Schlereth coming to Detroit

The Tigers will promote Daniel Schlereth from Triple-A Toledo on Friday to take the bullpen spot previous held by Fu-Te Ni. Word of the move went down after the Mud Hens’ loss to Gwinnett Friday night.
The move makes sense on a few different levels, the most basic being the lefty-for-lefty swap. But Schlereth is more of a high-strikeout lefty; his ratio of 11.57 strikeouts per nine innings ranked fourth among International League pitchers. His walk totals don’t look good for the season, but he has been notably stingy with the bases on balls lately.
Schlereth is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 28 games, walking 26 and striking out 45 over his 35 innings of work. He has been pretty stingy against left-handed hitters (.220 average) and righties (.232) alike. His last five outings have been really strong: 4 2/3 innings, two hits, no walks and four strikeouts — after walking seven in four outings before that. His recent run includes back-to-back solid outings against a strong Indianapolis ballclub earlier this week.
So while his walk totals have been high, give him credit for this: Schlereth can get outs in the strike zone, which is what Jim Leyland wants to see from his relievers. Opponents are hitting just .186 off him for the month.
It’ll be interesting to see how Schlereth is used alongside fellow lefty relievers Phil Coke and Brad Thomas, and what Ryan Perry’s eventual return means for Schlereth. Leyland took responsibility yesterday for misusing Ni compared with last year. Ni had essentially become an innings-filler in some games in recent weeks. But if Coke assumes more of a universal setup role with Joel Zumaya out and Perry still in Toledo, it isn’t difficult to see Schlereth getting some one- or two-batter situations. The Tigers wanted him pitching long in Toledo to start the season, but he’s been more of a single-inning guy lately.

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I had an interesting experience at a small town fundraiser last night. I live in a little town just south of Ann Arbor. Brandon Inge moved into a home in the country on the outskirts of town after last season (it’s appx a 45 minute drive to Comerica). His wife chaired this fund-raiser for breast cancer. Of course, BInge showed up to sign autographs and help draw in a crowd. AJax and a few other younger Tigers stopped by during the day too. The really cool part is the fact that BInge showed up early and stayed late to interact with the kids and the older fans too. He really seemed to be enjoying himself. The crowd was very polite and cooperated in letting everyone have a shot at an autograph or a handshake.
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Saw a lot of fans, especially females, wearing #15 jerseys. He must have a sizable fan club, which must explain why he gets so many text votes as Tiger of the Game on FSN, even on off nights.
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These off-the-field observations can be very enlightening.
AAMark

Looks like the Twins had a horrible call against them last night in the 10th inning. Have a hard time feeling sorry for them, but these horrible calls by umpires, especially in crucial situation have to stop.

Thank you so much AAMark for sharing your experience with Brandon and his wife. Brandon said in an interview he was moving his family to Michigan, because they like it here and like the schools. He’s always had fans of the teenage female persuasion going for him.
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Interesting. Thanks again.

Well, the second pitcher with the hard to pronounce last name starting with a S. :) Statman, did I hear you yell “stubborn old coot” ? Also, what about our hitting coach? Again, great reading, real busy so not posting as much. How about the shake up in Arizona? Seattle does not score many runs. Let’s hope we do and sweep them out of town. Everyone have a happy and safe 4th. Go Tigers! –Dave

Schlereth is guy you can bring in with a man on 3rd and less than 2 out. You tell him to to out and get the strikeout and if he does walk somebody You still got a chance for a DP.
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He will walk his batters but he can also shut a team down.
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Discouraging that Ni went from good to bad but they had to do something and this makes the most sense right now.

