Game 57: Tigers at Rangers

PREGAME: The Tigers enter the final leg of a 10 game road trip by journeying to Arlington. When I was a kid it seemed that Channel 4 always televised the Texas series, so when ever the Tigers head down to take on the Rangers I always think of George Kell drawling out “and the Tigers’ll be in ARlington on Tooosday night.” I miss Kell.

Anyways, things are getting back to normal for the Tigers. Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge return to the lineup tonight and Fernando Rodney was officially activated from the DL. The Pudge-as-leadoff-hitter experiment seems to be over because for the 2nd straight game, Omar Infante it atop the lineup against a southpaw.

The southpaw in question is John Rheinecker who is fresh off a AAA rehab stint as well as the 60 day DL. He’s a late substitution for Vincente Padilla. Rheinecker split time in the rotation and pen for the Rangers last year accruing 70 2/3 innings. He allowed 6 homers, 104 hits, 19 walks and 28 strikeouts. So people will put the ball in play against him.

The Tigers counter with Nate Robertson who is still trying to right the ship. Robertson hasn’t made it through the 6th innings since May 2nd. His biggest problem as of late is walks with 10 over his last 3 starts, and only 8 K’s.

Game Time 8:35


  1. Mike R

    June 5, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    104 hits in 70+ innings? Wow.

  2. Kathy

    June 5, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Looks like another rough start for Nate.

  3. Mike R

    June 5, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Probably time to get a long reliever up in the pen.

  4. Mike R

    June 5, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    if nate can’t find his fastball, why is he throwing fastballs to Sosa when Sosa’s been terrible lately? There was just a piece on Baseball Tonight with kruk showing how low Sosa’s hands are and then he drops them and clearing his hips to drive a fastball and everyone’s been throwing him breaking balls and he’s either missing or rolling them over.

  5. Bobby

    June 5, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Not so good, Nate. Oh MAN.

  6. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Great. Glad I decided to tune in tonight.

  7. Kevin in Austin

    June 5, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    We’ll score runs on these guys, that’s not the problem. Getting the bullpen going so early really, really hurts.

  8. Anne

    June 5, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Suddenly Mesa doesn’t seem so bad. Crikey.

  9. Mike R

    June 5, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    That’s Diaz’ 2nd hit with the bases loaded — both grandslams.

    Well, time for Grilli to be right and get a good 3+ innings out of him tonight. Really sets up the bullpen well. Amazing.

  10. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    This kinda outing is unacceptable with the pen in the condition it’s in. A starter other than Bonderman is going to have to step up.

  11. Travis in Baton Rouge

    June 5, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Ouch babe. Is Nate hurt or something? He has totally lost it.

  12. cib

    June 5, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Oh. My. God. This one is going to cause me to drink alone.

  13. Mike R

    June 5, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Joey C, yeah, that starter probably is Zach Miner from the 3rd through the 6th, assuming Grilli pitches well. Which is quite the assumption.

  14. Anne

    June 5, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    Not alone, cib. I imagine drinks of all kinds being frantically downed all over Tiger fandom. Including my house.

  15. Kathy

    June 5, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Last year, Nate continued to improve as the season progressed. This year, it’s just the opposite. I keep wondering if he has some personal problems going on or something. Can they send him to Toledo until he gets straightened out. He’s just completely out of the loop.

  16. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    The cheese gets it done.

  17. Adam

    June 5, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Really, Nate’s been serving up long balls all year, and even starting with last year.

    I really don’t know why everyone says he’s so good…

  18. Mike R

    June 5, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Nate doesn’t have any options, so unless it’s injury rehab, i’m pretty sure he’d have to pass through waivers.

    And in the meantime, is a useless, yet interesting site. You can see each division race from 1901-2007 in an animated version of racing logos. Kind of neat.

  19. cib

    June 5, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    That’s a good possibility, Kathy, the personal issue. You would think that if it’s just mechanical they would have worked it out by now.

  20. Kurt

    June 5, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    I’d say Nate must be injured to be throwing that badly the past month.

  21. Dead Rabbit

    June 5, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    I wish Infante wasd up…

  22. Dead Rabbit

    June 5, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    uh….i take it back

  23. Kathy

    June 5, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    He’s not as animated in the dugout and just doesn’t look very happy.

    At least Gene Lamont let a run come in.

  24. cib

    June 5, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Hey Dead, I have always liked Omar and he has really been stepping up lately! I also like this blog and all of your comments are great and often keep me from total despair. Anyone going to be at Friday’s game?

  25. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks Tex!

  26. billfer

    June 5, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Adam – Nate hasn’t been giving up homers all year. Five of the 8 coming into tonights game came in his last 2 starts. As he gave up more hits, he started walking more guys, and getting behind with runners on base, and then the homers came.

