Wednesday: Cabrera out of Tigers lineup

Not surprisingly, Miguel Cabrera will not be starting for the Tigers tonight after leaving last night’s game with more bicep tendinitis in his left shoulder. Johnny Damon also has a day off, so the middle of the Tigers order is looking pretty good with Ryan Raburn batting third, Brennan Boesch in at cleanup and Casper Wells batting fifth.

TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Raburn, LF
  4. Boesch, DH
  5. Wells, RF
  6. Peralta, SS
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Kelly, 1B
  9. Avila, C
P: Jeremy Bonderman

16 Comments

That’s a joke right?
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This lineup is gonna get eaten alive by danks. 4 LHB in the lineup to face this tough southpaw? Boesch batting cleanup?
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I’m shocke JL didn’t throw in Damon too.
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Not my lineup—I seriously would give St Pierre a start and Sizemore. Just for the RHBs and the fact they gotta play sometime.

Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this lineup got the job done tonight. There will be no depending on the next guy and everyone might step it up a notch. Strange things can happen in sports, especially in one game. George Mason beating UConn in the regional final in 2006?
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–Rich

Seven of nine in the lineup are rookies or spent time in the minors this season. Inge and Peralta are the exceptions.
Yet the weakest link in the team is Bonderman.

Well guess what? The rookies are doing better than the veterans are anyway.

The only thing I’m not sure about is 4.Boesch in the 4th position.

After all those extra inning games, we finish this one in 2:04.
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Excellent performance by Bonderman and some timely hits, taking advantage of a Chicago error. Winning baseball.
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If the Chicago hitters want to stand on top of the plate, they’re going to get hit a few times. If they want to start throwing at our guys, it makes for a good rivalry. They just don’t want to charge the mound tomorrow with Porcello out there. :-)
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70-70 with 22 games to go. I said a few weeks ago that if we finished at or above .500, I’d get off Leyland’s case permanently. That still stands.
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I don’t give a hoot who wins the division if it isn’t us, but I do hope that the winner goes deep into the postseason. Right into November would be good. I want them worn out before next season starts. That extra month of stressful baseball takes a toll on a team.
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–Rich

If you had told me that Bonderman and the Tigers would beat Danks, I would have wondered who was going to perform a miracle. Well, it may not have been a miracle but Bonderman, Inge, and Avila did beat Danks and the Sox. This game may have put the Sox out of the race for good. It sure helps when players you don’t usually count on do come through. These last 2 games have been very pleasant surprises. If Bonderman pitched 2 out of every 3 games this way, no one would want to get rid of him. Is it possible he is finally getting his confidence and strength back after the last 2 years on the DL? I agree the Tigers need a lefty starter but it may be very difficult deciding if Bonderman or Galarraga should be moved out of the rotation.

You know me; I’m a Softy for the longtermers. I really believe that Bonderman is working back to 100%. It has taken longer than anyone thought. I see him giving us 10-12 victories per year, and I think he will sign for 5-7 m. Still don’t have total trust in G-Man. Interesting decision to be made in the off season re these two pitchers.
Greg

The second half train wreck we were forced to witness in July and August might have been a blessing in disguise. So many rookies pressed into playing. It’s taken some time but these guys are learning on the fly to play together. Will and Casper are taking full advantage of their opportunities. I’m not sure I see any down side to Will. So he doesn’t hit HR’s. He brings a lot of other skills to his game. I like him a lot. A Polanco type player (with a ways to go of course).
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We may not need to fill as many holes as we thought. Even starting pitching has looked strong lately. I guess we’ll know better by the end of Sept. Right now the young guys are stepping up and exhibiting an elevated energy level we haven’t seen in a long time. The Tigers could use some improvement in the BP. Whatever management does, I hope they take their time and spend their money WISELY in the off season. No wholesale trades or changes, just one or two really quality acquisitions please. We don’t need to play gin every year.
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Rich, I appreciate your support of Santiago. I don’t think he’s wearing down physically either. Where did that idea/observation originally come from? I don’t think he’s hurt the team at all this season. The one weakness I see in him is that he isn’t an RBI guy. He’s a table setter. He finds ways to get on and get rallies going when leading off innings. Not much of a base clearer. Yes, more recently he’s choked in some RBI situations. I still like him.
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JP is worth some serious consideration to sign for next year. I didn’t realize he was only 27. He seems like a clutch type hitter and has played very steady shortstop. He’s capable of 20+ HR’s. He always hurt the Tigers when he was with the Indians.
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JB seems to have turned it around…at least in his last 2 appearances. Bodes well for the Tigers. Nice going Jeremy. Sorry I doubted you in the beginning of your last outing.
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Ain’t it great having AJ on our team. You have to be strong defensively up the the middle to compete, and he makes us strong. His swing continues to improve. He’ll always hit for good average as long as he hits to all fields. I don’t care about his lack of power and I don’t care about WR’s lack of power. There are other guys who will do that. The greater the diversity of talents and skills a team can field, the stronger they will be. The Tigers are showing signs of diversity. They obviously have to learn to win the close ones. I think they will learn.

