Monday: Tigers vs. Royals — The Rematch!

The Royals are in town to enact their revenge on the Tigers, and they have the same pitching matchup from the game they won Wednesday. The odd part about it is that both Luke Hochevar and Max Scherzer have 0-0 records and 0.00 ERAs from that outing.

In case you didn’t see the preview story for this game on the site, I talked with Scherzer yesterday about the challenge of facing the same team in back-to-back outings. 
“For me, it’s really tough,” Scherzer said. “I had to do it a couple times last year, and, for the most part, it was a much bigger challenge for me to face that team the second time in consecutive starts. They’ve seen what you’ve got. You’ve shown your strengths. They’re really good about making adjustments to what your strengths are, so that’s where I’m still learning how to deal with a situation like this.”
The stats back him up: Every time Scherzer faced the same team in consecutive starts, he gave up more damage the second time around. Even when there was another start in between, facing the same team twice in three outings wasn’t easy for him, either. So it’ll be interesting to see how he approaches this and if he goes as heavily to the slider in strikeout counts.
As promised, Leyland is playing the roster again, going with Ryan Raburn at second base and Alex Avila behind the catcher. Avila, you might remember, faced Hochevar last week, too. Johnny Damon is at DH today, while Carlos Guillen is in left. Ramon Santiago is back at short; he faced Hochevar last week too.
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Raburn, 2B
  9. Santiago, SS
  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Scott Podsednik, LF
  3. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  4. Billy Butler, 1B
  5. Rick Ankiel, CF
  6. Jose Guillen, DH
  7. Jason Kendall, C
  8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  9. Chris Getz, 2B


Gotta laugh. In typical JL fashion. The kid, Sizemore, finally gets the bat going with 3 hits …. and he gets a day off. At least Ramon is back in there.

I hope they can find a way to get Pods out today.

Go Tigers

— Bob

A good point, and one that has been raised by a number of people, including Carlos Guillen. These are those “unseen” moves by JL that cost us games, IMO. There’s just no way to quantify it.

Availa is behind the catcher today? Perfect that makes him an umpire. I bet we get all the calls🙂

Wow. We made a week’s worth of mistakes in the 4th inning alone. Has Guillen never worked on situational outfield play? There’s more to it than just catching flyballs. I don’t think he should be out there, ever.
When you’ve already thrown a hitter 9-10 pitches, he’s seen all your stuff, has the timing down, and is likely to hit the ball hard somewhere. Wouldn’t it be better to just walk him and save your pitches? I forget who was a proponent of that, was it Kenny Rogers? You obviously can’t do it in any situation, but there are plenty when you can. Other than competitive juices flowing, I can’t think of a reason to keep going after the same guy with an entire inning’s worth of pitches.
I guess we had one of these games coming, but counting last year’s 9-9 mark, we’re now 11-11 against KC. What’s up with that?

Very funny game, I think. We lost! But it was very funny :)))

Well I didn’t get to see the game today, I was working. I taped it and was going to watch it tonight. I DON’T THINK SO. It sounds like they had a few too many screw ups.
And of course I am watching the Twins game right now and they just got a lucky bounce off the bag that got them a run. Some things never change. They are the luckiest team on the planet.

Oh and Rich you are right, it was Kenny who said that sometimes it is better just to put those guys on rather than allow them that.

Thanks GK.
I tuned into the Twins opener too. Funny how all the new ballparks look similar in their uniqueness, if that makes any sense. Anyway, it’s good to see them outdoors and everyone seems pretty excited about it. This will even make it more fun to watch on TV.

I have followed this blog for awhile now and made my first post earlier. I hope I am welcomed into the discussion.

I didnt get to see any of todays game, but it seems it was a slopfest. I guess after a weekends’s worth of gifts from the Indians, this was due. It would have been nice to use the momentum of yesterday’s theft of a game moving forward into today. Oh well. But man, they cannot get Scott Podsednik out. That guy is a pest.

Here’s hoping Dontrelle can follow up last week’s game with another solid effort.

Go Tigers.

— Bob

Welcome Bob – the more the merrier!!
Boy did they play like a mid season west coast travel day game. So many come from behind wins must have depleted the teams adrenaline stocks as you dont get much flatter and error ridden than todays effort.
We were due for the pen to have an off day. JL sure managed for no late heroics using up Ni and Thomas and saving his top 4 relievers for another day.
After the KC series, the team will start a 20 game stretch and the starters are going to have to do better than only two making it to 6 IP from the 7 games thus far.

Hi Bob. Jump right in.
What we need, either tomorrow or Wednesday, is a good clean win. No waiting for poor bullpens, or having our pitchers throw a zillion pitches, or leaving record amounts of runners stranded.
As last year, there will be those who insist we should be happy when we’re in first place, and you see how that came out. Overall, we can play better ball than we’ve done so far, and will very much need to.

Hey Bob, Welcome! Have not got to see many games yet but I read all the play by plays. The liner to Sizemore, I wonder if that shook up Verlander? Keep the comments coming. Rich, I, too, would like to see us score some runs early, have the starter go 7 innings, have 2 bullpen guys shut the door. One thing that bugs me though, and you might find this hard to believe, JL will run a different lineup for about the next 60 days. If you make the team, you deserve to start every other day. Ok, I’m done. Go Tigers 2010! –Dave

Glad to have you hear Bob – it is a great forum, I learn a lot here and enjoy reading the different insights to the team and the game.

Rough outing yesterday, that is for sure. Here’s hoping Dontrelle for his sake has a solid game today, that first outing was great, but I think 2 in a row will help him tremendously.

Congrats to Miggy for player of the week – much deserved. I often wonder how he can get a chance to hit at times when you know pitchers don’t want to give him anything. I like having Maggs in front of him, he is getting himself on base like crazy, just wish Carlos was producing a bit more to prove a big threat behind Miguel, otherwise we almost need Magglio behind Miguel so they can’t just pitch around him. Then again, we need someone on base in front of him. Glad I am not the manager, but then again, I could follow Leyland’s lead and mix it up everyday until it sticks!

Hate that we can’t beat the Royals on a more consistent basis.

Defensive lapses in the game yesterday killed the Tigers. Hopefully, the multiple error games are out of their system for a while.
Maggs and Cabrera getting off to fast starts is great to see. I expected it from Miguel. It is great to see Maggs turning on the ball and hitting the game in left and right center. Carlos has picked it up and through the first week him and Inge are providing good protection of Miguel. Except for Damon, the top six in the order are hot. It would be nice if they bunched the hits more often.
The great thing about baseball is that today they can go back out there and forget about the mental and physical errors from yesterday.
Lets go Dontrell!

Some thoughts after 7 games. To many errors/rookie mistakes to start the season, think JL forgot to work on the fundamentals in ST. I think Ni is not ready for the majors, he has looked inconsistent since late ST in a game he relieved JV and blew it. Avila may need some seasoning down at Toledo, he’s pressing at the plate. We could have snagged Pods for $500K for 2010, sure hope Damon finds his bat soon. It was nice to see Sizemore hit on Sunday, why did JL have him on the bench Monday? Too many LOB. JV reminds me of Jack Morris, stubborn, bull-headed, aggressive and overall bound to be successful, although never reaching his FULL potential.

Wish list:

Jurrjens back in a Tigers uniform.
Polanco back with the money spent on Damon and take Pods.
Find a taker for Guillen, rotate the DH position.

I’m not complaining with a 5-2 record, without the “breaks” the Tigs could easily be 3-4 or 2-5.

Let’s go Dontrelle! Give us a quality start!


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