Game 29: Tigers at Royals

PREGAME: My buddy Russ said I shouldn’t write about the Tigers 5 game winning streak, so I won’t.

Tonight it will be a battle of southpaws with Mike Maroth taking on Odalis Perez.

Perez has been pretty consistently not-bad this year. He’s allowed either 3 or 4 runs in each start, and pitched 5 to 6 innings in every start but one.

Game Time 7:10pm


  1. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    Let’s do this.

  2. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    In an hour.

  3. JML

    May 5, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    “I have a bad feeling about this…”

    OK, who jinxed this game with talk of a winning streak?!? 😉

  4. Jeff M

    May 5, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Rod just said “Leyland doesn’t use a whole lot of lineups.” Didn’t he use 120+ last year?

  5. Kathy

    May 5, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Good start to the 5th inning with a double from Monroe. The Tigers have looked a little sluggish tonight but maybe they can get something goin in this inning. Maroth hasn’t been exactly stellar.

  6. Jeff M

    May 5, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Yeah, Thames got greedy. He was the tying run with nobody out… no reason to risk going to third.

  7. Reaperman

    May 5, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Whoa ho Magglio!!!!!!!!!!!1

  8. Eric Jackson

    May 5, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Leyland’s used 16 lineups this year so far:

    KC has used 26.. that’s quite a lot.

  9. Bobby

    May 5, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Grilli sux. Period.

    I don’t know how much more proof we need, or how many more situations he blows to prove it.

  10. Eric Jackson

    May 5, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    I wouldn’t say he sucks but he is having some serious issues so far this year. The last few outings for him have been just plain embarrassing.

  11. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Glad how I come in right at the bases-loaded-two-outs-almost-walk situation. Not cool guys.

  12. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Change almost to…not almost.

  13. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    And where is Sheffield? Sit him right during his hot streak? I don’t get it.

  14. Ben in Denver

    May 5, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Sheffield is attending his grandfather’s funeral. Should be back tomorrow, I believe.

  15. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    “Pitcher Change: Jose Mesa replaces Wilfredo Ledezma.”

    I never want to read that again. Ever.

  16. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Ah, funeral. That explains it.

  17. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 9:57 pm


  18. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 9:58 pm


  19. Ken

    May 5, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Magglio…so hot right now

  20. Anne

    May 5, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Baltimore dimantled Cleveland tonight, so even more reason to want a win here.

  21. charlie

    May 5, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    zumaya has hurt himself warming up.

  22. Anne

    May 5, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Baltimore dismantled Cleveland tonight, so even more reason to want a win here.

  23. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Bobby with an H. I like this game.

  24. Anne

    May 5, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Nice job by Seay.

  25. Tony

    May 5, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Any word on Zumaya? The MLive forum is going crazy.

  26. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Don’t try to go home on Teahen…his arm…is so good…

    And why, what’s wrong with Zumaya?!

  27. Tony

    May 5, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    I heard he hurt himself warming up in the bullpen. Trainers were looking at his hand or something.

  28. Kathy

    May 5, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    From sluggish to slugfest!. Go Tigers!!

  29. PHT in HK

    May 5, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Been busy traveling so haven’t had a chance to post this season.

    Just looking at the pitching stats and I was surprised to find that the bullpen is responsible for 8 of the 11 losses so far this year. Regardless of what you think of Maroth and Durbin, the starters collectively are only responsible for losing a little over 10% (3 out of 29) of their starts.

  30. colin

    May 5, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Cool to see bobby seay take care of his business, throwing strikes in meaningful PT. Memories of his duty in last years’ eight-runs-allowed eighth inning bloodbath vs. Toronto fade slowly…Walker-Rodney-Jones-Seay…*shudder*

  31. Adam

    May 5, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    In line for another sweep, and Jones gets his third save in three games!

  32. Kyle J

    May 5, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    As Baseball Tonight ended on ESPN just now, they said “Joel Zumaya injured in the bullpen, apparently seriously. We’ll have more on the next edition of Baseball Tonight.”

    Hopefully they’re jumping to conclusions.

  33. Kathy

    May 5, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Joel hurt his hand while warming up in the bullpen for the 8th inning. The trainer ran over to him and the next thing we saw was Zoom walking back to the dugout holding his right hand up. Someone said he heard a “pop” in his middle finger. He looked like he was in dreadful pain. Doesn’t look good.

  34. Kyle J

    May 5, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Great win tonight. Hitters didn’t panic early and took care of business late.

    6-0 in Maroth’s starts now. My theory is that the baseball gods still owe him from the 20-loss season.

    Good to get this one, as Greinke vs. Durbin is no sure thing tomorrow.

  35. Kurt

    May 5, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    FSN’s postgame said Zumaya was taken to the hospital. We’ll probably be left with no good information until tomorrow.

  36. Kyle J

    May 5, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Knobler says finger dislocation. That doesn’t sound like a big deal in the scheme of things, but I assume it’s a fairly big deal for a pitcher.

  37. Anne

    May 5, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Someone must owe Maroth something, Kyle, because this was not a very good outing for him. However, a win’s a win, I’m glad for this one. Another good example of Leyland’s mantra “nine full innings”.

    And as far as Zumaya, I’m guessing a dislocated finger is serious, but less serious than say, a broken finger. Hopefully the recovery time will be shorter. Still, either one sounds painful to me.

  38. DH in DC

    May 6, 2007 at 12:35 am

    The AP on Zumaya’s injury:

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While winning a wild ballgame, Detroit may have lost a valuable pitcher before he could even get onto the field.

    Joel Zumaya, whose fastball can exceed 100 mph, was warming up in the bullpen during Saturday night’s 7-5 victory over Kansas City when he “felt something pop” in the middle knuckle of his pitching hand. He was hurried to the hospital.

    “He threw a pitch in the bullpen, a fastball, and this joint, this [middle] knuckle, he felt something pop,” said manager Jim Leyland. “He’s being checked out at the hospital. That’s all the information I have for you at this time.”

    A key member of the bullpen, Zumaya is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 17 1/3 innings for the defending AL champions.

    “I don’t want to make any comments yet because I don’t want to be premature,” Leyland said. “But I can tell you this, if it is a situation where we’ve lost Joel for a period of time, then that tests the character of your team and other guys have to step up. I’m assuming he’s going to be out for a while. I would guess. But I just don’t know.”