Game 136: Tigers at Athletics

PREGAME: Afternoon tilt tomorrow with Justin Verlander and Dan Haren doing battle. It seems so long ago that there was debate about who should start the All Star game and both pitchers were in the discussion.

Game Time 3:55

39 Comments

  1. Adam

    September 1, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    I say Pudge deserved a double there, but whatcha gonna do?

    Maggs with RBI 120.

  2. Kathy

    September 1, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    I got a good feeling about today!

  3. boombotti

    September 1, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    I knew I recognized the announcer today, he is on MLB 07 the Show video game.

  4. bob

    September 1, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    anyone noticing that verlander’s velocity is a little off today? he’s only getting up to 94 on the gameday radar

    anyhow, who’s your tiger today?

  5. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Curtis Granderson. EVERY day.

  6. bob

    September 1, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    looks like verlander’s arm finally loosened up; he’s back in the mid to upper 90s…gotta go with verlander for today

  7. Vince in MN

    September 1, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    I vote Ryan Raburn for regular thirdbaseman. Let Mr. Future Gold Glove sit for a while.

  8. Vince in MN

    September 1, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Another runner left on third with less than two outs.

  9. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Oh thank goodness. This monstrous Cust is quickly replacing Jim Thome in my nightmares!!

  10. Anthony

    September 1, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    No matter what the Tigers do the rest of the season, nothing will top the abortion I witnessed at Michigan Stadium today. The Tigers look like the ’04 Pistons in comparison.

  11. boombotti

    September 1, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    So, does Leyland send Verlander out next inning? I wouldn’t.

  12. Stephen

    September 1, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Ok, I bow to Leyland’s madcap playing of Timo. He’s like the dude who hits on 18 in blackjack and gets a three. It pisses off all the other players, but he’s up 500 bucks. Now Leyland, do what those casino guys rarely do: cash in your chips and go home!

  13. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Madcap. I love it. Who’s printing up the Timo Tshirts??

    Now can we please get out of this inning???

  14. Andrew

    September 1, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    What’s the all-time record for triples by a team in a season?

  15. Vince in MN

    September 1, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Leyland is an idiot. Not only doesn’t he look at the standings, but he apparently avoids glancing at pitching charts, stat sheets, batting orders or any other type of baseball related reading material.

  16. Vince in MN

    September 1, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Seay does the job, but there was absolutely no reason for that situation to arise in the first place.

  17. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Bobby Seay. Sweet.

  18. boombotti

    September 1, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Yeah I don’t understand why he didn’t go to the bullpen after Stewarts hit.

  19. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Andrew, regarding your triples question:

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/rb_trip2.shtml

  20. Andrew

    September 1, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks!

  21. Vince in MN

    September 1, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Baseball Almanac is a good site. That triples record will never be broken.

    I guess if Timo is going to play, and why wouldn’t you the way he is hitting (although keeping him off the field by having him DH might be an option), having him in the 9-hole might not be such a bad idea since this should give CG more opportunities to drive in runs with his propensity to get extra base hits.

    Can we get past the Cameron Maybin experiment?

  22. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Man I miss Rod and Mario. The FOx Announcers are discussing how Curtis ought to instruct Cameron on the best way to wear his sunglasses. They’re right but it’s still annoying!!!

  23. Vince in MN

    September 1, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    An interesting stat:

    http://www.baseballmusings.com.....tterType=1

    Drop down to the batting by lineup slot section. Notice how he 6-9 slots have been Death Valley for the Tigers this year compared to the 1-5 slots.

  24. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Oh hell. Why is Jones pitching when it’s not a save situation??

  25. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Oh happy day. Kathy was right!
    See you all tomorrow!

  26. Jim

    September 1, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    cib: it’s been a while since he pitched. They’re just giving him some work to keep him regular.

  27. Vince in MN

    September 1, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    cib:

    My doctor says the same thing: eating lots of fruits and vegetables and doing a reasonable amount of physical work should keep me regular.

  28. cib

    September 1, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Jim – right, now that I think of it I can’t remember the last time he pitched. Which means we haven’t had games to save . . . .

    You boys. Always with the potty humor . . . have a great evening.

  29. Kathy

    September 1, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Bazardo, Infante, Hessman, and Cappelan were called up.

  30. Mike R

    September 2, 2007 at 12:26 am

    With Timo Perez coming up early, all of those names added to the roster look like Mays, Koufax, Wagner, and Gibson.

  31. ron

    September 2, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Have to win one more game than the Yankees each week til the end of the season and were in.

  32. Bill A \ Kal.MI

    September 2, 2007 at 8:26 am

    should give CG more opportunities to drive in runs with his propensity to get extra base hits.

    Grandy gets extra bases because of his speed. and that is why he’s the lead off man. we have good hitters in the center of the line up. and that is why Leyland is the manager

    we’ve lost like 900 man game days to injuries this year and I think Jim has done a very good job in working around those with the players available to him

    it’s been a rough season. but this is MLB and nobody said it would be easy.

    we had a good win ysterday and a good game for JV. let’s get out there and clean up this series this afternoon

  33. Bill A \ Kal.MI

    September 2, 2007 at 8:50 am

    from the DetNews game wrap

    The Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth off reliever Andrew Brown, who yielded a single to Perez before the right fielder stole second, and then scored on a Granderson single.

    Oakland started to rally in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs as Detroit replaced Verlander with reliever Bobby Seay, who struck out Jack Cust looking.

    it just don’t get no better, folks :) This is baseball at its best.

    a game of characters. and our Tigers have turned into a wonderful band of some of the best characters to play the game

  34. JMD

    September 2, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Bill, do you even read what you write before you post it? Leyand is manager because we have good hitters in the center of the lineup? Is that what you are saying? Because that’s one of the dumbest things I’ve read in a while. Goodness.

  35. Kathy

    September 2, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Keeping Grandy in the leadoff position is what I believe he’s referring to JMD rather than Polly or some other players as has been suggested by some other folks.

  36. guesswho

    September 2, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    I know it’s early but just a quick survey of tiger players who will not be here in 2008 my guess is Brandon Inge,Sean Casey
    Ivan Rodregiuz, Todd Jones,Nate Robertson.

  37. Kurt

    September 2, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    I’m about 99% sure you’re wrong on Inge. Probably wrong on Robertson. Pudge, I lean towards them bringing him back out of lack of options whether or not it’s a good idea.

    Jones, I don’t know. If they move Rodney/Zoomer to closer, they’ll need to buy a setup man or find one in the organization. Not as easily done as said. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s gone. Casey, I agree, is not coming back.

  38. Kathy

    September 2, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    My guess would be Casey, unless he wants to ride the pine in Detroit. Since his kids are still pretty young, he might go the free agent route and see if he can get a multi-year deal. He’s making 4 million now but I don’t know my baseball players well enough to know if there’s a team out there who would offer him more than that or a multi year deal.

    No clue on the other guys.

  39. Jim

    September 2, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    The only one I think that’s certain is Casey.