Tuesday: Tigers at Rays

OK, that lineup could’ve gone better Monday. Now what?

Well, the Tigers have a few changes at the bottom of the order. Alex Avila gets the start behind the plate, Scott Sizemore slots in at third, and Ramon Santiago is back at short. They’ll be facing James Shields, who has spent July going six innings or so and giving up three or four runs.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Raburn, LF
  7. Avila, C
  8. Sizemore, 3B
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Justin Verlander
RAYS
  1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Carlos Pena, 1B
  5. Matt Joyce, RF
  6. Willy Aybar, DH
  7. John Jaso, C
  8. B.J. Upton, CF
  9. Jason Bartlett, SS
P: James Shields

59 Comments

For the life of me, Help! What is the deal with Rhymes, and then why second of all spots. A 27 year old making his debut two days ago is all the batting average I need to know. Prove me wrong Will.
Greg

How many robes has Johnny had to buy now? I forget.

Just keep in mind, we are playing a top tier team.

This is one impotent offense. The way things are going I half expect MCab to ot issue a “trade me” ultimatum.
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Raburn is getting his chance to secure a role on the team. He will have to produce more than he has—even given the bases loaded double against the Jays, he is not very dangerous with a man on 3rd and less than 2 out—quite a lot like Brandon Inge and Gerald Laird.
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Nothing much is going right-even a wild pitch results in a great play with MCab trying to do it all and pick up his mates.
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Very poor ABs so far (other than Cab) The only smart thing I have seen so far was Damon getting called out on strikes so they would HAVE TO pitch to Cab the next inning. Smart baseball Johnny!
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OK, second and third with no one out. Chances of scoring a run here? Two even?

This is one hapless bunch of ballplayers. We all know they wont get even 1 run out of this situation.

During this stretch, Damon needs to move to leadoff. I love Jackson, but he doesn’t work the count to get on in critical ab’s. This last half inning was sad indeed. I’m not sure we’ll score in the series.

Greg

How can they be so terrible at situational hitting? Does Dave Dombrowski think that Lloyd McClendon is doing a good job? What in the world is he teaching these guys? Anything? I don’t care if you are a minor leaguer…there is no excuse for consistently failing in these situations. First and second, no one out. A HR to take the lead? No. An extra base hit to tie it and give a chance to get more? No. A simple base hit to get at least one run in? No. A sac fly? Nope. A ground ball to get a run in? Nope. Hitting the ball out of the infield? No.
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Someone has to pay the price, but Dombrowski and Leyland will just use the opportunity to blame it on the injuries, despite this occurring the better part of the last 3 years. How about a decent reporter asking Lloyd McClendon, “Lloyd, isn’t it your job to get something more out of your hitters? Why aren’t we seeing any improvement?”

If we don’t score this time and nothing is done by management, I must conclude that JL and Lloyd have blackmail on DD and Illitch.

When it rains it pours. JV starts throwing well and then the bloops and poops.

It’s one thing to lose to a good team. It’s another to play like a bunch of mental midgets. I bet we don’t even finish above .500. We are totally lucky to have even scored a run today.

At least they’re battling. This is going to be a process.

That may be but the process has already been long. For me the process started the 1st game of the Series against the cards and it has been a JL litany of stubborness since.
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Feel bad for Boesch. He is struggling and nothing is going right for him. Sad to see that happen. Kinda wonder what would have happened if he had that 1st pitch called a ball (which it was).

Yeah, it’s not like they have any time to learn Dan. Just thinking out loud. The injuries have really exposed the lack of depth this team had. Mainly, you can’t replace Ordonez.
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Here we go in the 9th.

Rich, can you come in here and calm people down?

Let’s see what damon can do. I don’t have faith in this guy–I think he is overvalued
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Prove me wrong and get the run in Johnny.

