Wednesday: Tigers at Mariners

Not only do we know this game is going to be played, but there will be no debate today whether to open the roof. Unless something dramatically changes, it’s staying closed. Been raining most of the morning, and though it’s supposed to become more scattered in the afternoon, it’s still a good chance for rain.

The only changes in the lineup are geared towards facing M’s left-hander Jason Vargas. Ryan Raburn replaces Don Kelly at first base, and Johnny Damon takes the second spot that Ramon Santiago had been occupying.

TIGERS

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

P: Jeremy Bonderman

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 2B
  3. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  4. Milton Bradley, DH
  5. Mike Sweeney, 1B
  6. Jose Lopez, 3B
  7. Josh Bard, C
  8. Josh Wilson, SS
  9. Michael Saunders, LF

P: Jason Vargas

17 Comments

So far I have not seen how this squad can handle the limping Mariners.
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We have to be able to do better than these last 11 innings of baseball

Why in the world would he leave Perry in this long. After the homerun he should of been pulled. More poor pitching decisions by Jim Freaking Leyland. What an old freaking coot – teaching lesson my butt. Stubborn idiot in my opinion.
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This is as mad as I have been all year.

Congrats Leyland You and You alone lost this game for the Tigers. Nice job.

Some pretty nice unexpected performances today. Bonderman for one. He is strategically throwing at the bottom of the strike zone. Very nice.
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Everett chips in and Raburn is playing quite well at 1st.
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Worth continues to impress.
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Magglio took the role of cleanup hitter very seriously.
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Let’s get trough the next 2 innings and go ‘home”.

I’d-a left Bonderman in!!!
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Brutal.
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Crushing.
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Depressing.
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Discouraging.

How come we don’t do that with men on 2nd & 3rd and 1 out?

This is me SCREAMING!!!!!!!!! UNFREAKING BELIEVABLE. Seriously what what the point in leaving Perry out there? To test him?? To destroy a great starting pitching performance?? To lose the game for this team. Seriously can some one give me a logical explaination – because I cannot think of one. If I could reach through the screen and strangle him righ now I would. That is one of the worst moves (or in this case non-move) I have ever seen him make. I can’t rant enough right now, I am so mad

Leyland can put these two losses squarely on his shoulders. Last night he left JV in there too long and he did the same with Perry. Congratulations!! You did it.

Just mowed the lawn and took my frustrations out on the grass. STILL MAD!!
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Rod said it in the last part of the game ” it will go unnoticed that when Wakamatsu took Rowland-Smith right away after he saw he didn’t have it??” You could almost hear Rod thinking what the heck was JL thinking. It is obvious he wasn’t. I can understand if your pen is toast, but the are rested and they were ready to go. Unforgivable managerial mistake.
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Rod and Mario were also in the game comparing the next 7 or 8 series that the Twins/ Tigers were playing. And making the statement that the Tigers only have a few against teams with records over 500. Well while that might provide comfort to some to me it strikes fear. This team has done better against +500 teams this year.

KC won 3 … lost 3 – below .500 team
CLE won 4 … lost 1 below .500 team
Sea won 1 lost 4 – below .500 team
LAA won 5 – lost 2 below .500 team
Texas won 2 – lost 2 above .500 team
Minnesota won 2 – lost 4 above .500 team
NYY – Won 3 – lost 1 – above .500 team
Bos – Won 2 – Lost 1 -above .500 team
CWS – Won 0 – Lost 1 below .500 team
Oakland – won 2 – lost 0 .500 team
LAD – won 1 – lost 2 – above .500 team

They seem to focus better against better teams.

Has to be his Alzheimer’s kicking in. He forgot he was the manager!

I mean he had 2 guys ready in the pen he could have gone to.There is NO excuse for this loss. Just wish some one had the balls to ask him why he didn’t take him out.

Well Perry has an arm. It was clear, crystal, after Lopez almost smucked another homer that it would be prudent to get him out of there since he wasn’t fooling any RHB anyway.
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JL should have just taken him out right there. he didn’t do the job, take him out.
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The Mariners made us look ridiculous and what kind of ball are you playing when you go into their ark and DON’T face Felix or Lee and come out without a victory?
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That’s not sayin’ much.
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Bonderman really had his stuff goin’ and had the hitters eating out of his hand. His pitch count was down and if JL wanted to prove something, or reward a solid performance, he had the option of just letting him try to get through the 8th on his own.
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I don’t like the “feel” of the Tigers when they had to play without Miguel. They should not look listless but they did.
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Ordonez stepped it up. As you would need the veterans to do. Damon did not. IMO, he let his team down. Damon has to produce and he has been hot and cold. Too often ineffective in his role as a crucial element in the batting order.
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You Can’t win enough games to contend in this league if you can’t score 5 runs most of the time.
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It won’t be long before they recall Carlos. They need an offensive injection and they know it. Tough break for Worth, but unless they choose to send Kelly packing he seems destined for Toledo and 3rd base.

A “teaching lesson?” For Perry, it was a very depressing lesson by letting him out there to get hammered. I don’t recall when he pitched last but maybe he has been “rusting away” in the bullpen too long. For Bonderman, a very discouraging lesson. I believe he might have pitched his best game so far this year and has nothing to show for it but a lower ERA. When you get an RBI from Everett, JL should never waste it. And you have Jackson, Boesch, and Worth contributing as rookies. I don’t remember how Damon performed other years for other teams at this point in the season. Maybe he is a slow starter but so far I wouldn’t offer him another 8mil next year. Boesch may not be a “natural” left fielder but unless they dump Maggs, Brennan will have to learn to play left field. Seattle, a team that was 12 games below .500 to start this week, has taken 4 of 5 games from the Tigers. This series they did it without Felix or Lee pitching and with no hits from Ichiro. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

I don’t understand what Leyland was trying to do or prove today. Everyone has said it on here but we have tomorrow off so no need to rest Zumaya today or anyone else for that matter. Perry clearly didn’t have it. I would have pulled him after the homer. Usually I think he pulls people a little early but today it looked like he was sleeping in the dugout.
If the season comes down to 1 or 2 games again this will be a game everyone looks back on as a big mistake for JL.

Worked all day today in the yard, planting flowers, mowing, cleaning up weeds until I almost dropped dead just so I could sit down “tonight” and watch the game. I thought the game was tonight. Here it is 9:10 pm in MI so I check in here to see what’s going on, only to find out I dodged a bullet. It would have killed me to watch it. Oh, my, what is going on with our Tigers?

I am so freakin’ mad about this game I can’t even stand it. There is NO excuse for it. NONE. All Jim Price and Dan Dickerson could say is “Leyland must have some reason for leaving Perry in with Zumaya and Coke both ready in the bullpen.” Why bother bringing Coke in at all? Should have just let it go to 10 runs and then at least there’s no pressure in the 9th to try to come back.
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It’s not like they were bloop singles or errors. 2nd and 3rd string Mariners were smoking the ball off Perry. I said the other day I was not a Leyland hater. I am today. Full blown hater.

This isn’t the first time Perry has had problems. Maybe Jim thought he’d pull through it, he didn’t the last time and I don’t know why Jim thought he would today. Thank God I didn’t watch this game. Pathetic.

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