Game 78: Cardinals at Tigers

by billfer on June 26, 2008 · 384 comments

in 2008 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: The teams have a 12 hour turnaround for today’s game. It will be Nate Robertson and Todd Wellemeyer, both of who I would guess didn’t stick around for the end of last night’s tilt.

Wellemeyer has a 3.67 ERA for the season and he’s striking out a little more than 2 batters for every one he walks. But in his last start he was lit up for 3 homers and 8 runs in 3.1 innings. It broke a string of 6 straight quality starts. Wellemeyer is a righty, but righties have hit him better this year with a 721 OPS for the right handers and a 663 for the hooks. I’m not sure that Jim Leyland saw that when he decided to play Clete Thomas instead of Marcus Thames in left today. For his career the numbers are strikingly similar for both sides.

Nate Robertson won his last time out despite allowing 5 runs in 6 innings.

And you guys will see me popping into the comments throughout the game today. For a change I’m not working and can actually watch and comment along.

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Thomas, LF
  7. Sheffield, DH
  8. Hollimon, SS
  9. Sardhina, C

STL @ DET, Thursday, June 26, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

POSTGAME: CLETE! SHEF! SERIES WIN! The Tigers snuck away with one today. Nate Robertson wasn’t getting hammered, but he was pitching under stress all day. He only had one stretch where he retired more than 2 batters in a row. But through either luck or skill or Cardinal ineptitude he kept St. Louis off the board with the exception of an unearned run.

The Tigers squandered several chances of their own early on with the middle of the order failing to cash in on several opportunities. In the end though the Tigers came out on the right side of a bases loaded walk.

  • I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that the Tigers are a better team when Gary Sheffield is hitting. He had some rough ab’s early on with a DP and a pop out, but when the team had to have a homer Shef delivered. The Tigers were down to their last slugger with Hollimon and Sardhina up next. After the long foul I figured that was the ball. For him to do it again was incredible.
  • And how about Clete Thomas. I was one who was expecting Marcus Thames to pinch hit in both bases loaded situations. Yet Leyland stuck with Clete and Clete didn’t chase balls in either at-bat and walked in two runs. Is it possible that left field, which was a vat of suckiness early in the season, is now a fountain of glorious production?
  • Stuff evens out in baseball. Granderson had a few hard hit balls find gloves lately. Today he had a few weak hit balls find holes for a 4 hit day.
  • Fernando Rodney flashed signs of the plus reliever he’s been in the past. He pitched out of a tight jam and then retired the side in order the following inning. Five up, five down.
  • Polanco and Thames ejected in the same series? Polanco didn’t really have an argument because it was a good pitch, but he got tossed quickly. The umpires did not have a good series. I don’t know if one team got hurt more than the other, but it was an awful display of officiating.
  • And another nice outing for Bobby Seay who allowed a 2 out walk but nothing else.
  • It was nice to see Mike Hollimon get a couple hits. I have no problem with him trying for third on that play in the 9th inning. He was barely out and if he makes it the Tigers have the winning run 90 feet away with 1 out. I like the aggressive baserunning so just tip the cap to the Cardinals who did it right in nailing him.
 
 

{ 384 comments }

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Welcome to the Tigers Sardhina. Just don’t screw up.

Ken from Cincinnati June 26, 2008 at 1:07 pm

If you’re going to have Hollimon and Sardhina in the line-up, you MIGHT want to add some pop by playing THAMES, Leyland!! You old fogey!! Are you putting Marcus in time-out for his little tantrum yesterday? You wouldn’t do that to Sheff or Maggs! Not to mention Pujols is back in. I don’t like the looks of this one.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Chief, optimism and encouragement are thy names.

Bernie from Toledo June 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Thames didn’t get suspended did he? I didn’t see a bump last night.

tiff June 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm

saving Thames for pinch hitting late inning heroics?

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Ken, I’m with you on playing Thames considering that Holiman and Sardhina are in the lineup. Although Edgar hasn’t hit for crap lately, so no big loss at the plate in that regard, but K-bot was really heating up.

