Game set to start at 3:45

UPDATE: The game is now expected to start around 3:45pm.

There was a heavy downpour for a little while, but it wasn’t as severe as expected, or as severe as the radar showed as the system was moving up Interstate 75. The thinking was that it was better to wait out this weather and then get going than it is to start the game, have it delayed minutes later and either have to go to the bullpen early or force the starting pitchers to warm up again.

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I see Diaz is behind the plate. Hopefully he is better there than at 1st and 3rd. He is brutal on checked swings.
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Actually though JV had Davis struck out.
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Ouch—horrible start so far, nobody out and the cleanup hitter up.

yeah always said rod allen is full of **** and terrible play by play announcer.also when the tigers have their so called regular starters inge ,everett,laird is their any other team that has 3 starters that are batting 227 or less in the line-up at the same time?

This is what is hugely annoying to me about Rod Allen – JV waits until he’s given up two before he throws soemthing besides a 97 mph fastball. And Rod calls him “brilliant” or “outstanding” (can’t remember now) for throwing a curve ball??? And all those wasted pitches way out of the strike zone. erghhhhhh. How nice it was to watch all those strikeouts yesterday from Max without all the 3 ball counts.
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This game is a big deal if we are to continue to contend.
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Tracey

I hear re Rod. I like some of his insight but he is often repetitive and inclined to a pseudo kind of schtick/slang that I find a little annyoying. Just comes of as being a tad disingenuous.
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I think Impeba is quite good as is Dan Dickerson on the radio.
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JV often settles down nicely and seems to get off to less than stellar beginnings to his starts. I remember last year once where he got beat up for 4 or maybe even 5 runs and then pitched just about no-hit ball the rest of the way to get a win.

I think we are in for an “interesting” afternoon with Mr Diaz.
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I hope he is consistently inconsistent for bothe sides.

I hope JV can string together a couple of quick innings. I don’t feel good about having to go to the bulllpen too early today. I’d rather see him hand it over to Valverde if possible.

1st & 2nd no out KellY up:
B-U-N-T

aLL dAMON HAD TO DO WAS HIT THE BALL—-ANYWHERE!!
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He’s done that far too many times this year with a guy on 3rd. IMO—over-rated so far.
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We should have been able to cut the lead in half.

This is not what Damon is supposed to bring to the team.
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He is batting .214 with RISP and batting .000 with bases loaded. Can’t find what he is hitting with man on 3rd and less than 2 0ut but I guarnatee it is likely very poor with very frew RBIs in that situation.

Santiago needs to be laying it down after a leadoff single. Especially when runs are hard to get. Kelly follows with a single.
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DUH!
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Leyland has exceeded his bunt quota this month???

There are days when Tigers hitters are shut down by really good pitching, and there are days when they look like clueless idiots up there. Today was the latter. Santiago and Boesch were on base three times each today, the only guys who did have a clue. Neither one of them were brought around to score.
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That 83-79 I predicted on opening day is looking more accurate all the time. Unfortunately.
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–Rich

I don’t like Damon at DH, either. Once in a while is OK, but he’s just not getting any time out there.
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The whole Tigers’ lineup feels out of sync.

Good to see Inge coming back – have to feel dropping down to #7 has been been instrumental.
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Damon is spending just over half his time at DH for .242/.352 and hitting .338/.44 as LF. His May stats of .239/.343 are a full point down on his April .329/.431. Whilst his career stats as a DH are good, I don’t recall him ever playing so regularly from the dugout and feel this has to be contributing.
Not many players seem to make a go of hitting consistently from the DH role and would to me need a special mindset.

Are we finished with Seattle and Oakland for this year? The Tigers went 4-7 against those two powerhouses while beating up on two weaklings (NY and Boston) 5-2. How many of you even heard of some of the pitchers from the Mariners and A’s that downed the Tigers? Fister? Vargas? Anderson? Cahill? Rowland-Smith? Well, I do remember the last one from another year. Now for June. The first 6 series are against .500 or below teams. Only Washinton is at .500. The Tigers have usually done well against the National League but have the NY Mets and Atlanta at the end. How many of these games can Old Smokey throw away?

