Granderson sits, Polanco leads off

Wilkin Ramirez isn’t walking through the clubhouse doors today, so if the Tigers were going to give Curtis Granderson a day off today as planned, they were going to have to use somebody here. That somebody ended up being Placido Polanco, who’s batting leadoff for the first time since the season finale in 2007. Leyland confirmed he also plans on giving Granderson a second day off Friday at Oakland.

TIGERS

  1. Placido Polanco, 2B
  2. Marcus Thames, DH
  3. Ryan Raburn, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  6. Brandon Inge, 3B
  7. Clete Thomas, CF
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Jarrod Washburn

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  3. Jose Lopez, 2B
  4. Mike Sweeney, DH
  5. Russell Branyan, 1B
  6. Kenji Johjima, C
  7. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  8. Jack Wilson, SS
  9. Michael Saunders, LF

P: Ryan Rowland-Smith

28 Comments

Not to be negative, but our defense in the outfield for today isn’t exactly the greatest, I hope we don’t need any great plays made – or rather, I hope no errors get made today. Maggs – keep the hitting going, you are slowly coming around.

Tiger Girl:

Agreed on the outfield. Could be an adventure out there today.

Eric

Thomas played a good centerfield last year. Raburn is as good or better than Thames or Guillen. I’m interested in seeing Polanco lead off, as I think we need another leadoff hitter at least as a backup to Curtis, if nothing else.

But yeah, when you look at this lineup, you wonder where the runs come from. That said, they may just go out there and put a dozen on the board. Sure does leave a plethora (word of the day) of LH pinch hitters when they go to their pen.
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–Rich

Well, 3-0. Game over? Neither Washburn nor Huff have so far given the team any extra push. I’m afraid the starting pitchers will develop a mental pressure that they can’t win unless they throw a shutout. Every opposing pitcher can’t be that good. IF it hasn’t already been said here many times, you have to look seriously at the hitting coach just as this year’s change in pitching coaches seems to have helped in most cases.

Well, 3-0. Game over? Neither Washburn nor Huff have so far given the team any extra push. I’m afraid the starting pitchers will develop a mental pressure that they can’t win unless they throw a shutout. Every opposing pitcher can’t be that good. IF it hasn’t already been said here many times, you have to look seriously at the hitting coach just as this year’s change in pitching coaches seems to have helped in most cases.

I just got home to see the score 4-0. OMG! Then Raburn get a HR and Miggy gets robbed. I’ll have to check gameday to see what happened with Washburn, but it looks like we still are struggling with the hits.

Dang, if Miggy had been on it would be 4-3. We’re creeping back up there. The Tigers better take advantage of this pitcher before he getts the yank.

Now 4-0. To think that I am actually paying to watch these games. When I signed on to MLB.TV a few years ago I was thrilled because, living in Illinois, I seldom got to Detroit to see them play. The last couple of years have done nothing but raise my blood pressure, increase my frustration, and actually push me towards mild depression. What is the answer to this quandary (my word of the day instead of foul language)?

Okay, I’ll try again………Wow! This is the first game this week against Seattle when the Tigers have given a starting pitcher more than one run to work with. But now 2 runs won’t cut it.

Intellicast shows some nasty weather in the area – just as our bats are coming alive!

It’s so predictable. Everett does not bunt Laird to 2nd base. A balk might have moved him to 3rd. Then Raburn, who hits a solo homerun, strands 2 runners. Ho hum.

See, they’re warming up Seattle’s bullpen. Gotta get to this guy, now.

Wow, they are teeing off on Washburn today – can’t blame today on our bats, even if they don’t score anymore. Glad I am just watching via gameday, sad to see other teams hitting homeruns out of our park. come on – button up and stop the bleeding and give our guys a chance to climb back into it.

Miner is warming up! Nuf said. If we don’t get a run here, I think we’re toast. Bases loaded, 1 out.

Washburn = batting practice pitcher for Seattle. 4 homeruns? I better go find something else to do. Maybe that exciting Food Channel.

Almost seems like Washburn is serving a few up for his former teammates. How many does he have to give them before JL goes to the pen?

Bases loaded with one out… they really need to capitalize here.

Capitalize? With their poorest hitter due to bat? Laird. I wonder if JL will PH with Avila? With 3 innings to go it might be a risk but what else have they got?

Well you know what they say about a broken clock – its right twice per day. Same with Laird. He’s bound to get an RBI every so often, right? I just hope this is his time, but I won’t complain if we see Avila PH either.

Clear skies. Maybe they can see the ball better.

Don’t try too much, Aubrey. Let him walk you in, if possible.

That would have been a ball.

OK – we’ve got a ball game again. Not sure how the defense will look after this inning of pinch hitters, but it worked to get us within one.

Can Marcus Thames please get into a hot streaK? He’s been cold long enough.

It’s on Brandon.

Bases loaded, bottome of the 9th, 1 out.

Tied. 2 out.

WE WIN

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