Granderson batting 7th

Manager Jim Leyland wants to play Granderson as much as he can for the final 3 1/2 weeks, but he doesn’t want him having to struggle at the top of the lineup against lefties. Thus, Granderson is batting seventh Friday against Blue Jays left-hander Brian Tallet. Leyland said he’ll start him again Sunday against fellow southpaw Ricky Romero before resting him Monday against lefty David Purcey.

“He’s going to be a big key for us,” Leyland said of Granderson Friday.

The result is that we’ll see less of Wilkin Ramirez than one might’ve figured. As Leyland pointed out, it’s difficult to play a rookie down the stretch of a playoff race.

“I’m going to pretty much go with the guys who have been here all year,” Leyland said. “If it isn’t good enough, it isn’t good enough.”

TIGERS

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

P: Nate Robertson

BLUE JAYS

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Aaron Hill, 2B
  3. Adam Lind, LF
  4. Vernon Wells, CF
  5. Kevin Millar, 1B
  6. Rod Barajas, C
  7. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
  8. Randy Ruiz, DH
  9. Jose Bautista, RF

P: Brian Tallet

21 Comments

I can understand that. At least this way he won’t have to try choosing a time to get Grandy in there, and that’s a big centerfield in Comerica. Having Curtis hit 7th actually gives the lineup a new twist. Even though Grandy has trouble with lefties, it looks more like the lineup doesn’t end after the #5 hitter. I liked the energy Ramirez brought, but you never know what you’re going to get with the youngsters. I won’t mention Maybin in Cleveland again. :-)
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–Rich

It is worth moving Curtis down for one start to see – he liked his short stint down the order earlier this year hitting .339/.412 at 5th from 59 AB’s, but locking him in for 2 of the 3 games is just silly. JL has likely just added one more bottom order momentum killer.
With teams often scoring big totals on the back of one innings, it is hard to see this lineup tearing apart any pitcher, least of all a rookie.
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Curtis actually started the season well against lefties but it has been all downhill since May and is now .15/.171 post break. For RISP post break, he is .121/.189 compared to his .296/.440 against righties.
If today doesn’t work down the order for Curtis, surely one of the righty call ups or Huff will be the better option for the Sunday game.

Even if we escape the first, we are going to need a big inninngs tonight.

Man, that was pure luck to get out of the first!!

When you have so little control, the ump will always kill you on the close calls. Probably the wind was the only thing that kept 2 of those flies in the park.

This has been an ugly start and an absolute miracle the Jays haven’t scored in the first three. Could easily have been 0-7.
We could almost play with 6 outfielders the way they are seeing Nate. Least his poor control is keeping them guessing to some degree.

Interesting to see Galarraga in relief. Maybe that’s a better spot for him.
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Thank goodness for that wind, or else we’d be down by a lot more than just one run.

Oh, boy. Galarraga for Robertson and it’s still the 4th inning. Sure was hoping Nate would have a better start.

I can hear people cussing in the background.

That is twice now they have given Inge nothing over the plate with RISP and happy to go after Curtis. Curtis has swung at every pitch.

This is just so awful.

Does anyone know what Laird’s average is in the past month or so? He seems to be hitting relatively well lately.

If told me I would be saying this after April, I would say you were crazy, but Raburn has a strong case to be the permanent leadoff. He is now for the season hitting lefties .269/.382 and righties .297/.316 and is .302/.356 overall post break.

Three runs in the 7th. Now down 6-4. Can they get Three more in the 8th and 9th assuming the pitching comes through?

We’re on a roll alright….in the wrong direction.

Win or lose tonight, this team has some very serious problems. It is just incredible how they can’t seem to hit average pitchers. Tallet was 6-9 with an ERA over 5.00. It makes you want to have a wholesale housecleaning. The hitless bug infects everyone at once, not just a few at a time. Lately the pitching hasn’t held up well either.

How many times will it take for JL to realise dont use Rodney in a non save situation??

Then again, that was just a typical Rodney innings!!
Pulling Lyon after a 9 pitch inning didn’t make much sense. In a career best season, Lyon has thrown only 19 more pitches than the youngster Perry who also spent a month at Toledo.

Raburn home stats have always been considerably worse than his away stats with his .216/.259 and .40/.460 post break the most dramatic contrast. Never being a crowd favourite must weigh on him. Hitting well at leadoff and at home today was huge.
Since the break, Raburn is .311/.404 against lefties and .294/.308 against righties. Having Curtis down the order and only against righties in future will be huge. Ramirez or Dlugglach deserve a shot. Those two AB’s of Curtis when the Tigers were rolling were huge momentum killers.

The only time you should see Granderson hitting for the rest of the year is against right handed pitchers. He flat cannot hit lefties. As to Robertson and Galarraga maybe they can be traded at the end of the season for a player to be named later or a bobble head doll. McClendon should be sent packing as well. I can understand a few players in slumps but not a team. Their approach at the plate is inept to say the least. Add in JL’s game management and what do you have? Frustration for Tiger fans. Yes we are in 1st place but we are not a 1st place team.

I really hate when baseball fans call a guy like Jim Leyland stupid. That being said:
Batting Granderson against a LHP is just plain stupid. There’s not a worse hitter in the league- none- against LHP’s than Curtis.
Batting Everett against a RHP is just plain stupid. There’s not a worse hitter in the league vs RHP’s than Everett.
Using Zach Miner in the late innings with a lead is just asking for a loss. It’s stupid.

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