Tuesday: Tigers vs. White Sox (Game 2)

Enter rookie right-hander to start for White Sox, and the Tigers’ lineup switches a bit. Will Rhymes, who probably has faced Carlos Torres this season in the International League, gets to take his cuts against him in the big leagues tonight. Alex Avila is behind the plate, Ramon Santiago is back in at short, and Damon shifts down to third in the order.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, 3B
  7. Raburn, LF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Jeremy Bonderman

WHITE SOX

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Paul Konerko, DH
  5. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  7. Ramon Castro, C
  8. Andruw Jones, RF
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

18 Comments

Deep subject! :)

Well?

That can be a fairly deep subject, pup. Let’s just say the Tigers restored my faith in them for at least one game anyway. I’ve been a fan for close to 60 years now through all the ups and downs. Maybe the Sox were worn out from hitting in the first game but Bonderman pitched well. Granted it was a AAA pitcher for the Sox but almost everyone had a hit, even Boesch. I hope that is a good sign. Cabrera and Peralta were the only ones without a hit so maybe they will contribute tomorrow against E-Jax. We can only hope things get better.

It’s 10:25 as I write this, but it says I posted at 10:58. Weird.
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Bondo pitched very well. I guess we probably can all agree with that.

Why Rhymes was covering second base with a left batter?
Why A-Jax was running with the ball in the infield?
Why he was running so slowly? he look like he was conceding or thinking in a tackle with a 6 runs gap
Why Santiago was to stop in third?
Why he did not see at the child poster for a human stop sign?

Bondo did pitch well, although he wasn’t even mentioned in that Tigers Player of the Game voting. I guess the “electorate” gets confused when there’s no Inge to vote for. Anyway, Bonderman stepped up when the steppin’ up was called for, so I hope we remember that. Quite possibly pushed his retirement back too.
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As far as this series goes, we’ve already spent our spare nickel in the first game so we’ll need both games 3 and 4. I think we can get Edwin but Garcia on Thursday presents a real challenge.
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Rhymes looks pretty decent and doesn’t appear to be playing over his head. Too bad 2ndbase is also Raburn’s best position by far. In fact, Ryan is actually good there. With Guillen’s return, there will be a logjam. I guess Rhymes is originally a shortstop? I have a soft spot for the little guys.
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Brandon Inge is cracking me up. He breaks his hand two weeks ago and now he’s ready to get back in there. You have to somehow admire his insanity. Let’s just hope he can hit with that hand, two doubles tonight notwithstanding. He’s certainly interesting, if nothing else.
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We’re going to need to ratchet up the intensity for awhile, or else this ship is going to sink. There are times when you have to push yourself, and this is one of those times. I think Damon understands that.
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Sure would have been nice for Verlander to take the bump in one of these games.
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–Rich

Not sure it is insanity on Inge’s part, remember his contract is up at the end of the year. He needs to hit. And then with Peralta’s good week, it makes sense to me. I hope Inge doesn’t overdo it. He shouldn’t have played in the 2nd half last year with his knees. Got to hand it to him, he is tough as nails.

Yay Tigers, Jim Leyland for manager of the year!
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So are we thinking, as was mentioned on tv tonight, that Inge comes back and plays 3rd, Peralta moves to SS, Guillen comes back within a week and covers 2B and then, because of the lack of free agent availability at these positions, the Tigs pick up Peralta’s option, go hard after Beltre but settle for bringing Inge back, bring Guillen back for the last year of his contract at 2B, bring Mags back at a reduced rate after trying hard but failing to land a Crawford or Werth, then spending the remaining money on a C, a decent SP and some bullpen help? ANd maybe a LF power hitter a la Luke Scott to DH? Or else bring Damon back at a similar salary? My god, why do I feel like it shapes up to be a very similar Tigers team next year??? Please let me be wrong…

Hi fellow bloggers. Took a week’s vacation and more than that from the site. Partly out of frustration of watching the team. I luckily missed the Tampa series, and unfortunately saw the Red Sox series, what a disappointing loss this past Saturday night.

