Game 21: Rangers at Tigers

by billfer on April 22, 2008 · 148 comments

in 2008 Season,Game Post

PREGAME:  The Rangers have really been struggling and have won only 2 of their last 11 games for an awful 7-13 record.  Err, umm, that’s the same record as the Tigers by the way.

Vicente Padilla takes the mound for Texas.  He’s allowed 40 base runners in 26 innings, but still has a 3.12 ERA.  He allowed 2 homers in his first outing, but none in the last two.  Padilla will look to give his team a chance to snap a 4 game losing streak.

The Tigers will send out Justin Verlander who is searching for his first win, his first quality start, his fastball velocity, and his command.  He allowed 5 runs in 5 innings against the Indians but it felt like so much more due in large part to 4 walks.  In two starts against the Rangers last year he limited them to 1 run over 14 innings with 13 K’s.

TEX @ DET, Tuesday, April 22, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 7:05

POSTGAME: I actually had a lot of things I wanted to hit on from tonight’s game, but some late game control problems from the Rangers, excessive pitching changes from the Tigers, a slow ride home, and some kind of announcement about a switch conspired against me.

  • In the first inning Verlander got ahead of Hank Blalock with 2 strikes and then bounced 2 breaking balls. I said to my friend, “last year Verlander just blows him away with a 98mph elevated fastball.” Next pitch was 96mph above the belt and a swing and a miss. The velocity seemed to be partly back last night. And the good news, like in his other starts, is that the velocity he had at the start of his outing was there at the end.
  • It wasn’t a dominating outing by any means, but still effective and encouraging.
  • Jason Grilli pitched an uneventful 9th.
  • The fan who touched the ball was heartily boo’d if you were wondering.
  • Ordonez’s homer was a blast, Cabrera’s was a bullet (seriously, who would try to catch that?), but Ramon Santiago? For real?
  • Jacque Jones tried to join the party but picked the wrong part of the park to hit it to. We’ll see if his double-triple night is something to get him started or just a blip.
 
 

{ 148 comments }

Phil April 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Alright JV lets see what ya got

Tbone April 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Your Tiger lineup this evening, still sans Polanco:

Thomas, CF
Rodriguez, C
Guillen, 1B
Ordonez, RF
Cabrera, DH
Jones, LF
Renteria, SS
Inge, 3B
Santiago, 2B

Eric Cioe April 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Why is Raburn sitting … in place of Santiago?

Of all the analysis I’ve read on this site, the best was Billfer’s case to not have Santiago on the team. His glove is overrated, and even his bat is overrated because people think he hits. This is one of the very few Triple Crown Losers in the history of baseball, and unless he fields like Ozzie, he has no business on the team.

Kevin in Austin April 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Maybe they are going to send Raburn down to bring Granderson up…

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm

I like Ramon and I don’t want to bash the guy, but he is a poor man’s Neifi Perez. He can’t hit and his D is overrated. He can pinch run, however. I guess that’s worth a roster spot over, say, any number of minor leaguers.

Tbone April 22, 2008 at 6:44 pm

And then there’s our killer .178 hitting left fielder in the 6 slot…

Brian P April 22, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Not only that, but our lovely .178 hitter hasn’t had an extra base hit in 45 at bats. Even Santiago has more than that.

I remember Leyland put Monroe higher in an attempt to get him going offensively. Since that clearly helped, he seems to be doing the same thing again.

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Verlander has to have a quality start tonight and the rangers are hitting the ball pretty good i hear.

watch mags miggie and guillen tonight they didn’t do so well yesterday they will be better I hope

billfer April 22, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Excellent rendition of the National Anthem by friend Cliff Erickson. He can be seen at various locales around metro Detroit.

Dave BW April 22, 2008 at 7:12 pm

All I need to be happy with this game is to see V’s velocity go up. He’s at around 94-95 so far, which is promising

Dave BW April 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm

K on a 96 MPH fastball. Welcome back, Justin.

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Please, please, please, do not turn Vicente Padilla into Greg Maddux circa 1993.

K-man April 22, 2008 at 7:18 pm

A strikeout on an elevated fastball! Is Bondo watching this game?

Kevin in Austin April 22, 2008 at 7:19 pm

96 on that k to Blalock, nice.

charlie April 22, 2008 at 7:20 pm

i’m a clete thomas fan…hope they keep him

Ken from Cincinnati April 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Is anybody elses MLB.tv having issues? Choppiness and whatnot?

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Bilfer was right before the season, FSN Detroit needs to up its graphics and stuff. the last two away broadcasts (Clev, Toronto) had the strike zone/pitch chart which with the way our apple hurlers toss would be very useful.

