must echo what Rich posted earlier; I just don’t think we realize just what a good ballplayer Polly is, even if he doesn’t bad .300. No flash; just solid fundamental, team contributing baseball. Finally, I agree with Dave. The Twinks are the red headed stepsister who won’t go away. All I know is that I hope every team really piles up on them when they have them away from the Dome. That place is a curse on any team that visits there. Be in Baltimore Fri and Sat. Later.
Greg

I hope Dan goes well with his operation. Just confirms my long held views about jogging.
Can feel for him with my wife having both knees replaced three weeks ago – ice skating and squash injuries never let gave her the chance to destroy the knees thru jogging. She’s currently doing a good job impersonating the frankenstein walk!! -:)

This could be a tough series against the O’s. They are playing better ball the last week and are probably feeling pretty good about yesterday’s comeback win. They have had some injuries as well and have had to find out about some of their youngsters as have the Tigers. They got Luke Scott back this week who seems to hit well against us. Also, keep an eye on Nolan Reimold, who was called up about 3 weeks ago. Been watching him cuz he’s a local boy. Four homeruns already, including a 3 run walk-off yesterday.

–Ed

Off the subject, but I don’t know where else to ask; are the Tigers owed any “players to be named later?” I can’t remember who we got for Roman Colon…

Well, the Twins lost today so we picked up another 1/2 game. They’re playing 13 of their next 16 games away from home, so hopefully we can put a little distance between us in the next couple of weeks.
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It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Matt Wieters this weekend (the O’s most recent call-up). He’s supposed to be one of the top prospects in all of the majors. Here’s hoping for some major jitters in his first few games…
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matt

Colon was traded to the Royals on July 13 2007 for minor leaguer Daniel Christensen. I don’t know where Christensen is now.
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I recently moved to Atlanta from the Detroit area and I am going crazy not being able to talk about the Tigers with anyone around here. (thank god for mlb.com, so I can watch tiger games online)

Here are a few random thoughts I have and this appears to be the correct venue for this. I apologize if I am rehashing old material, I am new to this site.

— Josh Anderson should be playing everyday. He brings an element to the team that we have not had in a long time. He has the ability to manufacture a run and this is critical in close games or to add a tack-on run in the later innings. I believe he could be a premier leadoff man.

— I agree with Rich about his thoughts on Polanco (my favorite Tiger). He along with Derek Jeter are the best 2nd hole hitters in the game, although NY has been hitting DJ leadoff this year…huge mistake. The ability to hit a ground ball to the right side and advance a runner is enormous in todays game. Also, Polly’s defense is underrated which puzzles me because he did set the record for consecutive errorless games 2 yrs ago. He doesn’t make the diving stop that is shown on Sportscenter and Baseball Tonight, because he doesn’t have to. He gets himself in position before the ball is hit a makes those plays look routine.

–I would love to see Carlos come back to our lineup. We do miss a healthy Guillen hitting behind Cabrera to offer some protection. However, I hope they utilize him more in the DH role. I believe this will stop some off the nagging injuries that have been hampering him the past couple years, and running around in the outfield is not the best remedy for an injury prone player getting up there in age.

— Speaking of Cabrera, I heard he is currently 3rd in the all-star voting. How is this possible? The guy lead the league in HR’s last year and is currently flirting with .400. I don’t have a major issue with Youkulis, although he has been hurt this year, but how can Texiera be 2nd? I keep hearing “he didn’t have A-Rod to protect him for the first month”. Well who has been protecting Miguel? I guess the red sox and yankee fans are stuffing the ballot boxes again.

–I was very nervous about bringing up Porcello to start the season. However, I am starting to believe. I knew he had good stuff, I was just worried about his confidence being destroyed early and then struggling to get it back. I have never been happier to be wrong. Now I just worry about over using him, prove me wrong again kid.

–Lastly, it is so nice to see Verlander starting to reach his potential. Even last year we all knew he had Cy Young stuff and now we are starting to see it. He has been racking up some huge strikeout numbers lately and that telling me the opposing hitters either don’t know what is coming or his stuff is so good they just can’t hit it. Confidence is a wonderful thing.

The A-town Tiger

P.S. There is a romour down here that the braves are talking about trading Francouer to Boston, and all the locals seriously think they can get Jason Bay in return…LOL

Welcome JM – This is how I feel about the allstar balloting WHO CARES. I look at it like this I would rather have my guys resting and taking a vacation rather than wasting their time there. I want them resting. But I do agree the voting is a farce. To me more incredible than the first base thing is that Jeter is at SS, and no matter how good I think that Mauer is he has only been playing for about 3 weeks, Martinez deserves the voters support. Again like I said I want my guys home resting.
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Tonight if the game gets played, I heard there is a lot of rain in that area (according to weather bug) Besides we don’t stand a chance Baltimore has the dreaded AAA call up pitching tonight. You all know how we do against the AAA call up.????.
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GO TIGERS
GO WINGS

Absolutely, JMetzger, jump right in. I think the majority of people who post here regularly are in the same boat, displaced Michiganders. I’m down here in the mountains but technically in the Baltimore/Washington sports viewing area. I’ve subscribed to MLB Extra Innings since 2004 and rarely miss a Tigers game.
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Our best lineup right now is Anderson up top and Granderson (who is about to heat up) behind Cabrera. Josh is still inexperienced and will make some mistakes, but has a big upside with the current roster makeup. That’s not to say that Grandy’s leadoff days should be done, but this is how I see it stacking up at this particular time.
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I thought of you, GK, when I saw that tonight’s starter was making his MLB debut. All in all, the O’s are throwing four RHers this weekend, so we should get that speedy lineup in there. And there are t-storms popping up all over, but I think we can get it in.
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Also, agree that the AS voting is a farce. I just hope Cabrera doesn’t take part in the homerun derby. That messes hitters up bigtime and should be discontinued.
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well I was hoping that Anderson would be in tonight. It appears that he was on a role and he sure put the fear of god in those pitchers yesterday with the stealing threat. But I guess the guy goes 4-5 and that doesn’t get you a start the next day.?????
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Rich going to the game tonight???

