Friday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Let’s be honest: If Jake Peavy, this batting order might well be irrelevant. But for what it’s worth, it’s pretty much the same lineup that the Tigers had against Peavy last Friday, except with Laird catching rather than Avila because Jackson is pitching for Detroit. The hope, obviously, is that having seen Peavy once will at least let hitters know what to expect.

TIGERS

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

P: Edwin Jackson

WHITE SOX

  1. Scott Podsednik, CF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
  3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  4. Paul Konerko, DH
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  7. Carlos Quentin, LF
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Brent Lillibridge, 2B

P: Jake Peavy

UMPIRES
HP: Tim Tschida
1B: Mark Carlson
2B: Jeff Nelson
3B: Bob Davidson

49 Comments

Is that umpiring crew any good? Hopefully they won’t cost the game, especially behind home plate. I’ll probably be watching the game on TV so I won’t be at the computer to make comments. Come on, Tigers!

Huff is hitless in 11 atbats in his career against Peavy.

To my knowledge, none of those umpires have earned a negative reputation, unlike the others I’ve mentioned this summer. I just hope they rise to the occasion, just as the teams need to do. No time to be sloppy.
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I understand seeing Peavey a second time. Also, he was really on last Friday. We may not see quite the same pitcher tonight. I’ve watched him lose a number of times. I’d say the Twins have the tougher assignment tomorrow with Greinke.
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As usual, I’ll be back after the game. Hopefully I’ll be talking about the Tigers clinching it. Try to enjoy it, folks.
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–Rich

Well, we beat them, we beat their best. Go Tigers!

Pathetic effort by Carlos Guillen. He is absolutely pathetic in left field.

We had our chance in the 1st but again the inability to drive in runs cost us. I think our only hope is KC.

Well the umpire just cost us a run. Dye was struck out and Jackson didn’t get the call. What happens next, Guillen’s poor defense.

bad vibe are the tigers going to tank this weekend ,so far 4 left on base ****** defense from guillen

The team looks like they are just going through the motions. No sense of urgency or no fire in them. They look like robots playing this game.

5-0 Twins in the first.

This ump needs glasses.

I said I’d be watching the game on TV but I can’t anymore. This is a fiasco. Losing 8-0. Twins winning 5-0. Cabrera leaving baserunners on both at-bats along with Huff, Guillen and Inge. Guillen not able to play left field. Ordonez not able to play right field. Inge crippled by his knees. Jackson pitching abysmally. JL brings in Fien at a crucial time in a crucial game. Tiger fans facing disappointment again with a team that collapses at the end of the season. JL needs to go along with several of these players who can’t field, can’t hit, and can’t run. And now they have to depend on a rookie, Figaro, to try to save the season.

What a waste this Friday night is going to be. Twins are going to destroy the Royals. Tigers show no signs of winning.

There is probably no left fielder in the American League more pathetic in the field than Carlos Guillen. He is a disaster waiting to happen there.

Well Minnesota just took a 5-0 lead in the first. They want it more. If Detroit blows this lead they don’t deserve to win and if they do Leyland and his cronies should be given their walking papers along with some the the players. Detroit deserves better for its fans.

Gee, when the home plate umpire took off his mask it gave a clear indication that he is obese. Maybe all that fat is clogging arteries to his brain.

Minnesota has a better group of hitters than Detroit, even without Justin Morneau. Dave Dombrowski can be thanked for that for wasting so much money on an old, washed-up Gary Sheffield. That money could have been used to pay a decent young hitter.

I very seldom post during a game, but I see now that my nightmare is going to come true. We are going to lose this thing on the last day of the year, having been in first place since May 10. I am truly amazed at the lack of hitting on this club. Asking a pitcher named Figaro to get a critical win is a little too much. I guess it was fun while it lasted.

