Thursday: Tigers vs. Mariners

Not much to say here. Mike Carp gets a shot against Justin Verlander, as does Dutch-born slugger Greg Halman, who’s 6-for-7 with a sacrifice bunt since getting called up to the big leagues earlier this month.


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

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Brendan Ryan, SS
  3. Adam Kennedy, 1B
  4. Miguel Olivo, C
  5. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  6. Mike Carp, DH
  7. Greg Halman, LF
  8. Luis Rodriguez, 3B
  9. Jack Wilson, 2B

P: Doug Fister


Nice Job JV.
It seems rather ridiculous not charging someone with an error on the “asleep at the wheel” play with Ryan taking 2nd base after his infield single.
I’d like to see the scorer have the discretion to charge an error to someone on that play (in this case, Raburn, for not covering the bag), or at least have the latitutde to charge a “team error”. No way should the starting pitcher have to endure an earned run shoutl there have been a 2 out single.

Agreed, it would’ve been a brutal run charged to Verlander had it happened. But I don’t think there’s anything in the rules that allow for an error there. Scorer basically had to improvise by saying he took second on the throw.

Man–I am getting really tired of watching Raburn and Jackson save their absolute worst At Bats for the their most important At Bats.
I’m not sure but I think Raburn (what a weak swing) hacked at the 1st pitch and AJ, predictably, fell behind in the count and got caught with the bat on his shoulder.
LL has to assert himself here as the hitticng coach and get these guys to buckle down and give a good at bat, every time and particularly when in RISP situtations.
that was groteesque.

Brutal stranding that triple!!! Will the real tigers hitters please stand up???

Justin is throwing very well. I always get sickened to see the hitters squander opportunites when he is pitching.
AJ is awful in those man on 3rd situtations. Raburn no better.
And on top of that we had a 1st pitch DP from MCab in the firsts.
Leadoof double here and we have another runner on 3rd with less than 2 out.
man–let’s get him in.

OMG. I just can’t understand the inabiity in these situations. It’s almost bizarre.

Unbelievable they freaking did it again!

Appearently we were in a good streak, are they going in the crapper again?

I know it’s not pleasant to belabour this but, I expect AJ to fail in these situations. I also realize we are committed to this man as our CFer for a long time to come. He is an exciting player and we will have to endure the growing pains associated with that.
I do not feel the same benevolence to a guy like Raburn who I hope we are NOT committed too in any way shape or form. He simply has to produce in those situations—N-O-W!!!

Justin is doing fine obviously, but he has thrown a ton more pitches than cy fister. And now another freaking wild pitch scores a run. Typical freaking tigers! So annoyed right now! I wish there was a stat I could find about most runs scored because of a wild pitch, we would have to be tops?

There you go. The Mariners, who can’t hit a lick, manufacture a run while we have shot 2 gift horses right in theeir gaping mouths.
JV, throwing well but no support. He was fortunate tho get it last outing.
If we lose this 1-0 I would hope they bench Raburn for that lousy AB.

Atleast avila showed up to play today

I repeat myself: BENCH HIM!
These same 2 guys cr@pped the bed in the same situation. All you can do is shake your head. I don’t care if Kelly picked them up. That is NOT the point.
McLendon needs to work harder at his craft IMO.

Thank You Breena! I was starting to get tired of hearing my own complaining.

Tigers hitter seem to swing at a lot of high fast balls. During batting practice they need to throw high fast balls constantly and give them a treat every time they don’t swing at it! Train them like a dog (Raburn, Inge and a few others)

High pitch count for JV tonight.

Cabby had a bad night nothing out of the infield?

They all came late from Texas.
BTW: I undrestand that they can not play in the day in Texas and Saint Louis, plus humidity, because of heat, But they do play on sundays at noon. Do they have air conditioning or a roof on sundays?
Venezuelans and dominican players are used to play in worst conditions.Enrique González is from Maracaibo. We have today 37 celsius and 69% humidity. And they play here in that wheather at noon.And yes i remember Piñero fainting or verander went burn out in two iinings a t night. But still why they play in the weekend in the same weather.

I think all that is complaining need to try their hand at playing. See how good you are!

Alice – we are not nearly as good as them, that is why we are watching and not playing. If they are good enough to be in the major leagues and earn a decent paycheck then yes, we should expect them to be much, much better than the rest of us. We all know our shortcomings versus them when it comes to baseball playing.

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