I’m going to Saturday and Sunday’s games. Greg, if you’re reading this, I’ll be in section 50 row KK Saturday. About 7-8 rows above the Detroit dugout. Probably wearing one of those navy blue t-shirts with the orange Tigers scripted across the front.
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I see Thomas leading off. Jim’s got the right idea, but you have to think Anderson is wondering what you have to do to crack this lineup. I guess it comes down to forcing Larish in there no matter what. I don’t think Jeff can get it done if he’s pressing, which he must be by now.
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Rich,
We’ll try to give you a holler Sat. PM. We are in upper reserved; 4 tickets this year vs. 2. I guess the old tightwad in me is showing through. Had I known JV would be throwing as well as he is now, I would have gone for the gold.
Greg

Clete Thomsa leading off? Are you kidding me? What is JL thinking here? Anderson hand a dandy night last night and should be in there. Clete hasn’t demonstrated a ton of stuff to me here hitting in the 3 or 5 spots. Not sure why moving him to the leadoff will help. Plus, I haven’t seen him as a particularly patient hitter. He ever hit leadoff at Toledo?

Ponderous. Simply ponderous.

Baltimore scares me also. They are on a roll right now and Melvin Mora always seems to have the “revenge of the ex-Tiger” mojo going for him. I recall many a day the last couple of years when he would have a bit hit. Plus the dreaded “major league” debut that others have brought up.

Time for G man to step up to the rubber. Hopefully Knapp has helped correct the arm angle problems he’s been seeing.

LEAVING THE BASES LOADED IN THE 1ST. TERRIFIC

They are looking more an more like they are going to let this kid settle in and in turn my theory is going to stand up.

Unfortunately stand up I mean. Like Rod I am not excited to see him settle in.

I know that I am talking to myself here tonight, but they have really let this kid off the hook. Hopefully we can get to some of their relief pitchers. And hopefully AG can keep it here.

Not liking the look of this one tonight. Offense seems flat to me and Galarraga while not bad isn’t as sharp as he can be. As I’m writing this Grandy just stole second and moved to third on an error. Once again showing how important speed is and why Anderson should be starting everyday or at least against righties.
I’ve got a feeling if we don’t get the big homer we’re in trouble.

Uggh. I just don’t like a guy swinging at the 1st pitch with men in DP position. Laird hacks away at the 1st pitch after Larish walks to put a man in scoring postiion?
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Dumb

Uggh, is right! Where have all our players gone for the night? It was like a completely different team out there today. So much for consistancy!

ABSOLUTELY COMPLETELY PATHETIC. This is the sort of game that ticks me off. Opportunity after opportunity scwandered. And I swear if I had to listen to Rod drool over this pitcher and saying how good he was. Well in my opinion he wasn’t real good and just was the beneficiary of some really really pathetic Tigers hitters who let him completely off the hook. And if I have to hear him say give them some credit one more time I am going to reach through the tv and strangle him.

Absolutely pitiful. All those RISPs and no one can come up with a hit or a sac fly? Maddening.

Excuse me for dropping the F-bomb here, but that game was Frustrating. One guys gets a walk, the next guy swings at the first pitch. This happened all night. In the first inning alone, nobody should have swung at anything and that kid would have walked every single hitter. And Cabrera, where was his head tonight? He swung at everything he saw. That was a very poor display of major league hitting, about as poor as you’ll see. That boy out there had nothing, and we make him look like Bob Feller. The announcers can sugarcoat it, but they know it too.
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The more I thought about it, the less kindly disposed I became to Leyland’s decision not to start Anderson. In fact, that was an idiotic decision. Idiotic. A guy gets four hits, drives your offense in an important division game and you sit him? For what, so you can show off your managerial genius by having him pinch run at just the right time? This is why I’ve been on this man’s case for four years. He makes foolish decisions. And it was all to get one guy in the lineup, a guy by the name of…………….
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Jeff Larish. This youngster is not even close to hitting at this level. He shows no signs of breaking out, none. In fact, I don’t see how he’s ever hit with that approach he has. But what do you do? You give him the green light on 3-0, as if he’s Barry Freakin’ Bonds or somebody. Again, idiotic.
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Luke Scott. Now what is up with this? He’s what, something like 16 for 28 with 7 homers and 14 RBIs against us in eight games? Are you kidding me? Get a different scouting report. Pitch him backwards. Knock him down. Hell, walk him if you can’t get him out. It’s ridiculous to get beat by the same people over and over and over again.
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Obviously, it will seem like we’re overreacting to one loss here, but this game was a microcosm of some of the stupid s…..tuff that goes on. And having to watch the absurd presentation the Orioles call a game broadcast didn’t make it any easier. I ended up listening to the game audio, Price and Kaline, even though it was a second ahead of the telecast.
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Galarraga showed much improvement tonight. You can survive a couple of solo shots on most nights. The most interesting thing was watching Perry trying to stick that contact back in his eye. :-)
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Hello from another displaced Michigander in northern CA. This is my first post. I just have to let you all know how much I enjoy your comments. I try to read each comment every day, sometimes bleary-eyed late at night on my iPhone, I enjoy it that much. A relaxing escape from the work day with great insights and humor. Plus I can get my “fix” of Tiger conversation here since my husband is not a baseball fan (I’m still trying to work on him after 20 years, not giving up yet…)

I can see the Tigers on MLB Extra Innings more often than the A’s, which can be blacked out in this area but yet the Giants can be on 3 stations at once. Prejudice against the American League? I also root for the Giants, watching Lincecum pitch is a joy, but am an American League girl at heart since I grew up watching the Tigers.