What a heart breaker. Justin was excellent tonight. I missed the first inning. I guess that was his one mistake. Matt Joyce’s broken bat rbi hit was plain lucky. Great pitch and location by Justin there. I was impressed by JV’s grit and focus tonight. He pitched like he was not going to concern himself with run support. And it nearly paid off for him. Unfortunately, two former Tigers killed us. I was a Pena fan but obviously management didn’t stick with him long enough. Imagine him on first and MC on third?
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Man it’s hard to keep watching this team but I see no point in giving up. Anyway what’s the alternative? Quit watching? It’s a long enough winter as it is. Other than the ugliness of stranded runners again, there were some positives. They were in it and they knew they were in it.
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Rhymes did a good job tonight. He had a good AB in the 9th. So did AJ and JD. They set the table and we had the best situation we could hope for. Not fair to expect Miguel to do it every time.
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I just checked new postings before I post this and it’s very interesting how different our takes can be Illinois Fan. I guess we disagree about 180 degrees on this one. Oh well……….I can understand everyone’s frustrations. And there really are no more tricks left in the bag unless DD makes some blockbuster trade. But what is there to trade?….every pitching prospect left in the farm system?

Couldn’t even get a sac fly. So disheartening.

When the baseball demons have it in for you, there’s nothing you can do to sway their way. You couldn’t ask for a better situation and a tiring closer with no room for error.
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The truth is a team that doesn’t take advantage will find ways to shoot themselves in the foot.
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2 in a row where our top 2 staters should have won. But their mates didn’t do their job. All those hits today and we were lucky to get what we did.
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I will refuse to listen to Hawk Harrelson when we play the ChiSox. He is going to verbally abuse our team if we keep playing like this.
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Not even a sac fly – does this team even know what one is. Didn’t see all the game but I know at least twice we had runners on third with no or one out and nothing. Basics are impossible for this team – even with the big fella’s still in the line up the sac fly is still is not in their vocabulary.
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And to make it even more exciting Twins and White Soxs are all winning.

Hawk is one of the worst broadcasters in baseball. I would not listen if I had to listen that that joke – what an embarressment. Although I suppose it is fitting because the antics of that team I suppose he fits in real well, the team of trash, that plays for trash and they have an announcer that is white trash.

It was the situation I would want any time in the 9th. inning. As already said, when you find yourself down, everybody loves to get in a kick. As I stated yesterday, our pitching has stabilize somewhat. We’ve been in these last few games, but for naught. Will proved me wrong, even though nothing was solid. At least, he didn’t hurt us tonight. Still would like to see Damon leading off. He has that experience that we desperately need at the top right now. Matt Joyce is having a good laugh two nights in a row.

Greg

I won’t use the injur angle to excuse this team. In my opinion we should have had another proven hitter to “augment” Ordonez and Cabrera. That hitter is not Guillen and let’s face it, nobody knew what we would get out of Ordonez this year after what we saw last year.
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No.
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We should have had a proven thumper in this lineup at the start of the year not “hope & dream” for Maggs, Carlos and Inge.
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On the brighter side, it does look like Sizemore is not ‘lost” like he was earlier this year. Boesch looks like he will be a force and AJ will more than likely improve, especially in terms of power.
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Not sure Worth can handle the job. Santiago can’t–that is one thing I do agreee with JL on-that Ramon is not an everday shortstop. I like him and he should have been playing ahead of Everett (but how much is that really saying?).
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Not sure I am sufficiently prepared for what looks to be a very frustrating end to another season.
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We can’t win with Inge, Laird, Guillen and Ordonez. The tide has turned and let’s hope the youth movement will also incorporate some skilled baserunning in our big ballpark.
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Oh yeah, let’s get rid of JL and his staff. Other than Knapp and Brookens I have no use for any of them.

I thought Verlander was very good tonight. He made a few bad pitches and paid. We had our chances to win and couldn’t drive the runs in.

I don’t like the name calling, but if we’re going to call people names, then I guess I’m white trash. I love Hawk. He reminds me of someone’s old grandpa. He keeps it real and that’s what I love about him. This white trash did have a couple years of college under my belt and plenty of people I know are professional types who are diehard WS fans.
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Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me!

