Saturday: Tigers vs. Rays

The only left-handed bat in the lineup against Rays lefty David Price is Curtis Granderson. The right-handed bats include Magglio Ordonez, who makes his fifth consecutive start and his ninth in Detroit’s last 12 games. As Tom Gage wrote in the Detroit News this morning, his status for next year looks like less and less of a debate now. One big sign of that came last night after the Tigers pulled away early; Leyland kept Ordonez in the game until his fourth plate appearance of the night, then replaced him for defense with Clete Thomas in the eighth.

TIGERS

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

P: Nate Robertson

RAYS

  1. Jason Bartlett, SS
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Ben Zobrist, CF
  4. Pat Burrell, DH
  5. Carlos Pena, 1B
  6. Evan Longoria, 3B
  7. Gabe Kapler, RF
  8. Dioner Navarro, C
  9. Akinori Iwamura, 2B

P: David Price

UMPIRES
HP: CB Bucknor
1B: Mike Everitt
2B: Brian Gorman
3B: Gerry Davis

29 Comments

The Yankees have a quick 4-0 lead over “our Sox.” Chicago can’t complain much about their schedule (not that I’ve heard any complaints), since we played the same teams. If you take our road series in Boston and New York and add in the Metrodome sweep, we went 1-9. Add the Red Sox and Yankees in Comerica and we’re 2-14. Chicago has missed their opportunity to survive their current stretch of games.
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–Rich

For those who can’t see the game live- here’s the short version so far:
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Nate pitched well thru 4 innings, with no help from his team offensively or defensively.
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Error, passed ball and dropped foul fly led to Nate only making thru 4 innings.
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Curtis struck out looking with runners on 2nd and 3rd, one out when Rays were conceding the run.
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So far we have not looked sharp. Still early.

-Tracey

The most disturbing thing about these two games so far is that Polanco-Ordonez-Cabrera- Huff & Thames-Guillen are 1 for 26 in batting. Tha’ts not a good sign.

I should have included Raburn who is batting 6th today instead of Guillen. Now they are 1 for 29 after the 6th inning. When will this end?

Just coming home from work. Man oh man, no runs again. Just saw Inge strike out. These guys got 2 more innings to get some runs in. I don’t even know who’s pitching until the commercial is over. Let’s go Tigers!

The #2-6 hitters are now 1 for 31 in 2 games. Robertson 2 runs in 4 innings. Miner 0 runs in 3 innings. Perry on in the 8th. Score still 2-0.

it is deja vu all over again. 2006. 3th with less offensive support : NR

Can we please not have a shutout!

Didn’t see the first 4 innings. Seemed like Nate did pretty well and wasn’t really helped out by his defense too much. But as we can see at this point only a shutout would of worked weak offensive performance huh???

Now this might be where we creep back into it.

I can’t believe there is blue sky in Detroit. I’m about an hour and a half west and we’ve had noting but clouds and rain all day.

Price is winless on the road. Can we please continue the streak.

Dirty Curty, come on.

So close!

close but no cigar for Curtis – Wow has Cabrera gone a little cold the last 3 days. He hasn’t helped out at all.

These guys have got to start hitting!

I gotta take my poor dog out. We better be tied or ahead when I get back.

2 hits in 34 at-bats. Ordonez has both hits. This one knocked in Everett. 8 innings, 2-1 Tampa.

Only 1 run? Oh, not good. Perry walks thr first guy.

Error. OMG. 2 guys on and 0 outs. If we get through this inning with no damage, it will be a miracle.

I don’t know how that can be an error on Everett.

We should have been out of this inning down 2-1.

Can the Tigs come through with a walk off win. They have been known to do it before.

Disappointing loss. However, the performances of Robertson, Miner and Perry were not disappointing. They deserved better support in the field and on offense than they received.

If Robertson could pitch consistently for the next month for the Tigers, he would be a marvelous addition to the team.

As far as David Price, as a Vanderbilt grad (long before David was there) I had occasion to see him many times on tv pitching for Vanderbilt. I believe he will be a great major league pitcher some day. He deserved the recognition he received as college player of the year in 2007. However, I sure wish his road woes had continued today. I believe his ERA was over 8.00 on the road before today. He sure picked a bad time for the Tigers to pitch well in a road game.

Great that the White Sox lost to the Yankees today. I hope the Rangers beat the Twins tonight.

Final 3-1. The 3rd run scored due to the 2nd Everett error. So he had 2 in this game and Inge had 2 in Friday’s game. 4 erroes in 2 games by their great left side defense. The 2-6 batters are 2 for 36 now in 2 games. Time for a breakout tomorrow?

One more comment…..A victory today would have put them 10 games over .500. They just never seem to be able to get there. Of course the Twins and WSox are having trouble getting over .500 period.

So the three contending Central teams score 1 run today.

And we got the one run, Dave. The Tigers continue to be the “best of the worst” in all phases. :-)
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I don’t have numbers on it, but it seems that we don’t hit lefties well anymore. That used to be a team strength.
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Oh well, when all three contenders lose, it’s a win for us, since it’s one more day off the calendar and one more game off the schedule. Our lead is five and six games in the loss column.
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–Rich

The errors almost always go to the lesser known or “not a star” player. I honestly believe Everett’s throw to Polly was just fine, he just couldn’t catch it. The other day Brandon threw a ball to Miggy and is slid between his legs, but realistically, he should be able to pick it. Even the best teams have errors. They better tighten up their belts a little bit, cause this is not time to be making errors. It’s the unearned runs that kill ‘ya.

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