Game 89: Tigers at Mariners

PREGAME: It’s game 3 of the 4 game set and it will be Kenny Rogers taking on Miguel Batista.

Batista’s peripherals aren’t that impressive. A 5.9 K/9 and a 1.55 K/BB ratio won’t really wow anyone, but he does have 3 straight quality starts. Gary Sheffield should be smiling tonight as he comes in hitting .346 with 5 homers in 31 PA’s against Batista. Looking at Batista’s splits, the key is to jump on him early. The OPS against is 868 the first time through the lineup, and it drops to 738 the second turn.

For the Tigers Kenny Rogers looks for his 4th straight win since coming off the disabled list. The thing to watch tonight is his endurance. He went from 75 to 84 to 95 pitches in his first 3 starts. He has had plenty of rest with the All Star Break, but he also hasn’t really had a chance to get stretched out yet either.

Placido Polanco returns to the lineup tonight and Marcus Thames will start in left field again. Otherwise the lineup is full of the usual suspects. Pudge Rodriguez was suspended one game, but he isn’t serving that tonight as he hits 6th.

Game Time 10:05

DET @ SEA, Saturday, July 14, 2007 Game Preview –

: A pounding headache and 3 straight West Coast games have me feeling out of it, so this’ll be real quick:

  • The first game of the series and the last game before the break the Tigers kicked the ball around. Last night and tonight the defense was quite exceptional – with Brandon Inge turning in 3 highlights over the 2 nights.
  • Of course there was an error tonight, but that was from Kenny Rogers who really hurt his cause. Between the error and the walks, and the grand slam, it really was a defense independent pitching performance.
  • Rogers is typically a ground ball pitcher, but there were a lot of balls in the air tonight.
  • Bruce Froemming is basically a cartoon at this point. But he was pretty consistent, so I won’t get too upset. Kenny couldn’t get calls on the edges of the strike zone which will make for a long night.
  • Batista didn’t look that tough, at least from my viewpoint on my couch in Michigan. But the Tigers couldn’t really touch him.
  • Actually, Granderson, Sheffield, and Rodriguez seemed to hit him pretty hard. Just not enough fell.
  • Still, the Tigers put up a couple runs in the 8th. And Raul Ibanez made a very nice running catch that saved putting the tying run on 2nd with one out.


  1. Ken from Cincinnati

    July 14, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    I get more pumped up to watch a Kenny Rogers start than anyone else on the pitching staff. It’s just amazing what he can do at his age and it’s fascinating to watch him work a batter. Let’s get a win here tonight gang, because it looks like the Indians might drop one to the Royals.

  2. rene in Oki

    July 14, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    CBS blogger just said Granderson is a poor man’s Ricky Henderson.

  3. Ryan S

    July 14, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    MLB Extra Innings is on Free Preview this weekend. So if you’re like me and are used to just following on MLB Gameday or the like, you can actually watch it live for a change! I’m on Time Warner Cable in NYC. I’m not sure if it’s a local promotion or nationwide, but check it out.

  4. billfer

    July 14, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    rene – are you stationed at the marine base?

  5. rene

    July 14, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    I was, am retired now and working as a contractor for the Marines.

  6. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Ryan S! Great tip man! I’m in NYC on Time Warner as well and I would’ve had no idea this was on had you not said so. Now I get to watch Rod and Mario instead of the Seattle broadcast on Thanks!

  7. Ben in Denver

    July 14, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you Ryan!

  8. Kathy

    July 14, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Seems like Kenny had to throw a lot of pitches that 1st inning.

  9. rene

    July 14, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    And the pitching fielding woes continue.

  10. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Ryan, what channel in NYC? In brooklyn, feverishly looking for game..

  11. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    440 Stephen.

  12. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Where in Brooklyn Stephen?

  13. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Found it! Ryan, you are the wind beneath my wings!

  14. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Cobble Hill.

  15. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Nice. I used to live down there. Degraw and Henry. Now I’m in Williamsburg.

  16. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Ugh…loaded em up with no outs.

  17. rene

    July 14, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Time for a visit to the mound?

  18. Dave Wagner

    July 14, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    this is an atrocious strike zone. I don’t think I can load gameday charts up here, but check them out on Ugh.