Not sure what to say, we are struggling mightily. Nice to see them bounce back, but am guessing the Sox were just too tired from scoring all those runs earlier today. A win today would show that the win last night was not a fluke. Nice to see Johnny D hitting, I saw his post game interview and get the impression he is playing a bit hurt but wants to contribute. usually I say don’t be a hero, but heck, we have nothing to lose, play until you can’t anymore, no reason to save him for October if we are 7 games out of it. The skies will look much sunnier if we can somehow win the next 2 games.

So what do you all think the plan for Peralta will be – will he move to short and Ramon gets bumped? I feel bad for Ramon. However, he has gotten tons of playing time and although he is nice and consistent, we need more pop in the bat. I would be happy with him at short, but if Jhonny can provide more power then I think we have to go with that, we can’t have so many table setters and no one to clean them up.

It was nice taking a break but I haven’t given up hope – at least not yet. I am surprised though that Inge is back, he hasn’t been gone all that long has he? I couldn’t remember when the injury happened but seems sooner than expected. Job security I guess will do that to ya. I just hope the guys can pick up the offense, we cannot expect Miggy to do it all. He was so mad last night after a poor at bat, I don’t want him losing it mentally because he is feeling pressure to come through each and every time – it just is not possible. But nice to see the spark in him.

Oh and little Will (as I like to call him) has been a surprisingly good replacement, he is working the pitchers and getting on base well.

That’s how I refer to him, too, Tiger Girl. That was a sweet double play they made and Jim acknowledged it in the post game interview.
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Yea, there’s going to be a logjam and it’s a darn shame. Jhonny’s best position is at 3rd not SS. He’s younger than Inge, too. That means Danny Boy and Little Will will be riding the pine most likely. Carlos can hit but he sure doesn’t have the glove or range that the pine riders have.

Another thing that bugs me: the same night Magglio broke his ankle was the night Carlos was injured with a “calf injury”. How could they mix up an injury between the calf and hamstrings? Nevermind. Carlos has had hammy problems numerous times and it’s unlikely he’ll make it through August and Sept. without another DL appearance.

You know what I call Will Rhymes? Will Rhymes. Some names just hit me as a first and last type. As in “nice play, Will Rhymes.” Of course, you could entitle a children’s book “The Adventures of Danny Boy and Little Will.”
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I agree that Guillen won’t last.
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Doesn’t it seem that when the Red Sox get into a scrap with another team, as they did with Cleveland last night, that’s it’s always in Fenway Park?
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–Rich

OK, I get your point.

I wasn’t making a point.

I laughed when I read it. Does that count for anything?
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Tonight’s game should be interesting with Jackson pitching . Usually, a guy tries to play his best against his former team. Let’s hope Edwin doesn’t bring his “A” game tonight.

Laughter was my aim. Just struck me as funny that this is the names of our current DP combo.
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Edwin has been terrible since he pitched the no-hitter on June 25. This is his first start with the Sox, however, so he’ll be locked and loaded, I’m sure. Cabrera, strangely enough, doesn’t like fastballs, preferring to jump on breaking pitches. We need a big night from Boesch, as much as I hate to say it. Poor kid. Nice haircut, though.
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–Rich

For those of you who know nothing about baseball, but feel compelled to hop onto the blog sites to complain, here is a little fact to store away for future reference. “Just because a batter is LH, doesn’t mean that the SS covers 2B on the runner”. It’s a guessing game – each and every play the SS and 2B will exchange who will cover so that it’s not obvious to the batter which hole he needs to hit the ball through. Visquel is a solid enough hitter than he can spray the ball wherever he wants to. The object is to keep it a guessing game for him on which spot will be vacated. Where Rhymes went wrong was not that he covered instead of Santiago, but that he committed too early and over-committed to the point where he couldn’t get back.

Rhymes didn’t go wrong. That is a value judgment that is made after seeing the result of the play. Had Vizquel not hit the ball and the runner had been thrown out, no one here would have complained. The situation that happened is one of the primary goals of a manager who calls a hit and run. It’s just baseball. Sometimes they swing and miss and the guy gets thrown out. Sometimes they hit the ball to another infielder and they only get one instead of a DP. If the goal was to get Vizquel out and not try to get the runner out, they wouldn’t cover the bag at all and then Vizquel’s ability wouldn’t matter…

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