Saturday: Tigers at Braves

If you guessed that Johnny Damon would get Saturday off, and that Magglio Ordonez would be rested for the day game after the later day game, you’re correct. Ramon Santiago is back in the second spot in the order, this time backing up Austin Jackson.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Scherzer, P


  1. Martin Prado, 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera, RF
  3. Chipper Jones, 3B
  4. Brian McCann, C
  5. Troy Glaus, 1B
  6. Eric Hinske, LF
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS
  8. Gregor Blanco, CF
  9. Kenshin Kawakami, P


I’m concerned that MCab is seemingly not getting good plate coverage and seems to be swinging and missing without reaching the ball like he was when he was busting the fences. I know his average has been relatively steady but he is not as dangerous as he was 3 weeks ago.

With guys like Verlander, Scherzer and now Oliver. All 95 + guys, it will be very importnat that they trust their catcher to set up theeir fastball and work off of it.
1st pitch hitting today again. Not so sure this is a good idea against a guy who is 0-9

When is our offense gonna be offensive?
Feels like we are going into a slumber. Hope I’m wrong. Just don’t look energized at the plate. Like Abs are individual attempts at seeing if you can hit the pitcher rather than a concerted attack.

Need I say that Scherzer deserves better?
We are lousy again at the plate. We’re making this guy look like a 9-0 pitcher not an 0-9 guy.
MCab is, as I said earlier, is struggling. When that happens our offense trickles. Not the response you need to contend.
We just look listless today so far.

That HR was unfortunately so predictable. Zoom just didn’t have it and JL frozen to act.

Did I say Scherzer deserves better?
C’mon guys let’s FIND a way to push a run across the board.

Ramon has been big for us today. We’re lucky to get a run last inning. Not sure what’s happened to our 3-4-5 guys. They are all scuffling.

Scherzer should not have been taken out in favour of a guy who is similar in that he is a RHB fastball pitcher. I guess ol JL is looking to do a double switch.
Zumaya has not been reliable lately.

Leyland has no feel for pitching anymore. Why leave a guy in who can’t throw a strike, who has thrown a bunch of pitches in big time heat, obviously needs to groove one to avoid walking another hitter, and is facing a Hall of Famer? These are the types of games that Bobby Cox, Tony Larussa and Joe Torre win and Jimmy Leyland loses. Did anyone see him shrug before the at bat, like, “Well, should I leave him in? Hope we get lucky…”
Man this drives me nuts. As does our obsession with failing to hit. Ugh.

ughhhh. Zumaya couldn’t find the plate- you can’t take risks with a one run game. This loss will be on Leyland.
Sorry, Max.

Congratulations freaking Leyland – leave Joel in there when he is obviously struggling you stubborn old coot. God this team is exhausting. Glad I am spending all kinds of money to see these fools play in Minnesota on Monday. Can they get a hit – is that too much to ask for someone on the freaking team to get a hit. Can you tell I am ranting right now??? I am so angry right now.

Why is that some guy in Kamloops BC knows this is gonna happen if you leave Zumaya in and the manager of a big league team hoesn’t have a clue?
Zumaya can throw 115 MPH and with his predictability, lack of command and movement and you know good MLB hitters are gonna tee off on him. How many times have w we seen it and how many times does JL repeat the mistake?
Why doesn’t JL bring in a LHP after the 2 walks?
If we could have had a lousy hit last inning maybe Zumaya would have been PH for.
Sick and tired of Leyland not being able to recognize in-game trends and tendencies. He just sat down on the benc after the 2nd wals as if to say, “well I’ve made my decision and I’m stickin’ to it”.
C’mon what do expect throwing a 20 year proven hitter fastballs?


The Tigers must be thinking that the Umpires Association is in collusion against them.
That was an easy call for the ump and it makes you wonder what was on his mind. Can they employ people that are that incompetent? I can see making mistakes but that was 8 inches off the plate, at least!
No excuse for lousy hitting or lousy managing but they should have been tied up again.
Something should be done about that. I know it is ball or strike and there is no replay controversy on a play like that but shouldn’t an ump be accountable for making bad calls at critical times? Does baseball want this ump in the playoffs or World Series?
Where was Leyland on that call?.
Too embarrassed to show his face?
Zumaya is what he is. A fastball pitcher with no finesse and no backup pitch. How many years will JL wait for the miracle to develop? He is not going to be a closer here and he will always be hammered at the most inopportune times. Yet he goes back to him time after time. I’m not sure what his record is like in his 2nd inning of work but it must be dreadful. JL was too dense to see he was god-awful lucky to get out of the 7th inning. Leyland tries to “will” his formula and does not adjust well to game situations.