  19. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    I’m at President & Henry. Williamsburg makes me feel supremely unhip, too many cool haircuts. Although i really like Diner, uh, the diner down by the bridge.

  20. billfer

    July 14, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Not so sure Casey should have cut that. It appeared to be on line and Sexon is slow

  21. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Great brunch at Diner.

    My man the whole hipster thing is overblown.

    Should that have been cut-off? I guess if you see Jojhima going, you need to make that play.

  22. rene

    July 14, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    You’re are right, Sexon is as slow as Casey.

  23. billfer

    July 14, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Dave – especially the Beltre at bat. Rogers was missing pretty bad on the other walk and the 3 balls to Betancourt. But to Beltre he made pretty good pitches at the top and bottom of the strike zone – and didn’t get either one.

    And with enhanced gameday these locations are done by a series of cameras, not someone’s judgement in the press box.

  24. Dave Wagner

    July 14, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    The call on the last pitch of that Beltre AB was hilarious

  25. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    What does everyone think about that Ichiro contract?

  26. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Yes, the Eggs Benedict, bacon, and a Mimosa at Diner has cured many a hangover. And started news ones. I also have a problem with Williamsburg’s lack of trees.

    [sorry guys for all the NYC talk. we now we return to our regularly scheduled programming]

    Man, if I had MLB extra Innings i swear i would never leave the house. It’s video crack. Must. Not. Order.

  27. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Casey was totally bailing out Sexson. The slow men have a secret fraternity that overrules team loyalty.

  28. rene

    July 14, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Joey: Money well spent in my mind.

  29. Dave Wagner

    July 14, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    i must read batista’s mystery novel

  30. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    One last thing Stephen…you live in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in a beautiful city. And I do miss the trees. Although I’m out east a bit and we have some tree lined streets. It still isn’t anywhere near as pretty. Lots of Italians around here too though which I love. Need my cannoli.

    Damn. That play at the plate hurts.

    Ichiro looks pretty broke out there at the moment.

  31. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    I think that given the current spending spree MLB is currently mired in, it could be worse (and it would’ve been had he tested the market). But still, that’s an insane amount of cash for a dude who doesn’t slug.

  32. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    So much for Rogers throwing too many pitches. Wow.

  33. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Yeah, my neighborhood kind of rocks. When the sun is going down hitting all the brownstones and I’m going for run underneath the Promenande I feel incredibly happy.

    THe thing with Ichiro is he’s got lot of miles on those wheels. If he slows down a bit and doesn’t leg out as many hits all of a sudden you’re paying tens of millions for a guy hitting .295 with a .345 oba. That’s Luis Polonia territory.

  34. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Totally. He’ll be 39 when the contract ends. Any slowdown in the legs or reflexes and that dude isn’t worth anywhere near that money.

  35. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    This umpire crew is hilarious.

  36. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    I’m wondering who would win the one arm man fight between mclaren and willie randolph. That i would pay to see.

  37. billfer

    July 14, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Froemming has been an embarrassment this series.

  38. Lee Panas

    July 14, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Quick thinking by Magglio there.

  39. Jim

    July 14, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Did he really just pinch mags?

    Man..this has been a weird series

  40. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Haha! Willie would kick the crap out of him.

  41. Lee Panas

    July 14, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Tigers are not benefitting from aggressive base running tonight.

  42. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    Maggs gets a great jump and is thrown out by five feet. I’m gonna say Sheffield, better numbers since April 30, excellent baserunning etc.. is my new Tigers mvp. Not down on Maggs, just think Sheff has been better.

  43. rene

    July 14, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    Ichiro may not be worth it as a player, but he is well worth it in marketing money to the Mariners. Seattle would colaspe in ticket sales and merchandising without him.

  44. billfer

    July 14, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    It’s just been line drives for Pudge in this series.

  45. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Rene, very true. Plus there’s a ton of revenue coming back from Japan. They had to do it, but three years from now if Ichiro goes into decline those seats are gonna be empty AND they’re gonna be shelling out 20 million plus. I don’t envy that team.

  46. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    That’s definitely true Rene. I guess I hope the Tigers don’t ever end up with an aging Japanese icon on the team.

