July 27th, 2010
OK, that lineup could’ve gone better Monday. Now what?
- Jackson, CF
- Rhymes, 2B
- Damon, DH
- Cabrera, 1B
- Boesch, RF
- Raburn, LF
- Avila, C
- Sizemore, 3B
- Santiago, SS
- Ben Zobrist, 2B
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Evan Longoria, 3B
- Carlos Pena, 1B
- Matt Joyce, RF
- Willy Aybar, DH
- John Jaso, C
- B.J. Upton, CF
- Jason Bartlett, SS
Had a question pop up yesterday asking whether the Tigers would start Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander this weekend in Boston. Turns out, the answer is both.
The Tigers have released their rotation for this weekend’s series against the Red Sox, and Jeremy Bonderman will have his spot skipped. The rotation order would’ve brought up his spot Friday or Saturday, depending on whether Jim Leyland wanted to start him or Armando Galarraga first.
Instead, Galarraga will pitch Friday night at Fenway, then Scherzer, then Verlander. It also means Verlander will not pitch next week against the White Sox.
Bonderman’s road numbers have been bad for most of the year, but all four of his July starts came at home, and he went 1-1 with a 7.77 ERA in those.
It isn’t an easy decision either way. One philosophy would suggest saving one of your front-line starters for the White Sox, especially in a series that starts with a day-night doubleheader. A Verlander start Tuesday sets you up to conserve your bullpen for the nightcap. On the other hand, the way the Tigers have struggled lately and struggled on the road all year, there’s a case to be made to give the team any chance it can to win this weekend.
Obviously, the no-hitter is the big story coming out of Tropicana Filed last night. But for Tigers fans, there’s yet another chapter in the ongoing saga of Jim Leyland and umpires, and it was uglier than the blown call in the would-be perfect game or the blown call that ended a game at Atlanta.
It’s pretty easy to look at the lineup the Tigers fielded — without Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen or Brandon Inge — and knock down Matt Garza’s no-hitter a peg. He threw more than 100 fastballs, and it can be tough to imagine Ordonez not taking one of those high fastballs to the opposite field for a single, making it at least a one-hit shutout instead of a no-no.
- The first no-hitter in Rays history is also the first no-hitter against the Tigers since Randy Johnson did it June 2, 1990 at the Kingdome.
- The Rays have been involved in three no-hitters this year — two against them, and now one for them. They’re the first team in 93 years to be involved in three no-nos in the same season. The 1917 St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox were the last teams to do it. The Browns threw two no-hitters and suffered one, all against the White Sox.
- No Rays pitcher had so much as taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning in history. Dewon Brazelton and Tony Saunders shared the record for longest no-hit bid at 7 2/3 innings — Brazelton against the Marlins on June 25, 2004, Saunders against the Orioles on April 22, 1999.
- It’s the second time this year that two pitchers have taken no-hit bids into the sixth inning in the same. Gavin Floyd and Ted Lilly took their bids into the seventh when the White Sox took on the Cubs June 13.
- It was the first no-hitter broken up by a grand slam in the sixth inning or later since then-Met Frank Viola walked the bases loaded ahead of a Dickie Thon grand slam with one out in the sixth inning on July 23, 1990 at Philadelphia.