Tigers call up Figaro after all

With injuries mounting on the Tigers pitching staff, the club added another September call-up, activating right-hander Alfredo Figaro from the 15-day disabled list.

While it’s unlikely Figaro can be stretched out to be a starter, which was his role during his brief call-up to Detroit in June, he can bring another relief arm. He allowed a lone earned run over 12 relief innings during his rehab stint at Double-A Erie last month, striking out 10 batters.


This isn’t much of a comfort. Although he won his one game here in Detroit, if I remember correctly he has a ton of run support that day.
Here are some new stats for you guys about how specific players perform.
Cabrera RISP .299
RISP w/ 2 outs 204
bases loaded .556
Ordonez RISP .290
RISP w/ 2 outs .255
bases loaded .250
Everett RISP .264
RISP w/ 2 outs .255
bases loaded .385
Granderson RISP .229
RISP w/ 2 outs.182
bases loaded .200
Guillen RISP .239
RISP w/ 2 outs .261
bases loaded .333
Huff RISP .315
RISP W/ 2 outs .267
with bases loaded .429
Inge RISP .245
RISP w/ 2 outs .175
bases loaded .538
Laird RISP .250
RISP w/ 2 outs 250
with bases loaded .200
Polanco RISP .308
RISP w/ 2 outs .263
with bases loaded .275
Raburn RISP .254
RISP w/ 2 outs .235
Bases loaded .143
Santiago RISP .250
RISP w/ 2 outs .333
bases loaded /250
Thames RISP .212
RISP w/ 2 outs /273
bases loaded .500
Thomas RISP .304
RISP w/ 2 outs 367
bases loaded .571
Avila RISP . 182
RISP w/ 2 outs .400
Bases loaded .000

Thomas is the guy you want up along with Polanco and I suppose Cabrera as long as there isn’t two outs then he is horrible. I was shocked by some of these numbers.

It’s all very interesting if nothing else. It’s kind of amazing that we started the season with an abundance of starting pitchers and it’s all come down to this. It wouldn’t surprise me now if Miner did get a start and failed miserably. Hoo boy.
As fans, we really gain nothing if the team wins the division, other than a ton of offers to “get your gear.” For the fans, the fun is in getting there, and it hasn’t been fun. I think that’s the reason everyone is so cranky the past 8 days. It’s not too late to get the ball rolling again and maybe we can begin to enjoy it again.

Can’t you hear Jimmy singing in the shower? ‘Figaro! Figaro! Fig–ahhh—ro!
I don’t quite think this is the answer boys and girls.
I do think we need to shake things up a bit. Let’s get Huff onto the field at 1B and DH MCab. (at least against Greinke)
Stats above are interesting but I don’t see Thomas as close to even hitting the ball under any circumstances right now.
Let’s give a shot to Ramirez. This team needs some energy and dynamic. If Granderson can’t do it maybe this guy can and even if it means for just one game it may mean the difference between a win and a loss. Please don’t play Curtis today.
Let’s at least use Ramirez and Kelly on the bases given the right circumstances.
Placido–step forward and make these guys play ball.

Oh, the frustration on this BLOG is just amazing! I too have a LOVE / HATE relationship with this team.
Who was it last year that said this team is like a train wreck that you just can’t quit watching. That is so very true.
Would I want it any other way though? Probally not!
I sure hope that tonight they give it their all for Ernie Harwell.

Speaking of Ramirez, Dan, after he infused the team with some life last Thursday in KC, I thought he could get another crack at it. Instead it turned out just like earlier in the season after Anderson had that 4-hit game in KC. Neither of them got any playing time after. Those things make me wonder what JL is thinking. Is it “Okay kid, sit down, you’re showing up the veterans” or does he think they won’t do as well against “real” teams other than KC? I firmly believe that the entire club has taken KC too lightly for four years now and that hasn’t changed. Anyway, Wilkin is just bursting with energy and I’d like to see if he can infuse some into the rest of the team.

I was lucky enough to be a guest in the clubhouse when Phil Garner was the manager. In walked Ernie and he shook are hands and said do you want a picture. He signed our clubhouse pass also. I remember so fondly listening to the Tigers on the radio at my Grandfather’s house in the 60’s.
Thanks for all the posts. I think we have as many personalities here as on the Tigers. Who will step it up and come thru in the clutch? Come on, some one get mad!
Go Tigers, 2009!

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