Friday: Tigers vs. Twins

Contrary to fears that sprung up this weekend, the Tigers do NOT have to face new Twin Carl Pavano tonight. They’ll have to do that Saturday. So far as I know, the Twins will not then trade him to the Red Sox to face the Tigers again next week at Fenway.

“Believe me, he’ll come in with a lot of confidence,” Ramon Santiago said.

That’s understandable, given his three wins against Detroit this year.

On the flip side, the Twins won’t have Joe Crede available this weekend. He reportedly took a cortisone shot to his ailing right shoulder.


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

P: Armando Galarraga


  1. Denard Span, LF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  7. Brendan Harris, 3B
  8. Carlos Gomez, CF
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Anthony Swarzak


On the other hand, we now have our big opportunity to get Smoltz back, 22 years later. Answered with a whiny “Well never mind nooow.”

Keep Span and OCab off and things might be OK

Home sweet home! Can you believe the steal by Grand? Now the big HR by Miggy! OK, Armando, you keep your part of the bargain.

Oh, wait. There still no outs in the bottom of the first. Carlos gets triple. and gets out at the plate!

2 out, and Brandon gets a base hit with Alex Avila coming up to bat and hits 2 run Hr ON THE FIRST PITCH. Yikes!!! Tigers lead 6-1

Good Lord, what a 1st inning.

I am watching also.

This game demonstrates why the trade for Jarrod Washburn was a good one. The Tigers now have four (4) reliable starters for the pennant drive. With the consistently inconsistent hitting and at times inconsistent bullpen effort, the Tigers could not go into a pennant drive with only three (3) reliable starters.

I hope Gallaraga is not int he rotation next year. In fact, I hope he is gone from the rotation by September. He can only have so many more bad outings before his spot is in jeopardy.

Armando can’t throw strikes, again. Lambert is warming up. This game is bizarre. Is anyone watching besides me. I seem to be doing all the talking. Armando gives up another hit. 6-4 Tigers in the lead, but I don’t know for how long.

Armando looks about as horrible as anybody could look—again. It all startws with his not being able to throw strikes. The times he has been successful throwing strikes he has been a good pitcher. when he nibs and nibbles he loses. Simple as that. Brutal piece of pitching to give up a 5 run lead like that.
Kind of a stupid 0 out base-running choice by Guillen even going to 3rd but certainly getting up and trying to score with none out. Didn’t look that important at the time but cost us a run in what could be a high scoring game.

If GMan gives up another run this inning, or even if he simply walks a couple of more batters, they should yank him and not fool around waiting for him to come around.

Any scorer giving an error to Polanco on that doesn’t understand baseball. He did everything possible to get that out and the throw was not ane easy one to catch but there was no way it could haave been any better than that.
E-! no doubt about it. Another example of MCab not understanding the range and capability of Polanco led to that whole scenario. Can’t get too down on him for trying though. He does go after them and that is better than thinking your job is fielding throws from you infielders.

Tigers need to get to this guy. Especially our RHB. He’s gettin in a groove and those Twins won’t away–we know that for certain.

I would be making sure G-Man is on a VERY shor t leash in the 6th and, if he is fortunate, the 7th inning.
A3 run differential with the likes of Mauer, Morneau and Kubel is not comfortable enough. Ni and Seay should be ready to go.

I can hear the Temptations singing: ” It’s The Same Old Song”………………………….
Can’t believe two prominent RHB go down whiffing with a guy on 3rd. Brutal.
I’m real sick of seeing these horrid ABs with a runner that needs to be brough home at 3rd and lnobody out.

Good, Avila does it again. Hits a double with 2 on and 2 outs. Tigers up 9-4.

To continue that song ” but with a different meaning”.. Oh, how I miss Levi Stubbs.

Avila!!!! How was this guy behind Sardinha and Ryan?

And almost everyone questioned why in heck Dombrowski called up this guy.

I love it….givin Joe Nathan some grief.

Now their given Rodney grief.

Zach Miner and Bobby Seay warming up with 2 down in the 9th. Nightmare city. Please get this guy out, Rodney.

Struck him out!

Why does JL take out Lyon after an uneventful 15 pitch 8th inning and replace him with “heart attack” Rodney in a non-save situation for the 9th inning close? Let Lyon finish the game with a 4 run lead, will you.

Great to see Avila do so well and he looked very good behind the plate as well.
Bats came alive but we are from having the luxury of fans who really don’t have to “worry” about any components on their favorite team.
We have serious issues on clutching up (our guys have to at least get the bat on the ball with a duck on 3rd)and we will never be able to be comfortable with our closer—unless the closer role itself changes. I must admit that Lyon looks like he could handle the job.

Good production (7 for 10) from Grandy and Polly; MCab and Carlos were 4 for 9 and Binge and the AA “new kid” were 3 for 7. Clete got the other hit while Maggs and Everett went zero at the plate. Good balance and some extra base hits as well. Hope Avila is the real deal for the remainder of the season. Now if we can just find a 5th starter to push GMan back down to Toledo to work on his command and location. Isn’t it great to beat those stinkie Twinkies!!

