PREGAME: The rubber game of the series is a matinee edition. Jeremy Bonderman returns to the rotation after battling blister and cut issues. Bondo’s last turn against the Angels saw him get lit up by the Angels and shoddy defense by Carlos Guillen.
The Tigers will be doing battle against Ervin Santana. Santana has been victimized by 11 homers this year, 9 of which have come on the road.
Catch this one on FSN if you can because Ernie Harwell will be in the booth. If you forgot to DVR it, you can catch the replay at 7pm
Game Time 1:05pm
POSTGAME: What’s not to like about today’s game? A 12-0 thumping leaves a lot of people smiling.
The offense was decidedly top heavy with 11 of the 13 hits being picked up by the top 5 hitters in the lineup (Omar Infante pinch hitting for Maggs picked up one as well).
Magglio Ordonez is simply hitting crazy good right now, and really doesn’t have a peer in the MVP race right now. These things of course aren’t decided before Memorial Day but doesn’t he have to be leader in the clubhouse at this point?
I was just thinking the other day that while Carlos Guillen was hitting pretty good his power number weren’t quite what we were accustomed to. Three homers in 2 days will help to fix that and push his slugging percentage all the way to .551.
Jeremy Bonderman was quite good. He nearly matched his season total in free passes, but it didn’t hurt because there wasn’t a lot of hard contact against him. He could have finished this game with his pitch count under 100 going into the 9th.
Instead Wil Ledezma, the much maligned Wil Ledezma, came in and picked up a 1-2-3 inning. Hopefully it is a sign he’s righting the ship. With Mesa being awful and Fernando Rodney with shoulder tendinitis the Tigers need some of the other guys to step up.
And with only one inning of relief needed today, the Tigers bullpen will be completely intact and available going into this weekend’s series with Cleveland.