Robertson still on track for Friday start

Yes, Nate Robertson was back in the bullpen Tuesday, earning the final two outs of the eighth inning in Tuesday’s 7-5 loss. However, it doesn’t change his status in the Tigers rotation. He’s still set to start Friday against the Blue Jays.

Because that assignment comes more than a week since his last start, Leyland said he wanted to get Robertson into a game appearance on what would’ve otherwise been a day for him to throw a side session. Robertson knew he had a good chance to pitch Tuesday, so he was ready for it. Considering Leyland used both of his lefty relievers in the seventh inning, there was a use for Robertson at the end.

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Welcome back Jason – you were missed but I know I appreciated having someone else make posts so we didn’t have 100 comments in one posting!

Like I said last night, I didn’t think using Nate there was all that strange. Managers do this from time to time, using a starter in a much needed game on his scheduled day for a side session. It does kind of blow your hair back when you see Friday’s starter come trotting in from the pen on Tuesday, but it’s not very out of the ordinary.
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The other moves JL made weren’t necessarily bad, there were just a lot of them. I’m sure everyone agrees that you’d prefer Thomas over Maggs late in the game. The fact that Clete missed a play that Maggs probably would have made is just bad luck, and to call it a bad move is true second guessing. JL looked pretty smart by starting Raburn in center and getting a homer and 3 hits total from him in the leadoff spot. I happen to think Ryan is the worst outfielder on the team, however, and I’d never use him as a defensive replacement. In fact, I’d DH him. A lot. We now have enough players on the bench that Raburn’s versatility isn’t so important. Thames is having good ABs right now and you may want to ride that for awhile. He’ll probably start tomorrow against yet another call up.
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Magglio’s contract will vest pretty soon here, and I’m okay with that. Mr. Ilitch knows that some of the money will be offset by income from a postseason appearance and Ordonez gave us our best chance of making that happen. There’s also something I call plain old square business. I think this contract was based on risk of injury and, other than some barking heels for awhile, Maggs has been healthy as a horse. Not honoring the agreed upon contract for any other reason would be unfair practices, and I don’t think Mr. Ilitch plays that game. Ordonez met the stipulations and will now reap the reward. That’s how I see it.
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Regarding our playoff opponents (hope hope), I’d rather play a short series with New York and maybe catch them in a hitting slump. If we count on, say, the Rangers to knock them off, we may end up playing the Yankees for seven games. That’s a tough assignment. At any rate, you have to beat good teams to advance.
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–Rich

Rich, you are the voice of reason on this blog…nice post!

How are playoff assignments determined?

It would be very interesting to see more personal stories on some of the Tigers (if they are willing to share of course).
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Many of us know what Curtis does in the community and Brandon. many of us know that Marcus has a Mom who was paralyzed in an auto accident over 25 years ago and still managed to raise her family.
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Many of us know of the serious illness that Carlos Guillen’s wife had when she delivered last year.
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Many of us don’t know that Adam Everett has a daughter with Spina Bifida or the charitable and philanthropic work that his wife, Jennifer does.
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There are as many stories untold about the current Tigers as there are players. We sometimes think athletes are advantaged and spoiled. I suppose it is safe to say that some of them are. It is alsosafe to say that many players treasure their privacy and it is safe to say that we would be very surprised to hear of some of the ordeals that some players have had to endure——just like the rest of us.

And now for the BIG QUESTION OF THE DAY (or things that make non-Tigers fans go “huh?”): Would you rather face Greinke tomorrow or DiNardo, a guy we haven’t seen much of?
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We haven’t seen much of tonight’s starter, Tejeda, either. It seems to be the norm this year. A reason we haven’t hit as well as expected?
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Drummer, I appreciate the compliment, but I’m “A” voice of reason here. There are others. I just have a calm personality. That’s why I get the chicks. :-)
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The doctor will be in his office on Monday. Halladay, that is. His turn should come around for our Monday tilt with the Jays. Against Justin Verlander? You think the MLB Network will broadcast that game? The game logo will be a water color of Cy Young.
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And Dan, good post. It’s very easy to like the guys on this team.
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–Rich

I like this blog because there are a few more “veterans” like myself and also some younger folks who, for the most part, stay away from petty and small remarks. Of course, we all lose it once in a while, but like the team, you just have to turn the page and get on with the next game. I think we have a great team this year and am looking forward to tonight’s game.

Plus, the Tigers have a great beat writer in Jason Beck. How’s that for kissing up? It’s true, though.

I thought the same thing about taking Miggs out for a pinch runner last night Tiger Girl. Seemed like the thing to do in that situation we were in. A detail perhaps overlooked.
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Good post Dan. We don’t get to see that warm side of you enough:-) Seriously, I didn’t know that about Adam Everett and his wife and child. It puts things in perspective. Regardless of his offensive production, he has been an extremely valuable part of this team, and an obvious upgrade over Renteria no question. I like him a lot.
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Rich……..Can you please keep that ego in check? This is your last warning:-) By the way, I don’t think your summation of the Magglio contract situation could be stated any clearer. It is right on. I also agree with your Raburn comments. I was thinking the same thing last night. It’s ironic. JL often inserts Ryan defensively when it would make more sense to DH him. The thing with Ryan is that he is quick in the OF, he has a strong arm, as he exhibited last night, and he can cover more ground than say Marcus or Carlos. The trouble is with the intangibles. Like taking the wrong route to a ball, or misjudging balls hit right at him, or sometimes some poor LF corner play. It often looks like he just has a hard time controlling the adrenaline. But then he makes the occasional great play which shows a potential.
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Anyway, I had no real problem with JL’s management of the game last night…generally. I just think he made those defensive changes a bit early in the game. Replacing Magglio with Clete was the right move for sure. It just didn’t work out. That’s baseball.
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Now I’m just going to lay this question down and back away slowly….. For what reason did JL take Marcus out in the 5th?

Well Rich we all know how I feel about the call-ups?? It typically doesn’t go well for the team. Well it is what it is, that is why last nights loss was disappointing. People think that the KC team are pushovers? Well I disagree, they have won games against some good teams, just ask the Angels last weekend.
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Regarding a story I heard about a player (actually from the player) is that Ramon Santiago was so poor as a child he couldn’t afford baseball equipment which includes a glove. He made a glove out of a cereal box. If that isn’t heartwarming I don’t know what is. He wanted to play that bad.
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GK

I’m getting a bit worried about you guys – all this collective hugging without the girls!! :-)

This KC series is a good test for our bullpen against their 7 lefties, particularly post break where Seay has struggled with them and Ni has better results against the righties. JL should get on the phone to bring Rapada up.
We have gone 2-1 against KC the past 4 series. I like our chances to continue the run with JV and Jarrod pitching away.
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If Miggs was having hamstring problems earlier in the season , he sure isn’t now – he is really stretching out these days to get some outs.

As of right now the lineups haven’t officially been posted but because I have picked up Avila on my fantasy team I have already been notified that he isn’t playing tonight. This is what I don’t understand. Is why isn’t he playing??? This is why I say that Tejadas numbers against righties are dang good. And lefties not so much. I understand their are certian righties you are going to play ie Cabrera, Polanco and hopefully Magglio. But here are the numbers

Lefties hit 221 against him
Righties hit .136 against him
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His era against lefties is 5.91
His era against righties is 1.73
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I am no genius but doesn’t that say play Avila instead of Laird?? I love Gerald, but come on when there is an obvious place to play him play him. Unless he doesn’t feel like Avila can catch Verlander for some reason.
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Confused
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GK

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