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Thames needs rest. His defense has been a joke lately.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:14 pm

I’m only catching this on Gameday, so what is with the infield singles? Has Nate been hit hard?

billfer June 26, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Ken – Curtis, Carlos, Magglio, Cabrera, and Sheffield provide a decent amount of pop. Yeah the bottom 2 are weak, but this is still a strong lineup.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Neal – The Pujols hit was hard. The Burton hit went to no man’s land between Cabrera, Nate, and Polanco. The Glaus hit was a check swing single between Polanco and Cabrera that didn’t even make it to Ordonez. So no, he’s not getting hit hard.

ron June 26, 2008 at 1:17 pm

3 hits no runs. This game is in the bag.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 1:17 pm

“Thames needs rest. His defense has been a joke lately.”

Define joke and lately. Where’s the optimism, Chief? Spend it all on Sheffield?

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Well I suppose Nate survived the first. He wanted to get his BABiP numbers out of the way early. Now he can feel free to cruise until the fifth.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 1:19 pm

That catch that Thames didn’t make yesterday definitely classifies as a joke.

Nice hit Curtis. 14 straight.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I think Curtis is getting it figured out again. That bodes well.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Billfer: doesn’t that make it even more reasonable to want a true glove SS with the lineup we field next year (essentially the same as this year’s without Pudge)?
Real response, Thames has been hot, he’s probably still pissed off from last night, and wants to smash the ball today and catch it to make up for last night.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 1:27 pm

How can THREE batters hitting over .300 fail to at least move Curtis up? Seems like it happens all too oftem.

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Yesterday Thames dropped a ball. Also it seems to be taking him more time to get to balls hit down the line or in the alley. I don’t think he’s giving it 100% or maybe he’ just slow or tired or inured. Something ain’t right with him. He blew up at the ump and got thrown out the game Yesterday too. That just ain’t right. His head ain’t where it should be for whatever reason it may be.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Rod on Wellemeyer: “Look at those shoulders! You know he has got to get his sports coats tailor-made.”

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm

As always, Rod Allen provides invaluable insight. The man is the Edward R. Murrow of color commentating.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Nate’s getting hit hard this inning

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Rod has a mancrush

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Wellenmeyer doesn’t strike me as a sports coat guy.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Neal: I don’t care too much about the balance of glove versus hit as long as it’s a net positive for the position. Save more with the glove than you give away with the bat or vice versa.

ron June 26, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Yikes, this is getting scary.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Ooooh! Gameday’s in 3D now!!!

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 1:33 pm

What’s wrong with Nate? This is not his pattern.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Just another one of those 11 pitch bases loaded innings.

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Another huge DP. Love the way that works. 5 hits in 2 innings, but no runs.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 1:34 pm

wow HUGE DP.

5 hits, no runs thru 2? That’s even worse than the Tigers’ 6 hits, 1 run thru 2 yesterday.

ron June 26, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Oh yeh, the gods are with us today.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Billfer – same sentiments. This year the AL SS’s have been weak offensively so this is a position where Edgar should stand out, just hope he gets his bat going, like the way Curtis seems to be putting it together.

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 1:38 pm

This is my first game in a while that I’m following along on Gameday. New and improved (?) with animated batters and a bit of depth perception in the field!

Now if they would only dare bring back the strike zone…

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Clete Thomas drops a single in the game’s second Tigers hit

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 1:41 pm

GameDay doesn’t work on my work computer, so I have to use crappy ESPN GameCast. Bleh.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 1:41 pm

On a side note, no one in the Tampa dugout is talking to Matt Garza through 4 innings…

ron June 26, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Clete is good.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Tbone — also, the batters are now all of an indeterminable skin color.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 1:43 pm

That’s just Sheff being Sheff for you.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 1:43 pm

4 innings is a little early to be thinking about a no-no. 6, maybe.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm

oh dear god the color of mario and rod’s shirts are destroying my eyes

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm

What’s with the Lab scientist uni’s on Gameday?

ron June 26, 2008 at 1:45 pm

By golly, Polly.

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 1:48 pm

The fans must be roasting out there today. I’d rather wait out a 2+ hour rain delay than get baked in the sun.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Nate almost falls down while striking out Glaus

tiff June 26, 2008 at 1:50 pm

ooo I love the new GameDay!

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I guess we can add Ludwick to the list of “Players the Tigers Recently Gave Up On Who Turned Out To Be Unexpectedly Well Above Average”

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Gameday’s new look is nice, except the uni’s. It looks like t-shirts and slacks, couldn’t they make it look more like MLB?

