Sunday: Tigers home finale vs. Twins

After a couple days of blustery weather, looks like it has calmed down a little bit for the last game at Comerica Park between today and next April. Still cool, fall weather, just not nearly as gusty.

Casper Wells gets a start in the second spot of a righty-loaded lineup against Twins lefty Brian Duensing. Jhonny Peralta starts at DH, allowing Ramon Santiago to get a second consecutive start. Gerald Laird is behind the plate for Rick Porcello.
The Twins, meanwhile, are missing J.J. Hardy and Jason Repko on top of the guys they were already dealing without.
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Wells, RF
  3. Raburn, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Peralta, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Sizemore, 2B
  8. Santiago, SS
  9. Laird, C
P: Rick Porcello
  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, DH
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, RF
  6. Danny Valencia, 3B
  7. Jose Morales, C
  8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
  9. Nick Punto, SS
P: Brian Duensing


That was a fun series. The Twins will have to re-rev their motors for the playoffs, plus getting some of their guys back in the lineup. They need to get past the first round this year. All of the Central looks bad when they don’t.
It’s good to know that Santiago has another year on his contract.
I’m reaching the conclusion that Sizemore doesn’t have a big league glove. There was a ton of discussion on this topic last winter. You have to make more than just routine plays “up here.”
Based on where he was coming from at the end of 2009, Miguel Cabrera is a huge story. Not only is he a leading MVP candidate based on his on field performance, but he’s becoming a team leader. And I swear his English is better than it was a year ago. He’s had a very positive 12 months, it would appear. We should never become jaded about what he’s accomplished.
I really can’t remember the last time the Tigers had a good September.

WOW! What a way to end the seasons last home stand.
The road trip should be interesting. Both Cleveland and Baltimore will be trying to end on a positive note, so we better be on our best p’s and q’s.

It has been really nice to see the pitching performances and the hitting these last couple of weeks. The Twins were without their big boppers but it was still very important to beat them IMO.
This is a pivotal year for Dombrowski. With so much money coming off the table and maybe more—he has to be bold and at the same time creative. Every Tiger fan in their right mind in March this year knew we were going nowhere with Everett and Laird at the bottom of our lineup. It is a bit scary to think that DD had convinced himself they could carry these two, especially Everett, who has very likely played his last game of MLB baseball, and was unwanted by every other big league ball club.
They have to be logical and tough with decisons to be made on guys like Inge, Guillen and Bonderman. Magglio is worth keeping for his bat. The power numbers will fade but he is nice complement to MCab. Both professionally nad personally. I’d keep him “IF” he is absolutely willing to be a DH.
I’d keep Peralta. He can slip over to 3rd if they don’t come up with a game-changing type 3rd sacker or he can drop a few pounds and increase his range to provide us a solid bat/glove/arm at short.
I think they will go with Rhymes and Sizemore next year. I am not keen on platooning but there just may not be a clear-cut winner for the job. I prefer Rhymes in the field as he is capable of making the great play as well as being a stalwart at completing the DP. Sizemore will hit more than Will, and with power. I don’t see Rhymes hitting much more than .265 – –.270, maybe. And if he plays they have to be sensible enough to utilize his speed and let hims steal a few bases. Without that he negates alot of the offensive rationale for keeping him.
No way do I want to go into a new season (with all that money available) with a middle infield comprised of rookies. So if they stay with a rook at 2nd there is no room for Danny Worth in my opinion.
As beloved as Brandon Inge is in Detroit, I think he has to go. His defense is spectacular at times that it is hard to say that but we simply need RBIs and contact from our 3rd baseman. He could make a pretty decent utility guy but we have Raburn and Kelly. And honestly, Inge should be playing everyday for someone.
Laird is done here. Avila has the job hands down. They need a backup who can mash LHP but willing to accept 150 ABs.
I think we will do fine in the OF. Boesch obviously has to rediscover himself. Shame on management for not giving him some time away from the pressures he had. Funny how the week off at the All Star breask had a significant impact on his hitting. Perhaps similarly, if they had given him a 2 week stint at Toledo it may have accomplished the reverse outcome.
Wells appears to be ready. Raburn needs a full time job. I still say they would be smart to send him to winter ball with the direction to play 3rd base. If not, trade him. A national League team would be ideal for him and could land us a solid reliver and backup catcher.
GMan and Bondo – Sorry.
Bonine and Thomas – gotta go and no, I’m not sorry.
However, September aside, the most significant change would be to dump Leyland. Unfortunately that is not going to happen.

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