Greg

I quit posting for several reasons. One was the criticism that I would take when I opined about my dissatisfaction even though “we’re in 1st place, what are you complaining about?”
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Also I too, was growing tired of my own negativity.
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The point I make tonight is that these were well justified.
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Many people complained about anyone here who was ‘complaining” about the way things were being managed, or about the kind of play some of the players were showing.
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You can’t win or even deserve to win a championship with the kind of production we have had, both offensively and defensively from our corner outfielders.
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Inge was being played because he has achieved sainthood in Detroit. It was clear he was hurt and it was clear he was not going to be able to produce. Yet he has played every inning, pretty much, regardless.
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Laird has not contributed offensively and is part of a black hole at the bottom of the lineup.
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Seay has not got a LHB out –probably all month.
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Jackson has left the building and it wasn’t today that it became obvious.
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We rail about the umpires, and I admit that at times they have been so bad that it seems as though they are conspiring. The truth is we should not be in the predicaments that we are that enable these situations so game-important.
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The hitting is consistently poor. The crucial RBIs never happen with any kind of frequency. The Tigers get a man on in scoring position and it is a “maybe”. The Twins get a runner in scoring position and it is a ‘gonna be”.
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We wait until Verlander and Porcello pitch. given that they will not win every game then how can we expect to win with a sub .400 pct?
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I don’t even want to start with Leyland. He seems to have lost touch with reality and everyone else must pay the piper. Fien? Figaro? Guillen in left? Many have noticed the failure of Huff–and he has failed, but Guillen is given a free pass. He has been no better when it counts.
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I have stated that the Tigers might limp in. They still might. But they are playing like a team that does not believe in themselves.
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Almost all of the real Tiger fans who post here know, and knew, that this was going to happen. If we are LUCKY, we may end up in a tie-breaker with Minny. If we are really lucky then maybe our 20 year old-rookie is able to hold the fort.
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The very evident thing here is that we have a team that is not a team where it counts, —-on the field. They are playing to lose and quite frankly, maybe they deserve to.
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Yes, they lost to Minny in that 4th game. But the disconcerting thing was that they played poorly at a time where poor play cannot be permitted. The 1st game the played poorly too. They could have won but they didn’t.
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Figaro goes tomorrow and really how optimistic can anyone be for that?
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leave the whole thing on Verlander’s shoulders and I guarantee you he could pitch a 3 hitter but his mates may still find a way to sh!t the bed.

The only good thing about tonight is that Perry, Lyon and Rodney won’t pitch and will each be available to pitch Saturday and Sunday.

Well I just got home from the game and yesterday I said that I was depressed well today I AM PISSED. Can you imagine a team that can only muster 2 freaking hits when they are trying to keep themselves in a position to get into the playoffs.
CAN YOU IMAGINE.
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WELL I AM PISSED I AM COLD AND WELL SICK AND TIRED OF THIS CRAP THE LAST TWO WEEKS. IF THEY DON’T GIVE A CRAP WHY THE HECK SHOULD I.
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GK

Nothing by the Tigers tonight.

NO heart whatsoever.

I have been a loyal fan for over 60 years. I have seen some good and also some bad teams, but this one leaves me cold. I can’t for the life of me understand their complete lack of desire. I have watched every game this year and have never been so upset with a team. I am seriously considering to shut this team out of my life as long as Leyland is the manager. Desire to win comes from the top and it is just not in this team. Yes the players play the game but it is the manager who puts them on the field and throughtout the entire season Leyland has put the wrong ones into the game. He has stuck with a hitting coach who has done nothing for the team. Today’s game was a disgrace to the city of Detroit and to its fans.

Not sure if anyone else has said this but I think they should really consider pitching Verlander tomorrow and hope Greinke beats the Twins and we win also, and clinch and be done with it tomorrow. This is the time to do something drastic, not the time to start a guy who isn’t even in the rotation with a 5-something ERA.

It pains me to post this as I have been an avid Tigers fan my entire life. I watched 13 losing seasons in a row, and never once waived when asked who my favorite team was. I was too young to remember the only World Series win of my lifetime, but again I haven’t given up on this team full of tradition. However, at no time have I been more disappointed than tonight! I love playing the game and watching the game, but tonight was difficult. Someone needs to light a fire under this team as the Twins and White Sox continue to fight for wins every game and we all know the White Sox are done. What is going on in that club house? Where is the heart and leadership? It’s not the manager, he has a ring! It’s not he GM, he has a ring! I could understand losing to Peavy tonight, but no runs scored, 2 total hits thus far, and players throwing away at bats like it’s the third game of the season, unacceptable! This entire team owes the fans who showed up to the park tonight gas money, because they gave up. We all have to remember this is a team game, but if this team doesn’t come together after tonight’s loss they will be home watching the Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees, and to be honest this might not be a bad thing if they aren’t going to fight. I hope one of the Tigers players reads this and takes it to heart, maybe even uses it as bulletin board material. Every team has bad games, but there is a big difference between a bad game and that performance tonight.

