Sunday afternoon: Tigers vs. Red Sox

The good news here at Comerica Park is that the sun is out and the temperature feels like summer has arrived. The bad news, of course, is the chance of rain later today, but it sounds like they have a good chance to get in the game. Depending on the forecast, the rain could arrive either late in the day game or between games.

As far as I’m concerned, it can pour between games if that’s what happens. Just get in the games.

I was thinking this yesterday, but Rod Allen made the point those morning: If the Tigers have any chance of slowing down this Red Sox offense, Andy Oliver might be able to do it. Boston’s numbers against right-handed pitchers compared to lefties this season aren’t as different as you might imagine after watching the first two games of this series, not to mention their two games at Fenway last week. But twice, the Tigers have had a lot more success with their lefty long relievers against Boston than their right-handed starters.

Oliver is a different style pitcher than Charlie Furbush or Adam Wilk, or Phil Coke for that matter, more of a power pitcher. But if he can get his slider working, he could present a similar challenge. Oliver had been doing that with Toledo, and he’d been getting some quicker ground-ball outs as a result. But doing that against Triple-A hitters is a lot different than doing that against these guys.

Look for an infield rotation in Game 2. While Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn are the double-play combination for the day game, Jim Leyland said that Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth will get the nightcap. Don Kelly is expected to start at third base in Brandon Inge’s place. Victor Martinez and Alex Avila are going to alternate games behind the plate, as one would expect.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Brennan Boesch, DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Don Kelly, RF
  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, DH
  5. Jed Lowrie, SS
  6. Carl Crawford, LF
  7. Drew Sutton, 3B
  8. Mike Cameron, RF
  9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

P: Clay Buchholz

8 Comments

If ESPN was smart they would pickup the nite-cap and show it on ESPN2.

should get a look at purcey sometime today…any inkling on how leyland will use him? is he the first choice out of the pen in the 7th if the tigers are winning? read elsewhere that he was in jeopardy of being DFA’d by Oakland when their closer Bailey comes off the DL. so apparently, not thought of as highly by A’s or Jays who also DFA’d him before the trade to Oakland. he’s out of options so can’t be assigned to minors without clearing waivers if he has some early struggles. seems odd to me that a’s are moving sizemore to 3b…not enough bat for that position.

They have David Ortiz and JD Drew in the bench, while we are counting on inge and raburn to tie the game

A good team wins that game, which we obviously don’t have. Boston had Oliver on the ropes but let him off the hook. The Tigers have been in that situation countless times and they rarely win it. That’s all I’ve got to say.

Because Leyland never plays to win, just not to loose which is exactly what happens

With the deck seemingly stacked high against Andy Oliver, I think he did a creditable job after that first inning. The Tiger batters were able to tie it up but the bullpen, Valverde specifically, lost it. The Tigers don’t have a David Ortiz type on the bench. Even so, in the bottom of the 9th, I think I would have preferred a pinch hitter for Raburn. Maybe Avila or Santiago. Couldn’t have done any worse.

Well, woody, we did get a look at Purcey today. I guess he passed the first test. You have to wonder though what reason DD had for getting Purcey. Let’s hope he proves to be a good addition. The Tigers sure have plenty of LH pitchers for the bullpen now. Schlereth, Furbush, Wilk, Purcey, Fu Te Ni, Brad Thomas. Now I just read an article about Crosby’s comeback. Is this the “strength” you deal from to improve another area? 2b, 3b, anyone?

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