    It’s hard to remember now, but Nate was great in April and had a 2.48 ERA after his first 6 starts.

  27. Dave Wagner

    June 5, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    “I really donโ€™t know why everyone says heโ€™s so good”

    Because he was. For a good stretch during last summer, he was basically unstoppable.

  28. Kathy

    June 5, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Remember all the great games he pitched last year and got absolutely no run support?

  29. Dave Wagner

    June 5, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    INGE!!!!!!!! Take that, broken toe

  30. McB.

    June 5, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    is this going to get the “Inge sucks” debate started again?

  31. McB.

    June 5, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Polly’s due…

  32. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Inge sucks.

  33. Dave Wagner

    June 5, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    He’s awesome, end of story.

    Also, I can’t believe what a great job Grilli’s done so far today.

  34. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 10:01 pm


  35. Dave Wagner

    June 5, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    cib –

    I will be at Friday’s game. Durbin’s pitching that night, so the thing’s in the bag.

  36. Chris Y.

    June 5, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Naah, tonight it’s already the “Nate sucks” debate.

  37. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Josh Lewin vs. Mario Impemba. Discuss.

  38. billfer

    June 5, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Not real impressive ab’s from the 3-4 guys this inning.

  39. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Man, we are leaving waaay too many guys on base.

  40. Dead Rabbit

    June 5, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    cib…i have the 27 game sat package…but, unfortunatly, this next sat i have to go to my wife’s h.s. reunion…

  41. McB.

    June 5, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Even if we lose this game… the silver lining is that Grilli’s self-confidence should be improved after the last few outings he’s had.

  42. billfer

    June 5, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Excellent, excellent outing by Jason Grilli. If the Tigers come back and win this, it’s in large part because of what Grilli did.

  43. cib

    June 5, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    Dead, et al., I have the 27 game “Friday” pkg but there are not enough Friday home games this year so the tickets are all over the map. I also end up at additional games because I work downtown and it’s easy to walk over if the weather is good. Hopefully this is an early h s reunion, like the 10th, after that nobody cares about showing off a spouse any more, lol.
    Leaving the bases loaded in the first is haunting me about right now.

  44. Shane trapped in Athens, Ohio

    June 5, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    I just wanted to bring something up I heard on the Rangers broadcast. What, do you think, are the chances the Tigers organization retire both Trammell’s and Whitaker’s numbers at Comerica? I think Trammell is a lock, but if they retire Trammel, don’t they have to retire Whitaker?
    Your thoughts?

  45. Shawn in Tokyo

    June 5, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    23 left on base so far…7 for Guillen…ouch…

  46. Kevin in Austin

    June 5, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Way to get out of a jam Byrdak. Now let’s pick him up.

  47. Kevin in Austin

    June 5, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    I would think that it is almost certain that Granderson will PH next inning. Why is he not in right now? He likely would have had that ball. I’m not used to second guessing Leyland…

  48. Joey C.

    June 5, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Vintage Rodney.

    He needs to get better at keeping track of runners.

  49. Kathy

    June 5, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Fernando Rodney, welcome back… Texas.

  50. Bobby

    June 5, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Meet the new Rodney… same as the old Rodney.

    Does anyone still have Joe Table’s number?

  51. Kevin in Austin

    June 5, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Something is wrong with Polanco. I think he’s afraid to take any time off b/c of what happened last August.

  52. Kathy

    June 6, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Disapointing start and disappointing finish.

  53. Shawn in Tokyo

    June 6, 2007 at 12:10 am

    We should have started GriMiByRod instead of Robertson…10 strikeouts, 1 earned run. ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Kevin in Austin

    June 6, 2007 at 12:11 am

    The bullpen was definitely encouraging (save Rodney – is it me, or does he look like he’s about to crap his pants every time out there?).

  55. Adam

    June 6, 2007 at 3:54 am

    Sorry billfer- I’ve been to two games he pitched and gave up 4 home runs in each one…so I guess I’m biased.

  56. Andrew

    June 6, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Ouch, Nate, ouch.

  57. Kurt

    June 6, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Adam, maybe you’re just a jinx ๐Ÿ˜‰

  58. Hoosier Tiger

    June 6, 2007 at 10:33 am

    So I turn to the Morning Friendly, looking for some sort of explanation as to why the ususally steady Natew Robertson can’t get anyone out, and of course there’s nothing on the subject. I look forward to more non-news in Sunday’s expanded section of fluff (do their writers do anything besides player profiles?).

    What happened to Gum Time? I’m hoping this is just a rough stretch like Kenny Rogers had last year (prompting Lynn Henning to advocate moving him to the bullpen and bringing up a AAA’er….not so much).