Game 31: Tigers at Twins

PREGAME: It will be Justin Verlander taking on Scott Baker at the Metrodome tonight.

Baker faced the Tigers once and he limited the Tigers to 3 runs over 7 innings before the explosion. On the season Baker is striking out more than 5 batters for every walk he issues. Baker has allowed 6 homers but they’ve all been solo.

Verlander has one quality start on the season. Now would be a good time for a second.

DET @ MIN, Saturday, May 3, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 7:10

POSTGAME: Well, Verlander pitched pretty good. Marcus Thames made some nice plays. Curtis Granderson had a real nice at-bat culminating in a home run (only the second run of the series for Detroit). That’s it for highlights. Again. Ergh. Three games below .500 again. Ergh.

72 Comments

  1. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I hate to say it, but I just have no confidence in Justin Verlander at this point. I just think he flat-out stinks as a major league pitcher.

  2. Kathy

    May 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Enjoy the game everyone. I’m on my way to pick up my car in Grand Rapids that I purchased on ebay. God help me, I hope it runs better than the Tigers did last night.

  3. greg

    May 3, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Verlander will be fine. He’s the only one in the rotation I’m NOT worried about. He’s actually pitched pretty well overall in my opinion, but some really shaky defense blew up a couple excellent starts, some bad luck here and there, and he did himself in a couple of times, but I think its only a matter of time until the results start to match his stuff.

  4. Adam

    May 3, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    God, Verlander is the worst pitcher ever.

  5. greg

    May 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    When facing the Tigers, seems like Baker is the BEST pitcher ever.

  6. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    “When facing the Tigers, seems like Baker is the BEST pitcher ever.”

    He along with Galvin Floyd & Brian Banister– the greatest pitchers EVER!!!

  7. cib

    May 3, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    I just started following, I don’t have the TV on yet – why did Twins change pitchers??

  8. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    What happened to Scott Baker?

  9. Ben

    May 3, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    “Right groin re-aggravation”

  10. cib

    May 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Ouch!!
    thx

  11. cib

    May 3, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Well, byebye no-no. Let’s hope to just get a win now!!

  12. Alex

    May 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Do you guys think, like I do, that Verlander’s quick pace can hurt him at times?

  13. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Seams as if the Tigers left their bats in New York….

    Come on Guys. Let’s get some runs.

  14. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    What is it about Verlander in the later innings? He seams to come unglued and gassed.

  15. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    It seems like when he doesn’t get run support he tries too hard later in the game.

  16. Pat in Carolina

    May 3, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Is there something wrong with Pudge? If I’m not mistaken, Inge caught Thursday, pinch hit yesterday for Pudge, and is in there today.

  17. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Tigers have not scored a run in 12 innings….. Time to end this crap

  18. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Sheffield = no clutch hitting

  19. Kyle J

    May 3, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I would love to know what the major league average is for driving in runners from third with less than two outs.

    It seems like our average is about 20%.

  20. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Vary frustrating….. This offense is asleep again…..

  21. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Where is our 2 out hit.

  22. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Can’t complain about Verlander. Good quality start. Let’s go offense!!

  23. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I think it is time to consider Sheffs future as the everyday DH.

    SF talk radio is giving a lot of play to the idea of Bonds going to Detroit. I’m beginning to think with the win now attitude of DD and Illitch, this might have some legs, due to the relationship between Leyland and Barry.

  24. Kyle J

    May 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    6 IP, 2 R

    Bilfer’s got his quality start (for the moment, at least).

    Now for a side of offensive scoring to go with it . . .

  25. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Offense looks horrible. We suck against the Central teams right now.

  26. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    14 scoreless innings…. and counting…..

  27. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    There goes the quality start.

  28. Kyle J

    May 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Never mind about the quality start.

  29. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I hope they don’t pack it up for the night

  30. Adam

    May 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks Jimmy. Buttwipe.

    Verlander has been mishandled so much this year. So much.

    I don’t care if he says he doesn’t want to come out. TAKE HIM THE FREAK OUT.

  31. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Verlander falls apart when guys are on base.

  32. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Still a pretty good pitched game. Not sure why we can’t score. This baffles me. I’m sure Verlander puts some pressure on himself.

  33. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I don’t disagree with Jim Leyland on keeping JV in there. He’s trying to get more innings out of his starter on a game they are going to lose anyway. Brian Bass is pitching like a god right now and the Tigers can’t get anything going

  34. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    What is the Tigers all time record in this dome. I know it’s got to be horrible.