Brian P April 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm

That certainly was a Maddux-like strike out.

charlie April 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm

ken

mlb.tv is working fine for me.

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 7:30 pm

mlb.tv is fine for me too, ken. it showed the HR Verlander gave up quite clearly.

nasty pitch by Padilla to Guillen. Not much you can do about that.

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Considering the upcoming schedule, the Tigers really need a sweep in this series or 2 of 3 at the worst.

Jojo Sun Devil April 22, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Why does this game feel like a must-win? The Tigs really need to turn the corner at some point this season. What better time then beating up on a last place team.

And JV needs this win. They have Josh Hamilton hitting third, so its not exactly a monster lineup.

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Good thing the Rangers really seem like they’ve already mailed in the season, why is Michael Young swinging at the first pitch in that spot. But we’ll all take it.

Eric Jackson April 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm

That was a run if the fan didn’t touch it.

Andrew April 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Jojo – the Rangers could be thinking the same thing – what better time than beating up on a last place (Tigers) team?

;)

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 7:45 pm

What a knucklehead. Jones might have been able to score from there.

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Meh…at least Babe Ruth Inge didn’t strike out.

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Man, does this crow taste gooooooooooooood.

[please see my earlier post at 6:41PM]

McB. April 22, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Showing Santiago and Inge swinging in “X-mo” is pretty funny

JOE Z April 22, 2008 at 7:56 pm

agree with mario, 1-2-3 way to shut em down after takin the lead justin!

Brian P April 22, 2008 at 7:56 pm

I’m still concerned about Verlander’s fastball. But if the Rangers are going to take ugly swings like that on his off-speed pitches all night, then I’ll take it.

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm

A little bit of ex-Tiger news I guess you could say but John Smoltz Strikeout number 3,000! Tonight. Great Job Smoltzy.

Nice job by Santiago, he and Raburn are really getting the job done for the back bothered Polly.

Andrew April 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

MAGGS!!!

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Nice job Maggs your heating up just as you did last year EXCELLENT HR!!! And talking about milestones 1,000 career RBI for Maggs!!!!

McB. April 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

See, now where’s the X-mo on that?

Ken from Cincinnati April 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

We needed that inning for JV’s pitch count. Also, that fan should have 7,000 baseballs dumped onto his driveway, considering snatching a 99 cent souvenir is more important to him than seeing his Tigers win. Oooohh, nice ding dong, Maggs.

JOE Z April 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

MAGGGS

JOE Z April 22, 2008 at 8:02 pm

MIGGGS

GO

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Man, I can’t wait until Cabrera figures out the AL, because he is going to be fun as hell to watch.

Andrew April 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

MIGGY!!!

Dylan April 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

MIGGGGGY

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Keep it coming.

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

There’s been a Jacques Jones sighting!!

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 8:04 pm

God i love it when maggs and miggie RAKE

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Padilla has turned back into a pumpkin, nice.

Alex April 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm

There we go. Now verlander stop giving up hits please.

Jason April 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm

hr, hr, 3b. Thats the middle of the lineup I like to see.

Brian P April 22, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Well, that’s another crow on the plate, Mark.

McB. April 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

It’s like a whole five-course meal of crow for us. Was that Santiago’s first career home run?

JOE Z April 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

RAMON TOOK THE HATE PERSONALLY TONIGHT!

Dylan April 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Santiago is raking :-)

Kevin in Austin April 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

This is fun (and that girl needs longer shorts).

K-man April 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I really like this Santiago guy.

charlie April 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

gee mark

maybe we can get you to “dis” a few more tigers lol
good for santiago

Adam April 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Here, Justin. Here’s a six run lead. Don’t screw it up.

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Nice Job Jones tryinig to break out of it. Maggs and Miggy the M&M combo that wont fail ya!! This lineup is scary.

And cudos for Renteria RBI Single in the cutch!

And how bout our good old defensive specialist Santiago!! Guess we should say he is hitting pretty darn good this year. Added some muscle I think lol 7-1 Tigers now thats the Tigers I know and love!!

Brian P April 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

I had the same thought, McB. It’s his 7th career home run.

Andrew April 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Start the bus! Jacque Jones with a 3 bagger!

Looks like our night tonight fellas!

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Brian, for a minute there I had no idea what you were talking about, I assumed it was regarding Jacques Jones. Then my mlb.tv showed Santiago’s HR (it’s a little behind, I guess) and it all made sense.

I guess I’m on the all-crow diet tonight. Know what? I don’t mind, it tastes like chicken.

