Wednesday: Tigers vs. White Sox

The left-side infield experiment begins tonight now that Brandon Inge is back in the starting lineup. He returns to third base, shifting Jhonny Peralta over to shortstop. They’ll bat seventh and sixth, respectively, right behind the shorter-haired Brennan Boesch.

The bullpen again looks like it’s going to be short a closer. Jose Valverde remains under the weather with head and body aches. He was going to try to throw during batting practice today, but he didn’t sound optimistic. “I want to be at least 60 percent, but it’s not good right now,” he said.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, SS
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Kelly, LF
P: Armando Galarraga
WHITE SOX
  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Carlos Quentin, RF
  6. Mark Kotsay, DH
  7. Alexei Ramirez ,SS
  8. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
P: Edwin Jackson

11 Comments

Hideous, isn’t it?

Polite baseball to be sure.
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GMan back into that mode where he tries to be too fine and has to either lay one in or walk the guy. Too many gopher balls for Armando. He has the ability to be more consistent but for some reason isn’t.
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Peralta has looked pretty decent at short today.
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I drool with envy to see a team loaded with power that no ballpark can contain.
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How much chance does this team have to win if the 4 and 5 guys can’t hit?
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Pretty passive base-running for us tonight.
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Does this look like a team that hasn’t given up?
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I don’t get the opportunity to watch the Tigs very often living out West so I watch tonight and see the lack of aggressive base running by AJ after Damon’s sharp single in the 1st inning. 2 on, 1 out and Miggy hits a lazy fly ball to left, Boesch K’s on a fastball again and we get zip. If AJ is aggressive and takes 3rd base on Damon’s single, they score in the 1st inning on Migs “sac fly”. Instead they get nothing again! Leyland, LLoyd, Knapp and staff MUST go soon!!!

Jim

PATHETIC!!!! That is all I have to say other than this three game stretch is as bad as MC has played since the last weekend of last season. Go figure the same team is in town. And maybe that is unfair, (and hopefully I am completely wrong) but it is quite the coincidence that the same team is in town.
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And one other thing only if I had to listen to Rod Allen say this is what we would of expected out of Edwin Jackson, well it isn’t he has been horrible this year and especially horrible the last several games. Heck even in his no-hitter he wasn’t all that great if that makes sense he walked about a thousand guys. So NO ROD that isn’t what I expected.
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Like I said PATHETIC.

Wow, three comments? That speaks volumes.
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Watching the Tigers creates a nice diversion for me. If they can’t win the division, I always hope they’ll stay in the race so I’ll have something to follow. If they can’t stay in the race, I just want them to be entertaining. Unfortunately, they’re none of the above. This is just dull, predictable baseball.
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The usual issues. Bad management and a team that looks like it’s quit, even if they don’t realize it themselves. Cabrera not catching the popup by the dugout was the clincher on that. Boesch swings at everything but JL not only continues to play him, he hits him 5th so he’s in the middle of and killing whatever rallies we can muster. That’s terrible to watch happen to a youngster. And all the rest of the issues that we’ve covered here ad nauseum.
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Mr. Ilitch and DD, your team is boring and no fun to watch. I don’t think that’s what you want.
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–Rich

I don’t think that’s what they want either but they have a hard time admitting publically taht that is precisely what they have created.
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Far more likely we wil see JL continue to try to make “his way” work. If it means losses, so be it. If it means he tampers with a kid’s confidence, so be it. If it means insulting media and fans, so be it.
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Illitch is probably a fairly busy man and he likely entrusts the baseball operation to the Pres/ GM and field bosses. That’s unfortunate.. Leyland has been running amok for a couple of years now and his arrogance has instilled a mistaken invulnerability. I predict the axe will fall and he won’t even know it’s coming.
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It is a crying shame that the team has deteriorated. This is one of the few deserving fan bases in baseball. And they get used because of it.
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The rails have come off.
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I can’t stand Jim Leyland as our manager. I have not much to go on with an assessment of DD, but as time marches on I have become more convinced that he is no great shakes either.

I don’t think Dave has the guts to fire JL. I can’t watch this trainwreck much longer. Cleveland will probably catch us and we’ll end up in 4th place. We all know why.

Another pathetic performance with no clutch hitting to be found. Why is Boesch batting 5th again when he is clearly lost and an easy out? They should have scored at least 3 or 4 runs by the 3rd inning but end up with zip instead.

Might be time to bat Inge 5th but Boesch should be batting 7th or 8th or not at all at this point. Seems like Leyland is hoping they’ll just run into a homerun to win the game and never manages to play smallball even though that’s the kind of team he’s throwing out there with what 10 singles tonight.

From our manager, folks: Asked how much Peralta will play at short, manager Jim Leyland — who detests questions about his lineup — replied, “I don’t know about that. I’m not worried about that right now. It’s not very important.”

When asked why it isn’t important, Leyland said, “I don’t know what the long-range plan is. It’s not important what the long-range plan is. You people are asking questions that aren’t sensible.”

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100805/SPORTS0104/8050419/1129/SPORTS0104/Brandon-Inge-returns-to-Tigers-with-a-roar#ixzz0vi7XiAZU

This guy doesn’t think asking about how much Peralta will plat short is sensible? I thought this was ridiculous earlier in the year, but maybe the cigarette ban has had a humongous effect on him.

I take back my comment about last night that Cabrera hadn’t been so horrible since the last week of 2009. Well that isn’t true it was the last time we played CWS this year in Chicago. He had 1 hit and a few walks, the hit being a homer. But he was just as horrible. So he is horrible when he is around the White Soxs crew – coindence????

Very ugly baseball by the Tigers since the AS break! Wasn’t JL a lifetime minor league catcher? Maybe it’s time for him to go back down and manager some youngsters. The mental lapses and lack of execution have been killers during this stretch. The misuse of Boesch, Valverde, Porcello etal makes me wonder what team JL is watching.
We may not make Rich’s prediction of 83-79 this year and perhaps that’s what it will take to clean house of the management. I wish we would have made a play for Halliday or Lee as they are true pitchers (not throwers) that have a strategy for every batter. How long this downward spiral continues will determine who is with Detroit after August 31st. I just hope that Leyland is not around sooner than later.

Jim

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