Tell us how you really feel GK. Twins get 10 runs by the fourth; we get three hits through nine. It appears to me that both the Sox and the Royals rolled over for the Twins. As much as I hate to admit it, I admire how the Twins always play the game. They always find a position to be in where they have a chance to win the game. We never had a chance after the first inning.
Greg

I was thinking about that as well, why not pitch Verlander on Saturday with short rest, and Porcello on Sunday. It isn’t fair to Figaro in that position.

I suppose the highlight tonight was when Ozzie stood on the top step of the dugout and put his hands on his throat, thus giving the universal choke sign. I’m sure plenty of people saw it, and I’m also sure there will be some explanation that it “wasn’t what it looked like.” Just like when he tried to explain away moving Peavey to this game and, in practically the same breath, expressed his hatred for Detroit. A tripleheader so he could get out of this town in one day? I’m sure he’ll explain that away too. The bottom line is, how many insults and challenges does it take to motivate our team?
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It would appear that using the same lineup for the second time around only made them worse against Peavey. I think the saddest part is that, even if we do win it, there won’t be any real celebration, but rather a deep sigh and a “thank god.” And if we don’t, it will be one of the biggest choke jobs in history. No, you can’t have fun with this.
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I’m glad you’re back, Dan. There are very few of us left from the 2006 season here. I agree that the “we’re in first place” posture got real old real fast when it was plain that things were coming unglued. I tried to accentuate the positive because, like you, I get tired of my own negativity too, and I try to keep that to a minimum. I haven’t done that lately. Leyland and the team he’s created have pretty much sapped all the joy out of watching them.
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–Rich

The worst part will be when the Tigers are on the outside looking in, nobody will be talking about how Jim Leyland’s team was in first place heading into August and failed to win the division (for the third time in four years!). ESPN and the rest of the media will be talking about those scrappy, small-market Twins beating the odds and finding a way to win again. I do admire the Twins and think they deserve all the credit they get, but it irks me that Leyland gets a free pass even though he inherited his two best teams, as far as playoff results go.

We’re looking at losing the division on the last day of the season after being in first place nearly all year, not once, but for the second time in four years. Personally, I can’t fathom watching another season of a Leyland led Tigers team, but I’m sure many will disagree with me.
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When they first came up with the idea of Guillen playing leftfield, I supported it. I thought Carlos was a good enough ballplayer and would work hard at it. Now, maybe he has worked hard at it, you’d have to ask Van Slyke about that, but I don’t see any evidence of him becoming a good outfielder. It’s looking like a failed experiment. I don’t know what you do with the guy at this point.
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Again, I thought Leyland had the right idea with Wednesday night’s lineup. Never mind Clete Thomas’s BA in the 3-hole. The lineup had a nice flow to it and offered a number of options. It might be better, however, to DH Guillen and play Maggs in right. Any manager would be a fool to hang our hopes on the current edition of Aubrey Huff. You’d be better off DHing Avila if that was the choice.
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I also think JL is a darned fool for trusting this game to Figaro, especially if the Twins have won their afternoon game. I know he’s got the entire bullpen at his disposal, but the game can get away fast, very fast. If he doesn’t want to use Porcello on three day’s rest, then it’s got to be Miner. He got into the 5th inning at Fenway Park in a similar situation, and was pitching okay until his defense let him down.
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How do you judge a manager anyway?
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–Rich

I agree with everything all of you said here. I’ll add this again. When you go through 4 seasons and see an August-September collapse each year, there is something rotten in Comerica Park. It’s time to remove whatever the rotten part is. They cannot go into 2010 hoping that things will be better with the same personnel, top to bottom. The fans deserve better and they shouldn’t put up with any less.

DavidTiger I can’t say here how I really feel. That is me holding back right now. I am sickened.

I just heard Webster’s just changed their definition of insanity, it used to be “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”, now it’s just a picture of Jim Leyland!

I agree Rich, Minor beat the sox twice last year, he’s pitching great right now, and WHY save him for relief when he’s a better starter. Like I said before insanity!

