Saturday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

Well, if Ryan Raburn’s season starts today, as manager Jim Leyland famously stated, then happy Opening Day.

Raburn is indeed at second base, as expected. However, he is further down in the order, batting eighth.

“I want to back off Raburn a little bit, let him relax,” Leyland said.

Meanwhile, Andy Dirks moves up to second because, as Leyland put it, they don’t really have any other realistic options. He doesn’t want to move Avila up, and second wouldn’t make sense for him anyway.

TIGERS

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

P: Andy Oliver

RED SOX

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Jed Lowrie, SS
  7. Carl Crawford, LF
  8. Mike Cameron, RF
  9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

P: Clay Buchholz

14 Comments

way to hold players accountable Leyland…. Raburn opening day today. Give me a break. LEYLAND is terrible.

Andy Oliver, Trial by Fire. Red Sox averaging 11 runs the last 3 games, Bucholz shut out The Tigers for 7 innings last week, the Tigers line-up with Raburn and Inge not impressive. Could Kelly and Santiago do any worse? Add in Ajax strike-out tendencies, Boesch’s looping uppercut, and Cab’s slump and no one can blame Oliver for this game.

Cab slump? he is on 9 games hitting streak for 314 , 2 hr and 8 rbis in his last 10.And is batting 462 with risp, leading MLB.

I agree==not a good feeling for Andy today.
Avila, Raburn, Inge and Jackson in a row. That’s a lot of guys who K one after the other.

Bucholz is gonna make Inge look very bad today.

Rain, rain, go away. It’s been raining for several hours here in mid-MI. Wonder what it’s doing in Detroit.

as if it takes Buccholz to make Inge look bad!!

LOL

I have gotten to the point where I detest hearing Jim Leyland say anything at all to the media about this team or his players. They are now on a tangent about offensive production and Rabur (hitting as he is) is supposed to solve that problem.
Meanwhile, St. Brandon can pretty much hit anywhere from .150 up and still the situation is deemed OK. I would like to know what Inge is hitting post 2010 All Star game.
This is a stupid situation. Inge has been treated like he is a star ballplayer when the truth is he is a less than average ball player who should be a utility player and veteran presence at most.
They had the right idea when the got Cab. They knew then that Brandon was not a force and then when Cab showed 3B is not built for him they went into pretense mode and touted Brandon as being a solution there.
We got rid of Sheffield and Renteria, (and now Sizemore) and lost Polanco. Why do they not have the courage and common sense to call a spade a spade when it comes to Inge?

To pup: Sorry, I disagree. Rain, rain, please stay a long time.
At this point I just don’t think it’s a good idea to feed Oliver to the buzzards- er- I mean Red Sox. If they weren’t so hot and the Tigers weren’t such a poor clutch-hitting bunch, maybe he would have a chance. A make-up game later in the season with the Red Sox if they cool off isn’t such a bad thought.
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Meanwhile, who was moved out to make room for Oliver on the roster?
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Sorry, jkl, I didn’t realize Cab was doing better. My oversight.
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And yes, Dan, why have they diddled around so long with Inge and Raburn. Could some of the fault lie with that hitting coach McClendon? Sheeeeesh.

Tomorrow, I’m going to the game and there is still a good chance for rain. Beckett vs Verlander. I’m taking a bus and never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d get to watch this kind of pitching duel. So, yea, I wish it would stop raining. We are all so sick of the cold, rain and clouds.

Post allstar game to present Inge #’ are .216/8hr/43rbi

Raburn at 2nd does not make me happy. Not sure what does make me happy there but right now RR doesn’t make me happy anyplace on the field. Give Ramon the shot, full time for a month, and see what happens.

I completely agree about Raburn he has not earned a spot on the roster let alone starting at second. 5-50 slump and striking out 1 out of every 3 at bats this year. Albeit he can be halfway decent as a pinch hitter but never has played a whole season in the Bigs. His defense is atrocious he misplays most chances in the outfield and the only position he has more errors than 2nd base is 3rd base. Realistically i would be playing the switch-hitting Ramon who has an above average glove in the infield. Hopes and dreams are indeed nice but giving a guy that hacks at pitches that hit the dirt 3 feet before the plate on a regular basis may not be in the teams best interest.

Day-night DH tomorrow?

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