First of all I blame Verlander. Is anyone else disgusted with his overthrowing leading to high pitch counts? He has given up runs in the first inning way too often. A walk and then a homerun put this team in a hole they rarely can climb out of with their poor clutch hitting. He acts like a big cheese and is starting to smell like one gone bad. Then after the team manages to tie it on a gift error from the Rays, JL pulls this overshift with Pena at bat. It might have been a good idea with Crawford on first but when he stole 2nd base, why on earth have no 3rd baseman? By doing that he handed the game to the Rays on a silver platter. Pena is a flyball hitter or a strikeout. Put that 3rd baseman back where he belongs and make Crawford steal 3rd on his own, not hand it to him. The Tigers outhit the Rays 12-5 but the only runs were due to a Rays error. How on earth can a team get 2 or 3 runners on base, sometime with no outs, and no other batter can do anything? Consistently! Most of us have said it many times before, but after 4 1/2 seasons of being in the same rut it is definitely time to change the “chemistry” of this team from the top down. McClendon has not done his job and if JL can’t go along with a change there, then he needs to go also. Tonight with runners on 1st and 2nd, the Rays manager still ordered a walk to Cabrera. How daring! But Boesch struck out on 3 pitches. JL said no tampering with Boesch but I know I saw McClendon talking with Brennan before he went out to bat. That sure worked well.
Is it 13 games since the All-Star break? Boesch has one hit that I remember. What the he!! happened? I could understand if he didn’t hit as well as he did in May and June, but now nothing? Incredible. If you can’t tell, I am mad as he!!. And laughing at myself as I type this…………..

If we blame JV for this one, not only has the team, but we as well have hit rock bottom. I respectfully disagree IllinoisFan.
Greg

Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe we have seen the best team in baseball the last 2 nights. Tampa plays a clean game. Speed to burn, good defense, nice pitching. I think they are my pick to win it all. My beloved Tigers, well, start listening to trade offers, we are sellers, not buyers. We are not contenders, maybe in the AL Central with mediocre teams like Chicago. But in the playoffs, we could not hang with Tampa. No way. Look towards 2011.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe we have seen the best team in baseball the last 2 nights. Tampa plays a clean game. Speed to burn, good defense, nice pitching. I think they are my pick to win it all. My beloved Tigers, well, start listening to trade offers, we are sellers, not buyers. We are not contenders, maybe in the AL Central with mediocre teams like Chicago. But in the playoffs, we could not hang with Tampa. No way. Look towards 2011.

1-3 now for Miggy & the Mudhens. Tonight’s game was win-able. It’s hard to believe you can hold a team (the Rays) to 8 hits over two games and lose them both. None of this should come as a surprise, however, because that’s not a very good team we’re putting on the field. Some of the reasons have been pointed out above, albeit loudly. :-)
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All I’ll say about Verlander is that he needs to understand that he no longer has the luxury of limbering up easily in the early innings with all fastballs. Falling behind early is a death knell for this club right now. I know why he does it but he’ll need to re-think that for the remainder of this year. As it was, this is the second night in a row that I called a homer before it happened. High heater to Pena coming up, there it is, bam! I shouldn’t be able to predict these things.
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The one trade we should make this week is for a homerun hitter. We don’t hit nearly enough 4-baggers, and it will be a need next year too. We’re unable to drive in runs, move up runners, hit sac flies, and haven’t had this ability on Leyland’s watch. We need Adam Dunn. I promise you that if he came over here, you’d like him. I’ve seen him plenty this season. You slot him behind Cabrera and if they want to pitch around Miggy, they run the risk of a 3-run bomb. Put Boesch in front of Cabrera and he’ll get better pitches to hit. Guillen returns and goes in behind Dunn. At that point, you’ve regained a semblance of an offense. Dunn not only hits homers but he draws walks and is hitting about .280! If nothing else, you acquire him to keep him out of Chicago. You have to compete within the division, from the front office on down. Do it. The Nats want pitchers.
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–Rich

I have to agree with you Port Wine. BTW, I just posted a minute ago, somewhat in response to Illinois Fan and couldn’t find it. Then I found it inserted above in a spot before the game even ended. Makes even less sense up there……………

OK. I appreciate your optimism Rich. So who do we have that they would want? We need pitching too. Maybe some more of the really young pitching prospects we have hopefully been stockpiling?

I can’t tell you, Marty, the Nationals brass might be reading this. :-)
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Seriously, what I’m saying is that Washington is in bad need of pitching. Their relief corps is a mess. We should play hardball with them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be prospects, either. Bonderman would be an upgrade for them. So would Galarraga, Bonine, and Brad Thomas. Mix and match with some younger arms and see what’s shakin’. Throw in position players if necessary. The Nats have improved, but are still in last place. They’re in no position to dictate terms just to keep Adam Dunn. Dunnie wants a long term contract but the dude is only 30 years old. Isn’t Raburn about 30 years old? Give them Raburn too. Get some pop in this lineup! Scare some opposing pitchers!
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–Rich