Thank you all for the entertaining comments!!! I may be biased but this blog is better than others I’ve checked out.
Have a good weekend all, and let’s go Tigers!!!

-JP

Wow.
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I can’t believe Anderson didn’t start tonight.
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I mean, seriously. What is Leyland’s problem?
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A day after Anderson goes 4 for 5, he doesn’t start.
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It’s pretty unbelievable.

This time I have to blame the players along with JLs stupid decisions for the loss. I flipped over to the Spelling Bee on ABC (got sucked in by the promos) and those 13 year old kids had more passion & determination than the Tigers showed last night. It is beyond me how they can be so into the game on some nights and on others it looks like they are sleep walking. Why are us bloggers hungrier than them for a win?

Since this has not been brought up for some time: Think JL will get signed after this year?

TGIF
GO TIGERS

Welcome to our couple of newcomers, great to hear from more Tiger fans, and fun to have a place when you are no longer in the Tiger area and feel a bit lonely! You’ll find this a terrific place to talk Tigers, a lot of great insight and respect on this blog.

so many missed opportunities last night.

Luke Scott, why do you haunt me? I never heard of him prior to 2 years ago, when I had my baby boy and named him Luke. My dad wanted to know if any big leaguers were named Luke and my hubby said sure, Luke Scott. Ever since then, it seems he loves to tee off on Tiger pitching!

Rich and Greg – hope you guys see some good games – didn’t realize you both lived in that part of the US.

Lsitening to the broadcast on XM I got to hear lots of comments from the Oriole broadcasters about Larish’s swing. “big”, “looping”, made it sound almost like he only gets a hit when the bat just happens to come in contact with the ball. Somebody is going to have to take him aside and tell him that you need to change your swing for the situation. When you have 1st and third with one out you need to be able to reduce the swing. But he seems to stick with it. I think young Jeff could use some more seasoning at Toledo.

As for the other stuff, I was just happy to seem G man get away with a decent outing. There will be games like this. Thomas wasn’t as bad as I thought. Seemed patient. Couple of walks and a hit (only RBI). Not sure where Migg was tonight.

One of the things I did think of listening last night is that if you are going to have a speedster like Anderson at leadoff wouldn’t it make some sense to have a left handed bat in the 3 hole (like Curtis). Seems to me that with Curtis pulling you would have at least a few 1st and third with no out or one situations for Miggy because Anderson would simply take off for third on any hit by Granderson to right. I’d just green light him to be that aggressive. That’s a tough throw from the RF to 3B. If you have the right handed bat up there (like Mags) I think you open yourself to alot of GIDP or at least just 1st and 2nd types of opportunities. So, if we are moving Curtis down I’d have him in the 3 hole. Random thought.

Well, Tigers have an opportunity to deliver another memory for a young first timer tonight. How’s about we put together a decent hitting night guys. At least give D Train something to work with.

Eric

Just to clarify on the Anderson thing, I’m not saying the kid will be a star or anything like it. In fact, it has nothing to do with Josh himself. When you have a hot hand, you ride it till it cools, that’s just common sense. Leyland has a history of doing just the opposite. In fact, he does this all the time and I’ll swear he’s cost us countless ballgames doing it. I remember one time when Polanco had had a career game, getting like 5 hits, driving in multiple runs and playing a terrific defense. In the postgame, JL raved about Polly for five minutes, then finished with “he’s getting the day off tomorrow.” And this is not an isolated incident. Lord only knows how many games we’d have won over the years if we’d played the hot performers instead of sitting them and letting them lose their groove.
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Tonight’s starter, Bergesen, has had 7 starts already so there’s no excuse for not lighting him up. He’s a known commodity by now. But just saying it doesn’t make it so, and that’s the problems our hitters have on a chronic basis. Subconsciously they don’t feel the need to work their ABs and that’s why we keep getting shut down by lesser pitchers.
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Anybody watch the Baltimore feed last night? I am stuck with it because, even though Baltimore is nowhere near here, I’m in their “zone of influence” and FSN Detroit gets blacked out for these games.
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Well first let me say that Gary Thorne is one of my favorite announcers and the man can do a hockey game like no other. Buck Martinez is also okay. The problem lies in the game presentation and I’d think the responsibility for that lies futher up the ladder. Last night in the second inning, these two got on the phone with Brad Bergesen’s mother and she talked about the kid’s formative years for the entire inning. They even began showing baby pictures, young Brad as a child playing drums, standing in the backyard, heck, they may have even thrown prom photos in there. And during all this the ballgame itself is going on in the background, with the camera showing a pitch then immediately cutting away for more pictures of the little darling as mom drones on. Isn’t this stuff for the pregame show? Then in the next inning they had Gary and Buck stand in front of some backdrop, holding their microphones, and they conversed with one another on camera throughout the inning, again with the camera cutting away for a pitch then cutting back. This was driving me crazy! I study a ballgame like a brain surgeon studies the operative field, and this was the equivalent of someone standing in front of the TV and waving their arms. This is baseball, not American Idol. It was enough to make one wish Hawk and DJ were there.
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So tonight, I suppose we’ll have the Matt Wieters Story with a ballgame incidentally thrown in. I can’t help but recall Rod Allen saying that he thinks what he and Mario do well is STICK TO THE BALLGAME. Bless you, Rod & Mario.
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While I do agree that Rod and Mario stick to the ballgame, I get real sick of (Rod especially) not call it like it is. What I mean by that, he continually just wanted to talk about their pitcher rather than saying Detroit is wasting opportunity after opportunity and not focusing with their at bats and letting the AAA call up off the hook. I get sick of all of this “cap tipping” they want us to do all the time instead of just saying they really stunk tonight.
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I personally think that in a game like last night the Tigers just blew it and blew it big time. Especially Cabrera, Polanco and Larish they came up at big times and really performed poorly. I would like to hear them say that sometime. I think that they tend not to focus as much when they feel like it should be easier to hit a certian pitcher and ultimately look foolish. Whereas against someone like CC or Lee or Halladay at the beginning of the year they got some runs off of them. FOCUS is the key..
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I really hope they decide to play on the offensive side a little better tonight. I am sure that Baltimore is feeling confident after just sweeping Toronto and getting a game last night they really probably didn’t derserve to win except for the ineptness of the Tigers hitters.