Hey guys. You may want to check in on the Royals twins game. Royals mounting a comeback. 10-7.

I have to admit I like Leyland and think he is a good manager, however you’re all right this evening. Jim has made some crucial mistakes that I am sure he would like to have back. One is leaving Brandon Inge in at third base. He hasn’t hit consistantly for some time now and we all saw what happended tonight when his knee gave out. If he is healthy he makes that play with his shoes tied together. Look at a similar situation in Minnesota, the first baseman, who is a fantastic player, is sitting down right now, because he can’t compete at the level necessary. Brandon’s in the same boat! If you give either of those players the opportunity to play they won’t willingly sit. Jim needs to do the right thing and sit him down for the year, tonight proved he is in no shape to play. Ron figured it out, what’s taking Jim so long? We have players on the team that could pick up the slack.

Post by another:
Guillen not able to play left field. Ordonez not able to play right field.
– Have you ever seen any worse outfielders(?) than these two??? Beautiful how Mags let that ball get over his head, AGAIN (Kaline would have caught it blindfolded). Their LOUSY fielding must have also affected Grandy’s play. I just can’t believe he misplayed two balls in back-to-back games.
– I just watched part of this game – I swore off watching them anymore 2-3 weeks ago (I ran out of Xanax). I just can’t bear to watch them self destruct AGAIN!!!
– Someone posted that the “Kitty Cats” bullpen is well rested. WHO CARES, NONE OF THEM ARE ANY GOOD ANYWAY!!!
– I PREDICT ANOTHER 2006 IS HAPPENING!!!
See ya next year.
– Lee

So many older, veteran players being paid so much money and this is the best thos players can do. Overall, the defensive skills of the starting Tiger outfield tonight are not impressive.

So many older, veteran players being paid so much money and this is the best thos players can do. Overall, the defensive skills of the starting Tiger outfield tonight are not impressive.

For those who want Carlos Guillen in the lineup, you certainly got your wish. Guillen is a joke in left field. Some of those who are so eager to Guillen in the lineup are the same ones who criticize JL for a loss even though the lineup is almost exactly as they want it to be. Put Carlos Guillen on the bench for the next two games.

Rich, thanks for mentioning the tripleheader comment by the piece of fecal matter Ozzie Guillen. I wasn’t aware of it until your post. I did a Google search on it and then read the quote at the Chicago Tribune baseball blog.

Ozzie was apparently stunned Chicago wasn’t awarded the Olympics. I’m very happy that Chicago wasn’t awarded the Olympics.

Rich, thanks for mentioning the tripleheader comment by the piece of fecal matter Ozzie Guillen. I wasn’t aware of it until your post. I did a Google search on it and then read the quote at the Chicago Tribune baseball blog.

Ozzie was apparently stunned Chicago wasn’t awarded the Olympics. I’m very happy that Chicago wasn’t awarded the Olympics.

I did watch, Marty. I hate watching ANY game in that place. It feels like playing baseball on a softball field. Well, they had to use Nathan, but it doesn’t matter. If they need Nathan tomorrow, it means it didn’t go well with Greinke.
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Dunklebe, good point comparing Inge and Morneau. The problem is, that boat’s already left the dock. We don’t have anyone game-ready for thirdbase now. One of the reasons DD got Huff was to spell Inge but JL blew it off and DD, I guess to his credit, doesn’t tell JL how to run the ballclub on the field. While JL is making plenty of mistakes this week, his most damaging ones have already been made earlier in the season. Scrapping the exciting, small ball approach that worked in favor of going back to station to station wait for the big hit approach. When the weather gets cold, the ball don’t fly. And just starting a runner is hardly pushing the envelope. Refusing to make Miner a starter is another mistake that it’s too late to correct. Benching hot hitters. Overplaying L-R matchups. Not using Lyon enough. Making Huff a permanent DH. Not using Josh Anderson correctly. Playing favorites. Killing momentum (it DOES exist). Stubborness. Choosing lineups based on pitcher-hitter matchups without a big enough statistical sample.
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I could write an essay on all the things he’s done wrong. He’s a good guy that’s a bad manager.
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–Rich