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Man, Ramon must have read the Neifi-lite comment and gotten pissed (or downed his leftover greenies)

charlie April 22, 2008 at 8:12 pm

“that girl” NEEDS JENNY CRAIG LOL

Brian P April 22, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Cruceta just finished his first inning of relief for the Mud Hens. He struck out the side.

Vince in MN April 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm

I have my doubts about the accuracy of Gameday’s pitch speed. They had Padilla’ s two curves to Thomas in this last at bat listed at 66MPH. Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball is faster than that.

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 8:15 pm

This board is much funnier when we’re up by 6 runs for a change. It really does seem that Ramon took the bashing seriously. I’m actually a little terrified he’s going to track me down for that “poor man’s Neifi Perez” comment. I think he could really do some damage.

charlie April 22, 2008 at 8:17 pm

i can’t wait to see cruceta

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I’ve always thought Romon was good but since he came back last year from the DL hes really looked good at the plate. Romon Santiago looks good hands down.

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm

it would be nice if justin can at least throw into the seventh tonight…or is that being greedy?

McB. April 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Apparently all Jacque needed was for the other McB. to call him “a pile of ****” a few times to get inspired.

Adam April 22, 2008 at 8:39 pm

RBI here, Inge. Don’t screw it up.

Adam April 22, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Aaaand. Two outs, just like that.

Ok, 3. 3 pitches, 3 outs. Woo.

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I dont know about that call, at home. Seems very close too me. I think his hip got in there before the mitt touched him oh well. Nice to see the Tigers keep the pressure up on the Rangers.

Mike R April 22, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Bill, I’ll post my comment in this thread as I don’t know if you’re going back to the Verlander release point post but …

Yeah, I didn’t mean to say you should’ve analyzed tape of Verlander’s mechanics for that last post — it was informative in an of itself. Just saying I’d like to see just some side by side stills. I know next to nothing about mechanics, but I think side by side still shots of what his release point is couldn’t take that much know-how about mechanics.

I just thought of the fact that I can watch highlights of games for free, so I’m going to check out those two games on the Tigers site to see if any of the game highlights show him form the CF camera in his delivery to see if I can see a higher/lower release point and if I can screen cap it. I’ll keep you updated.

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Miner….are you kidding me?

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Just throw strikes, Miner.

JOE Z April 22, 2008 at 9:00 pm

did anyone else chuckle when rod was listing miners numbers for the year? 9 walks to 7 k’s batting average against .366 ……

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 9:04 pm

well…miner’s time is coming toward the end, especially if curceta is as good as advertised.

charlie April 22, 2008 at 9:04 pm

cruceta to detroit…miner to toledo…soon

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Ah there’s the Zach Miner i know

McB. April 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Thank god, Leyland. Get him out of there.

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 9:06 pm

What was Jason Grilli in the can or somthing

mcb April 22, 2008 at 9:10 pm

He might have been – he sh*ts the bed a lot

charlie April 22, 2008 at 9:11 pm

good job bobby seay

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Nice job, Bobby. Good to see him rebound after that rough outing.

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 9:12 pm

How long will Cruceta be before the call up?

PHT in HK April 22, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Image that, .1 inning pitched with 1 run allowed for Miner. I wish he would return to his mid-2006 form when he was quite successful as a starter and managed to win quite a few games.

Ryan April 22, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Anyone have a spare Lucas County map around? I’m worried about Miner being able to find the proper exit.

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 9:16 pm

LOL cant believe we are still on Grilli, last few outings he’s settled down. I said it once and ill say it yet again……Grilli is a mop up, emergency pitcher for those blow out games or pitcher injury games. Grilli isn’t as bad as long as he not used at a 7th inning or 1 inning pitcher.

Seay is doing good. And I think that the consensus is that Miner returns to Toledo for Cruceta right? I think thats a good decision. Let’s hope Leyland says/thinks the same thing. Miner needs to be transformed back into a starter cause thats what he is. Sometimes they can be transformed into relievers but Miner probably can’t. So he needs to be transformed into a starter again in Toledo.

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm

you see that two walks for Justin!

Chris April 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Right now, Grilli looks like Sandy koffax compaired to Minor

Steve April 22, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Ok, lets close this out and go home with a nice win here.

Steve April 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Is Nefi playing anywhere this year?.

Vince in MN April 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I fear that the real Bautista (the one that walks every other batter) is starting to show up. This is not what I want to see from an 8th-inning guy.

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Isn’t amazing how things go your way while your winning the game Pudge?