  47. Ryan S

    July 14, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Joey C and Stephen – glad I could help with the Extra Innings tip. I’m in Brooklyn, too! Windsor Terrace. Good to know there’s other Tiger fans around.

  48. rene

    July 14, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Didn’t we have Nomo for a year?

  49. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Yeah, but we sure as crap weren’t gonna be paying him 30 mil for five.

  50. billfer

    July 14, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    This is the inning we beat up on Batista. I base this on nothing.

  51. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Oh wait…that’s gonna be ARods next contract. I can’t keep track.

  52. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Windsor Terrace is another great neighborhood!

  53. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks Ryan, much appreciated. Ride my bike up around Windsor Terrace all the time.

    We had Nomo in 2000, the year we almost played .500 ball.. Higgy, Polonia, Moehler.. Ah the memories.

  54. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Man, Batista is working fast.

  55. billfer

    July 14, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Yeah, I won’t be doing that anymore

  56. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Hey Leonard Smalls is at the game tonight!

  57. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    OMG! INGE!

  58. Jason from Somewhere

    July 14, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Just a thought as I watch his slump, would you take over or under on Maggs hitting .330 by the end of the year?

  59. Ryan S

    July 14, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Granderson – nice.

    Inge – WOW!!!

  60. Ben in Denver

    July 14, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Ok. That’s it. I think Inge is going to make me order Extra Innings.

  61. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Ingesantity! That’s one of the ten best plays i’ve seen live on television.

  62. Lee Panas

    July 14, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Wow, that was some great defense that inning.

  63. billfer

    July 14, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    I appreciate the effort and all from Inge, and the play was amazing, but a belly flop on to the stairs? Ouch.

  64. Ben in Denver

    July 14, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    The free preview goes through Wednesday, so we get 2 games vs. the Twins too.

  65. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    Leonard Smalls/Tex Cobb cannot believe what he just saw. Then again, he hasn’t remembered much since the Larry Holmes pounding.

  66. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    Nice research Ben.

  67. Ben in Denver

    July 14, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    Billfer – agreed. I was wincing and afraid for a broken elbow or wrist.

    The crowd reaction was fun to watch.

  68. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Free preview until wed? I see myself blowing a deadline, gaining ten pounds and hiring a sniper to kill Froemming

  69. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    Hey Stephen who do you write for?

  70. Dave Wagner

    July 14, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    Can Froemming just retire already?

  71. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Mostly New York Magazine and some for the NYT Magazine.

  72. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Saw yer boss on Charlie Rose a couple of weeks ago. Got a link to that Sheff article?

  73. Eric Jackson

    July 14, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    I thought the catch Inge made was no longer legal:

    “Fielders will not be allowed to step into a dugout to catch a foul ball. They will be allowed to reach in but must have at least one foot on or over the playing surface.

    Should they fall into either a dugout or into the stands after making a legal catch, all baserunners will be allowed to advance one base.”

  74. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    I do not like the way this game is going. I feel like a fight is going to break out.

  75. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Eric, is that a new rule? I don’t think the dugout part applies to the stands. And since it was the third out, the runners advancing a base isn’t applicable.

  76. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Nice. Thanks!

  77. Ryan S

    July 14, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Eric – I think that ruling refers to players establishing position off the field before making the catch, which you cannot do. Making the catch while diving in, then landing off the field is legal. The second bit would suggest that if that hadn’t been the third out, runners could have advanced (was anyone on at the time – I forget)

  78. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Serious squeeze going on here.

  79. Kathy

    July 14, 2007 at 11:53 pm


  80. Dave Wagner

    July 14, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    I have seen 3-4 more pitches in this inning alone that were strikes according to EG. This must be infuriating for Rogers.

  81. Joey C.

    July 14, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    This sucks.

  82. Stephen

    July 14, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Rogers could punch Froemming and get thrown out.

  83. Eric Jackson

    July 14, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Ya, you guys are probably right about it being the third out making the runners moving up irrelevant. I don’t think there were any on at the time anyway.

    That grand slam just hurt quite a bit as well 🙁

  84. Dave Wagner

    July 14, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    congrats, umpiring crew, you’ve finally managed to throw this game

  85. Ryan S

    July 14, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Maybe I should go back to watching on Gameday. That hurt to watch.

