Friday: Tigers at Twins

Lineups are in early tonight. Though Carlos Guillen seemed to believe he can bat right-handed every day if need be after facing Bruce Chen Thursday, Jim Leyland isn’t going to start him just yet. The lineup against Brian Duensing is the Tigers’ usual lineup aganinst lefties.


  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: Rick Porcello


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Jason Kubel, RF
  5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Jose Morales, DH
  8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Brian Duensing


I suppose I should stop commenting on Granderson being in there against a lefty I guess????

Especially in the Metrodome, I don’t think Leyland wants to go with someone other than Granderson in CF.

I am sure you are right, I thought about that after I already wrote it. But he hasn’t been taking him out even when we are at home so it probably doesn’t make a difference.

First time Ricky has gotten Kubel out ever.

It is very sad when I can sit here and predict exactly what will happen every time the Tigers get a runner on base or in scoring position. Our $18 million dollar man hasn’t had a hit since he got vested for next year and he probably won’t play the next two days because a RHP will start both times. I know it isn’t our money but Mike Illitch does not deserve this no-how.

I have tried to find a word to describe the Tigers. I think the best one is inept. The offense or lack of it is going to cost them the pennant. I cannot believe how many times this year they have come up empty with runners on. JL continues with his mismangement. The difference between other teams and the Tigers is when they get runners on in most cases they score. A prime example was the Tigers had the leadoff runner on and Laird swings away for an out. No bunt this is JL. Giving JL an extension was a bad move. Both he and McClendon have to go.

So Porcello, only 20 years old, is faced with a crucial game again as he was vs Toronto last Sunday, pitches a “quality” game (3 runs or less in 6 innings). Ni and Perry hold the Twins scoreless. The Tiger hitters get 5 hits, strand 8 runners, and go 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Saturday they face Pavano who has had their number so far. Verlander is faced with pitching a near-perfect game in order to win. Sunday Robertson will most likely give up too many runs for the Tigers to beat Baker. Sunday night the lead will very likely be down to 1 game. I did have one thing to cheer about Friday night. KC really took it to the WSox. I know the Twins go on the road to Chicago next week but the WSox may be so far out of even 2nd place they will have no ambition to beat the Twins. The Tigers won’t be last in the division like in 2008, probably taking 2nd place. Then DD needs to really make some decisions about the hitters on this team and the fiasco with the LH starters Washburn, Robertson, and Willis. You will always be my team, Tigers, but I am running out of years to see some major success. For now, Go Tigers 2010!!!

Another September collapse, the 4th in a row under Leyland, does raise the question about continuing with the same manager and coaches, especially now with McClendon. In addition, the Tigers need to look for hitters who can get on base and hit in the clutch. I don’t know what the stats say but I would be very surprised if the Tigers are not last in all baseball with RISP.

I know I have said a lot here tonight and I thank Jason beck and all of you for letting me get all this off my chest. That chest contains an aching heart for my Tigers.

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