Rich:

Don’t get me started on announcers. Because I can only listen on XM I get to hear the “road” announcers and they are, by and large, horrible. NY is the worse for me. They consistently talk over whatever is going on in the field. Only way you can pick up what’s happening is to listen for crowd reaction. In NY they take an entire half inning (usually the 3rd and always the visitors half) to give a “rundown” on the action in the league. Drives me crazy.

Plus, living in LA I get to hear Vin Scully who could read the phone book and keep me tuned in for at least an hour. So I’m a little spoiled.

There are others. Seems like everyone believes that we have collective ADD so they have to insert stuff into the broadcast to keep us tuned in. Get back to the basics guys. Keep us informed. That’s all. I like Dan and Jim because they do just that and also throw in opinions occasionally that aren’t completely “homer” comments. Except for the Bell Tire Power alley. The other night some lady from Flint was the contestant and Jim said (as always) “nice area”. Jim, I been to Flint.

The hitting simply has to improve. Individual approaches to plate discipline have been inconsistent and the the team approach has been disjointed. If they could improve this aspect of the game, (combined with the relatively stingy pitching performances), this would be a team with a pretty good record–bulppen notwithstanding.
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Rich’s take on JL and his managerial contributions have been excellent. JL has probably the biggest and the most dangerous ego on this team. In fact he would be better advised to think of himself actually as part of the team with ultimate authority as opposed to being “The Ultimate Authority”, acting with impunity. In many ways he is great guy and a respected baseball figure, but I do think he gets carried away with himself.
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We’ll see how he reacts to Thames being called back. Thames is struggling mightily in Toledo. Will JL arrogantly insert him in the lineup in spite of this?
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How long does JL go with Bobby Seay as the top dog LHP out of the bullpen? Seay is not pitching well and though we know he can, he isn’t looking at all like he can get LHB out right now.
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Ditto on Lyon. How many base hits and HRs is he going to be allowed to give up with the game on the line?
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His handling of Larish borders on the insane. Larish is a liability right now and as has been suggested by me and others, really should be plying his trade in Toledo.
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The Anderson thing is a joke. He has been improperly used.
One could go on, but the drift here is that while the players are responsible for the outcome of the game, so is the manager. Especially when the team has players that have been inconsitent. If you have a 1960 Yankees lineup or even a 1968 Tigers lineup then it’s easy and the blame is clear. You run that lineup out there every day. With this one you have to be at the top of your managerial game every game in order to help your team win.

Your last sentence said it all, Dan. I often wonder if it wouldn’t be better to have Lamont on the bench while we’re up, rather than coaching third. I think JL needs to have some feedback during the game. Some managers delegate offensive situations to a bench coach, which makes sense. A good manager delegates. A lot is made of JL being old school, which can translate to old fashioned, which can translate to out of touch, which can translate to clueless. Just saying.
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I don’t think the Tigers need to play like the 1987 Cardinals, but you do need to use the weapons at your disposal.
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I like Dickerson and Price but don’t hear them much because I’m always watching on TV. Price is dead honest when one of our guys messes up. I wish I could listen to one and watch the other, but the broadcasts are never in sync, timewise. However, if the O’s go back into American Idol mode tonight, I might hook the laptop to the sound system and just be out of sync. I did get a kick out of Kaline last night, referring to the replay which I could see on the TV, before he realized he was on radio. :-) Good ol’ Al.
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Vin Scully is indeed one of the best ever.
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Just heard JV on Jim Rome’s show. Notes from the interview:

On recent pitching: He sat down in April and looked at what had made him successful early in his career and decided that it was his aggressiveness. That he needed to get mad about his current situation and go out, be aggressive, and pitch with that mentality.

On the current staff: Thinks the pitchers are feeding off each other now. When one does well the next guy wants to do well.

On “D” Train: Thinks Dontrelle is in a good spot now; gaining confidence; a “sleeping giant”; has the right mentality on the mound, thinking positively.

On last year: Didn’t think the team was pressing because of expectations. Just thought there were lots of people (himself included) who were simply underperforming. Started off bad, fell behind and key injuries prevented them from making any kind of move.

On Current team: Not everything has come together yet. Pitching is good right now as is defense but hitting is still inconsistent. Felt like when all three come together it will make the Tigers formidable.

On Greinke: Unhittable stuff. JV said he knows how hard this game is but when he sees Greinke pitching like he is still amazes him. His 63mph bender is unhittable. THree one to Miggy and froze him. Not sure what a hitter is supposed to do with that pitch.

Good interview by JV.

Lots of comments after that game. It was a real bummer. I also lovelistening to Dan and Jim on the radio. Jim gets a bad rap from lots of folks but I don’t understand why. They mostly stick to baseball and Jim will point out mistakes an is not afraid to criticize when needed. If that’s “old school” I’ll take it. I don’t believe “old school” means being out of touch or old fashioned. Old school can mean many things such as believing in excellence when it comes to fundamentals. It might mean practice, practice, practice. Jim looked burned out to me last year. It was a terrible year and I saw that same look in his eyes last night. Win one, lose one, win two, lose three. If the guys had been more patient last night, they could have had a run walked in. But, oh no! I’ve never seen such lousy at bats.

Saw the lineup sheet for tonight. Mags in the 3 hole and Curtis in the 5 hole with Anderson leading off. Looks like JL isn’t going to take my advice and put a left handed hitter in the 3 hole with Anderson leading off. Might be that Curtis is striking out a lot lately but I still think we do ourselves a disservice here.