Scherleths walks make me a little nervous – but what the heck what else do we have?????
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While Seattle doesn’t score many runs, there pitching makes me nervous. THEY ARE SO GOOD – they shutout Yankees two games in row? YIKES – the three starting pitchers that we are seeing all have ERA’s below three. If we can’t hit Slowey or Blackburn what hope is there for these three guys. I don’t believe their pen is as good though. .
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Going to the game tonight. GO TIGERS GO Scherzer.
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GK

Schlereth might surprise. If nothing else he will be someone the opposition has to figure out. Right now even the vovelty factor might be enough to win us a game or two at a critical time.
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One can hope he is effectively wild. And that if he does walk someone he doesn’t get rattled or groove a fastball to compensate.
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What I’ve heard is he has a really nice curve and a mid 90’s fastball with late life.
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The Granderson/Jackson trade now has all the acquisitions on the roster.
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Anybody else not like the all-star voting process? So much for democracy. What’s with the vote often idea? I guess it’s too hard to police but allowing, actually encouraging, people to multiple vote for their favourites is a concept I find very distasteful. Also the outright peading from players to fans to vote for them. Boy, I miss the way the game used to be played. At least the part about honour, humility and integrity.
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We need a strong team effort this series. A no-lose no holds barred mentality from the players and their manager.

Getting back to the BInge sighting: You’re right pup, most of those #15 jerseys were worn by under 30-looking women. I did not mention that detail earlier for fear that my wife might get the wrong impression :-)
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Regarding Seattle: Saw them play at CoPa last year and was impressed at how well they battled to stay in the game and then win it with an 8th inning home run. While 2010 is a different year, they have a number of multi-tool players who know how to play the game. I’ll bet they are a better team than their record shows, as suggested by the 2 shut outs against the Yankees.
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We need another stong homestand before the AS break. Keep your fingers and toes crossed.
AAMark

Schlereth—mid 90s fastball with late life. Reportedly a very good slow curve. Hopefully he brings his best and at least a mystery factor to his game that translates into a couple of Tiger wins at a critical time.
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Absolutely detest the all-Star voting procedure. A beacon of democracy it’s not.
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Also hate when the players plead for votes.
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Getting back to the BInge sighting last night: You’re right pup – most of those #15 jerseys were worn by under 30-looking women. I did not mention that detail earlier, for fear that my wife might get the wrong idea :-)
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Regarding Seattle: Saw them play the Tigers last year and was impressed at how they battled for the whole game to come from behind and win on an 8th inning home run off Seay. While 2010 is a different year, they have a number of multi-tool players who play the game well. Have not followed them much this year, but I’ll bet they’re a better team than their record shows.
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We need another strong homestand before the AS break. Keep your fingers and toes crossed!!

AAMark

Well Dan, I hope Mr. Schlereth doesn’t throw a wild pitch with that runner on third. :-) But you’re right, he’s the only choice there is, short of a trade. Coke is needed for setup work and, to an extent, so is Thomas. There’s still a need for that third lefty in the pen to get an out here and there. I hope this works, but I’m amazed at how many rookies are on this team and we’re still tied with the Twins in the loss column. It says a lot about the talent within the system.
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I saw that call in the Twins-Rays game too. Just like with Jim Joyce, it’s incredible that these umpires are looking for things that aren’t there. It looked like a tag because it WAS a tag. Fortunately the only cost was using an extra pitcher. I’m always surprised at how beatable the Twins look when they’re not playing us.
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All Star voting: the entire business is ridiculous. You want to have fans vote multiple times, fine, but don’t make this exhibition game count for home field advantage in the WS. That’s Bud Selig at his worst right there. It’s supposed to be an exhibition, to use a phrase from Rocky IV. If they insist on going that way with it, then players and coaches need to select the AS teams. When is Selig’s last year?
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Brandon Inge: this guy is so popular because he has an incredible rapport with the fans. I’ve seen him work the crowds and he appears to be genuinely enjoying himself as he banters back and forth with folks. To put it in context, Granderson was good too, but I always came away with an impression of a politician plying his craft. Not so with Inge; he’s like a dude at a summer picnic.
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I can see that this site is acting up again today.
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–Rich

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