  86. billfer

    July 15, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Before we blame the umps, Froemming has been consistent for the most part. Seattle as deserves credit for laying off those close pitches. The Tigers just haven’t done anything with the balls they’ve seen over the plate.

  87. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Hey guys, we should all be thankful that Froemming has put the universe back in proper alignment. Things were just too unbalanced after Sheff’s knock last night. Now we can all go about the rest of the weekend without having to look over our shoulders.

  88. Dave Wagner

    July 15, 2007 at 12:04 am

    But they can afford to lay off pitches when they know that anything remotely borderline won’t be called a strike. Without the entire bottom fifth of the strikezone, a finesse pitcher is going to be in trouble.

  89. Stephen

    July 15, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Let me try and lighten the mood. This is my favorite Tigers story. Back in the 60s/70s the Tigers had a longtime pinch hitter named Gates Brown. Check out his stats, they’re sort of hilarious. .200 one year, .350 the next and back below the Mendoza line and so on.
    Gates mostly pinch hit ’cause he couldn’t field and was a bit fat. One day, Gates was in the clubhouse enjoying a hot dog early in a game when he was suddenly called to pinch hit unexpectedly. Gates raced to the plate, tucking his shirt in and fastening his belt. He promptly hit a gapper and belly flopped his way into second. When Gates stood up his jersey was covered in red and yellow.
    He had stuck his half-finished hot dog in his waistband.
    Perphaps apocryphal, but still great.

  90. Ryan S

    July 15, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Gates was the Tiger hitting coach in the ’84 season, right?

  91. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:11 am


  92. Kathy

    July 15, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Gates “Gator” Brown hit a pinch home run in his first major league at-bat and became known as a pinch-hitter deluxe. His 16 career pinch home runs are tied for fourth all-time, trailing Cliff Johnson (20), Jerry Lynch (18) and John Vander Wal. Through 2000, Gates was 10th all-time in career pinch-hits (107) and his .462 pinch-hit average in 1968 was third among players with 35+ PH AB; only Ed Kranepool (1974, .486) and Frenchy Bordagaray (1938, .465) were higher. Although seldom used as a regular, Brown was a great fan-favorite during his 13 Tiger career. After retiring following the 1975 season, he was a Detroit Tigers coach from 1978 to 1984. In 1989, he became manager of the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He coaches at Tiger Fantasy Camp in Lakeland, FL.

    [edit]Notable Achievements
    Won a World Series Ring with the Detroit Tigers in 1968

  93. Kurt

    July 15, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Okay, I finally caught up. I don’t blame Froemming for this one. But I do think he’s nuts.

  94. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Ichiro looks lost.

  95. Ben in Denver

    July 15, 2007 at 12:22 am

    Ichiro did not look good there at all.

    Where do Grandy’s triples this year rank in the record books?

  96. Kathy

    July 15, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Froemming is just past his prime, period. He’s so overweight he looks like he’s ready to have a heart attack. Probably should have retired when he was 65.

  97. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:24 am

    I think he’s on pace to hit more than anyone in the modern era. Dudes used to hit 30 or more in the early 1900s.

  98. Stephen

    July 15, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Hey McLaren took off his sling! i think he was just wearing it so he could park in a handicapped spot.

  99. Kurt

    July 15, 2007 at 12:25 am

    He’s 10 from the AL mark. He’s on pace to pass the modern mark. The all-time mark of 39 is never gonna fall… never say never.. but yah.

  100. Kurt

    July 15, 2007 at 12:27 am

  101. Kathy

    July 15, 2007 at 12:27 am

    They got Putz throwing in the bullpen.

  102. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Nice Guillen!

    Baseball reference lists the record as 36 by chief wilson (?) in 1912.

  103. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:30 am

    Damn…I thought that was out.

  104. Ryan S

    July 15, 2007 at 12:30 am

    That’s two really well hit balls that have gone for outs for Pudge tonight. Beautiful catch by Ibanez.

  105. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:30 am

    I hope Casey gets on for Thames.

  106. Kurt

    July 15, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Looked out to me too. But awesome play by them to make the catch and save a run.