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Mario claims that Santiago came to Comerica today wearing a large red sequined hat. He says it “looked good on him”, though this seems highly unlikely.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Who’s going to get off the .000 OPS first, Holiman or Sardinha?

judpma June 26, 2008 at 1:58 pm

they did Gameday like that so Don Imus can’t tell what color the players are…no discrimination that way

ron June 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm

A big shouldered guy wearing a red sequined hat would make him squeal with delight.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm

a routine ground ball to second base and the Tigers turn it into a INFIELD single to first BASE

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Real slacking on play by play and updates, once again. I don’t know what I’m going to have to do to motivate this team. I think they’ve stopped listening to me. I’m befuddled.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Sean- have you never been married or had kids?
From: always befuddled.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm

There’s not much to update you on. Nothing is really happening. Isolated hits here and there, but neither team can string a series of hits together.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Sean C, I agree. I’m trying to keep up on gamecast, and though I’m farther ahead than you, we need the PBP from the guys with eyes on the game. . .

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Neal: Ha! Well, I’m not saying it’s anything new. I was married, but I think I was befuddled even before that.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Okay, now Garza is through 6.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Garza though 6, still unblemished

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm

whoo hoo, K for Kennedy and a ground out. How many ground outs is that for Nate? He must have the sinker working

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Tom: An ally! You can be my Chuck Hernandez.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Better get THIS leadoff double in.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Can Carlos move him along?

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 2:09 pm

No runs on 7 hits through 4 for the Cards. Oof.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Sean C: Thanks for nuttin’

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Okay – two chances to get him home…

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Wellemeyer threw a fastball too low in the zone and Polanco smoked it for a double.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Just joined the fray, is Nate sharp today? Quite a few hits, only 1 walk and a couple DPs.

Also, what is it about playing during the day at Comerica that leads to low-scoring games?

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:10 pm

and thanks to Wellemeyer for moving polly along

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Polanco is tagged out at home because Maggs hit a liner straight at Ryan

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm

OK, Tom, who do you want instead? McClendon, Lamont, Jones, Van Slyke, Hal Naragon. Those are your choices.

I don’t know about you guys, but I hate to see Leyland lose to LaRussa. This series is big for me.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm

is this less tha 50-50 getting the run in from 3rd no outs 3-4-5 hitters

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm

…wow.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Cabrera strikes out after swinging for the fences on three out of four pitches

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Polly thrown out at home? Yeesh. Yet another in a series worth of baserunning blunders

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Well that mini-rally got killed in a hurry.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm

story of the year right there that inning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Well that inning was a complete waste. How many guys are we going to get thrown out at home?

Neal June 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Has a tiger on 3rd scored this year on a ground ball to the left side of the infield? Maybe it’s just my impression, but it seems like a sure out for us to go on contact.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm

you guys watching, was it close, or just a baserunning brainf&#t?

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Hanley Ramirez homers, ending the Garza no-hitter

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Be strong, Nate. It’s about time he hits cruise mode. Isn’t it? He got the other stuff out the way.

tiff June 26, 2008 at 2:14 pm

what is going on with gameday? I just had the top of the 4th end on 2 outs, and the bottom of the 4th just show the third out.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

It wasn’t really a baserunning blunder. Maggs just happened to hit exactly where Ryan had positioned himself.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

And Sean, I’ll take take Mayo Smith. He may be dead, but he hasn’t made a bad decision all season. . .

ron June 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Can’t complain. The Redbirds aren’t getting clutch hits either.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Make sure it says “Live” in teh top left, not “Archive, click here to return to live” or something

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

“story of the year right there that inning”

judpma, Son of Sky. (jk)

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

tom -unlike usual where the runner is out by 50 feet this one was only out by 10 feet

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Man on first, one out, Pujols at bat

West Coast Tiger June 26, 2008 at 2:17 pm

I think this body is being a bit idealistic when they dump on Renteria. If you look at his #’ he is mid to upper level of all SS that play on a an every day basis. He is a smart SS and I’ll stick with him until I’m shown a player that can bring the whole package, which the Tigers don’t have in the organization and don’t have the ability to trade for. Plus I’ll take him at SS IF this team makes the playoffs any day.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Good one, Tom. He’s not dead, though. Runs a clinic up Minnesota way, I hear.