  35. Jeff

    May 3, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Still a pretty good pitched game. Not sure why we can’t score. This baffles me

    Back to what Leyland preaches: early in counts they need to let pitcher’s pitches go by (two strikes is a different situation) and swing at batter’s pitches. When they’re hitting well it’s because they’re patient and not swinging at everything that might be called a strike.

    The last two nights they’ve been swinging at pitches early in counts just because they might be called strikes. Thus a lot of ground outs or pop outs — or swings at pitches that may be called balls.

  36. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    That’s dead on Jeff. It’s so frustrating to watch.

  37. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    I HATE the Twins….

  38. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Why doesn’t Jim play small ball back in the 6th and squeeze Curtis home, with his speed?

  39. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Oh my God!! A run. Good battle Grandy.

  40. Jeff M

    May 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    SF talk radio is giving a lot of play to the idea of Bonds going to Detroit. I’m beginning to think with the win now attitude of DD and Illitch, this might have some legs, due to the relationship between Leyland and Barry.

    We already have 3 DHs. No thanks.

  41. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    That was a quality at bat

  42. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    I’d pinch hit Rayburn

  43. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Pinch hit for Sheff.

  44. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Come on Shef… Time to deliver

  45. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Work a walk sheff

  46. Kyle J

    May 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Why doesn’t Jim play small ball back in the 6th and squeeze Curtis home, with his speed?

    With Sheffield at the plate?

  47. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Nice job Sheff.

  48. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Maggs just missed that.

  49. cib

    May 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Holy hell. How can we sweep the Yankees and then look like this?? Right, that’s baseball.
    If Mark From Chicago is out there, I found a great place to watch Detroit sports when I was in Chi this week. Timothy OTooles on Fairbanks at Ontario. They put the Pistons and the Tigers on the screens near our table for us. And good food.

  50. Adam

    May 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Kyle: If anyone can “tell” Sheff to bunt, it’s Jim Leyland.

    Although at that point, aren’t the chances of Sheff hitting a fly ball deep enough for a sacrifice better than him bunting successfully? Duh.

  51. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Twins are a good club

  52. cib

    May 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Yeah I know but we are supposed to be better. Oh well!

  53. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    You have to walk Kubel here

  54. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Guess not. That was the only other outcome aside from a k that doesn’t score a run.

  55. Kathy

    May 3, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    They play the right way.

  56. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Who pitches tomorrow? The Gambler.

  57. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Sheff has had 6 bunt base hits in his career

  58. Chris

    May 3, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Joe Nathan is due for a bad outing

  59. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Rally Cap is on.

  60. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Grilli just came in for Colorado.

  61. greg

    May 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Don’t worry guys, we’ve got Jones on deck and Inge in the hole.

    They’re money.

  62. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Alright guys bring home a win tomorrow. I’m not watching. Going to the beach.

  63. cib

    May 3, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    The Pistons are killing Orlando. Night, all.

  64. JML

    May 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Pesos?

    When will we be rid of Jones? How long does it take to get through certain thick skulls that he is NOT getting any better?

  65. mcb

    May 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I agree. Jones is no good. They need to start winning in the division.

  66. Brian in Tampa

    May 3, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I also agree about Jones. Play Thames. We are real bad in the division right now.

  67. mcb

    May 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    They won’t win the division if they cannot win in it. Too many games to play against the teams in it.

  68. West Coast Tiger

    May 3, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Jim Leyland has said it. This team won’t manufacture many runs. Not unless you try Jim. There are games when you need to. This was one of them.

  69. ron

    May 4, 2008 at 2:20 am

    Gee, I thought manufacturing runs was part of being a decent professional baseball team. A lot of games will not involve smacking the ball all over the park. You have to think on the fly. Surprise bunts and hit and runs go a long way toward setting the other team back on it’s heels.

  70. Kyle J

    May 4, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Where were the four runs we were going to manufature to win this game? The Sheffield at bat in the 6th illustrates the problem with “manufacturing runs”–even a power hitter with a dead eye for the strike zone is far from a guarantee to hit a fly ball when you need one. Advancing runners from base to base without hits is not a given. And you have no margin for error–give up one out and it doesn’t work.

    This teams is built to hit. They need to (and will) win games by putting together multi-run innings.

  71. ron

    May 4, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    I’m not talking specifically about this game. It should be part of any team’s arsenal. Of course they are going to win a lot of games with their power hitting because of all the poor pitching in baseball. But will it be enough? How about starting off a game with a bunt once in a while.

  72. Vince in MN

    May 6, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Well, you just have to tip your hat to the Red Sox.