  107. Jim

    July 15, 2007 at 12:36 am


    Like your writing. I read the Damon piece too

  108. Stephen

    July 15, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Hey, thanks Jim. You couldn’t have two more kind of guys than Damon and Sheffield, but they both were pretty fascinating to write about. And they both play hard which is the main thing.

  109. ron

    July 15, 2007 at 12:42 am

    Wow, a den of Tiger fans from NYC. Got Brooklyn and Queens(Whitestone) covered. If he doesn’t catch that ball… Live in an Italian neighborhood,too. Great food abounds. All right, going to the ninth, two runs down. Gotta get to this Puts or whatever his name is.

  110. Stephen

    July 15, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Yeah, notice we’re all in the city that never sleeps and we’re blogging about the Tigers on a Saturday night! Priorities, right?

  111. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:48 am

    The Detroit diaspora casts a wide net my friends.

  112. Joey C.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:49 am


    I can’t believe I’m actually used to hearing about a dude with this name and not falling over laughing anymore.

  113. Ryan S

    July 15, 2007 at 12:49 am

    From the city that never sleeps…that’s where I’m going. Better one tomorrow…

  114. Keith G.

    July 15, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Very discouraging that we’ve lost two of three all the while holding Ichiro in check. I thought the key to this series would be keeping Ichiro from getting off but it hasn’t panned out that way. Seattle scares me, they just seem to do what it takes to scratch out wins. Tonight their so-so catcher parks a grand slam off of Rogers. Beltre looks like Ichiro in this series and Betancourt came up with his usual key hit against us inthe 4th with his RBI single. Need Justin V. to come up big tomorrow. We need a split here. It’d be nice to get a healthy lead too so we don’t have to see Putz. This guy is out of nowhere is the new Mariano Rivera.

  115. Stephen

    July 15, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Dave W: How ’bout Maybin for Putz? I kid.
    I wish i could be angrier about the loss, but getting to see the game from the comfort of my own pad has diluted my bile. Promise I will bring bitterness tomorrow. ‘Night guys/girls.

  116. ron

    July 15, 2007 at 12:52 am

    Oh man,Putz is from Trenton and U of M. Where have I been? Get em’ tomorrow.

  117. Ben in Denver

    July 15, 2007 at 12:58 am

    I thought we were in good shape with tonight’s pitching matchup. Oh well. Props to Inge and Grandy for the dinger and another triple.

    Good night everybody.

  118. Mike R

    July 15, 2007 at 1:52 am

    So, someone explain to me how and why Kenny Rogers is still in the game with the bases loaded and no one out in a one run ball game on the road against the surprise team of the American League who happen to have one of the best bullpens in the majors when he was clearly not feeling it and getting squeezed in the strike zone by Bruce Froemming? Because I just do not understand it.

  119. Jeff

    July 15, 2007 at 3:02 am

    Because Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney are not back (and not back at 100%) and until they are, Jim Leyland doesn’t trust his middle relief over Kenny Rogers in that situation.

  120. Mike R

    July 15, 2007 at 4:05 am

    Even after Rogers walked 2 straight batters, was getting squeezed by a tight zone, Seattle’s hitters not chasing and his inability to get any ground balls? Chad Durbin and Zach Miner are better options in that situation. If they come in and get a GB or only give up a 2-run single, it’s 4-1 and not 6-1. I don’t care who’s in our bullpen, a tiring Rogers who’s not throwing strikes in just his 4th start back and first after the all-star break is not the best option in that situation.

  121. ron

    July 15, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Cleveland, Minnesoto and now Seattle. Yikes. And I don’t trust those damn Yankees either.

  122. Dave Wagner

    July 15, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Stephen and I are incapable of being bitter about the same game, so it’s on me to keep the acerbity going. Here’s what gets me: Kenny tried to adapt to the strike zone. Really, he did. After he got an inkling as to how little he had to work with on the bottom, he tried to feel out the upper limit, too (see first or second Beltre AB). Froemming didn’t give him a pitch in the mid-upper left of the zone, which must have led Kenny to believe he had about four inches total to pitch to. Unfortunately, Seattle hitters came to the same conclusion, and took any pitch that wasn’t basically right down the middle.

