Game 10: Tigers at White Sox

PREGAME: Jose Contreras and Dontrelle Willis. I’d put the over/under on pitches thrown tonight at 400.

The Tigers trade one set of Sox for another one. They arrived in the Windy City around 3:30 this morning. They will send out Willis who’s spring training control issues carried over into his first start. He walked 7 in 5 innings last Saturday while only allowing 1 hit.

The White Sox send out Contreras who had his own issues last Friday in Detroit. He allowed 14 baserunners in just 5 innings of work.

Gary Sheffield sits tonight
due to finger swelling. Jacque Jones is your DH and Clete Thomas is your left fielder. Critique away.

1. Thomas, LF
2. Polanco, 2B
3. Guillen, 1B
4. Ordonez, RF
5. Cabrera, 3B
6. Jones, DH
7. Renteria, SS
8. Rodriguez, C
9. Inge, CF

I will say putting the Jones behind Cabrera isn’t a bad move to make Contreras think a little about pitching around Cabrera to get to a left hander.

This one is on FSN+, and by now you should know the drill.

Game Time 8:11

DET @ CHW, Friday, April 11, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

POSTGAME: For the second night in a row the bullpen is the story, but boy did they flip the script. Pressed into duty in the first inning, they picked up all 27 outs while allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks while fanning 10.

Aquilino Lopez who was supposed to be the Mud Hens closer went 4 innings and allowed the only run. He also wiggled out of a 2nd & 3rd none out situation allowing only 1 run to score.

Jason Grilli had an awful inning with a HBP and 2 walks, but wiggled out of it and chased it with back to back 1-2-3 innings.

Denny Bautista allowed a hit, but some bad baserunning and an excellent throw from Clete Thomas took care of Jermaine Dye’s single.

Todd Jones even pitched a 1-2-3 inning striking out the last 2 batters. Unreal. It was his first save opportunity of the season. Also unreal.

Offensively the Tigers plated 5 runs, and they probably deserved some more. There were multiple liners hit right at White Sox infielders. There were a couple rushed innings against Contreras, but they were generally patient.

The Tigers also got a hit with the bases loaded from Magglio Ordonez. Plus, Miguel Cabrera came up with a 2-out RBI. It’s starting to click like we had all hoped it would.

The only downside is that Willis may be out. Cabrera is becoming more hobbled. And Carlos Guillen’s hamstring started barking late in the game. There may be no bench tomorrow.

171 Comments

  1. Dave BW

    April 11, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    “Jacque Jones is your DH and Clete Thomas is your left fielder”… I just… there’s no words.

  2. Andrew

    April 11, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Perhaps the sun (well, the lights tonight anyway) will shine on old Jacque and he’ll go 3 for 4 tonight with 3 RBI.

    Oh, and if he does – I’ll eat my new Tigers cap.

  3. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    That’s just so weird. But perhaps no more weird than the season so far.

  4. Mark in Chicago

    April 11, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    I mean, why would we want to start Thames at DH? Or put Cabrera at DH, Inge at 3rd and Thomas in center? Oh, right. That would make sense.

    I guess we have to live with Jimmy’s hunches, I hope this one pays off…

  5. scotsw

    April 11, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Paging Marcus Themes… Paging Mr. Themes.

    This is also a golden opportunity to let Cabrera DH and keep his bat in the lineup, while giving Inge some quality time at 3B.

    I’d probably have Cabrera at DH, Inge at 3B, Thomas in CF and Themes in LF. But maybe I’m craaaazy.

    I’d also have Ryan Rayburn in a Tigs uniform, though, so what do I know?

  6. Shane Temporarily in Toledo

    April 11, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Hmm, why not let Ordonez or Cabrera DH tonight and move the other players around? Strange move, indeed.

  7. Mark in Chicago

    April 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Since 2000 the Sox are 93-54 against us. And people wonder why I hate the Sox.

    Well, that and Hawk Harrelson.

  8. Jason

    April 11, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Less weird than Pudge leading off.

  9. Walewander

    April 11, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    God, please just give us a freaking win here.