We’ll see if Mags grounds into a DP if Anderson gets on in front of him. And, nothing for nothing, but I think even with Mags slumping it is better having him hit behind Miggy than in front. I guess JL is thinking that Mags will get to see better pitches since Cabrera is coming up next but I’d rather protect Cabrera a little bit by having Mags hit behind him.

Already not liking the at bats they are getting on this Bergson. And not liking the way Dontrell is pitching two walks??

JL has such a low opinion of Josh AB’s. Lead off bunt is one thing but bunting again with two outs and none on??

this isn’t looking good so far. Nice play by Clete, but they are teeing of on Dontrell. Not to mention some defensive blunders by the infield so far. Everett and Inge.

freaking luke scott. What the heck.

well they are teeing off on Willis and it doesn’t look as though the guys are going to hit anything tonight. They look rather pathetic again so far. What another wasted night. Everyone in the league has hit this guy except for Tigers.

Did I mention yesterday that Scott hits Tiger pitching well? Dontrelle’s throwing BP now.

–Ed

This Tiger team looks like an amateur show tonight. It’s downright pathetic.
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I called Scott’s HR–figured Willis would try to throw another curve by him. He didn’t quite figure out that he got away with one 2 pitches before. All Scott had to do was sit on the curve and foul off a mediocre fastball.
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You can pretty much blame the whole fiasco on Everett. The backhand attempt was based on Roberts’ speed but he should have fielded it properly. If he beats that play out then so be it.
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O’s are making us look really bad. I’m officially worried and for more than this game which gone from the win column as we speak—but for the possibilites of success when you have a team that hit or play more consistently. It is one thing to lose a game abut it is another to play so poorly for large stretches.
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It may be only one game but you can see that Willis is very unlikely to make a serious comeback. He doesn’t have the velocity and he doesn’t have the command. And he doesn’t have the stuff.

I feel bad for the guy who has to come in and mop this mess up today. That should do a lot for the confidence of Robertson, Miner or whatever other poor soul they throw in there.

I thought that last night was ugly this is even worse. They honestly look like they could give a rats ***$$.

By the way it appears to me that Dontrell is getting a different strike zone and I don’t mean for the better. (game day also agrees with me.)

the moron that came up with the scouting report on luke scott needs to be fired

So what does JL do with this? His team has no energy, they have no bats, they seem to be drifting, and he has to find a place for Thames and Bonderman. Well, finding a place for Bonderman may not be that hard.
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Actually if he has a lick of sense he shouldn’t have any trouble finding who to replace when Thames comes back.
I’m not so sure Thames should come back and if he does realistically what is he gonna bring to the table?
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I would rather see them call up Dustry Ryan or Alex Avila and send Sardinha packing.
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Who is this pitcher? 5.89 ERA and nobody can hit him? Even Polanco looked bad.
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You can look back over the last 10 games and say we won most of them but there were a couple we were lucky to have won and a couple we damn well didin’t deserve to. The hitting is very un-major league(ish) IMO. The bullpen is not a good one. The team does not click together like a team should. Either the different components nor the individuals. Chemistry. They’ll never have chemistry with Leyland in charge. He won’t have it! Not on his ball club. He’s even stated that much.
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Again the record isn’t bad—-yet. But they have shown they can play so poorly that a fan can never feel comfortable with them. I think this team is in disarray and I honestly feel that higher management knows it. JL might not last this season.

While I agree that they look bad right now, I don’t know if I agree that their is no chemistry. How would we know?? From everything that I have hear from insiders, is that they are in fact having a lot of fun and a very cohesive group??? (unlike last year). But I think that this offense like last year is very very inconsistent. One game they are hitting the heck out of the ball, the next they look foolish. What I find really weird is that they seem to bear down against the better pitchers but have trouble with some of these touch and feel guys that a lot of other team seem to be able to hit?? It that the hitting coach?? I don’t know.
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Dusty Ryan isn’t even hitting minor league pitching, let alone major league pitching. And I heard a stat at the beginning of the year, that when Dusty Ryan was behind the plate last year the ERA was almost 1 1/2 points higher than when either Pudge or Inge was behind the plate.
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And while I agree that there are some things wrong with this team I don’t think that the pitching has been the problem. Really really bad hitting is to blame most of the time this year.

The bullpen is crapshoot. We’ve been lucky so far with Zumaya Rodney and Perry. That’s not going to last and the rest of the pen (other than Miner), all will have periods where they can’t get get an out.
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The hitting has been the main problem. Leyland has not done a good job of sorting the problem out.
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Ryan has been hitting lately. He is coachable, has extra base power and while he may be a relatively easy out he is not an automatic one like Sardinha. Sardinha 9 hits in the bigs from 2003 thru 2009. His MLB average is .129. Small sample yes. And there is a reason that the sample is small. He hit .202 at Toledo last year.
They are wasting a roster spot on him. Put a little pressure on Laird and bring in a backup that can actually hit.
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I am NOT saying that ANY of this has anything to do with the Tigers recent play.
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I just think a good team doesn’t have that kind of weakness on it. And don’t give me any stuff about Jim Price or even Gene Lamont. That was yesteryear.

Oh I agree the catching situation is a problem. Laird is going to wear out and Sardinah while I think that defensively he is excellent, offensively your right he is an automatic out.
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But like last year the offense is a crapshoot.

Not that it would of made a difference in the ultimate outcome, but come on in the ninth 1st and 3rd with no outs and they don’t get the run home. That is the stuff that I am talking about. They have been pathetic the last two days and really against Colorado as well, two last place teams. If they can’t get it together for these guys what chance do they have against Boston next week. They will look really pathetic.