I don’t want to leave it at that tonight, so I’ll tell a little story about JL. It was May 30 of this year, and the Tigers were in Baltimore (the night Clete hit two homers in support of Verlander) and my wife and I were at the game, good seats behind the Detroit dugout. It was shortly before gametime and the guys were on the field doing their stretches and sprints. Leyland was up on the top step of the dugout and he turned around to survey the folks in the stands. All he saw were hundreds of people sporting their Tigers colors, stretching up row upon row. He got that little smile on his face, seeing all this support, and I gave him a little wave. It was like “we’ve got your back, Jim, we’re literally right behind you.” The thing is, we spend some eight months out of the year watching these guys on a daily basis and they become like family. There are cousins, crazy uncles, a brother or two and some nephews, all with their own individual quirks. Some drive you crazy but they’re still family.
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Does this make any sense or have I stayed up too late?
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–Rich

It’s down to a 1 game lead now. At least the Royals made the Twins work for it.
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I don’t know when the slide to catch a fly in the outfield came into favor but it seems way overused. I don’t ever remember seeing it when we were growing up playing ball. I’m sure there are certain situations where it would be safer to use it but those are rare.
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I compare it to the illusion that the head first dive into first base gets you to the bag quicker. It doesn’t in reality. These slide catches just don’t seem fundamentally sound to me.
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I bring this up because I thought the drop by Carlos was the nail tonight. (I know, not scoring ANY runs might have had something to do with the loss) But we needed to hang in there after Podsednick’s HR. It sounds like a trivial thing in light of how awful that entire game was, but you look at pivital plays that just kill a team’s hope. I like Carlos a lot but I don’t want to see him in the OF at this point in the season.
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If the Tigers are going to win they’ve got to play fundamentally sound baseball, like winners do. And play knowing that they are the better team.
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If Verlander can do it, he should pitch tomorrow”if” Minnesota wins their game. If they lose then JL might have the luxury of starting someone else. Whoever that ends up being, needs to pitch like each batter is his last. Forget short leash…no leash.
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Well I am getting ready to go to work. And I think that I am still angry this morning. It isn’t that they lost to Peavy – it is how they lost. It is that Jackson cannot pitch anymore seemingly – is it that basically it was a 3 hit effort?? I don’t know maybe all of the above. As many of you know I have a ticket package to the games and that was my 28th and final game of the season (assuming that they don’t go to the playoffs) And I suppose what also irritates me is that I couldn’t even enjoy the game. What the 5th pitch of the game and wham freaking Podsednik drills a ball into the bleachers. I knew unfortunately that was a sign of things to come. So here we spent $60 and saw 5 pitches and I was sunk. Couldn’t even enjoy for 5 minutes my last game of the season. The hung their heads and frankly so did I!! So in the 6th inning I said whatever and left, I was cold and angry and decided if they threw in the towel why should I sit here for this crap???? I have shown my support all season by spending money on 28 games (x2) I have purchased overpriced beer, drinks, hot dogs and peanuts. I took my family to another game buying another ten tickets and food for 6 of them. I have purchased clothing and watched every game I couldn’t go to in person on tv except for may 5 games. I have supported them all year and that was my effort. Well I suppose I have myself worked up again.
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I will say that I have seen a lot of comeback games this year but I knew early that this one wasn’t in the cards. At least KC showed some spunk against the Twins last night and didn’t give up.
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GO TIGERS
GO KC

