Tuesday: Tigers vs. Twins

Whoever figured on seeing Casper Wells in the lineup today against Brian Duensing is a winner. Not only is he starting in right field, he’s batting second for just the second time all year (not counting pinch-hit appearance yesterday). He’s 4-for-7 with two doubles off Twins starter Brian Duensing.

Brandon Inge is 6-for-17 with three doubles off Duensing. Miguel Cabrera has two homers as part of his 5-for-18. Can’t just be a righty-lefty thing, though, because Ryan Raburn is just 2-for-16 against him. He’s starting in left anyway.


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

P: Max Scherzer


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
  3. Justin Morneau, 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Danny Valencia, 3B
  7. Delmon Young, LF
  8. Rene Rivera, C
  9. Matt Tolbert, SS

P: Brian Duensing


Rich, they do say not to go on the field, I am not sure about making sure it is foul. I like the kaline idea. SOC, really, Rugburn in left? I though he was your second baseman?
I like Dirks, or how about Ramon. Oh yeah, we are trying to set the record for line up combos.

I am reluctant to ask you this Jason, but quite a few of us here genuinely wonder why Ramon Santiago gets so little playing time. He contributes when he does. With the problems we have had in the infield what is Leyland’s explanation on this matter? Is this even talked about. Or is it taboo? Ramon deserves more chances than he is given. He constantly gets shuffled behind whoever comes up from Toledo. I feel it’s a bit bizarre.

My understanding is that Leyland shifted Raburn and inserted Worth to get as many right-handed bats in the lineup as he could against Duensing.

Last I checked ramon does bat right handed.
I think the issue here is that leyland has found a formula that excuses him from playing Ramon. If a lefty is throwing he will use Inge and Worth. If he feels like it sitting Inge out for a RHP then he will use Kelly and Raburn. So in effect Ramon is punished by the fact he is a switch hitter as Leyland uses that excuse to put the “pure” RHB or LHB in to obfuscate the issue.
Ramon is a better hitter than Inge an a better player than Raburn and a better hitter than Worth.
That is no reason to ride the pine as he does. There’s something more to this.
I realize no one in the media wants to ask Leyland any tough questions because he will either tear their head off or demean the question.
Ramon has been under appreciated, under utilized and over abused.

woah man – Santiago played on the 27th and 29th!!! Guess who went 0-7 ? R u watching the same game as everyone else?

I don’t like overdoing the lefty/righty matchups. Sure, slant it that way but it just seems to let the pitcher get in a groove, particularly after the first.

No I’ve been watching the ones Inge and Raburn have been playing.

I hope we get to Duensing soon. He looks sharp. Keeping the ball down very nicely.
Good to see Max have a quick one.

Raburn sure played that one into a double.

Tigers 0 …. Raburn -1
Nice job Ryan. Great angle. Just textbook.
– Bob

Max won’t be taking Raburn out for Dinner anytime soon.
He’s given up 2 doubles but actually should be no doubles. One a single and 1 should have been out. And that 1st run should have been unearned.

Another unearned run.

Another unearned run that goes in the books as earned. If Dirks (or anybody else were out there in Lf) the score would be 0-0.

First of all, Max doesn’t look quite as sharp as usual but he did well in that 4th inning. As for Raburn, you are correct. Another LF would have dove on that first double to stop it getting by. I think you can see he misjudged the second double and didn’t have the speed to catch up with it. Maybe I am glorifying Dirks too much but I do believe he would have gotten to those hits better. If that second double had been caught, Morneau never gets up in that inning. Who knows what pitch Max would have thrown to Morneau in the next inning? Then to add insult to injury, Raburn stranded 2 runners again.
Inge, Raburn, Worth, Jackson are like a black hole in the line-up.

Why isn’t Worth bunting?

Bunt play was on there after first-pitch strike. Missed sign.