I would caution against getting too amped up over a couple of wins, albeit over a good team. We still need some boppers in this lineup for those days when we’re not hitting with RISP. I’m not sure Wells, Boesch, and Raburn fit that bill, although I have a feeling Raburn would do well as a starter with one position. Guillen is nearly done and we can’t count on Ordonez. Guys like Rhymes fit into the scheme of things.
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The rotation is almost there. If I had to choose between Bonderman and Galarraga, I’d take Bondo. I prefer his mental toughness, and think he’s still on the comeback trail. I’m biased because he’s a family favorite here. My wife and I find him to be entertaining. Don’t tell him I said that. Of course, Bonderman is probably second only to Inge in being a lightning rod for fan disagreement.
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Marty, I suspect the idea/observation re Santiago came from DD, was bought into by JL and was backed up by their yes-men. Baseball people are notorious for labeling a player and that label sticks. Management decided that Infante wasn’t good enough. Thames was labeled as someone who couldn’t play everyday and he’s never gotten the chance to prove otherwise. Omar and Ramon arrived in Detroit barely out of their teens and received their labels at a very young age. It didn’t seem to matter that Santiago built himself up physically and improved his hitting to a great degree. People in Detroit are hung up on the Garciaparra/Jeter/Ripken image of a shortstop as an offensive weapon.
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Anyway, I’m rambling. Good night.
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–Rich

wow you guys are so civilized & reasonable. over on mlive it’s like throwing a piece of raw meat into a pack of tiger-eating dogs. my dad was that way w/wire-to-wire ’84 tigers (who along w/bears fb team year later were the most astounding one-year wonderful teams in my considerable lifetime. love to see them both against current crop). would guess there are tons of economically tortured michiganders having to vent their spleen. until 2006 i spaced out tigers for over decade. since DD team much more interesting & competitive. 2007 better than 2006 until sheffield hurt. 2008 disaster. 2009-10 wrecked by bad contracts preventing necessary free agent moves. imagine e.g. thome behind mc & vet sp stabilzing young rotation (a la kenny rogers). when bb hitting we led alc. tigers pregnant w/potential for 2011. yankees aging rays impending depletion. we’re already on par w/white sox & twins. i’m optimistic tigers red sox best in al 2011.

Welcome Ken – it is for the most part quite civilized, a lot of fans here that just love their team and let everyone give their opinion without hounding them, I can’t even go to other sites the talk is so horrible.

Good for you Bondo, yet another Tiger who we all root for and get caught up in being bummed when he can’t get the job done. He was lights out and good for him, hope he can stay that way the rest of September, have a healthy off season and come back with whoever and do just fine next year.

Love beating the Sox even if it means nothing in the race for us. Our own personal race is to stay above .500 and not be so many games out at the end to make it a bit more respectable. Twins are just simply terrific recently. We need a Thome type guy in a big way.

Wouldn’t you love to have a Tulo for you SS? Man, I love to watch him play. Omar Vizquel, at 43, still makes some of the young one’s look foolish.
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Carlos says he want to play second next year. Now he’s up for Roberto Clemente Award for all his charity work. What are you gonna do?
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Like JL alluded to last night …..don’t get too high on some of the rookies. We’ve seen quite a bit of Will, not enough of Casper.
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While still enjoying watching the games and seeing the young kids perform, I’ll turn and watch some of the contenders and start feeling sad. 22 games left and a long winter ahead. NY, Phillies, Reds, Braves, Rockies, Padres, Rays, Giants, Rangers, Twins have packed houses with fans going crazy. Sure do miss that feeling.
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There is a lot of talk, mostly talk at this point, about changing the structure of the playoff system. The powers that be still say last years’ game 163 was one of the best games in MLB. Yea, for the Twins!

Oh, and welcome from me, Ken. We stick to baseball talk over here and bringing up politics is an abosolute no-no. Some of us occasionally get a little nutsoid and vent, but it’s not too bad.
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I’t’s the only site, blog, whatever where people don’t bash each other. Thank goodness, and that’s how we want it.

Yeah, this has been a nice place to go since Jason started it up in 2006. As Dan says, it keeps me connected with Tiger fans even though I’ve moved away from Michigan. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few of you in person, such as Marty, Greg, Mark, and Jason himself. My wife enjoys reading our comments the next day while she’s at work, and is able to stay abreast of things that way. She’s reading this right now. Hellooooo.
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We’ve had a few “attacks” over the years. There was a troll, a name caller, and a particular Yankee fan who didn’t realize that not everyone handles things like Yankee and Red Sox fans do. :-)
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Writing it down also helps me remember what I said (old age). There was a funny one once where I made some statement and then later began to wonder where I got that information. I ran a Google search, looking for the quote, and the only thing that came up on this issue was MY comment HERE! Oops.
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–Rich

Hey Ken. Hope you enjoy it here. The only BLOG with direct input into the clubhouse!.
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We (guess I should speak for myself) sometimes vent here but this is a meeting place for true blue Tiger fans. Where the good of the team is paramount and personal vindicitiveness is abhorred. In fact when it occurs it gets sorted out quite quickly. The contributors here take their baseball and their Tigers very seriously. Unlike some other newpaper blogs or “commentary” sites, many of us here have a sense of “knowing” each other so we don’t hide behind a cloak of anonymity as such.
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The BLOG here actually serves to preserve my marriage. My wife could not possibly withstand or understand the torment that she would be subjected to if there wasn’t this outlet. What used to be puzzled amusement over expressing myself on a keyboard has turned into an appreciation of the fact she doesn’t have to keep hearing about why some guy is playing, who should be bunting, what is Leyalnd thinking, etc, etc.
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For me—it’s the closest thing to actually going to Tiger Stadium and feeling the camraderie of the fans in their seats sharing a common emotion. Even 2000 miles and a country away.
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Hey all – haven’t posted in a little bit. We were supposed to go to the game last night but decided that it was cold – and that with Bondo on the mound and no MC that it was a sure miserable night. Well am I an idiot. We did go to the game on Monday and that was a disappointing loss – Looking forward to this afternoon’s game as I don’t have to work today.
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Welcome Ken – yes we all disagree sometimes but we do it with respectfully and without name calling.
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GK

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