I appreciated your story on Magglio, Jason. Posted late last night.
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He’s taken a lot of heat this year and most of it is unfair. I have made my share of negative comments on this blog over the past 4 years or so, and I have criticized his defensive play on a number of occasions. But I’ve never questioned his hitting. He is still one of the best pure hitters in the game today. The Tigers need him now and they’ll need him next year. Especially so when you look at the remaining offense the Tigers have right now.
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Magglio is flat out the best clutch hitter the Tigers have. Placido comes very close but I would give Magglio the nod. Miguel’s average and power numbers are huge but many times in clutch situations he has disappointed. I’m not saying that Mig’s numbers are inflated, because he is consistant, but in a clutch situation I will take Magglio over any other Tiger player because he knows what he’s doing at the plate, and he keeps his head in the situation. With 2 strikes, you can see he prepares himself.
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I still don’t know what happened to him in the first 3 months of the season, but I never gave up on him. He was just too good to be finished that abruptly. Many were saying here that he was washed up and that they’d seen this happen to players before late in their careers, but I just couldn’t buy into that. So, whatever it was, he figured a way out of it, and you have to admire him for that.
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Yes, the power numbers are down (7 HR’s) and only 47 RBI’s, but part of that is a result of the way JL has used him after his slow start. To succeed (or produce) you have to be put in a position to succeed. JL moved Magglio down in the order (into the “black hole” as someone has said). He benched him against many right handers, and often pulled him for a defensive replacement as early as the 5th inning. Sometimes with only a one or two run lead. You’re not going to put up the numbers getting platooned like that.
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Just a couple of simple stats that you would appreciate Dave. Magglio has just 18 less hits than Curtis, but he has 167 less AB’s too. With 97 less AB’s than Brandon, Magglio has 9 more hits.
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One more thing I have come to appreciate. While Magglio does lack speed in the outfield, he plays a fundamentally sound game out there. Case in point; on the ball he couldn’t get to last night, he knew exactly when to stop pursuit and play the carom. A strong throw in, and he kept the hitter to a single and the run from scoring. That’s fundamental baseball and it’s what wins games.
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So Magglio, for all the times I put your OF play down, I apologize. JL, hopefully it’s not too late, but please heed this advice, and play Magglio in all the innings regardless of the score or the pitcher or anything. You might even think about batting him behind Miguel to protect him like no one else is going to…..or just keep him in the 3 hole….

I agree, Marty, that is a good story on Ordonez. I had to think about it for a minute to be certain, but I’ve never complained about his outfield play. For one thing, you’ve got a guy hitting .363 with 50+ doubles in 2007 and people wanted to complain about his defense? To compare him or anybody to Al Kaline is absurd. Kaline was a once in a lifetime HOF outfielder. Saying “Thomas would have had it” is equally off base. As much as I like Clete, he’s a .240 hitter this year. You can’t have everything. Marty, you hit the nail on the head by terming Maggs a good fundamental outfielder. Not great speed with that surgically repaired knee but he gets good jumps. Not a great throwing arm but he’s accurate and throws to the correct base. On that play off the wall last night, Thomas probably would have gone for the catch by jumping into the wall, and we’ve already seen that disaster play out once this season. Maybe he makes a great catch, maybe he misses the ball completely and they get a triple. I have no problem with Maggs in RF. Not everyone is Roberto Clemente.
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Last night’s game was lost in the first and fourth innings. Peavey didn’t have command of his secondary pitches starting out, and it was going to be that one inning where the window of opportunity was open. I think anyone who’s watched enough baseball understood that at the time. So Cabrera stands there and watches two fastballs go by. Were they off the plate? Maybe, but too close to take. A pitcher with Peavey’s reputation always gets the corners. Anyone who’s watched (or in Miggy’s case played) enough baseball should understand that too. Opportunity squandered. Then in the 4th, Jackson of course had the guy struck out but didn’t get the call, but did induce an inning ending fly to get out of the jam for a huge lift for him and the team. But Guillen decides to slide. What is this sliding thing anyway? In my time, we stayed up and made what was called a shoestring catch. This was not only a more sure way of collaring the ball, but it kept your momentum going towards the infield for a good throw if need be. Ordonez has obviously got the sliding catch down to a science, but I don’t recommend it for anyone else.
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Tonight, I’d put Magglio behind Cabrera, and I’d put either Thomas or Raburn in front of Miggy. Whoever is in front will get some good pitches so I lean towards Raburn. Huff shouldn’t play. I don’t care if he’s 10-24 lifetime off Garcia. Those are old stale numbers and don’t reflect either the current Huff or Garcia. That said, I’m sure we’ll see the same lineup that failed miserably last night.
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–Rich

One of my comments last night:
– Beautiful how Mags let that ball get over his head, AGAIN (Kaline would have caught it blindfolded).
– I should have added that also Kaline never had a EIGHTEEN MILLION contract either. It’s a crime how much $ these average ONE dimensional (at best) players make!!! I bet it makes players like Kaline, et.all cringe!!!
-Lee

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Magglio still under his original 5-year contract that he signed in 2005? No one was complaining about that contract when he was leading Detroit to the World Series, winning the batting title and making multiple All-Star Games. Yeah he’s underperformed this year, but he’s picked it up when the Tigers have needed it most. As for his 18 million for next year, why don’t you wait to see what he does next year before you judge that extension?

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