RoseTattoo June 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Gameday is working for you guys? I can’t even link to it from mlb.com — still shows the game on the schedule as opposed to “live”.

ron June 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Nate’s playing with fire here.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm

thanks, judpma. halfway between a brainf&#t and just a bad play, i guess

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Pulols nearly hit a home run, but somehow it only ended up as a single.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I wonder if in press conferences you are allowed to ask Jim “why do you send that runner from third everytime on a ground ball despite having the slowest team in the history of baseball and getting that runner thrown out 100% of the time”….Jim’s answer is__________________________________________

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Nate Rogers needs to keep that ball down.

Ken from Cincinnati June 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Yeah, Rod and Mario’s shirts are disturbing to me as well. They are bright orange, but just one tiny shade different from one another. It looks like somebody upchucked their Orange Julius into the booth.

sky June 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm

How in the hell can you expect a team to win when you have at least 4 chances to score a man from 3rd with less than two out and do not do it once, except with an inning busting DP?

AND THE ONES FAILING ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OUR BEST HITTERS!

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Sky is here. The sky is falling and a Detroit win is virtually assured.

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Big K there for Nate!

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Glaus strikes out. If I’m correct in my lip-reading, he was not pleased.

tiff June 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

ah, sky, I was wondering where you were.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Nate induces a pop up. Inning over. Nine hits, no runs for the Cardinals

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I can’t believe he got out of another one.

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

No runs on 9 hits through 5 for the Cards. Unbelievable.

tiff June 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

St. Louis is all, “Oh yea, we can strand runners too!”

Dylan June 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

The record is 14 hits in a 9 inning shut out :-)

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Nate squeaks through that one.

His WHIP this game is 2.0 and he hasn’t allowed a run. And somehow only thrown 72 pitches. Amazing. I guess we’re not the only team that can’t get a big hit.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm

if you go to Yahoo Gamechannel the game works just as good if not better than Gameday

Dylan June 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm

judpma: is Yahoo Gamechannel in 3-D? haha

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm

one thing Nate is doing lately is making the pitch he needs when he has too..always had a problem with that but last month is has made those pitches for the most part

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Dylan-the Tigers aren’t even in 3d you have to score runs to get the true effect

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm

OH MY LORD Hollimon got a hit!

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Dear god Hollimon (finally) got a hit.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm

“the Tigers aren’t even in 3d you have to score runs to get the true effect”

Whoa! Good stuff.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm

It sounds like Nate is in his best 2006 “Bulldog” form. Seemed like he only got good when there was a guy on third with less then two out – which is a description of today’s game so far.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

The journey to 3000 begins with a single hit.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

No dice for Sardinha, though. On to the 6th

Ken from Cincinnati June 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

How did this guy give up 8 runs in his last outing? He’s cutting us up something fierce.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

i have a bone to pick with Gameday. The earhole is on the wrong side of the helmet. . .

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm

“The earhole is on the wrong side of the helmet. . .”

I hope someone got fired over that.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Dave: it’s the little things. . .

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Btw, Ankiel hit about a dozen foul line drives at my section on Tuesday. I yelled, “Rick Ankiel, why do you hate us??!?”

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I want to know what Polanco’s head looks like on Gameday. Also Larish’s helmet. Is Brandon Inge still black?

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

well, still, except for the pujols bomb, most of the hits have been on the ground

billfer June 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm

This is the first time Nate has retired more than 2 in a row.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Nate has a .258 BAbip on ground balls. That looks incredible to me.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Sean, it appears that Polly’s head should be on tethers in the Thanksgiving Day parade. . .

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm

I’m just pleased that one of our last two hitters actually got the ball out of the infield.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm

That was only Hollimon’s 10th at-bat. It hadn’t been that long.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm

those guys on Gameday look like they are in the Navy…none of those guys can knock in a run either

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Tom – Really? Do they show the tethers, too? I’ve got to look into this Gameday thing.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Wow, fast inning by Nate.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Billfer, you said earlier that Nate wasn’t getting hit hard. Any signs of weakening?

West Coast Tiger June 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Nate is on Fire. Surprised by the pitching change.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

“That was only Hollimon’s 10th at-bat. It hadn’t been that long.”

Ah, but expectations were high for the heir apparent to… to…

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

The “helmet” looks like something out of Ernest Goes To Fantasy Camp. And every player has some sort of strange, shadowy facial hair.

The pitchers perspective is back along with an upper deck kinda view!

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

allright, fresh meat on the mound for the cards. lets get some hits!

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

I have a feeling this one is going to come down to our bullpen having to protect a 1 or 2 run lead.