  10. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    can i get some odds on the over/under for walks and runs in the first number of innings. willis vs contreras, this could get ugly

  11. Rick G

    April 11, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I’m glad my fellow DTW’ers are having the same lineup questions that I am! Jacque Jones as the DH? Really makes you wonder what’s going on in Leyland’s brain. :o

  12. Walewander

    April 11, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Jacque Jones has a career OPS of 2.000 vs Floyd. You could look it up.

    (In 2 PAs)

  13. Walewander

    April 11, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    And it’s Contreras pitching! Ignore me.

  14. Mark in Chicago

    April 11, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Oh my goodness. None of those pitches were even close.

  15. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Why does their Cabrera work better than ours??

  16. Mark in Chicago

    April 11, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    well nevermind. he’s hurt now. wonderful. let’s turn it over to the bullpen as early possible, no?

  17. McB.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Here comes Grilli.

  18. boombotti

    April 11, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Ok, let’s see if the white sox hitters make our pitcher get them out and not the other way around. That was not a smart at bat for Carlos.

  19. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    lol dontrelle, walk walk wild pitch

    ugly

  20. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    That’s it. I can’t watch Willis and Pudge play catch-the-crazy-ball all night. I’m going to clean out a closet, maybe run over to Target. Damn.

  21. Joey the K in Portland OR

    April 11, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Could this be one of those nights where a reliever has to come in in the 1st and totally shuts down the other team? LETS HOPE!

  22. Kathy

    April 11, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    D for drama and dysfunction.

  23. Eric Jackson

    April 11, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    D-Train was obviously hurt. He was limping off the field and hobbled down the stairs in the dugout. Glad they made the call to pull him.

    He looked awful before the injury though.. :/

  24. McB.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Mario and Rod sounded stunned that there was actually a strikeout.

  25. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    And so ends the Dontrelle Willis era in Detroit.

    Nothing more exciting than going to the Tiger bullpen in the 1st!

  26. Chris

    April 11, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Nice job Lopez. Minimizing the damage to only on run….

  27. Tony P

    April 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    In 2005, Nate Robertson got ejected against Tampa Bay after the first or second pitch. Our bullpen got the win. I think German and Rodney each pitched 3 innings. So, it can be done.

  28. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Credit where credit is due- Lopez well to get out of that inning relatively unscathed.

  29. Chris

    April 11, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    “And so ends the Dontrelle Willis era in Detroit.”

    I remember that era…. Those days sucked!!!!

  30. Joey the K in Portland OR

    April 11, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    wow we really look bad at the plate.

  31. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Mags argues a strike right down the middle, Cabrera lollygags his way down to first…the team just seems so out of sorts.

  32. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I still say the biggest reason for everyone seeming out of it is the absence of Granderson. But also, I just don’t see them interacting as a team. With all of the new additions, something just failed to ‘click’ during spring training. When I was at the games opening week I felt it – or should I say I didn’t feel it. It’s as if they are all playing in their own bubble. I am so depressed.

    Hey Billfer, Crede strikes out! One bright spot -

  33. Sideshow Cecil

    April 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Just got to the TV… was it the recurring shaking fingers problem that knocked Dontrelle out, or was it something else (someone mentioned limping)?

  34. Adam

    April 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I just really have no idea how we’re expected to win.

  35. Joey C.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    This freaking coaching staff needs a freakin shakeup. What the crap? Has Willis been hurt all along and nobody was able to recognize it? I mean somebody on this blog suggested that after his last start! If fans recognize a pitcher is hurt, what the hell is going on with the coaches?

    This is ridiculous. This start to the season has been completely unacceptable and this coaching staff needs to shoulder a large part of the blame. Coming out of spring training looking like a minor league team with the 2nd highest payroll in baseball is totally unacceptable.

  36. McB.

    April 11, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    … and why does Leyland not just make these batters take the first pitch? Because they’re all such big stars? This team just needs to get back to basics.

  37. Joey C.

    April 11, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    McB, you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. This team’s inability to be selective is endemic. I don’t understand how that can be the case, but it’s the same damn thing every year, regardless of the players we bring in.

  38. Chris

    April 11, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Now, more than ever, doesn’t the Atlanta trade of Jurjens for Rentarea seam like the dumbest trade ever made right now?

  39. McB.

    April 11, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    It’s ok, Lopez. One run per inning would be better than some of our recent pitching performances.

  40. Anne

    April 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I just really have no idea how we’re expected to win.