To those who are optimistic – I also hope the Tigers get on a roll and take the division. I just don’t see that happening. To anyone who thinks at least that Lloyd McClendon deserves to keep his job – give me your reasoning. The same with Jim Leyland. I sure hope the “before Leyalnd we sucked and now at least we are contenders” argument does not come out – since we hired Leyland we called up Verlander and traded for Cabrera. Alan Trammell would have won some games with them as well.
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The Rays are a good team. The point is that they didn’t have to do much to beat us these last two. The real point is that the same thing happened against Cleveland, a team that we like to think we are better than. It happens too often. Wishing and hoping that it doesn’t hasn’t worked so far this year and it didn’t work last year or in 2006. I agree with the earlier comment that this all started with the World Series against the Cardinals, where the Tigers made all kinds of mistakes and have never recovered the swagger that they carried into that series.

I guess I should mention that I don’t mean to trade ALL of those guys. I’m just throwing out names that might interest Washington.
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–Rich

Brutal game tonight. Trade talk is fine, but not a lot in the system right now other than maybe Casey Crosby or Jacob Turner. Both great prospects I wouldn’t want to see go, but no one is untouchable. I know the Whitecaps are struggling badly this season, and they have maybe one or two players with any chance of making it. Anything is possible, but that’s just the way it looks right now. Fans in Lakeland or Erie, let us know what you see in prospects there.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

There’s no crying in Baseball!!!
Hey, this is just a taste of what next year is going to look like when the big players are gone. B. Inge will be free agent, gone, Maggs- gone!, Popps Guillen- gone!
Ha, look at the big names gone already, Pudge, Huff, SHEFF, Polly… geez. (forgot Farnsworth & Willis) There’s a big sucking sound, and the pizza dough is getting flavorless!
Zoom-zoom nobody will want unless we deal him for free with Cabbie! *ala Willis to “Natinals” for Dunn.
I am going to just try to watch these young kids, and hopefully, some aspire to greatness while sitting on the bench in Comerica. I had high hopes for some the likes of Grandy, Nokes, Clete Thomas, Dusty Ryan, J. Jurgens, A. Miller…(we could have gotten Lincecum instead) !!!
Time for renaming the team.
Detroit Skunks- we stink!!! ha ha ha.. 0h hee hee… Ole JV will be begging to be traded…

There is a lot of talent on this team. JV, Scherzer, porceloo form a good nucleus. One other top flight starter then hope for a Furbush or Oliver to come forward. That would be a pretty decent rotation.
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Rich hs got the right names for the Nats to draw from. GMan is a nice guy and I like the way he throws strikes but too many get yarded. Bonine is 2nd tier at best. Thomas is stop gap material and will be the same for someone else next year (hopefully). The problem with Dunn, as I understand, is that he does not want to DH. He would have to play full-time OF in order to keep him happy and we would need to find ourselved a G-O-O-D DH still.
No question the pop form Dunn’s Gun would be very useful and I think he would also bring some edge and character.
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Not often we see Miggs fail in that situation. Wouldn’t have been necessary if Damon had done what we brought him here for.
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My hope and dream for next year is Schlereth coming out of the bullpen with juice. We need another good reliever-Perry should end up being OK.
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Lots of good comments. I started watching around 8 pm. When Ramon came up I told him to drag a bunt. He didn’t listen and stuck out. When AJ came up I said How about a bunt with the speed you have, anything came happen. No, a weak grounder to the pitcher. 0 runs. I like Damon. He fouled off many pitches. He tried to get the run in. Cabrera, well he can’t win them all but how about a fly ball?
Manager? Hitting coach? I like our young talent, so trade Bondo, Galaraga, Rayburn, and whoever else for that home run hitter. We need a pure hitter (3 hole) and a home run hitter. I will also defend JV. He made adjustments. Is he stubborn? Yes. Does he love his fastball? Wouldn’t you? How many wins does he have? Go Tigers! –Dave

I read this blog almost every day and have been impressed by some of the wisdom and much of the less than rational passion. Last nights game has finally taken me to the edge and I’m putting my 2 cents in.
What bugs me is that we gave Tampa the 3rd run – no attempt to throw out Crawford at second and then the shift for Pena that gave Crawford a free ride to third base.
I don’t know whether to blame the hitting coach about our current drought – but it was predictable given all the low 200 to sub 200 hitters we’ve carrying since spring training. Too many of these guys are n’t even hitting their weight – shouldn’t be in the majors!
Mario & Rod still consider this a three team race – unless we trade up we might better concern ourselves as to whether Cleveland or KC will catch us.
JWA