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 9:43 pm

His location has been bad the last couple of games does not mean hes turning back into Bautista from Col. Come on Vince have a little more faith then that. I think Bautista is doing just fine. He needs to work on his location though thats the main thing.

Adam April 22, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Wow. Meche got rocked and Sabathia hasn’t given up a run yet.

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 9:47 pm

We have got to get at least one run in here in the 8th inning. I mean come on 0 outs, bases juiced come on TIGERS!!

Adam April 22, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Why does Clete look terrified at the dish?

billfer April 22, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Just so you know Grilli is up in the pen

Adam April 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Have Clete steal here.

Mike R April 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Who is the Tigers blogger that does the Animal versions of the players? The one that drew up Chad Durbin as a Pimp and whatnot?

Well, new suggestion: Clete Thomas = owl. Dude’s eyes seriously never close. So wide-eyed.

Vince in MN April 22, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Steve in Kazoo:

It’s not just this year or last year that the walks have been a problem for Bautista, it’s his career – 62 in 124 IP since ’04.

I HATE BBs. It’s just asking for trouble, and you usually get it.

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 9:57 pm

No one go to sleep yet Grilli IS up

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm

This is the perfect spot to use Grilli, especially at home. Up by 7, coming in to start the inning (i.e., nobody on base), and only needing 3 outs.

I’m comfortable with a 9-6 win…

Brian P April 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Samara Pearlstein from MVN does the creative photoshop work. Also, Leyland should consider warming up Grilli or Miner whenever he wants some late inning runs — it could be a good motivation/scare tactic for the offense.

Adam April 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm

They’re trying to ice Grilli.

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Texas….where have you been all my life?

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Anyone know how bad they bombarded Grilli with boos at the park?

Phil April 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm

not to be a downer but it really fries my ham that at the start of the game we had the same record as this team

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Tigers Win

I Am Happiness

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm

“fries my ham”?

Mike in CT April 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm

No longer the worst team in the American League!

Chris April 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm

“Anyone know how bad they bombarded Grilli with boos at the park?”

If they did boo him, then that’s a shame. The guy did get off to a rough 1st week , but he’s done a very good job since then. Despite his shortcomings, he does have value to this team as a mop-up guy, even though he struggles in spectacular fashion from time to time. He has the ability to pitch 4 innings, when need be. There are situations when you need that, and you don’t want to overwork your frontline relievers. Even if the first three weeks is a microcosm of Grilli’s 2008 season, I still want him on this team.

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Vince,

Well no ones really given such a responsibility to Bautista, and maybe thats why hes been so bad in his career as a mop up guy like Grilli. With this responsibility and a great spring Bautista has shown improvement. And then maybe your right he will come back to bit us but as long as he stays constant or average until Zoom or Rodney come back ill be fine with him. Besides him and Jones are the only two pitchers in the Bullpen (along with Lopez and Seay) that have really done their duty and made our bullpen not the total laughing stock of the MLB. Bautista until otherwise proven should and will stay in the setup slot.

Kathy April 22, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I guess The Skipper ate his dinner earlier tonight.

Kathy April 22, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Major announcement!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy April 22, 2008 at 10:30 pm

OMG!!!!!!!

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 10:30 pm

CABRERA TO 1B AND GUILLEN TO 3B OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT BY LEYLAND AFTER TONIGHTS GAME!!!

Dave BW April 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Leyland announces Cabrera to first, Guillen to third. To which I respond “cool” and “huh?” respectively

Kathy April 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Good, Carlos can take the heat being compared to Inge.

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm

I hate rooting for the Yankees, but Abreu just hit a slam off Dotel to give the Yankees a 6-3 lead over the White Socks in the 7th inning.

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Guillen to third and miggy to frst !

Adam April 22, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Wow…Inge’s job taken by two worse third basemen…though the way he’s been swinging it these past few games, he can’t really complain.

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 10:34 pm

That move officially makes my ’10 tigers much earlier then expected. I had Guillen to DH duties, Inge to 3B and Miggy to 1B. wow just wow, but a very cool and good move by Leyland. I wonder how the guys feel about it.

Kathy April 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Billfer??????????

Dave BW April 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Carlos hasn’t played 3rd since 2003. This should be interesting.

Kathy April 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm

All the bloggers are probably texting each other like crazy.

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Not sure how I feel about Carlos making throws across the diamond. He misfired a ton of throws from short. I guess it can’t be worse than Cabrera’s tosses.

Also, Inge must be livid right now. The team isn’t satisfied with Cabrera’s defense at third, so they turn to ANOTHER PLAYER ENTIRELY instead of back to Inge.