    Unfortunately, Adam, it seems the Tigers don’t either.

  41. Jeff

    April 11, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    McB, you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. This team’s inability to be selective is endemic

    What’s strange is that they are able to be selective. Maggs improved greatly in that regard last year (and, remarkably enough, he had a career year).

  42. Mr. Cool

    April 11, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    MLB.com reports that Willis left due to an injured knee.

  43. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Amen Chris, I loved JJ – and so do his new fans by all reports. Damn.

    Has anyone checked to see if alcohol sales for home use have risen in Detroit since, oh, about April 3? I know it’s true at my house . . . time to hit the Bailey’s!

  44. McB.

    April 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Hyperextension – you can see it happen in the film.

  45. Eric

    April 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Anyone have a link to a stream for those of us without FSN+ or outside the Detroit area?

  46. Anne

    April 11, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I kind of think Renteria seems to be one of the few bright spots this year. Inge just batted him in.

  47. McB.

    April 11, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Anyone know where Inge is in the league standings for RBIs?

  48. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    good batting there inge, GO

  49. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    inge is tied for 6th in the AL entering tonight in RBI

  50. Joey C.

    April 11, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Sell high!

  51. Joey C.

    April 11, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Come on Polanco!

  52. McB.

    April 11, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    No way I’m seeing the end of this game – I’m eastern time zone and have to get up for work at 5. Another 4 hour epic, I’m guessing. Unless it starts to rain again.

  53. Anne

    April 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    C’mon, we’re due for something good to happen here.

  54. Walt at CMU

    April 11, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Is anyone else having trouble with mlb gameday?

  55. Anne

    April 11, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    And there it is!!

  56. Joey C.

    April 11, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Nice!

  57. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    that hit by cabera to first was lame. we need 2 out RBI to drop get through holes ,whatever ,MORE

  58. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    what the hell, i didnt even notice maggs, so weird

    GO TIGERS

  59. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    He got Crede again?
    I am feeling a little better, even without chemicals –

    Go Aquilino!!

  60. scotsw

    April 11, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Regarding Jurrjens for Renteria: I hear you, BUT: It’s very hard to play 162 games without a shortstop. Santiago is great with the glove. But as a hitter, he’s great with the glove, knowhatahmean?

    On the other hand, if we knew we were getting Cabrera, maybe Dombrowski doesn’t make the Jurrjens-Renteria trade, as you can park Santiago at the bottom of the order… or even move Ingey to short.

  61. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Really nice work from Lopez out of the pen, as good as any starter we’ve seen this year.

    Is it Grilli time?

  62. billfer

    April 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    For those complaining about the Tigers being selective, they are second in walks in the AL coming into tonight’s game. They’re doing OK in that regard.

    On another note, holy freaking Aquilino Lopez. I can’t believe they got that last inning out of him.

  63. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    can we make him a starter, beginning, oh, about RIGHT NOW???

  64. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    lol GRILLI WARMING UP

  65. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    look who’s warming up….its grilln time…this is about to get messy

  66. billfer

    April 11, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    It has to be Grilli. Miner has to be unavailable. I’d guess Beltran is unavailable. If Grilli can get them 2 innings they will have gotten it into the hands of Seay/Bautista/Jones.

  67. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    19.29 ERA

  68. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    hold on to your shorts….here we go

  69. McB

    April 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Time to bust out the WTF Grilli shirt

  70. Ryan

    April 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    19.29 ERA, huh?
    Regression to the mean begins… now!

  71. Tony P

    April 11, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Down to 16.88

  72. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    nice

  73. McB

    April 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Ok here we go – Grilli reached his one out limit

  74. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    charge the mound!

  75. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    It’s unreal. If you had ever told me when I was a kid watching baseball that one day I’d be seeing 6-7 pitchers in one game I would not have believed you. We didn’t see that many in a MONTH!!

    Oops, well I guess hitting him is better than giving up a HR

  76. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Is it crazy to let seay and bautista two innings a piece?

  77. McB

    April 11, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    grilli’s problem, at least one of them, is that he takes too long to throw the ball

  78. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Please please please pull him!

  79. McB

    April 11, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    that was a gift from heaven

  80. fritz

    April 11, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    IT’S JI

  81. Kathy

    April 11, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    The Grillers got a blessing from God and struck out Jim Thome.

