Game 75: Rangers at Tigers

PREGAME: The Tigers return home for the next couple weeks after getting through a 9 game DH-less stint with an 8-1 record.

The Tigers have struggled in the game after Sunday night games, what with getting in late and quite frankly probably being sleepy. But this time they are coming home, and it was a shorter flight, and they didn’t change time zones. So it might not be so bad.

They’ll face Kameron Loe who they saw a couple weeks ago, and knocked out with 9 runs in 2 2/3 innings. In his next start he threw 8 shutout innings against the Pirates and turned in a quality start in his last turn against the Cubs.

Jeremy Bonderman looks to extend his unbeaten streak. He’s had the benefit of some good offense his last few times out. Bonderman hasn’t recorded an out beyond the 6th inning since his first start back from the DL on May 24th.

The real question though is what Tiger will start padding his resume for player of the week honors. There’s pressure to keep it going with Carlos Guillen being the 3rd Tiger in as many weeks to pick up the award.

For more see: TEX @ DET, Monday, June 25, 2007 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 7:05

POSTGAME
: All good things must come to an end, and the winning streak is toast. I’ll give credit to the Rangers, they got in later than the Tigers this morning, and put a thumping on them. The team just looked out of sync all game. There were only a handful of hard hit balls for the Tigers. And early threats were squandered.

Jeremy Bonderman wasn’t sharp. His final numbers look okay, but he was all over with his control, especially on a routine throw to first. Eulogio De La Cruz had even more trouble and turned it into a blow out.

Jim Leyland was overmanaging early on. He had Sean Casey steal with a full count to Monroe. He sac bunted Brandon Inge in the second inning, playing for small ball with a big ball offense.

Alas, the streak is over. But at least Granderson got a triple…

36 thoughts on “Game 75: Rangers at Tigers”

  1. Which one of you stat gurus wants to tell me which catchers have caught the most no-hitters in their career? I’m not testing anyone, I just legitimately don’t know but would like to. On another note, I’m very excited about the chance to play the Rangers while the Indians play a series against Oakland. This is our chance to get 1 or 2 more games of separation.

  2. Exactly. Bonderman’s first inning has gained the ability to insert itself anywhere in the game…

  3. Now would be a good time to for a 4 run rally. Not sure how long Bonderman will go tonight, but he is already at 99 pitches.

  4. I’ve been switching between this game and Maroth’s start for the Cardinals. I’m actually cheering for the Cardinals, and it’s making me hate myself.

  5. Kind of a different start for Bondo, saving his 1st inning until the 3rd.

    Great job by Inge and Granderson there. One thing we’ve seen with this team is they can score runs with 2 outs.

  6. I think I’m feening for NL style ball. It’s ridiculous, but it really does have a different feel to it. I suppose I’ll be alright after a game or two.

  7. fyi Maroth has gone 7 innings with two hits allowed, and he’s still in there. He’s also made a sac bunt, a single, and made two pickoffs… a pretty spectacular debut.

  8. I’m so glad to see Maroth do well for the Cards. I like him a lot, but he was the odd man out here and I hope he can make a difference for St Louis.

    However, this doesn’t seem to be DLC’s night. Well, you win some you lose some. I guess you could say we were due. Hopefully now we’ll just come back stronger the rest of the week.

  9. Here we go. C-Mo needs to step it up a notch. I am starting to like Infante as an everyday LF.

  10. Tom Grieve on the Rangers TV broadcast just made a great point. The difference b/w Casey and Monroe is that at 3-1, Casey takes a pitch. Monroe “selfishly” swung at 3-1, even though we are down by 6 runs.

  11. I’d like to thank Billfer for pointing out Maroth had a blog. I wondered what he was thinking and how he felt about the trade. What a beautiful tribute he wrote about Detroit and the fans. He’s the real deal.

  12. His numbers are not cutting it. I would rather see Infante there as an everyday player until we see some noticeable decline in his numbers. He does not have the power of Monroe but at least he puts the ball in play.

  13. I didn’t get the sac bunt in the 2nd inning. We’re facing the league’s worst pitching staff and we’ve got the best offense. no need to sacrifice an out because 9/10 games against Texas we’re going to light up the scoreboard.

  14. I would think we could get a lefty to at least platoon with Monroe in left. How much does Texas want for Lofton?? They are going no where. How about Griffey?

    -Sam

  15. I’m hoping Craig goes on a tear through July like he normally does and we can offer him up as trade bait. I’m fine with Thames putting up the same numbers for fractions of the cost.

  16. I said at the end of last season that they should have dealt Monroe, his value was never going to be higher. They could have ripped someone off. He’s the best fourth outfielder in the majors, a true AAAA All-Star.

  17. And on a completely irrelevant personal note, can I just say how much better Bonderman looks now that he’s let some hair grow?

  18. Maybe we can get Mike back later in the year. In 1988 the Tigers picked up Dickie Noles from the Cubs for a player to be named later. He pitched 4 games for us. After the season the player to be named was…Dickie Noles. A couple weeks later the Cubs released him. Wacky.

  19. The Tigers don’t travel well. The team is 13-13 in the first games of series this season. They are 32-17 in all other games.

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