Friday: Tigers (with DH) vs. Rockies

With the designated hitter back for the Tigers for the next six games, keep an eye out on how many games Delmon Young starts at DH. Leyland said last Sunday that he would probably get him a couple games a week in left field, thinking the occasional time can help him at the plate.

With lefty Jeff Francis starting for Colorado, Ryan Raburn gets the start in left field, giving Jim Leyland the extra right-handed bat he wants. Raburn is 3-for-10 with a home run lifetime off Francis, but went just 1-for-7 off Francis last year when Francis was in Kansas City.

With Casey Crosby on the mound, Bryan Holaday gets his first start at catcher since last homestand.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Ryan Raburn, LF
  8. Danny Worth, 2B
  9. Bryan Holaday, C

P: Casey Crosby


  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Marco Scutaro, SS
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, LF
  4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  5. Jason Giambi, DH
  6. Todd Helton, 1B
  7. Jordan Pecheco, 3B
  8. Wilin Rosario, C
  9. Chris Nelson, 2B

P: Jeff Francis


Is it just me or why do the Tigers seem to have so much trouble against LH starters?

Back in the days of Monroe, Thames, and Maggs we used to have lefties for lunch.
Looking at our numbers against Francis, small to middling samples, we can expect another low run game tonight.

Note to JL: Ramon can swing the bat right handed also, you know? If you are concerned with another right handed bat in the lineup.
I mean I like Worth but Ramon is getting the shaft again. When he was playing consistently the last 6 weeks of last season, he played and hit fine. That was also when we played near .700 ball. Things that make you go … hmmmmmmmmm?
Time to start taking care of business at Comerica.
Go Tigers
— Bob

can ramon swing the bat right handed well? he has hit .209 this year and hits 10pts less (batting average) as a righty than lefty (career splits)…..but maybe that IS better than raburn.

Cannot base it on this year and and 10 point difference is neglible. He is a better option than Raburn or Worth at 2nd. If he gets to start 5 games a week, his results will be more than acceptable and much more than we are getting now.
JL boxes himself into these L-R corners and decides that because he doesnt have L-handed option at 2nd; that Ramon will be that option and swing predominantly from the left side.
When Will Rhymes was here in 2010, then Ramon was predominantly swinging from the right side. He’s a switch hitter. Just play him. He is the best option we have RIGHT NOW. Stop creating something that isnt there. Just play him. Drives me nuts.
— Bob

That’s been commented on a million times, Bob, and 800,000 were from me. After awhile, I just give up on it. Ramon will have played nearly his entire career on Jim Leyland’s bench. We always play better when he’s starting regularly. Goes back years.

He did the same thing to Omar Infante, until Omar escaped.

Leyland has a Frankenstien complex He has it in his mind that he is going to ‘create’ a 2nd baseman rather than use the good one you’ve already got. Sizemore, Rhymes, Raburn, Inge and Worth were failed experiments. Maybe he attached the electrodes to the wrong place!.

Francis got whacked by the Angels last Saturday: He gave up eight runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.
I would bet almost anything his performance against us will be better than that.

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