  82. billfer

    April 11, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    That was actually a hell of a pitch by Grilli. Check in on Gameday and it was right there.

  83. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    that looked like a strike to me . . .

  84. fritz

    April 11, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    JIM THOME!

  85. McB

    April 11, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    billfer you are right – replay on fsn showed it too. looked low because pudge dropped it

  86. scotsw

    April 11, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Thome’s going to feel stupid when he gets a look at the pitch he was arguing. He’ll probably have a few days to look it over, too. It’s still bumping the ump if you use Ozzie Guillen as a battering ram, right?

  87. Slashpyne

    April 11, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Is it just me, or is Jim Leyland one of the worst gameday managers in recent history?

  88. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    You think he will walk more then one in?

  89. McB

    April 11, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I cannot believe he is leaving grilli out there

  90. greg

    April 11, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Grilli still having a job is one of the more strange phenomena in recent baseball history.

    I think I’d prefer to see 5 straight HR’s rather than one walk, at least make them earn it.

  91. McB

    April 11, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I don’t see how Grilli comes out for another inning

  92. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    thank goodness it was konerko running!

  93. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I will happily stand corrected

  94. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    sweatin it

  95. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I just don’t understand Leyland’s inexplicable devotion and commitment to the Griller. He’s so bad. He’s beyond bad. Why is he still on this team? How long do we have to suffer with his incompetence?

  96. Steve in Kzoo

    April 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    holy crap he completed a inning…….hell must have frozen over!!!!!

  97. McB

    April 11, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Magglio really made him work that AB.

  98. Adam

    April 11, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    You know, I’d feel pretty cheated if a good chunk of my at-bats only lasted a pitch.

    Unless I always hit a home run.

  99. billfer

    April 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I can’t believe the number of hard hit balls right at people tonight. Two line drives to Uribe, 1 to Konerko, and now a sharply hit ball to Cabrera.

  100. Eric

    April 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I’ll take that as a no.

  101. Dean

    April 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Anybody wonder if Ozzie and Mayor Leyland are trying to save their bullpens as much as possible for the rest of the series? I mean, Contreras, Lopez and Grilli all had “you should’ve pulled me an inning ago” moments…

  102. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    biffler, that is a good sign though right? dont know if we’ve seen enough of them this year, hopefully things are starting to turn and we find some holes and gaps next. (not to mention weather warmin up and tigers do everything we envision!)

  103. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    2 OUT DOUBLE, very nice! from clete too. LETS GO TIGERS

  104. greg

    April 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Grilli’s ERA is only 10.38? It seems like its 45.00

    Inge is only batting .303, it seems like .427

  105. billfer

    April 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Wild game in Erie tonight. It’s 18-13 in the bottom of the 9th.

  106. Walt at CMU

    April 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    woo hoo the game is on fsn now for everyone that doesn’t get the plus

  107. billfer

    April 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Joe Z – Yes it’s good. Next step is to not hit them right at defenders :)

  108. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Clete and Brandon are the only two guys on this team showing any fire whatsoever. Inge is pretty much carrying this team offensively right now. These guys are more than doing their job, it’s time for the middle of the lineup to start earning their keep.

  109. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    grilli was two differet pitches in the last three

  110. Adam

    April 11, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    They’re gonna have to beat Bautista and Jones.

    This one’s in the bag.

  111. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Hawk is still complaining about that Thome at bat: “The ump just ripped the bat out of Thome’s hands with that call”

  112. Joey the K in Portland OR

    April 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    CHEEEEEESE!!!

  113. Ryan

    April 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Was that three scoreless?

    I guess I’m morally obligated to say…

    Good job Grilli!

  114. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Maybe the biggest upside of this performance from Grilli is that it will assure him a permanent spot in the pen for the rest of the year, providing endless hours of entertaining commentary here on the Gameday threads.

  115. Steve in Kzoo

    April 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Ive been saying for the past weeks that Grilli should only be used in long relief appearances. Grilli is and never was a one inning guy. We see that tonight two 1-2-3 innings next to a bad sixth (Grilli’s first inning). I don’t admire Grilli but he is a truely effective long relief pitcher.

    And as for Lopez just an awesome appearance. Great stuff by Lopez and Grilli tonight.

