PREGAME: We’ll see if this one gets played or not. The weather forecast is February-esque, so the ring ceremony might look a little odd with the recipients wearing winter gloves. It is almost a guarantee we’ll see the Placido Polanco hoody though.
If they play it, Nate Robertson will be on the hill for Detroit. Robertson owns Reed Johnson, but has had some ups and downs against the rest of the lineup. He doesn’t want to pitch to Frank Thomas (5 walks in 20 plate appearances). He shouldn’t pitch to Aaron Hill who posts and 8 for 10 line.
Sean Casey looks to be the only Tiger excited to face AJ Burnett. While the current roster doesn’t have many at-bats against Burnett, only Casey has demonstrated success going 13 for 23 (with a triple?!).
Game Time 1:05pm
POSTGAME: Just got back, and my fingers are still thawing. Quite the emotional swing in this game to say the least.
Nate Robertson never had a 1-2-3 inning, and like Rodney on Opening Day he seemed to struggle to put hitters away. He threw 104 pitches in 5 2/3 innings and 47 were balls. To his credit though, he kept the ball down with the exception of the Hill homer. As we saw in the 8th inning, anything in the air could have been trouble.
Jason Grilli was only marginally responsible for the 7 runs in the 8th inning. He did fall behind too often, but he induced enough weak swings to get out of the inning with minimal damage. Some wind, some bad luck, and some really bad defense by Ordonez were the big culprits.
- Ordonez defense almost soiled a solid day at the plate where he reached base 4 times.
- Really, really bad game today for Brandon Inge. He fanned his first 3 times up, and nearly made 2 errors on very routine balls where his infield mates bailed him out.
- Curtis Granderson now has all 3 of the team’s extra base hits.
- Despite his big day with the bat, if Toronto had scored another run we might be looking at a couple baserunning decisions while Granderson was on 3rd after his triple. First, he failed to tag on a shallow fly that required a diving catch in rightfield. Then, with Ordonez at-bat he had a chance to score on a wild pitch. I don’t know if it was Granderson or Gene Lamont, who seems to be especially cautious in the first 2 games. When in doubt he’s held runners at 3rd in these first 2 games.
- When Craig Monroe struck out in the 2nd inning it was his 5th K in 5 games. But he actually bounced back nicely. He drew a bases loaded walk, hit a sharp grounder to short, and lined out to right field in subsequent at-bats.
I took some pictures, and will post those later tonight.
Final Score: Detroit (1-1) 10, Toronto (1-1) 9
Super POSTGAME: So I took my camera and had decent seats. Mind you I’m not a photographer, and I don’t have a top of the line camera, but I thought I’d share a couple of the better ones anyways. You can find the set from today’s game here.
I also flipped the camera to video mode to capture Kenny Rogers getting his ring. I guess he got to the park just in time. He received a warm welcome, as did all the players, but it was too bad the weather was so awful. It really kept the crowd down.