Oh yeah Rich, Dunn is on my fantasy team. Give him a long contract and let him play the field. So the Twins and White Sox score 11 runs. Bautista hit 2 home runs giving him 30.
Blues on the mall tonight, downtown GR. I should be watching the Tigers. –Dave

“Less than rational passion” I love it! It would make a good name for a band. :-)
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No, Dunn would have to DH for us. He’s a terrible outfielder and just barely holds down firstbase. Perhaps the White Sox are thinking of a future replacement for Konerko at that position. If that’s a sticking point, it won’t work. Whatever. I’m just going to watch the games and see what shakes out.
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–Rich

I do not think the Tigers should trade for Dunn. If we really wanted/needed another DH we could sign him in the off season (he will be a FA). But, we already have a DH for next year – Carlos Guillen. The only guy that would be interesting for a rental is Lowell. But I just don’t think we are in position to win anything this year. We shouldn’t give away the future to win the lousy AL Central this year. Let Chicago overspend.
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I would target someone like Carl Crawford in the offseason, we will have some cash for sure. We also need some IF help.
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This week has been very confusing with the callups to me. Rhymes? First off, we had to drop someone from the 40 man roster (Fein) to call him up. Second, Worth and Santiago were already here, and better. Third, we have OF on the 40 man roster that could have been called up without losing anyone (Wilkin, Caspar Wells). Call up Wilkin to pinch run & play defense. It would be a perfect time to see if he would sink or swim.

How many times has a Tiger SP gave up a walk in the 1st inning with 2 outs and the next batter makes him pay for it?
It’s a shame to give up 5 hits w/3 walks and lose 3-2 to a couple of guys batting .205 and .230 not to mention former Tigs. I thought the pitching was adequate the past two nights to post W’s. This anemic offense and facing a Cy every night is starting to look like lack of hitting strategy and hence, poor or terrible execution. It hurts to watch this team play the game of baseball.

Jim

Too bad Miggy couldn’t play 3rd base eh?
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Guillen at DH. No thanks. Too brittle. Too old. Too little production.
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What happened to Larish playing 3rd?
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Larish and Kelly on the team is a redundancy. For that matter so is Sizemore and Rhymes.
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JL got outmanaged yesterday. Maddon was pretty slick in going against the basebal tradition of LHP vs LHB when he got Boesch struck out with the sack full. That’t creative managing. He didn’t mess around with his pen after that either and leave anyone in too long.
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Why does Leyland wave all the slugs home from 3rd and put the brakes on the speedsters?
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Bad break: AJ;s double bouncing just over the fence in the 9th.
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No matter what the personnel is, this Tiger team has great difficulty in getting the runner in from 3rd base. Criticisms of McLendon are well justified.
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We have a whole new team here. A new era, if you will. Why not a whole new management? Makes sense.
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This season is gone unless DD can pull off a trade for a game breaker like Ryan Zimmerman or Adrian Beltre. We have to get someone with great ability AND who plays a position in need.
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Nats may want to deal for a Bonderman, a Galarraga or an Oliver –especially since their phenom just came down with a bad shoulder on top of their other pitching woes. Zimmerman would solve a lot of problems for us and still keep us young. I imagin e he is pretty much an untouchable.

I have not seen Dunn that much in the field. I am not sure about Carlos at DH. We need hitting! Come on DD! We can still win this year and beyond. Our starting pitching has a solid future, plus we have the best RH hitter in baseball.
–Dave

“Guillen” and “next year” seem like mutually exclusive terms to me. Too injury prone. Can’t count on him for much.
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My main point is that we need some longball hitters for this year and next, if JL and crew return. One of the primary reasons we won 95 game in 2006 is because Monroe hit 28 homers, Inge 27 homers, and Thames 26 homers. That’s remarkable when you think about it. We’ve hit 81 homers in 99 games, 11th of 14 AL clubs in homers, and don’t have the ability to get the job done with RISP. The White Sox are going deep all the time and winning with their pitching. Earl Weaver ball, good pitching and 3-run homers. Leyland needs homeruns to manage effectively.
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Carl Crawford is going to NY or Boston, no matter who targets him.
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–Rich