  116. Dave BW

    April 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Damn, Grilli was pretty impressive after that HBP and BB in the fifth.

  117. Tony P

    April 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Grilli’s ERA down to 8.44
    Pitch to Thome was a strike
    Clete Thomas looks like a really solid player to me. Loved that bunt he laid down in Boston. He seems to do everything well, not great, but well.

  118. boombotti

    April 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    I agree completely Steve, Grilli has good stuff, but his command is eratic sometimes.

  119. Steve in Kzoo

    April 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Yea Clete seems to me to be a solid player. He probably is a 3 to 4 tool player and should stay up here for awhile at least.

  120. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Am I dreaming or did Leyland just play some small ball?

  121. boombotti

    April 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I would pinch run for Cabrera here.

  122. Steve in Kzoo

    April 11, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Cabrera should have been lifted after his single. Hes hurting bad. We need him don’t press it Leyland. Thames should be in there right now.

    Inge to 3B Thames or Jones to LF with Thames filling in DH if Jones is going to LF. Cabrera should and really needs to be lifted right now. Hes fighting his injury just like Willis is or was. We cant afford it. Leyland needs to save Cabrera now.

  123. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    did pudge swing at that pitch after it hit the dirt?

  124. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    What the heck happened to Mig? It didn’t look like he could have scored on a homer with that leg. Really could have used a pinch runner after that single.

  125. Adam

    April 11, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Billfer – according to Posnaski’s True Wins system, who gets the win here?

    Willis?

  126. Steve in Kzoo

    April 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I know Tbone it looks like hes playing through that injury from the opening series from last week. And its getting worse. I think its a quadracip(sp?)injury? I don’t know what kind of game Leyland is playing.

    Question on starter #5 now, do we bring Bazardo back up lol, or do we bring up hot pitching Vazquez?

  127. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Kindly do not jinx this by talking about who gets the win. Thank you.

  128. Adam

    April 11, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Ok, I don’t really want to know who gets “the” win.

    If we win, does it count as a win for Willis under Posnaski’s system?

    And jinx shminx.

  129. Dave BW

    April 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    That’s quite a necklace Bautista is sporting

  130. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Man, Bautista looks sharp.

  131. Dave BW

    April 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    CLETE!!!!

  132. billfer

    April 11, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    What the hell was Dye thinking there? But thank you. And nice job Clete.

  133. Tony P

    April 11, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    As I was just saying…Clete’s a solid player. Very impressive.

  134. Steve in Kzoo

    April 11, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Did Mario just say 8 Ks for the Tigers Bullpen??? I think that HELL did freeze over.

    How bout some of that defense Clete, YEAA!!! AWESOME!!! Nice job Clete.

  135. Bix in Boise

    April 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Jermaine runs like my grandmother. Gotta love that.

    “But Ozzie, I thought I was gonna make it…”
    “Dude, you were out by 10 feet.”

    And really, WWCTD? :)

  136. Kyle J

    April 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Steve, seems like Miner would get the start?

  137. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    WTF Clete Thomas!

  138. Dave BW

    April 11, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Dye was out by about a mile, jeez

  139. Jim in Mac

    April 11, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    HERE COMES STITCH JONES!

  140. Kyle J

    April 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    8 innings of basically one-run ball from our middle relievers (since there were two runners in scoring position when Lopez came in with no outs in the first).

    Baseball is a funny game . . .

  141. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    feels kinda good knowing i can rely on todd jones to give me a heart attack before closing out a game. i like that over a straight loss

  142. Steve in Kzoo

    April 11, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Kyle,

    Really right now it seems that Willis on the DL, they will bring someone else up could be a bench. But right now with Leyland cycling the bullpen to see who is good I think Vazquez or Bazardo. With my opinion in favor of Vazquez.

    Also WWCTD, I’m really starting to by that slogan man awesome just awesome. And hes ranked what in the Tigers system like C or D prospect, come on hes got an arm and he can hit for average, you don’t need anything more in this lineup.

  143. Chris

    April 11, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I don’t mind that strikeout by Inge. He seams to be getting much better ABs then he did last year. Strikeouts happen. Just make the pitcher earn them

  144. Dean

    April 11, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Amen Chris. His at-bats this season have been consistently better than Pudge (not to beat a dead horse with that one) or even Jones, etc.

