Wednesday: Tigers vs. Rangers

No Magglio, as expected, but Jim Leyland sounded pretty optimistic about getting him back in the lineup in the next few days. He said they’re looking to get him back sometime during this upcoming road trip.

Without Ordonez, the lineup again features Ryan Raburn in the third spot against Rangers spot starter Dave Bush.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Ryan Raburn, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Max Scherzer


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Michael Young, DH
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. David Murphy, LF
  7. Mike Napoli, C
  8. Mitch Moreland, 1B
  9. Julio Borbon, CF

P: Dave Bush


I’ll bet that Max does not have a pick-off in his brief career.
He needs to fool around with JV and BV and learn how to put a little mustard on his throws to 1st. He actually has not momentum to 1st on his throws as he seems to lean away from the play back toward 3rd base. I have never ever seen him get a throw with purpose to 1st.

Boesch thrown at at home but I like the aggressiveness. Pitcher made a realy good play and if that ball gets by him Boesch scores. With the probablility of Inge up and 2 out, Boesch (and staff) made a pretty good decision. Ya gotta make things happen.
I will add that Inge is on my list of over-rated players.

Raburn is on my list. He’s a better fill-in. I just don’t see him as being an effective everyday player.
He isn’t a player, but Dombrowski is on my list too.

Is Max capable of holding a runner?

Interesting, I see Raburn as being a tad under-rated. At least by his manager in terms of playing time.
It is a little easier to make these sort of assessments when you see a player play full-time. I still “hope and dream” that Raburn is converted to 3B!!!!!

Another passed ball….

I have never seen the bluff 3rd throw to 1st pick off work. Ever. Not little league, not minor league, not MLB. And then… it worked! With Scherzer no less. Maybe his first pickoff ever.

As an unabashed Avila fan—I see those as wild pitches difficult to control—maybe not the 2nd one.
Max threw well but again, we have a team here who have games where they simply cannot score runs.

Unabashed prediction:
AA is gonna take Lowe deep right now.

Why did Leyland not bunt to move Boesch to third and tie the game with a fly out????????????????

OK–I missed on that one but I will say that with 1 out and man on 3rd–Brandon will not get this run in.

Do you remenber Nook Logan? I watched him get picked off of first on the 3rd base bluff. Why can’t we score any runs, we change the line up around every day!

I humbly apoligize Brandon!

Nook Logan, ahh yes. I believe he was the first casuality of Jim Leyland in Detroit. (in favor of Granderson). His bigggest problem, as the old baseball saying goes, is that “you cannot steal first base.” He was fun to watch run when he got on.

As far as the Wild Pitches/Past Balls, Alex A said himself there is no difference, it is his job to stop them. He needs to improve this. Rough day defensively for him.


All part of my plan–get negative on the guy so he gets ticked and proves you wrong.
Inge did come up real big today. Kudos.

My neighbors heard me on that one!

Looking forward to watching the replay tonight on FSN. Hey Greg, your boy came thru! Inge is my niece’s Tiger. We need 5 of 7 on the WC swing. Go Tigers! –Dave

I hope ALL of the wins won’t be like these last two. It’s like swimming through a shark tank wearing a meat suit. I seriously thought we were going to lose on a balk call.
Inge surprised me with the sac fly. The walkoff homer……..not so much.
That was a real heads up play by Cabrera on that rundown. If the guy crosses the plate before the runner is tagged, that run counts. Miggy is a smart ballplayer. Not sure if he gets enough credit for that.
We’ll need a lot of smart baseball because our offense is going to keep the other team in a lot of games.

I just saw we won – way to go Inge, I like seeing everyone contribute at different times, it can’t all be Miggy. Jose gets 2 wins in 2 days – not a good sign though that our closer has to get the W’s. Not sure about Max’s day, lots of strikeouts but also walks and wild pitches from what I see.

What a sigh of relief though – good ball teams find ways to win at the end so this is a good sign, one way or another to get her done.

Nice to have a winning streak going – OK you have to stay positive. Real lucky to get the Rangers just assembled part of the rotation for the last 2 games.
Anyone feeling sorry for Chisox the past couple of days? Thornton as closer is now 0-2 and 0-4 in saves.
Dan, if you knock Inge every day, you will turn him into a HOFer!!

I promise I won’t do that!

Well, Dan. I hope you continue to bash the state of Virginia’s finest. I’ve always accepted him for what he is. If you talk to Brandon, you’ll understand why he’s so well respected in central and southwest Virgina. He’s a solid ballplayer who made the big leagues, and he gives it all he has. He’s never claimed to be anything else. Thanks for the acknowledgement Dave. Laying low, and hoping the bats come alive.

Keeping the positive sentiment alive – we are yet to play a team under 600 this season.
Of course the pessimist in me is saying teams have reached 600 because they have played the Tigs.

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