There is also something to be said about moving in our fences a little too. Right centre would really help Miggs and Boesch.
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Bonderman’s agent must be livid with him. Talking about retirement? I have often pictured Jeremy on a bridge playing banjo but to discuss this with the media at a time like this is dumber than I thought. And to say he would like to play on a team near his home town of Pasko Washington. Geez, I wonder how many teams that could be.
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DD should unload this guy now while he has any value left. I have never seen him as a team player. I have never respected his unwillingness to improve himself as a MLB pitcher. Great slider, bad attitude and good riddance.

JL got outmanaged yesterday. Maddon was pretty slick in going against the basebal tradition of LHP vs LHB when he got Boesch struck out with the sack full. That’t creative managing. He didn’t mess around with his pen after that either and leave anyone in too long.
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And JL green lights Crawford’s steal of 3rd? A good manager does not do that and a great manager looks out at the mound and sees his pitcher upset about the situation so he changes his strategy. JL was neither.

The Nats are intent on building the team around Zimmerman so, yeah, pretty much untouchable.
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Joe Maddon is a stats freak. He sets his lineups by looking at matchup stats and we saw a good example of it last night. He had his lefty Choates walk Cabrera to pitch to Boesch, then brought in his righty Balfour to face Brennan. Joe knew the numbers. It seemed a surprising move but not so much if you know Maddon. I’m not saying that’s a good or a bad thing but it is how he manages.
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JL last night told John Keating flat out that he doesn’t care what the other manager is doing, that he just manages his own team. Maybe that was a line of BS but that is what the man said. Makes you kind of go “uh……..”
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Bondo on the Bridge playing Banjo? Put him on the bill right under Less Than Rational Passion and Miggy & the Mudhens. What a concert.
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–Rich

The Yankees will offer Crawford 200 million. Thanks Rich for the stat on the homers. I was wondering about that, and you beat statman Dave. I agree JL got out managed. Are we the only ones that notice? Who can we tade with Bondo so it can be dueling banjos. –Dave

In December/January a lot of fans and most of the talking heads thought this was a rebuilding year for the Tigers. No one expected Jackson to hit over .300, Maggs to have over 50 RBI’S at the break and they had not heard of Brennen Bosech. The Tigers strength was going to be their starting rotation. The bats surprised people for most of the first half, the team average was good even with the bottom third of the order struggling, but the RISP averages frustrated fans. I think that the team has too many holes to contend with the recent injuries.
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The Nationals want too much for Dunn. If you could get him for the names Rich mentioned, he would be in a Tiger uniform today. It would take Oliver or Turner and another prospect at this point. Perry or Porcello would get the deal done. I would not sacrifice any of them for Dunn. Most teams are looking for high end prospects or major league ready talent. The Tigers need to do the same thing with any of their vets that have expiring contracts. Tampa has a lot of middle infielders and could be a good trade partner.
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I would play Worth every day at shortstop to see how he hits. I would bring up Strieby and either put him in left or DH to see what he does. It would be nice to have another power bat and some speed.
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I am not giving up on this year, but being realistic, I would have an eye on rebuilding quickly.
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Mark

Who cares? they already put the white flag

I posted this a couple of hours ago but it never appeared:
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One more thing.
What are we doing with 3 light hitting LHB infielders when we have to repalce a slugging run-producing RHB outfielder?
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Why not Strieby, Wells or Ramirez instead of Larish, Rhymes, Kelly??
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What is management thinking?

BTW—Apparently there is a rumor regarding Raburn and the Dodgers.

Well I think that bull….. that Leyland got suspended. How about suspending umpires who are deplorable at their job and those who make things worse. DID I SAY I HATE UMPIRES.
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Did you also notice that Jackson isn’t in the lineup. One of the only guys on the team that is hitting and they find it wise to sit him. Way to manage there – makes sense to me. NOT. Unbelievable stupid.

Now , the Tigers have a cheaper Inge that bat less. Peralta is first in fielding avg.

Legendary Lloyd is managing tonight. Leland got a 1 day suspension.

MLB network just reported we got Jhonny Peralta from the Indians and cash for LHP Giovanni Soto whoever that is. I guess the Sizemore at 3rd experiment is over.

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