Because his manager is Jim Leyland.

you dont bunt when losing by three hoping to made two

Interesting stat, Tigers have hit 1 3 run HR and 0 Grand Slams this year (2 months in). We *DO* need to bunt more, even when down by 3. Especially with your #9 hitter. Worked out well, but not because of Worth’s K.

As always , the book is right.
They are enough bad driving runs to give outs away

Victor, que paguen por irrespetuosos

Interesting development with the superstar ignoring the base coach.
Nice inning by the club to climb back into it. Wells is really driving the ball hard today. I figured he was the guy likely to go when Ordonez comes back so I hope he can just find himself before that happens. I think he could be a good ballplayer for us for a good long time.

I don’t agree with the no bunt down by three at that point in the game. 2 runners in scoring position are a coomodity you don’t toss away.

LOL. I guess Inge, Raburn, and Jackson didn’t like me calling them a black hole. Three singles to start a 6-run inning. Whoever decided to send Cabrera home lost a sure run when Peralta doubled.

Can Max finish 7 innings? Then what? I’m not sure Valverde can pitch again tonight. Benoit? Furbush?

So annoyed with Scherzer wild pitches and home runs to people who aren’t hitting them. Just terrible! He hasn’t figured anything out and now that is three bad outings in a row!

Pitch can’t hit, hit well can’t pitch! Tigers in a nutshell

Leyland seems to either undermanage or overmanage.
Not sure why he would leave Scherzer in when he got in trouble in the 7th—he’d thrown a lot of pitches and Morneau had already tagged him. If he had Furbush ready for thome then why not Morneau?
Scherzer did throw a few away but Martinez is no Avila back there and I would think if Alex were catching you Scherzer would not have looked so wild.

Well done. you bunt to tie if you are homeclub or to put the go ahead run in scoring position, hc or v

now, wait for a strike

That a boy Brennan. Nice AB.
Q is establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. Just keep throwing strikes Alberto!

Nice inning… good bunt from Wells, SF from Boesch. That is winning baseball. Let’s close the door in the 9th (I suggest a defensive replacement in LF).

I’m a little surprised Benoit is throwing the 9th. I didn’t think V was overpitched lately.

He pitched in the last 4 games.

maybe you b watchin the lakeland flying tigers instead of the detroit tigers

The bottom of the 8th was a beauty. I had to double check to make sure that was the Tigers I was watching. Excellent work there.
There were about a zillion opportunies for second guessing tonight, but I’ll stick with Raburn. You don’t play this fella in the outfield, ESPECIALLY after telling him he’s the secondbaseman. Holy crap, Leyland. And to think that up until a couple weeks ago, JL would insert Raburn in left for defense. I like Ryan more than most folks, but he’s no outfielder. I’ll toss him a bone and say that leftfield at Comerica during the 7-8 o’clock hour is tough.
I’d like to see Jackson be more aggressive from thirdbase on those pitches that get away from the catcher. Or is it Lamont telling him not to go? You’ve got to force their hand. I always played aggressive baseball and this is irritating. Cabrera ran right through Lamont’s stop sign and replays showed he was actually safe. He forced their hand and they actually messed up the play but got away with it.
These Tigers-Twins games are classics.

we have plenty of utility guys, there is no need for Raburn in the outfield anymore “if” he is our 2nd baseman. JL has some major love for Ryan.

I actually agree with the idea of a bunt down 2 runs – except in the 7th/8th/9th inning. Since we are not hitting any homeruns with guys on we might as well move them around somehow.

Loved seeing the sac flies and moving guys around any way we can. I missed the play with Miguel at the plate getting thrown out (even though from what I read the ball wasn’t in the catchers mitt?) Did Miggy ignore Lamont from sending him, or was Lamont making another questionable call sending someone home that is not exactly fleet of foot?

Cab blew through the sign. I think lamont was proably correct in stopping him but Cab did make it real close and yes, he was safe. The catcher tagged him with his glove hand and had the ball in the other. Technically safe.
I also think that perhaps the veterans have lost some confidence in Gino. You look back to last year when Maggs went down with the broken ankle. he should never have been sent home on that play.

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