PREGAME: I may be asking for trouble here given the way the Tigers are playing, but I’m going to live blog this game tonight. It’s the first game I’ve been able to sit home and watch, and I’m going to take advantage of it. Plus, it’s not like the live blog is going to screw up any good karma the Tigers have going. The biggest obstacle for me will be spelling Mark Buehrle’s name right.
It will be Mark Buehrle taking on Justin Verlander. Both were opening day starters for their clubs and both took losses. Buehrle didn’t make it out of the second inning as he was rocked for 7 runs and sports a Grilli-esque 37.80 ERA.
Verlander was better making it into the 7th inning before leaving with runners at the corners. Both would score denying Verlander a quality start.
Gary Sheffield returns to the lineup, but Placido Polanco sits with back stiffness. Good thing that Ryan Raburn was sent down yesterday so we get treated to Ramon Santiago.
Game Time 8:05 Joe Morgan and Jon Miller with the call
The live blog is after the jump…
7:55 – Pregame: Okay, I haven’t watched anything with Chris Berman for a couple months, and I’m already Berman’d out after a half hour of Baseball Tonight.
What are you guys doing to change the MOJO? Me and Pudge are going with the high-socks tonight. And I’m going with the alternate hat.
Oh, and I’ll take Miguel Cabrera in the Who’s Your Tiger question tonight.
8:04 – Pregame: Can’t complain about a lack of attention from ESPN. I don’t think Miller or Morgan even mentioned the White Sox in the open. It’s almost as if the Tigers are playing against themselves, and really without a win at this point they kind of are.
8:10 – Pitch #2: Umm. Yeah.
8:15 – middle of 1: A 19 pitch inning. Not exactly the kind of efficiency you’re looking for. And Verlander can’t seem to keep his fastball down. But the hammer looks good, and maybe a chat with Chuck Hernandez will get him righted with the heater.
8:21 – after 1: Man, Magglio missing an 0-2 pitch like that. I thought when Shef’s bleeder made it through things may start turning around. If it makes you feel any better Maggs had a .553 OPS after 5 games last year and he managed to do OK.
8:28 – middle of 2: Very nice inning for Verlander. That 96 mph heat at the knees for the second strike on Quentin was his best pitch of the night. The control was much better, but he’s still throwing a lot of breaking stuff. It’s Cabrera time now.
8:36 – end of 2: I’m actually not annoyed by Joe Morgan yet. The analysis of the footwork at first I thought was interesting. Certainly more interesting than the offense – which still isn’t clicking at all. And my alternate hat isn’t doing the trick either. I’ll give it one more inning.
8:40 – I didn’t know it was possible to go 3-0 on Juan Uribe. Now he has to deal with Swisher with 2 guys on. Remember in one of Verlander’s first games when Swisher took him deep twice? I remember it because the second came around the 120 pitch mark and being really pissed at Leyland.
8:46 – bottom of 2: I hate Joe Crede so that makes me immensely happy. I still can’t believe that Ramon Santiago is on this team and no one seems to care.
8:48- Okay, nice hitting Santiago. And I can’t kill him for going to third. It took two perfect throws.
8:52 Excellent AB by Thames and then Uribe takes one away from Sheffield (which evens out shef’s luck for the night). Do you realize the last 4 RBI for this team have come from the #9 hitter?
8:55 – top of 3: Sometimes I check my referer logs to see what brings people to the site. Someone googled “did sean casey take steroids”
On another note, is anyone reading this?
9:01- bottom of 4: Did Cabrera have his socks high the first time he was up? I’m not worried about Cabrera’s broken bats. He’s just getting rid of all the bad ones. It must be a bad batch right?
Oh yeah, and I hate Crede so that part is fun. How nice would it be if Crede went Knoblauch tonight?
9:10 – top of 5: I think I’ve had more than enough discussion of women’s basketball.
Man, Guillen you’re killing me. I thought he should have had both of those balls. I hate Crede.
9:12 – How man times has Pudge just flat out dropped balls this week? Four, five?
9:15 – Instead of a double play and nobody on, Pudge dropping the ball costs an out and a runner in scoring position.
I hate that a 2 run deficit feels insurmountable.
9:23 – The Marlins might call up Burke Badenhop for their rotation.
Heck of an AB there for a guy seeing his first action in a week. Nice job Ramon.
9:30 - The concentration lapses are mind numbing. Pudge dropping balls, Guillen dropping a ball. Miguel Cabrera forgetting counts each of the last 2 days. Verlander walking Uribe when he was trying to bunt.
9:33 – Verlander’s at 96 pitches. Time to get someone up.
9:40 – Aaaarrrrghhhhhh.
9:49 – bottom of 6: I liked that Planters Cashew commercial the first time, but now it irritates the crap out of me. Or maybe it’s the score of the game.
9:54 – At least the team is back to hitting into conventional double plays. Let’s not forget the double play on the fly ball or the ground ball with no runner on first.
10:01 – Top of 7: Joe Morgan shouldn’t talk percentages.
10:08 – bottom of 7: I like the chances for a triple play here the way things are going.
10:15 – top of 8 Just did the minor league wrap. The Tigers as an organization have 8 losses on the year. The parent club has 6 of them.
10:35 – Top of 9: Do you realize if it weren’t for White Sox errors and wild pitches this would be a shut out?
An intentional walk in the 9th inning when you’re down by 7 and there are two outs seems really pointless.
10:41 – I’m sure Bazardo is a big fan of that missed double play ball by Cabrera.
10:55 game mercifully over: Fitting that it ended on a double play. This blew.