Saturday: Tigers vs. White Sox

While Ryan Raburn is 8-for-20 lifetime against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, Marcus Thames is 1-for-7. Thus, Raburn gets the start in left field, batting sixth behind Carlos Guillen. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard lineup for the Tigers. Interestingly, Ramon Santiago is 3-for-10 off Floyd, but two of those hits are homers.


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

P: Jackson


  1. Scott Podsednik, CF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Jermaine Dye, RF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Paul Konerko, 1B
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Carlos Quentin, LF
  8. Chris Getz, 2B
  9. Gordon Beckham, 3B

P: Gavin Floyd


The rumors are still out there about a deal. Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, Troy Glaus. Glaus is still on the DL? Dunn is the youngest and is a LHB but I was surprised at his stats showing a weight of 285. I really haven’t seen him play so I can’t say if that weight is a hindrance. I am also a little wary of any NL hitter. Holliday was a bust in Oakland after coming from the NL but so far has been better in St Louis. Does anybody think Dunn would be more productive than Thames? I really don’t think Marcus is an everyday player. Also, somebody let us know if Anderson gets claimed or ends up in Toledo. With some hitting work, he could possibly contribute in the future. If Jackson pitches his usual game, the Tigers have a good chance at another win today. Go Tigers!

Dunn is a very very large person. Not overweight per se, just large. He is a terrible outfielder/firstbaseman and could only be used to DH. His positives are an incredible eye for the strike zone which leads to a large number of walks, and bigtime homerun power. As with most longball hitters, he also strikes out a lot. He’s slow, so if he was teamed with Cabrera and, to a lesser extent, Ordonez, the middle of the order would become very very slow afoot. And I’m also wary of any NL hitter who may use the entire final two months of the season adjusting to AL pitching. Sean Casey hit .245 for us in 2006, as an example.
Saw some of the 1976 ASG earlier today. Mark Fidrych was telling Warner Wolf that he’d once pitched to Pete Rose in an “expedition” game. You gotta love it.

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