Friday: Tigers at Mariners

Greetings from Seattle, my favorite American League city to visit on the road. Great ballpark, great food, great climate, great city. None of them seem likely to disappoint tonight, where the weather is clear and right around normal, though there’s a chance for showers later in the evening.

The lineup is standard tonight for the start of this 11-game, 11-day road trip. Look for the movement to rest people over the course of the trip to begin tomorrow with Magglio Ordonez at DH and Ryan Raburn in RF against lefty starter Ryan Rowland-Smith. Carlos Guillen will play left field, with Johnny Damon getting the night off. Not sure whether Johnny Damon or Carlos Guillen would have the night off with the DH spot gone.

Look for the Tigers and Mariners to all be wearing No. 42 tonight. Yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day, but Detroit and Seattle were both off.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Everett, SS

P: Jeremy Bonderman (Washington native)


  1. Ichiro, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 2B
  3. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  4. Jose Lopez, 2B
  5. Ken Griffey Jr., DH
  6. Milton Bradley, LF
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Rob Johnson, C
  9. Jack Wilson, SS

P: Felix Hernandez


I just can’t believe how suddenly things fall apart for our starters. This is not the 1st time this year we have had 2 strikeouts followed by disaster—I believe verlander did the same thing once.

Pretty poor playing so far. Laird continues to unimpress.

Gag me with a spoon. Bondo has no fastball of any effectiveness yet he has thrown it over 70% of the time. Felix on the other hand seems to be mixing his pitches much, much better. tale of the Tiger.
Right now–this is a bad team we have on the field.

How soon before a Mud Hen is on the mound for us?

Can’t blame the schedule for this game JL.
This is just simply bad baseball.
Whenever I see Laird AND Everett in the game I know we are not going to score many runs. Funny how other teams went out and got shortstops this year.
Anybody else feel that Brad Thomas is not going to last the month?
I must say I am really choked with DD and his inability to perk this team up offensively.

Boy our pitching and defense is soooooooooo good. This is utterly embarressing. Seattle hasn’t been able to hit their way out of a box and they are on the board for 8 million hits. Same thing happened with KC. The first week out pitching was a mirage. Not watching one more pitch of this crap tonight. They don’t deserve my attention. Going to watch the Wings.

We were told we had a strong rotation on a number of occasions. Not sure why when you consider we had three reclamation projects in Robertson, Willis and Bonderman. Then they traded the guy (Nate) who was throwing the best of the three in favor of taking Brad Thomas north. I don’t believe DD’s statement on Bonine. Then there’s Scherzer who was put into the rotation, no questions asked. A lot of this stuff is inexplicable.
I quit following hockey about five years ago but I’m switching over to the Wings game.

I see Laird got a hit—that ought to keep him in the lineup for his offense. the rest of the month.

The last couple of years I have travelled down to Seattle for the Tigers series. I am quite content not to have undergone the journey this year.

Here is to hoping that Verlander will get his head out of the sand and start doing his job sooner than later. This week even though we got a few wins has not been the kind of pitching or baseball in general that one hopes to see. I know that you are going to have games like this throughout a season, here is to hoping that this week is a fluke and not a trend. What I have seen the last week doesn’t really instill confidence in me AT ALL.
On a brighter note GO WINGS

I watched until it was 5-2 Seattle after they answered our 2 runs with 2 more of their own. I pretty much figured it was over at that point. After the come from behind game where Damon walked to load the bases I have to admit I was giddy with a false sense that this team had some real potential to be good. Not so sure any more. But it’s still early, and a win’s a win. Beating a team’s pen is just as good as beating their starter as far as the standings go.
Good comments Dan. (Rich and GK too) Living out in the west, these late games probably suit your schedule better than east coast games. Anyway, I’ve always thought comments after/during a loss were much more entertaining than those after a win…..for example….. “Bondo has no fastball of any effectiveness yet he has thrown it over 70% of the time.” How soon before a Mud Hen is on the mound for us?” “Whenever I see Laird and Everett in the lineup at the same time I know we’re not going to score many runs.”_Dan……”Seattle hasn’t been able to hit their way out of a box and they’re on the board for 8 million hits.”_GK……”Then they traded the guy (Nate)who was throwing the best of the three…..”_Rich……….Good stuff.

My two sons keep telling me that the Granderson deal was the right thing. I keep hoping they are right. I’m not so much upset with Jackson; in fact I think he has great upside. I’m just a little spooked with the starting pitching, including Scherzer. I’m really worried about Sizemore; again the potential is there, but it would have been nice to work him in with a one year arb deal with Polly. Sizemore has three errors in 8 games; Polly had three in about 500 games. The Twins amaze me. it’s almost as if Grenke rolls over for everyone except our guys. I surely hope that we get at least 7 out of JV tonight. If not, kiss the cows good night.


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