Guess I’ll have to go up there and straighten this out…………….don’t count on that. I’m 2-11 attending Tigers games during the Leyland regime.
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Not much good to say here. Either everyone hits or nobody hits, which is a chronic problem over the past four seasons. You can’t even create offense if nobody at all is getting on base. Cabrera was hitting better with Maggs behind him, but you also have to factor in his batting average, which is still above normal. That will have to drop further and that means some bad spells for the big guy. Along those lines, you’d have to think that Granderson, Polanco, and Ordonez will be going on tears to get their averages up near normal. That would be nice. As it is, I fully expect JL to hit Grandy leadoff tomorrow and stick Larish back in there in place of Anderson. Should have played Josh off the four hit game, not make him take a night off. I suspect Inge has gone homer happy lately and has gotten away from what made him successful earlier. That’s a battle he’ll need to win.
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Willis has had one good start in four, and that won’t get it done. I don’t judge him on an easier scale like some have done. This is the big leagues and results is all that matters. I maintain that we’re better off with Miner in the rotation and not wasting away out in the bullpen with his feet up, blowing bubbles. He can’t throw doubleplays if he’s not pitching, Mr. Leyland.
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This was our last chance before beginning an extremely tough stretch of games next Tuesday. It’s imperative now that we win the next two, because we’re dangerously close to finding ourselves swept out of contention. I just have this sinking feeling that Verlander has a bad one coming up.
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Luke Scott, I don’t know. Since we don’t bust people inside like in the old days, I don’t know how you prevent him from killing us forever. Without loosening him up, there’s no defense against him. When he came up with the bases loaded, my wife said they should walk him. I of course said you can’t do that and about that time he went yard. “See” she said, “it would be only 2-0 my way.” Hard to argue with that.
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It seems like the world is caving in, but there’s a possibility that our slumping stars will find their groove. With Monday being the first of June, however, when does a slump start becoming a bad year?
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Finally, 50 years of baseball and I still see things I’ve never seen. Here’s a guy, Wieters, in his major league debut who gets a standing ovation just for walking on the field. What has happened to the Baltimore baseball fans?
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–Rich

Two stinkaroo games agreed, but there is a lot of blogging negativity for these two losses….although they have gone just 3-5 in their last 8.
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Magglio has quietly brought his average up to .275. He had half the team’s hits tonight.
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We do have 3 very good starters…. That’s probably as many, or more, than most teams have. Agree that Miner should be starting. Galarraga looked better last night but got no support.
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You could hit Curtis 3rd(when Josh leads off) and Magglio 5th to set up left right left order. Magglio does slap a lot of balls to right though. Seems like Curtis hits better when he doesn’t try to pull everything. He should hit to left more often.
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I still think Marcus could help this team. Well, I’ll qualify that by saying you have to at least give him a chance. An awful lot of power there. He does tend to be streaky.
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It may work for him, but I don’t like Larish’s swing. It just looks stiff. It doesn’t look like he’s generating the power he could be. But what do I know….Maybe I’m missing something.
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I agree Dan, .129 career average for Sardinha isn’t good enough. Lets take a look at Ryan or Avila. Laird is a very good defensive catcher but his hitting needs to improve and soon.
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As bad as they were these last 2 games, they could just as easily turn the table tomorrow. Hopefully they will. I’m going to be optimistic. No one else is tearing up the Central either, although I see that Cleveland has won 4 straight.
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Miguel could be an even better hitter if he wouldn’t waste AB’s; if he would just be more patient at the plate and concentrate more. He’s such a great hitter, he knows that obviously(not in an arrogant way), but he is confident and he’s aware that he’s the man who needs to get it done. These last 2 games he’s gone up there in important situations and he’s just impatiently hacking, almost like he”expects” something to happen. Key hits could have changed the momentum in either game. I’d like to see him make the pitchers work more.
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Zack and Nate relegated to mop up roles. Strange to see. They did OK though. Too bad they don’t award holds for not letting your team fall farther behind. Maybe they’ll each be starting games again before the season is over. They should at least have fresh arms for the second half for lack of work in April and May.
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And I agree JL needs to keep the hot bat in there ala Josh. You go 4-5 and you should be back in there the next game.

Rich & Greg, I hope our boys can make you proud today and the rest of this weekend. It is not great fun (but still some fun) going to the park (on the road), setting yourself up as a target with your Tigers gear, and then losing. Good Luck Brother Tigers.

Thanks Dan. This is the second year in a row that we’ve hit Baltimore at a bad time. Last year they were on a hitting tear too, and throw in the Matt Wieters hysteria and I expect a Roman Coliseum-ish atmosphere in there. It used to be a pleasant place to go, as the fans were polite and very knowledgeable. Of course, I was often the only visiting team fan there. I suspect the Orioles lost a chunk of their old time fan base with the “Free the Birds” protest in 2006. Think of disenchanted former Lions fans as an example. Just a theory I have, can’t be proven.
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At any rate, I’m wearing neutral clothes for our afternoon lunch at the Inner Harbor, and only “donning the colors” for the game itself. I think you may be able to spot us when the camera is on the RH hitters and showing their stats. Look for the navy blue and orange script Tigers t-shirt, road cap with orange Olde English D, a strikingly handsome man with a gorgeous wife. Well, the part about the clothes and wife is accurate anyway. :-)
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–Rich
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–Rich

Marty,
I agree, a little too much negative. We are in first place! It is a long season. I still like reading everyone’s comments.
Remember Rube and Scratch? That was some good writing.
I do not know what JL is thinking. I would bunt and play small ball a whole lot more. Grandy, my tiger, needs to hit the opposite way. Tell him Lloyd! We miss the bat of Carlos and Marcus. If our pitching holds up we will be fine. Rich, you will be among the famous will all the TV time the fans get that are in camera view behind the batter.

We as fans are frustrated because we play so good and then so bad. We need to be more consistent. Hey, DD was in Grand Rapids where our Whitecaps are 31-16. The Tigers will be solid for the years to come.