This team can’t hit – they can barely tap it out of the infield lately. Waste of time and money.

The Braves pitcher with an 0-9 record must be the unluckiest in MLB history, or just doesn’t get many chances to face the Tigs.
A time code of 6:32pm at 7:40 has to be close to a record.

That was embarassing for the umpires. They key to these recent blown calls is the umpire being out of position or giving up on a pitch. Joyce didnt move off the line, cedargarbage didnt follow the pitch with his head.
If Leyland doesnt get tossed at the plate meeting tomorrow, I’m gonna lose it. It’s long past time where he fights for his team. Stop trying to be Mr nice guy and stand up for your players. I’m sure Mr Cox wouldnt have walked into the dugout after that one. Maybe Mr Cox would have got the call because of that.

Exasperating, I can’t barely stand to watch them through the last 2 or three weeks, even when they were winning at home against the national league. They were fun to watch in the beginning of the year, you never thought you were out of it. But this team of the last month, is a struggle, but like a train wreck, I can’t look away. Even in the wins it seems, like a struggle lately. For all the good batting averages on this team it sure seem like it is for nothing. They might hit a little but it is when it doesn’t matter most of them, all smoke and mirrors. What more can I say. It is just infuriating.

That umpire is a piece of crap. At least the Joyce call didn’t call us the game. These umpires are all pieces of crap and calls that far out of the freaking strike zone and he is a piece of blind crap. DID I SAY HE WAS A PIECE OF CRAP????

Unbelievable…this is the time when, if I was a manager, I would charge out of the dugout and rip the ump up one side and down the other until they had to drag me off the field. How in the world do you call that a strike?

Unbelievable. Not even close. That was horrible.

That pitch never touched any part of the plate it starter outside the plate, and never even at any point hit a corner. What is the guy from Atlanta??

Apparently golden boy closers get game changing calls. Rivera got the same calls last night against the Dodgers. This is the year of the no-hitter and the year of terrible bad calls.

The guy in the game was not even a golden-boy closer, so there was NO excuse to give him the benefit of the doubt, ESPECIALLY against a vet like Damon, even if the pitch was CLOSE! They didn’t play well enough to win, but it doesn’t feel good having the umpires take the chance away…

As down as I am on Damon I can’t blame him for that one. He did his job. he foluled off the close ones and drew the game-tying walk.
Tigers have had 9 hits in their last 18 innings. Hard to win much like that.

BTW, the ump had a poor game in general. Ridulous call but even without it he is a poor plate ump.

The Braves managed to outwalk us 8 to 7 and win by one, helped by JL’s dementia not pulling Zoom and switching AJaz for Damon who is now 0 for 7 bases loaded and two moons since his last RBI.
Sure he was unlucky but the preceding pitch he fouled was further away.
Excruciating, extemely tense, yet at the end of the day ordinary baseball by two teams that look like pretenders.

Tell me this friends, how do you have a job as a major league umpire and call that last pitch a strike??? PLEASE someone tell me, because for the life of me I can’t figure out how you do? I we in an era of screw the Tigers?? Game 163 last year – Leyland gets an apology letter two weeks later regarding Inge – Galarraga and the tearful Jim Joyce and his apologies. But the was actually probably the worst call of them all, by the I mean the least close of them all, not the gravity of the call and the implications it had. What is this fool going to do?? I can tell you what I think that he should do is get glasses, have someone tell him what the plate looks like, give him a brain , he needs something including a new job. I have now seen that call 5 times and it is worse everytime I see. I am so sick of umpires I could scream.

I think the press should ask Cederstrom,how much money he had riding on Atlanta.That is the only way he could call that pitch a strike.It was that terrible of a call.MLB needs to correct this problem,because it is only getting worse and i’m thoroughly disgusted that an umpire can determine the outcome of a game.

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