Tuesday: Tigers at Angels

The line about how it never rains in Southern California isn’t ringing true today. Not only had I never seen it rain here in eight years covering this team, I had never even seen a day where the Tigers couldn’t take batting practice outside. They might hit indoors before a day game, but not because they had to. Today, they hit inside on a dreary afternoon, but they’re going to get the game in.

When they do, Ryan Raburn is at second base, giving Scott Sizemore the night off.

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

ANGELS

  1. Erick Aybar, SS
  2. Bobby Abreu, RF
  3. Torii Hunter, CF
  4. Hideki Matsui, DH
  5. Kendry Morales, 1B
  6. Juan Rivera, LF
  7. Maicer Izturis, 3B
  8. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  9. Mike Napoli, C

P: Scott Kazmir

12 Comments

Weak bottom of the order. Be nice if one of them could pick ups up a ribbie today.
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We have had zero power from anywhere outside of the middle of the lineup.
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Boesch hitting well down on the farm as is Wells (2 HRs today). G-Man threw another gem and didn’t allow a run or give up a walk in his 7 inngs (6K’s). I’d suggest that Bonderman really needs to show something soon.

They’ll want to keep a close eye on Jackson at this point in the season. Keep close tabs on his confidence level and all. Hitting leadoff is a big responsibility.
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Sucks to be Laird right now. Everybody down on him and he can’t buy a hit, no matter how hard he hits the ball.
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I’m surprised Porcello is getting hit so hard. He’ll have to make adjustments to the adjustments.
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Unfortunately, this road trip has featured two good teams off to bad starts that are starting to come around.
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–Rich

Well start of the game again stranding runners and then boom the Angels start hitting Porcello all around. I got to tell you that I really didn’t think that this is how this game would go. Not saying that we would win but I thought Porcello would be better and Kazmir was lite up his last outing????
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Well I don’t think that I am going to stay up for this mess, the moring is coming real early after a week of this between the Wings and the Tigers.
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I’m not even talking about Laird offensively because I truely believe he has gotten robbed. But defensively he has turned out to be a real liability this year. He can’t throw anyone out, and tonight on a couple of those wild pitches he seemed to me to be non-shallant (spelling) about it?? Is that my imagination. I can tell you this I don’t think that he has any confidence right now.
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Anyway night all.
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GK

The beat goes on.

How bad is this team going to look when Ordonez AND Cab go into an eventual slump.

Porcello looked phenomenal in Spring Training. Funny how that goes.

(sigh) (moan) (groan) Ahhh! Finally! Inge comes through. No more scoreless innings. A hit with RISP. That is rare. So when does this team make a change? And who will go? It looks to me like they are locked in with most players. Can you move Laird without hurting the pitching? Can the starting pitchers do any worse? Can you move Everett without hurting the defense? They could sure use a shortstop with some hitting. Somebody mentioned Boesch, Wells, and Galaragga. Which outfielder do they drop? Which starting pitcher do they drop? I just don’t think you are going to see anything very soon and now they are a .500 team and heading downhill fast.

Damon has to be swinging in that situation. He has been around long enough to know that. Especially with an umpire that probbly can’t wait to go back to the hotel or maybe, in his case, the emergency room.
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Personally sick and tired of watching Macho Man throw 99 MPH fastballs. The more a batter looks like he has them timed the more he seems pig headed enough to throw another. He has a good curve and it would make him a very difficult pitcher to deal with if he could make it a plus pitch. Whatever happened to the “mystery” pitch?

I think they will have choice of starters. Willis has been admirable but he will eventually be unable to find the plate. Bonderman has a mediocre fastball and a mediiocre slider–that’s it. One, or both of these guys will likely mean a promotion for Glarraga.

No power, no speed, no starting pitching and no win.

I turned it off when we were down 4, too bad we spotted them so much before Miggy stepped up to help the cause. So frustrating, how do we continue to strand guys on base? Laird got robbed 2 times by third last night, that has got to be frustrating, but I do agree, he seems really off this year behind the plate, not even attempting to throw runners out at times.

I had to laugh at Damon trying to act like he caught that ball last night. And what was up with Jackson not trying to throw home on that play (sorry, can’t remember who was lumbering towards home plate) but it seems he had a play. I hope the coaches are talking to him about that, we need to stop as many runs as possible.

Yikes Bondo, we need you. But really we need our offense, we can pitch a one hitter and still lose at this rate.

Oh, and one bright spot. Zoom having a .000 ERA – did anyone predict that?

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