A win is a win, even a wild one like this. Not exactly our kind of ball. While we left some runners in RISP, we also drove 10 runs in, so that issue’s a wash tonight. Ordonez gave himself up, hitting a grounder to the right side to move Guillen up but there he stayed. Doesn’t make one anxious to give one’s self up, does it? Most of the guys don’t have an approach with a man on 3rd and less than 2 out (pitifully few ML hitters do), and the results show as much. But, you can’t argue with ten runs.
It’s a mortal sin to make the first out of an inning at thirdbase, and Carlos did it at home! I guess the devil would greet him at the fiery gates, then show him the door to the basement for that one. 🙂
Re Avila, it’s nice to again get that punch from a call up, but I wouldn’t get overly excited just yet. Laird is catching tomorrow, as planned. That will probably draw some howls, but that’s the plan and I have no problem with it. Plenty of time for Alex in the future.
On the pitching side, I wasn’t happy with Galarraga at all. In fact, I’m tired of it. You want to know how I manage? Well, I would have yanked him in the first. I would have yanked him after the first. I would have yanked him in the second, and I would have yanked him after the second. I have no patience for that nibbling garbage. Rather than sit there and swear as JL did, I’d have been up and walking out there, signaling to the pen. Verlander and Washburn go the next two days and they’ll keep the pen in good shape. Tonight was the night to use it. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Nate returns and takes Galarraga’s spot in the rotation.
Lyon pitched two innings yesterday and one today and he’s the best we’ve got out there, so I don’t have him pitch the 9th today. Rodney just did his usual thing and I’ve grown used to it. I was just surprised he didn’t end up pitching to Mauer. I still think your best pitcher should be the setup guy, but if Rodney ended up somehow gone after the season, we’ve already got a closer in Lyon so I wouldn’t try to trade for one.
Three up on Chicago, four in the loss column which is what I keep an eye on. The Twins are six back on the L side. All that does for now is assure that we’ll be leading the pack for several more days, but it’s better than trailing. Things are in good overall shape right now, race-wise.

I have the same nightmare but I wake to another nightmare where I’m in bed with Roseanne Barr.
The Yankees and Red Sox are well past the 5-hour mark now, in the 14th inning scoreless. Boston is bringing in their last pitcher. This on top of a nearly 4-hour game last night with a long Fox game tomorrow afternoon, followed by a probable long ESPN game on Sunday night. So far, this is perfect for us to go into Fenway on Monday.

Well, it loses a lot when my answer to Ed’s post appears before his. Geez…………

It’s not that I expect Avila to keep on having games like these, but it’s sure nice to see that the cupboard isn’t bare there. When all we’ve seen at that position were basically two automatic outs, with Sardinha and Ryan, this kid has the look of a hitter and he did reasonably well behind the dish, too.
I keep having this nightmare that we get to the 7th game of the World Series. We lead 2-1. Verlander pitched a whale of a game but he’s spent with 125 pitches and we got Rollercoaster Rodney on to close it out. He walks the first 3 men he faces on 12 pitches—at that point, I wake up with my heart racing and I’m unable to get back to sleep. I pray that maybe Lyon and Rodney could change roles ‘cuz I don’t think I could take it if it really happened.


Rich says:
(On the pitching side, I wasn’t happy with Galarraga at all. In fact, I’m tired of it. You want to know how I manage? Well, I would have yanked him in the first. I would have yanked him after the first. I would have yanked him in the second, and I would have yanked him after the second. I have no patience for that nibbling garbage. Rather than sit there and swear as JL did, I’d have been up and walking out there, signaling to the pen.)

I absolutely couldn’t believe it when JL didn’t take AG out when he walks the number 8 & 9 (who had a ******** 207 ave.) batters. I was thinking – is JL’s legs broken or did he just fall asleep. JEEZ! Maybe they’re somehow related – I can’t think of any other reason JL is so in love with him.

OK – why was the word (w h o p p i n g) replaced with *’s?
Is that a bad word?

Hey everybody, just got back home to FL from a 2 week vacation in Michigan. Went to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and had a generally great time. I have been reading up on all the blog posts and comments, and it is utterly amazing to see the amount of complaints still, even though I come back to a bigger lead than when I left! This will likely come down to the last 2 weeks of the season. I hope our complaints turn to jubilation when we capture the division!

Lee, I too was surprised to see my use of (w-h-o-p-p-i-n-g) asterisked out the other day, the day Jason told us to watch our language. We’re a clean group on the site, just demanding of our team when there’s proven talent there that is not performing up to 3, 5 & 10 year averages.


Complaints? We hit very well this week and are on a nice roll. We’ve made some inexcusable mental errors in the field. Verlander, Jackson and Porcello pitched well, as did the bullpen. Galarraga was terrible. All of this and more is worthy of comment, be it negative or positive.
The “bad word editor” catches otherwise acceptable words that could be construed as offensive if used in a different context. It will look for old fashioned racial slurs along with words you’d expect it to look for. Jason, Dan, and myself have been edited in the past month or so for innocent phrases. Not much you can do about it. It’s funny that the editor calls attention to a word that you wouldn’t have thought about if it hadn’t been edited.

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