Monday: Tigers at Orioles

I know I’m a little late on this, but Sarasota and the Orioles did an amazing job renovating Ed Smith Stadium. Looks kind of like what Lakeland did with Joker Marchant Stadium back in 2002. Totally different place.

Nothing big on the lineups today, even though the Tigers face another lefty starter. Ryan Raburn slots into the fifth spot with Victor Martinez off, while Ramon Santiago gets a start at short.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Ryan Raburn, LF
  6. Casper Wells, RF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

Starting pitcher: Max Scherzer

ORIOLES

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Derrek Lee, 1B
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Luke Scott, LF
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  8. Jake Fox, C
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS

Starting pitcher: Zach Britton

16 Comments

AAAAAAaaaaaannnnnd Sherzer is not ready for the season. Maybe, for real, we should replace Sherzer’s starts with Coke starts the first time through the rotation.

No kidding he hasn’t been all that impressive in his last few starts. If this were the beginning of spring training were you might expect to see some big innings because they are working on certian things well then yes, but I would think would be more like a tune-up. Grand Slam? Yikes

Luke Scott again!!! Cmon!!

make that 3 HR’s – OUCH

oh it got worse!! Thats our home opener starter? Makes me want to sell my tickets? Weather would really want to make me sell my tickets, we will see about Max.

Passing up opening day??? I’ll buy them from you, haha JK, I won’t be in town until Saturday to go to my game :)

what the heck is going on with Max today?? Jason, help?

U wonder if they told him to work on his change-up. Something is not right.

Interesting article today at MLive.com about Leyland. The writer pulls no punches and has much the same opinion about JL as many of here have.

http://blog.mlive.com/hugeblog/2011/03/tigers_in_position_to_contend.html

I don’t agree that Leyland has screwed up the tigers…. have you forgotten how bad trammel coached the tigers?

With all due respect, I just read that article om MI live and while there is some truth in there, he really didn’t seem to know what he is talking about? I don’t think that anyone has ever accused the Tigers of having a great farm system. I think you do need to give players a blow here and there. And while I don’t agree with every move he makes, players are the ones that have to get that hit with runners in scoring position, or a sac fly or something. But they can’t pop out, strike out, or my favorite ground into a double play more times than not.

Keep in mind this is still Sping training. Pitchers work on their pitches (location and new pitchs) and this will not predict what they do when the season starts.

a) I’m not a “huge” fan of this particular writer.

b) He does make a few good points and gets it wrong just as much.

Our farm system is pretty good when you consider the pitchers we’ve brought along. It’s not world class, but not bad either. We should or could have won divisions in 2007 and 2009 while 2008 was a disaster with all that talent. Leyland definitely needs a sense of urgency, especially in divisional games. Yes, players need to perform but they have to be put into a position to succeed. We don’t always see this with JL. I suppose the fact that I subtract wins from my annual predictions (and will again on Thursday) because of his managing says it all. That said, he’s a good guy and I hope he can pull this thing off once and for all.

Let’s hope that Max simply had one of those days. He has not looked like the 2nd half Max this spring, that’s for sure.
Ryan Perry has been a disappointment in my mind. He just does not seem to be able to dominate hitters or consistently command his pitches. He is in today in this blowout and again seems to be struggling. He had so much promise (and hype) but it seems he is not gonna get over the hump.
Luke Scott would probably like to bottle whatever it is that allows him to pummel Tiger pitching. I don’t know of anyone else that has the kind of long ball success against us as he has had.

Youkillis

Games like today are none too subtle reminders you are toast without three above average starters with the other two able to make it past five reasonable innings. Without them, everything else is a waste of time.

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