Go Tigers 2009!
–Dave

You guys are right we have been a bit negative the last week. But it my case it is because of the way they have lost these games. Especially the one on Friday. When they have these AAA call ups or these pitchers that everyone is knocking around yet they don’t seem to be able to focus and do the job. And they act like this guy is Cy Young.
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Now when we are facing a guy like Grienke, I can handle losing to a guy like that. But losing to teams like Baltimore and Colorado the way they did well I admit I get frustrated and very negative. To me they play down to the competition.

I know how you feel GK. I agree, it’s very disappointing when you look at an opposing pitcher’s record and ERA and you “pencil in” the victory, and then he suddenly decides to pitch. But on the other hand, you have to give these pitchers credit too. There is a reason they are pitching in the big leagues. They’ve shown a rare talent. On any given night with they can get things working for them they can win just like Greinke.
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You’re right we do seem to play down to the competition, but I think that is unfortunately human nature. When you play down you lose the edge of concentration and competitiveness. Then the young opposing pitcher who may have just come up or maybe has been up and struggling, feeds off the success he’s having and the two factors work together ending in hitter frustration. I’ll bet the other teams have the same problem as well.
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The teams that can overcome this most often will win more consistently (now that’s a revelation Marty). Hopefully the Tigers will be one of those teams. Course the other side of the coin is that they need to be playing at their best when they go up against Boston, New York etc.
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Lets hope they get um tonight for Rich and Greg, then earn the split tomorrow. It’ll be interesting to see how JV pitches and fares against Luke “Appling”?……. 4 HR’s in 2 games…..come on………you got to be kiddin’ me.

Sardinha up wth the sacs loaded. Best thing to do is K. otherwise you’ll get a DP

I can’t stand it! This guy not only is a waste of a roster spot he hurts the team when he does play.

We got away with a possible bad inning there in the Baltimore half of the 4th.
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Our top half was ugly. I love Clete but you can’t look at a called 3rd strike with the bases loaded. They could have put the game away there.
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This guy is slammin’ us down pretty good. MCab seems to be starting to scuffle a bit. Need him to come thru here in the 5th We’re gonna need some more runs. I don’t think 3 will not be enough.

Jason–how about givin’ us a new heading?

At least we will be getting Guthrie out of their soon. He’s up to around 100 pitches.
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JV really has to bear down–these O’s will not give this game away

Here we go. Now we go to the twilight zone. Get out of the way Sardinha–you’re takin’ up space.
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JV has to concentrate on getting a simple out before this unravels

Whew! Considering a leadoff triple, we got away with murder that inning. JV did beard down, a little late perhaps but he does seem to have a 5th inning challenge from time to time.

After 4 HR’s, why would you keep challenging a guy and put one over the middle of the plate?? A frustrating series to date with us 4 of 22 RISP in the 6th and the O’s 8 from 23.

The Luke Scott stuff is an absurd anomaly. Yes he its us well and yes we pitch him poorly but these results are off the chart. I can’t stand the guy. I remember last year he had a big HR (Walk-off?) to beat us and he was the biggest hot-dog I have seen in a long time on his trip around the bases. This guy needs to be coned. Ok, OK plunked.
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Clete just tagged one. JV has 1 inning left in him. We’ll see what our bullpen is made of tonight.
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Wings gave up a late period goal. They seem to give up a lot of those. Another clearing the zone mistake and Malkin pounced on it to get a good shot and resultant rebound for the goal. The Wings should beat the Pens but it is gonna be a real battle.

MCab is in my books–officaially slumping.

I’m excited about Perry for the future—but what are they doin’ bringing him in in a situation like this? He is a high walk pitcher. Is that what you want?

Talk about just hanging on, now 3 innings in a row we could have been given up easily 6 more. I bet Seay can’t wait till June, May sure has been ugly for him.
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Zoom’s 8th will be interesting with Scott first up followed by the boom kid.

Nice job by Zoom. He’ll be back out in the 8th. Dan, I think JL needed Perry to help bridge the 6th and 8th. Other choice left was Lyon…..With a one run lead I suppose you could give Ryan the luxury of one walk. At least he did half his job.

Go Clete!!! 2 HR’s and almost a 3rd. These extras a going to be handy.

Wow. Zoom in the setup role is looking better with more control than even 2006. The 9th in close games another matter, although 3 runs will never be easier for a save.
I hope JL brings him out for the 9th.

Pheeww!! Great to get the win with JV not at his best and the bats still not in sync. Those middle innings where they stranded 4 RISP’s were huge.
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Interesting reliever stats for May before tonight with ERA and IP. Seay 11.57 ERA (7 IP); Lyon 8.10 (10); Zoom 3.86 (11.2); Miner 3.07 (14.2); Perry 2.19 (12.1); Rodney 1.64 (11) and Nate 1.13 (8).
Zach and now Nate are delivering and Rodney is starting to earn respect. Hats off to his perfect 9 from 9 saves. I know September is different again but I didn’t think he had it in him!!

Rich, had you heard from Jason. Seems strange we haven’t had a post from him in several days. Maybe he’s on a break, but he usually lets us know. Hope everything is OK with you Jason.

Well, last night was a hair bit better, but, I am still not jumping up and down with the hitting strategy the last night. Still stranded a few runners in scoring position with less than two outs. I know in general they have been pretty good in this situation, but the last 9 games or so, not so much. Verlander was just good enough even though this was probably his worst performance since end of April. Although I new he was going to have an off day sooner or later.
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GO TIGERS
GO WINGS
GK

I liked Ryan Rayburn last couple years, but this year, the blunders, or errors are really showing up, and making it a easy case to send him back down, followed by Larish, making room for Thames.

I like Sardina, but he just needs to get some ribeyes, or hits, to make it in the majors. I am sorry.. he is great catching, but it isn’t helping out with Laird, and GL can’t run the whole season long.. He is no Pudge!…
I am thinking, that we will see Dusty Ryan again, soon as thier season is done.

