Guillen close to playing in field

A week ago, it sounded like Carlos Guillen would be switch-hitting before he’d be playing in the field. That now appears to be the opposite, which in this case is a good thing for the Tigers’ versatility.

“He’s throwing good,” manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s probably ready to go out in left field.”

Leyland did not give a timetable for when he might do that. Guillen was not in the lineup Saturday against Cleveland lefty Jeremy Sowers, but the Indians have a right-hander going away. We could see then.

As for batting right-handed, Leyland simply said Guillen is “not ready.” Guillen will do some swinging motions right-handed, but he’s still taking batting practice just left-handed from what I’ve seen, including BP as I type this.



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

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
  5. Travis Hafner, DH
  6. Chris Gimenez, 1B
  7. Jamey Carroll, 2B
  8. Trevor Crowe, LF
  9. Wyatt Toregas, C

P: Jeremy Sowers


I don’t understand JL leaving Clete out. Sure, he hasn’t hit him with limited at bats in previous seasons (neither has Maggs), but it overlooks he hits better against lefties .30/.364 than righties .258/.331.
Someone made previous comments that JL doesn’t use computers? Maybe Dinosaur Jim should be his nickname.

Jeeze, if you so smart, why aren’t you managing a Major League Club. Clete has a mere 30 AB’s vs. Lefties and I’m guessing they weren’t front end of the rotation guys.

If you look at his stats from Toledo with twice as many AB’s he hit .226 vs. Lefties. Maybe you could use a computer.

Gonna be a long night if we go out on 8 or 9 pitches and our guy has to throw 20

MCab is simply not on his game. .333 average notwithstanding. And Porcello, as much as everyone thinks will be a HOF pitcher, does not fool hitters much. I would not be surprised if he ends up out of the rotation before the season ends.
I hope our hitters can pull their proverbial head out of their azzez, because if the drought, and poor approach continues it will not be a passing fance but rather a definition of who they are.

Time to call up Pineapple. He is far best at behind home. And not worst at bat. Ryan needs 2 years more at AAA.

Defense its what counts for a catcher

One of the good things about this site is blogs are normally accepted for what they are – personal opinions. If you don’t like an opinion, give your view and move on.
To clarify the situation, Clete at Toledo against lefties earlier this year hit .226/.339 from 53 AB’s. For Detroit over 2008 & 09, he is hitting .327/.389 from 49 AB’s.
Whichever way you look at it, Clete hits lefties far better than Curtis – .183/.267 this year and career .213/.277.
If I was manager, I would look at current form rather than history which JL seems to do, particularly with Maggs who is not getting any younger fast.

JL does use the computer because he rolls out his lineup strictly based on past practice against any said pitcher. Curtis shouldn’t be leading off against lefties. Maggs has to quit the whole first pitch swing for an out trick. Finally JL’s golden boyfriend Raburn has no business fielding any position. Go tigers…fix the lineup anD the wins will come.

That walk by clete to get 2 on should be huge.

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