    I don’t understand your assertion of Froemming’s consistency, Billfer, as Betancourt was apparently given calls beyond what Rogers could expect. In Casey’s first AB, Betancourt threw a breaking ball to almost the exact same spot as Rogers in the above Beltre AB and got a strike (also, see Rodriguez’s AB in the 6th inning for indications of Froemming’s inconsistencies on outside pitches). I don’t know why this bias occurred, since I can’t imagine Froemming would have any motivation for it, but it seemingly existed nonetheless.

    I can’t remember the last time I was this annoyed at an umpire. Is it due to my love of Kenny, or am I simply using it as an excuse to avoid studying for the GRE? We may never know.

  123. Ed in Or

    July 16, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    I was at this game and Rogers looked beat up and exhausted from the start. You could tell something was up with him. Maybe just a bit rusty from the extra time off?

  124. Bix

    July 16, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Hey Ed, and everyone else,

    the Mrs.Bix and I were at this game too — 3rd row, right ont he bag at 3B, FANTASTIC seats — and I have a few observations to pass on:

    1.) I think Kenny was more annoyed than exhausted. I actually chatted a bit with him before the game as he walked out to stretch, and he seemed in really good spirits and fired up. But I think Froemming was KILLING him emotionally/mentally. When Leyland came out to get him there was ZERO emotion as he left.

    2.) I think Inge just gets bored sometimes. He and the 3B ump had some kind of running joke all day, and both of them were giggling nonstop at each other. They may have been laughing about a fan or something, as everytime a baserunner got to third, both of them would talk to him, and then all three of them would start laughing. Funny stuff. And Mrs.Bix loved being so close to him…he’s HER Tiger.

    3.) I know sometimes Inge makes the EASY plays look hard, and he occasionally wings a simple throw into the dugout…but he also routinely makes the HARD plays look easy. He made two amazing digs, and then that play in the seats — about 5 feet from us, mind you — is easily the best play I’ve ever seen anyone make in person, and maybe just plain ever. I tried to get the D50 up fast enough to get a picture of it, but all I got was the aftermath of him digging himself out of the crowd (which was kinda funny). I was worried he might be dead, as he went in HARD. The whole team mobbed him on the way to the dugout.

    4.) My Tiger? Grandy — and it’s not even close (tho I love em all). He came over and chatted with me (yes, with his glove on his head) and a boatload of other Tiger fans (surprising number in attendance) and signed autos for 10-15 minutes before the game. I complimented him on his blog, said it makes for good reading, and for his interest/support of Brian Bluhm and his family after the VT shootings. He is/was SUPER classy and friendly, and no matter what happens with Maybin and CF over the next few years, I pray he’s a guy we keep around, as genuinely good people are an asset to a team that you can’t measure by stats (oh, and he’s 7th in the AL in SLG%). Told him to go out and have a good game…so he hits the 4th pitch of the game out to Rt Center. I take credit for that. 🙂

    What else…Ibanez’s catch was awesome, and the crowd was getting a little antsy at that point, so it was a killer. Froemming was HORRIBLE, and I think both team’s fans had had it with him. Johjima’s grand slam was crappy, but cool to see, as it’s the first one i’ve seen in person in several years, and was the wife’s first. Saw & talked to Zumaya before the game, he said he’s getting better and plays a little catch every few days now, but he’s still a ways off. I resisted the urge to ask how the finger injury was impacting his Guitar Hero. 🙂

    Lots of other thoughts, but those are the biggies. The Tigs are 0-for-the-last-5 games (incl Game 1 of the WS last fall) that I’ve been to…so I apologize to the community and the team for my karma issues. I’m working on them.

    Oh, and I took the 300mm lens and took a boatload of pics, so I’ll post some pics on Flickr and post the link here as soon as I get em up.

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  126. J Paul Muxworthy

    July 17, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    I do concur regarding Graderson. He seems to combine talent & class and that seems to be a rare commodity these days. So I do hope the Tigers can keep him around for a long time.
    By the by, I feel Todd Jones falls in that group as well. The guy impresses the daylights out of me.

    Paul M.
    Fort Worth, Texas

  127. Jakob

    July 25, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title Game 89: Tigers at Mariners. Thanks for informative article

  128. Vilyamtq

    January 19, 2008 at 3:57 pm