I am truly amazed that 2-3-4-5-6 went ofer today. Granted Boesch had the three passes, but I cannot recall a game where the guts of your order did not manage one hit. This song is becoming all too familiar once again. I see the Twins sweeping the Mariners; maybe if Hernandez is on the mound for a game, the Mariners hold one. I guess it was fun while it lasted. Poor old Ryan Perry is lost right now.
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I was thinking the same thing. Put Damon at leadoff. He hits for a higher average there by his own admission and should get on base more. Since we’re not doing a whole lot in the running game, his bat wizardry is wasted as a #2 hitter. I’ve already brought up that there’s not a whole lot of point in leading off Jackson since we’re not utilizing all of his skills there. He can hit 2nd or 9th or wherever. He’s a good hitter who will contribute wherever he is. If he’s not second, then Santiago, who at least has an idea of what he’s trying to accomplish up there. When you think about it, it’s kind of foolish to trade away your leadoff man (Granderson) then acquire an excellent leadoff man (Damon) and hit Johnny second. But foolishness is what I’ve come to expect.
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I like our 3-4-5-6 despite the strange failure today. Dave, I hope Inge is responding to hitting lower. I thought he might, but it’s too early yet to know.
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Even when we’ve hit better, we’re not really lighting up the scoreboard. I think it’s a very good time, with Cleveland coming in, to change up the lineup a little. I like that we don’t have to request hitters that we don’t have, as all we’re suggesting is swapping the order of those that we do have. That’s realistic and can be done with the stroke of a manager’s pen. I like these kind of suggestions.
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–Rich

Darned space-time continuem thing again. My post is supposed to appear below Dan’s of 10:24 PM. I was responding to his and the ones above.
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–Rich

One thing I would do is bat Damon at leadoff and AJ in the 2-hole.
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AJ does not need the pressure that JL put Granderson through for those years. Damon SHOULD thrive on it.
AJ is not being given the green light to steal anyways so what is the big importnace of having him lead-off? Damon has shown he can hit in the leadoff role. His OBP is good. It changes things up. We need some things to change a bit.
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Santiago is an upgrade over Everett so if he gets 2/3 of the games there I am relativley happy (at least this year) with that. Laird, Avila and Inge are showing signs that they are not dead-beats. Guillen solidifies the middle of the order.
Things can look up but some of that revolves around getting Damon to be the impact player he has been. Rod can gush about how much he has down here and all that but if we want to win this year he is as crucial to the effort as is Guillen.
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Switch ‘em up JL. Try it, you’ll like it.

Steve Kornacki’s article has further info on Damon’s May funk and interestingly confirms he spent a lot of April in LF and DH in May.
So much for JL planning to rotate the DH role.
http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2010/05/tigers_johnny_damon_looks_for.html

Well after sitting through that seriously long rain delay and that game (if thats what you want to call it) I was too tired and too hungry to post after we got home last nigth. Not to mention we got up early to get back from up north to get to the game. (I know blah blah blah).
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I said to those surrounding me at the game yesterday, I bet JV having ADD as he does probably doesn’t deal well with a long rain delay – it puts him out of his routine. And bingo 3 quick his and two earned runs in less than 5 minutes.
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But it is truly amazing that 2-6 couldn’t do squat. I was listening to the radio on the way home and Price was saying how we just ran into some good pitching – well I will give you that on Anderson but Cahill was not good yesterday. I say it is more likely we ran into a crappy ump yesterday. I have never been to a game where I have seen so much bench and crowd reaction to ball/strike calls. It was horrible. I truely expected Leyland/JV to get tossed from that game. Or worse yet stuff being thrown on the field. It was kinda ugly.
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But what I would like to know i what happened to the Tigers that were playing in April and the first few weeks of May?? I get the Dodgers they were hot, but Seattle and Oakland? What the heck??? I swear if they don’t do something against Cleveland this week – well lets just say my spouse might have to move out – it will be ugly.!!

OK so now a series against Cleveland. Seriously, no reason not to take the series this time. Minnesota is playing Seattle so I think I know what we are all expecting there.
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The A’s have great young pitchers, but the team has been terrible on the road. So the A’s taking the series in Detroit surprised me.
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Will be in Michigan visiting during interleague play…doesn’t interest me enough to go to a game. Seems like exhibition play; I think it was Rich who made that point?
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A’s and Giants fans have been complaining about the managers resting players when their bats are hot. Sound familiar??? I know we’ve discussed JL doing this but it seems to be more prevalent than just in Detroit. I wonder why managers do this.
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Thought you would enjoy these excerpts from Jane Lee, A’s new sportswriter:
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Dallas Braden about Scherzer: “Someone woke up Cy Young and brought him to the park today.”
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About Comerica:
“It took less than two minutes for me to realize it could easily be one of my favorite parks out of the 12 I’ve seen so far. It’s got an abundance of character, not to mention gorgeous architecture and a classic unassuming baseball atmosphere. When I think of summer baseball, I picture it being played in a park like Comerica, which also boasts a great backdrop of downtown Detroit…Furthermore, the weather is perfect AND there’s a frozen yogurt machine right behind me.”
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JP

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