  145. Dave BW

    April 11, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    that last strike on inge was a bit of a stretch

  146. Bix in Boise

    April 11, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    the ball/strike calls in this game have been horrendous. there’s no way carlos went around on that.

  147. fritz

    April 11, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    To all the out-of-towners: You have to love 30 straight seconds of silence from Hawk and DJ.

    Shoot, who were the “picks to click” again?

  148. Bix in Boise

    April 11, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    oh no…Carlos pulled his hammy. #$%#$%#^ Just what we need. stupid cold CHI weather.

    Umm, leaving him in??? Is Thames even AT the game?

  149. Steve in Kzoo

    April 11, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    You guys don’t think that we are ready to trade Thames. Last year when the Braves were getting ready to trade Salty he was missing many games, so that he wouldn’t injure himself. Sometimes not even at the games. Do you guys think something maybe around the corner?

  150. greg

    April 11, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    The only question is who gets the win for the Tigers, this game is oohvah!

  151. Bix in Boise

    April 11, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Oh no, I don’t think theres a trade brewing at all…just weird that we havent run for either miggy or carlos when theyre hurting tonight.

    just showed marcus and curtis laughing (and freezing) their butts off on the bench.

  152. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    That’s right Fritz,

    Those moments of silence by Hawk and Deej are music to my ears.

    One more TJ!

  153. greg

    April 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    That’s why you should stretch out Carlos

  154. fritz

    April 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    You can put it on the board…2-8

  155. cib

    April 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Hey. I think my Tigers have returned!! Wow Jonesy!!

  156. Tbone

    April 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Billfer gets all the credit for the win tonight. His 95-win challenge on WDFN this morning was just what the Tigers needed to get going.

  157. Bix in Boise

    April 11, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    woohoo, 2-8 baby! We’re on a roll now!

  158. Walt at CMU

    April 11, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Bert didn’t get his six runs, but I’ll take it.

  159. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    TIGERS WIN!

  160. Pat in Carolina

    April 11, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    nice one guys — let’s chip away.

    More good news: check out Sabathia’s stat line tonight. The contract year is not starting off so well.

  161. Kathy

    April 11, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    What started off to be a real bummer of a game turned into a gem!!!

  162. Ben

    April 11, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Hats off to the bullpen tonight. We bash them a lot, and they often deserve it, but they gave up one run in 27 outs tonight.

  163. JOE Z

    April 11, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    oh good god sabathia

  164. Chris

    April 11, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Wow!!!! Just when I thought our bullpen was hopeless, they collectively piece together an impressive display of dominant pitching. Lopez was a horse, Grilli displayed the reason why Leyland sticks with him. Batista was solid in the eighth and Jones was spot on. A masterpiece under the circumstances.

    Can hope be restored?

  165. Jim

    April 11, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    surreal win tonight thats for sure!

    Is it just me or (before his injury) does Dtrain just look like a mechanical wreck? He seems to have lost all that life he had from his motion circa ’05. He used to have such a dynamic wind up and now it looks like he is completely uncomfortable in his own skin.

  166. Joey the K in Portland OR

    April 11, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Anyone besides me want to see Clete in there instead of Jacque Jones on a regular basis?

  167. JML

    April 11, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I never cared much for Jacque, so sure, I’ll take Clete for now.

  168. Adam

    April 11, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Maybe I should always say “it’s in the bag” from now on. Ha.

  169. Joey C.

    April 12, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Baseball is a funny game. This bullpen still scares the crap out of me, but great job tonight. Maybe lightening is striking with Lopez.

  170. Steve in Kzoo

    April 12, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Anyone set for Dtrain to go on the DL, and bring up?

    Bazardo, Vazquez, Liaen?, or

    stick with Miner or Grilli for #5?

  171. tiff

    April 12, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Watched the replay of the game late last night. Dontrelle’s knee looked ugly… hope he can work out his mechanics while he’s on the DL.

    I got it – Grilli can ONLY pitch away from Comerica Park. I think Leyland should get it by now, and use it to his advantage.

    Glad to see Cabrera hustle out that last single on a dead ball… and Bautista is pretty much set as our 8th inning guy now. And a one two three from Jonesy? Glorious.