I won’t get negative. Two losses mean nothing.
I am impressed seeing Maggs shatter bats. If they would hold together , man those balls are going for a ride! Some things are working, and there is team chemistry going on. You can see it when they go out to congratulate each other.

I also get a kick out of Dontrelle. He wants to be part of the team so badly.. He’s either going to make it, or go back down when Bondo gets back intot he biggs.

I just pray that we get lucky with Boston. Thats going to be a tough series.. just like I thought when we played Texas…

Well this lineup today is a little scary, but we shall see. What makes me most nervous as you all know is my fear of the AAA call up pitcher that we have never seen?? (I know I am a broken record) but we never do well against these guys. Hopefully JL has the right up in there that will be trying to prove something and work the at bats. I did look at his splits and lefties (in his one game) his him better than the righties. And while I think that Cabrera needs a day off, not a lot of fear factor in that lineup today. Magglio is doing better.

At least Sardinha is not in it. Hopefully these LHB can snap us out of our lethargic team-wide batting approach.
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That and Edwin keeping those fly balls in the park.

Edwin looking very good today. I like this lineup, maybe a little different order. Speed and defense. It shouldn’t take too many runs today to win. Cabrera and Polanco both are slumping a little at the plate and could use the rest. Curtis has already supplied some offense.
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I’m watching the Baltimore feed and I think the two guys today are doing a pretty decent job. They seem pretty accurate when discussing our guys.

Well, there goes the perfect game…….. Heh, Rich and Greg, you got to watch the classic Tiger formula win last night.

It sure would be nice if these guys could just HIT the ball. Another minor league prodigy seems to be man-handling us again. There is no reason for this to happen so much.

All Right guys. Enough’s enough. EJ is throwing a fantastic game and he deserves some runs to put him in a comfort zone where he can’t get beat be a fluke or an error.
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He can’t thow the whole game like this and the team can’t play like they are depending on the pitcher tro win.

How is it that the Tigers can’t seem to hit these cll-ups from the Minors? I will never be able to wrap my mind around that.
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This is one of those gut-wrenching games where you feel for your pitcher and try to stifle your fears of a couple of bad mistakes that cost him (and the team) a game.

I think Rich may be at the game today. I hope so–he’s probably lovin’ this game.
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Let’s get on the sticks and send him happy!

Edwin still throwing hard through 7. We need another run or two now. Magg’s 16 game hitting streak is in jeopardy. Nice stretch by Larish on the Everett throw.

Yes–and a real nice job by Thomas against the LHP. Excellent.
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Roller Coaster Rodney next.

Jackson was excellent. And thank god that they did enough in the hitting department to get the win. It never looked hard for Jackson today.
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Now we just need to get a win for the WIngs today.
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GO WINGS
GO TIGERS

Well guys and gals, that was an amazing trip. As I’d said, we were 2-11 watching Leyland’s Tigers, so winning both games was a shock to the system.
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I don’t know if we were on TV or not, so I’ll check the archive later. We were behind the Tiger dugout and there were a lot of Detroit fans in the vicinity. There was a small knot of them surrounding us and we gave Zumaya a standing O when he came off after the 8th inning last night, to which he acknowledged with a wave of the glove. I only remember Verlander throwing one curveball for a strike and that big bender was high all night, a fact he verified later. So he pretty much shut down a hot hitting club with only his fastball. Impressive. Of course, we did get our dose of Luke Scott. Heck of a battle, JV just kept pumping heaters and Luke kept fouling ‘em back till he got one down that he liked. Anyway, different day, different hero, this time Clete Thomas. This kid is one good looking ballplayer and is rightfully getting the starts everyday. Smart, knows what he’s doing out there.
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Today we moved up to the front row of the upper deck, right over the pressbox and broadcast booths. Couldn’t get a good read on up and down pitch movement, but sure could call the balls and strikes. I was in favor of today’s lineup before the game began. MCab needs a break, as does Polly, and that’s the best batting order you could put together. I just figured we’ll have to gut out a low scoring game and lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. Like I said, shocking. Larish had much improved ABs today and got results. As Rodney came on for the 9th, the sunny skies darkened, as did the Orioles’ hopes, poetically speaking.
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And no traffic tie-ups in either direction, which is another miracle.
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The Tigers have the 3rd best record in the AL.
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–Rich

Hey Rich,
I was waiting on your post. Sorry I missed you Sat. night. I was down at the dugout getting photos up to about 7:20. I looked for you but didn’t see you. A few comments if I may. We drove up Friday, and it took 7 hours from Roanoke. The Beltway was a disaster, and the weather looked ominous. We got the game in, but the Tiges looked totally disinterested.
Like Rich said, Polly and Migs are in a major funk. Clete is beginning to get a good stroke started. Friday’s loss was my third consecutive loss at Camden. Sat. night was redemptive. Verlander did not dominate, but he’s still better than 80% of the rest on an off night. Zumaya was awesome; Rodney got the job done, and Luke Scott didn’t bury us. We almost stayed for today, but i had to work tomorrow, and didn’t want to get back so late. What a steal Jackson has been. Well, tomorrow is June 1, and we have a 4 game lead. Life is good! This week is my 34th. Wedding anniversary, my 42nd. High School reunion, and the old English D looks mighty good right now. Hope to catch you next time Rich. One other quick one; Binge should have gone for the DP, but I have never had to to think that quickly.
Greg

Hey Everyone-
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Great to see so many new “faces”. Just wanted to let everyone know that Jason just posted on twitter about Bondo’s start tonight. (retired 9 of first 10 batters with 3 Ks) He hadn’t posted on there for a few days either- so hopefully this means he will be back on here for the BoSox series.
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Tracey

Rich – I was happy to see that Razor played in a game you got to see in person, you are one of his biggest proponents around here!

Glad you and Dan got to see a few games.

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