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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.

Posted by on May 3, 2008.

Categories: 2008 Season, Game Post

72 Responses

  1. 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.

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm

  2. 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.

    by Kathy on May 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm

  3. 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.

    by greg on May 3, 2008 at 7:25 pm

  4. God, Verlander is the worst pitcher ever.

    by Adam on May 3, 2008 at 7:25 pm

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

    by greg on May 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm

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

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

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm

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

    by cib on May 3, 2008 at 7:56 pm

  8. What happened to Scott Baker?

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm

  9. “Right groin re-aggravation”

    by Ben on May 3, 2008 at 8:00 pm

  10. Ouch!!
    thx

    by cib on May 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm

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

    by cib on May 3, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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

    by Alex on May 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

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

    Come on Guys. Let’s get some runs.

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 8:15 pm

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

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

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

    by Pat in Carolina on May 3, 2008 at 8:33 pm

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

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 8:33 pm

  18. Sheffield = no clutch hitting

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

  19. 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%.

    by Kyle J on May 3, 2008 at 8:38 pm

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

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm

  21. Where is our 2 out hit.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 8:48 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

  23. 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.

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

  24. 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 . . .

    by Kyle J on May 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 8:57 pm

  26. 14 scoreless innings…. and counting…..

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm

  27. There goes the quality start.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm

  28. Never mind about the quality start.

    by Kyle J on May 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

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

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

  30. 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.

    by Adam on May 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

  31. Verlander falls apart when guys are on base.

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:06 pm

  32. 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.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:07 pm

  33. 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

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

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

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:11 pm

  35. 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.

    by Jeff on May 3, 2008 at 9:12 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

  37. I HATE the Twins….

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

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

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm

  40. 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.

    by Jeff M on May 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm

  41. That was a quality at bat

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  42. I’d pinch hit Rayburn

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  43. Pinch hit for Sheff.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  44. Come on Shef… Time to deliver

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm

  45. Work a walk sheff

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm

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

    With Sheffield at the plate?

    by Kyle J on May 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  47. Nice job Sheff.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

  48. Maggs just missed that.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

  49. 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.

    by cib on May 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

  50. 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.

    by Adam on May 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

  51. Twins are a good club

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:30 pm

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

    by cib on May 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

  53. You have to walk Kubel here

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

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

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm

  55. They play the right way.

    by Kathy on May 3, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  56. Who pitches tomorrow? The Gambler.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:35 pm

  57. Sheff has had 6 bunt base hits in his career

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm

  58. Joe Nathan is due for a bad outing

    by Chris on May 3, 2008 at 9:39 pm

  59. Rally Cap is on.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

  60. Grilli just came in for Colorado.

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:46 pm

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

    They’re money.

    by greg on May 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:50 pm

  63. The Pistons are killing Orlando. Night, all.

    by cib on May 3, 2008 at 9:51 pm

  64. 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?

    by JML on May 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

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

    by mcb on May 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on May 3, 2008 at 9:55 pm

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

    by mcb on May 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

  68. 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.

    by West Coast Tiger on May 3, 2008 at 10:06 pm

  69. 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.

    by ron on May 4, 2008 at 2:20 am

  70. 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.

    by Kyle J on May 4, 2008 at 9:11 am

  71. 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.

    by ron on May 4, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on May 6, 2008 at 9:28 pm

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