I really hope this doesn’t create any more problems.

Adam April 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm

I saw Leyland talking to Cabrera during the game…must have been asking him if he was all right with it.

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I heard someone say that Miggy see’s himself as a third baseman and the tigers wouldn’t change that after locking him up in that contract because it would look like they misled him .
Think it was Rod Allen

Jeff April 22, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Hey everyone, just so you guys know, I really hate Brandon Inge, even though in public I say I love him. I just did something that’s going to ensure that he has almost no at-bats unless he becomes our everyday left-fielder

Uh, “Jim”, you played Inge just about every day last year when he was putting up a sub-700 OPS. I’d say you showed him plenty of undeserved love in 2007, so this just evens things out a bit.

Brian P April 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Um. I don’t understand this at all. Is this a temporary or permanent move?

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm

To Jim Leyland:

WTF? Inge lover?

Brain:

This is should be a permanent move. And I think that its a good move. Just surprised that Inge isn’t at 3B. But then again Inge is starting to cool off not back to ’07 Inge but not back to great ’06 Inge either. It should be interesting. I think that Guillen will be fine but still it wont be the Inge defense over there. Inge just doesn’t have the bat anymore to be in the lineup everyday.

Dylan April 22, 2008 at 10:50 pm

http://beck.mlblogs.com/

“Full time shift”

Kevin in Austin April 22, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Hey guys – who cares about what Brandon thinks? He’s a super-sub, nothing more. If he wants to complain about his $7M backup duty, then he can try posting a 300+ OBP for an entire year. I’m glad to have him in his current role.

If Cabrera is on board with this move, then I’m good with it, though a bit puzzled. It’s good for Inge too, b/c he’ll get more time at 3B.

More importantly, Granderson is back manana. Great job Raburn/Clete. See you in a few months.

cib April 22, 2008 at 10:58 pm

I enjoyed the portions of the game that I saw (one of those kids-errand evenings) but my brain still hurts from the postgame announcement.

See you all at Motown Night tomorrow!

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 11:02 pm

yeah don’t pretend to get it but, I’m just a fan of Brandon inge

cib April 22, 2008 at 11:04 pm

I’ve got an extra ticket for Friday night’s game, free to a fellow blogger. cindib@comcast.net

Kevin in Austin April 22, 2008 at 11:04 pm

No problem Pimpbot 5000. I’d hate to lose him, but as far as the team goes, he’s best coming off the bench. On the other hand, he may be playing his way into some trade value.

Mark in Chicago April 22, 2008 at 11:07 pm

If anyone cares, Cruceta went 3 innings for Toledo tonight, allowed 0 hits, 1 bb and 6 k’s.

39 pitches, 27 strikes.

Um, yeah.

Dave BW April 22, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Wow, Mark, it’s good to know he hasn’t missed a step

Pimpbot 5000 April 22, 2008 at 11:16 pm

I hear the Giants need a third basemen do they have anything we need?

Kathy April 22, 2008 at 11:18 pm

I care Mark but we all know pitching in AAA and in the bigs is two different things. Very excited to see him, however. They’ll probably bring him up pretty soon but maybe they’ll want to see him pitch a few more innings in Toledo. Grandy’s coming back. So much to look forward to.

Steve in Kzoo April 22, 2008 at 11:19 pm

um yeah, that is like outstanding. I can’t wait for Cruceta to come up and anchor Bautista, Seay, Jones, and Lopez.

Vince in MN April 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm

While Leyland crosses his fingers and hopes Sheffield can return to some kind of regular DH duty, we will be treated to the interchange of Dr. Strangeglove1 and Dr. Strangeglove2 between first and third.

If, on the other hand (dare I say glove!) Sheffield’s shoulder has gone pfsst, the best arrangement would be: Guillen DH, Cabrera 1B and Inge 3B. But, without a another backup catcher Inge can’t be penciled into the hot corner every game. With the odd bench configuration, Inge has to remain as the Super-Sub.

Kathy April 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Oh, and while I thought Verlander threw pretty well, it just seems like he didn’t throw many strikes. Pudge more or less said the same thing in an interview after the game that he thought Verlander pitched “pretty good” but threw too many pitches for 6 innings. Speed was up, but what about control.

billfer April 22, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Sorry I’m late guys, but I was at the game and had to drive home and such.

ron April 23, 2008 at 11:52 am

Finally, Leyland taking the bull by the horns. Shake the team up. Go Tigers.

ron April 23, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Getting Granderson back will be like a shot of B-12 to this team.

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