Game 42: Cardinals at Tigers
PREGAME: It will be Nate Robertson taking on Anthony Reyes in the 2nd game of the World Series Rematch.
Nate has lost his last couple turns in the rotation. One was a shellacking at the hands of the Mariners. The other he was worn down by a Boston lineup that fouled off 734 pitches and ultimately out-dueled by Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Anthony Reyes schooled the Tigers in the World Series last year. This year he comes in sporting an ERA in excess of 5, but much better peripherals. His FIP (fielding independent pitching) ERA is a solid 3.80.
Game Time 7:05pm
POSTGAME: Well that game turned out to be way more interesting than I thought it would after the first 3 innings. Still, it’s a win and another great night for more than 42,000 fans.
- When Nate Robertson first joined the rotation, he was striking out a lot of guys but running up huge pitch counts in the process. Lately the strikeout numbers haven’t been there, but the pitch counts have. I don’t really have an answer for it.
- The consequence of the high pitch count is that the bullpen is asked to get 9 to 12 outs. That has been problematic. Wil Ledezma a)isn’t fooling anybody, b)is creating his own problems with walks, and c)hasn’t had any luck at all. Everything in play is a hit.
- Fortunately Tim Byrdak came in and fanned Albert Pujols with a runner on base and prevented anymore damage. He ran into a some trouble of his own the next inning though. Still, he’s been awesome in his first week. He has the advantage for now that he’s thowing a split finger that he just developed and so the book on him isn’t complete. But the addendum will come quickly and hopefully he can keep it going.
- Nice job by Fernando Rodney with a pretty uneventful inning.
- And then there was Jones. Only one of the balls (Spezio’s) was hit with any sort of authority. Still, that is what happens with Jones. The ball will be put in play, but usually it takes a few things to go wrong before the game slips away. That’s why Jones can’t walk people. He has no margin for error.
- Of course it was another nice game by the offense. And it was really a team effort with 5 different hitters getting 2 hits and 5 different hitters picking up RBI.
- Brandon Inge was one of the few who didn’t get in on the act, save for a HBP. But he contributed with a couple nifty plays at 3rd. The diving play in the hole was nothing short of spectacular. And he nearly started a double play on a slow chopper, still getting the lead runner.
Tigers 8 Cardinals 7