Game 137: Angels at Tigers

PREGAME: Wil Ledezma against Kelvim Escobar.

Game Time 8:00pm on ESPN2

POSTGAME: The look of the lineup without Carlos Guillen is troubling to say the least. The result is another defeat in which the starting pitcher did everything you could ask for. Yet the bats remained cold.

The only big play for the Tigers offense was the Ordonez single in which Craig Monroe was thrown out trying to score. It has been called a boneheaded call but I couldn’t disagree more. Given the way the Tigers were hitting, Gene Lamont had to send Monroe home on that play – especially with 2 outs.

If you send Monroe home, you’re banking on the fact that Juan Rivera doesn’t make a perfect throw and/or Jose Molina has no troubles handling the throw and applying the tag. Going into the play I like those odds better than the 3 out of 10 odds that Sean Casey doesn’t make an out. Given the way Escobar was pitching, and the fact that the situation was created by a ground ball single, a walk, and an error, Casey’s odds of success probably weren’t even that good.

The Angels executed the play to perfection. Sometimes you have to credit the other team.

That play doesn’t make up for the fact that once again the lineup completely failed to produce. Escobar was excellent, but 3 singles just isn’t going to cut it.