Game 1: Tigers at Indians

Same lineup as was scheduled to go last night. Manager Jim Leyland didn’t offer many insights on how his lineup will play tonight, other than to say he’ll play a lot of guys.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Raburn, LF
  5. Kelly, 1B
  6. Peralta, SS
  7. Boesch, RF
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Avila, C
P: Max Scherzer
  1. Michael Brantley, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  6. Trevor Crowe, LF
  7. Andy Marte, 3B
  8. Luis Valbuena, 2B
  9. Luke Carlin, C
P: Mitch Talbot


There may be less than 5,000 people in the stands for Game 1.

It looks like a graveyard in there. Unbelieveable! There is some guy sitting right behing home plate wear the old English D shirt, drinking a beer.

Well, I’m off to visit my mother. Hopefully, we’ll have a few runs on the board. Threw a cookie to Hafner, didn’t he?

Went to the Rays/Orioles game last night where the Rays clinched a playoff berth. These guys seemed genuinely excited about making the playoffs and played a crisp game against a team that has done much better recently. I can only hope the Tigers experience the same situation next season. David Price is a best, by the way, as are Benoit and Soriano. Very impressive.

Well Max isn’t sharp today at all. Having a hard time with the strike zone. In fact he has been rather wild. And our hitters are jumpy and providing the Indians with easy outs. Not feeling real good about this game.
This team looks pretty pathetic without Cabrera.

Looked like a pretty disinterested group of guys out there this afternoon. Little singles ya but nothing strung together. Damon was horrible, Scherzer was good. Too bad that is how he is going to end the season because he turned out to be terrific. But lets face it even if he only gave up a run the hitters still looked pretty weak out there.

Rugburn finally comes through!

We just don’t play that well in Cleveland do we/
DAVE DOMBROWSKI!!!! Do you see what’s happening?
We get good pitching and we can’t score runs. We need at least 2 proven, consistent, established productive, powerful run producers to make this a team of reckoning.
Pitiful offensive display in thei DH. JV deserved better and the ump did cost him a couple of runs IMO. Had a guy struck out and then he doubled. Silly ground rule allowed this game to be turned right around..
I hope these guys can pay JV back for the year he has given them on the mound.

Oh–and move the fences in in left centre so they are reasonable—especially if we secure another RHB power hitter like Vlad

DD—you need to procure a fence busting shortstop or 3rd baseman. If you are so obtuse as to go after a DH type then you abolutely have to get rid of BOTH Ordonez and Guillen.
We can’t limp through another season. We have one of the game’s best hitters and you owe it to him, the team and the fans to surround him with good hittiing —not hope and dream.

I don’t even play for the team and I am embarressed by the play the last few days. But don’t be so quick to let Verlander off the hook an ace shouldn’t give up four runs either especially to a minor league team like the Indians. You don’t see Halladay giving up runs like that!! Pitiful.
The thing is they were actually playing well the last month and I was hoping they would end the season well. The fact of the matter is – Baltimore is better than Cleveland, so I don’t hold out much hope at all, for this weekend. They have thrown in the towel as far as I can tell.

A whole month’s worth of feelgood is going down the drain this final week. We’re blowing it again. Like the pizza commercial says, “how do they do it? How do they DO it?” The sportsworld is full of mediocre teams that win at home and lose on the road and we’re in that category. The good ones know how to take the show on the road.
I find it odd that some fans and even media were speculating over Verlander starting on short rest Sunday if it meant his 20th win. Considering that Leyland wouldn’t start Justin on short rest last year at this time when it meant the DIVISION, I’d hope it wouldn’t happen here either. If it had come to that and JL did start Verlander on short rest Sunday, he should be fired on the spot. Of course, I’m not big on individual accomplishments in a team sport.
Speaking of individual accomplishments, wouldn’t it mean more if the players voted on MVP, ROY, and the like? I’d much rather be recognized by my peers than the media.

I’m not sure if it would mean more if the players voted, Rich, since so many of them are friends. Joe Girardi stood there stonefaced and said Robinson deserved to be MVP. Ron Washington probably thinks Hamilton deserves it. Personally, I think Miguel is the MVP. Bigger park to have to hit in and surrounded by weakness. Show me any of those other guys in the same situation hit like he does. I’ll consider it highway robbery if he isn’t MVP.

It is so much harder to play well on a losing team, which is why I disagree so much that the MVP should be on a playoff-bound team. Cano, Hamilton, and Beltre for that matter all have people who get on base in front of them that they can drive in. And the 2nd half they have all had something to play for–driving them to succeed. Cabrera didn’t have that and he still succeeded. Unfortunately though, through the general eyes it’s all about winning.

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