Zumaya probably isn’t available, so I’m going to say that Rodney comes in and pitches well in the late innings to protect the lead and get it to Jones. We need that.

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

thanks very much, Grandy. Very coachable. . .

billfer June 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Wellemeyer’s OPS the third time through the lineup is 826. Hence the change.

Brian June 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

I am watching this on gameday… Does anyone know why the Cardinals took out Wellemeyer?

Brian June 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm

ah, it seems I am a little slow! Thanks for the answer.

West Coast Tiger June 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Curtis gets another off a Lefty.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Larue had a hard hit ball, but outside of that only Pujols has been smoking it.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Polanco kicked out for arguing balls and strikes

Neal June 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Polanco can’t move the runner, again.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Attempt a steal or something, Jim.

Wow, two ejected for arguing strikes in two days. Watching on GameDay and it looked low, how did it look live?

tiff June 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Placido ejected!
what’s got into the quiet ones?

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

I’m not watching but I can already tell you what Mario said: “And that’s a rare strikeout for Polanco”

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

thanks, billfer. frustrating having to watch gameday. . .

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Polly ejected? Holy cow, this is incredible. Gameday shows the pitch at the knees, was it close?

tom June 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm

wow, two days in a row we get a guy tossed.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm

low and a little wide but definately low

sky June 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Polly will be lucky if he is not suspended.

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm

The pitch looked pretty close on Gameday.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm

That looked like a pretty good pitch so I’m not sure why Polanco was arguing. But even more surprising that he’d get himself tossed.

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Dumb thing for Polanco to do. We needed him in this game.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm

after that ump last night Umps should be tossed out just like players and managers are……that dude last night wasn’t even close…brutal..all night

Coleman June 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Oh for the love of Stan Papi, Chipotle Head just got himself all suspended and whatnot.

sky June 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Throwing the bat could be the cause. One thing to argue, another to toss a bat in the umpire’s direction.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

I agree you can’t go that far to get tossed

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm

suspended? for what? did he bump?

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm

It looked like the ump possibly fell for the “raise your mitt into the strikezone post-catch” move, but it was really too close for me to say. It looks like a good pitch on gameday, at any rate.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm

He got tossed before the bat throwing though. It was a 30 second argument when he got tossed.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm

C’mon Maggs.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm

equipment toss in general is just a monetary fine, but in the direction of an umpire will get you a couple games, no doubt.

ask Sheff, he got that last year (I want to say in Tampa)

sky June 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I have to admit, I’m the kind who would probably get ejected about once a week! Anyway, the pitch seemed very low…..but not worth hurting the team over.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Sheff has a reputation, though. Polanco not so much.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Bases loaded for the Tigers, one out

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm

well here we are again runner on third less 2 outs

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Guillen was holding on to Polanco and dragging him away from the ump, then Polanco threw his bat towards the ump.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

That first pitch to Maggs looked inside on Gameday, and now looks like he’ll swing at anything just in case.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

If there’s ever opportunity to gain some fan lovin’, Miguel…

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Another big opportunity. Can Miggs deliver?

sky June 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Cabrera comes thru again!

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Cabrera strikes out :(

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm

No.

NoNon June 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Why would you not pinch hit Thames for THomas here?

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:03 pm

were any of those pitches strikes

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:03 pm

thought we got cabrera to knock in runners in scoring position with less than two outs. Um, not so much, i guess.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm

judpma — no. None of them were.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Get that walk baby.

AWWW YEAH..

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Clete!!

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Villone walks in a run. How embarrasing.

sky June 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Nice to see the other guys do that!

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Okay – how about a hit now…

Joey the K in Portland OR June 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm

ATTA CLETE!

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Clete and Sheff maybe they are the new dynamic duo..Clete did his part

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm

can’t believe gameday doesn’t have a picture of Jason Isringhausen. He’s been around since, well, before there were cameras…

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Is Raburn at 2B for Chipotle Head (I love Polly, I really do)? Remember what happened last night.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm

They do, tom. It’s not showing up for you?

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Izzy’s not closing this year?

West Coast Tiger June 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I always thought Polanco was smarter than that. It’s always the quiet guys that go Postal. That will cost the TEAM dearly I’m afraid.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Sean — they haven’t decided yet.

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Dave: Nope, just the infamous shadow

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm

well Clete anyway

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm

whoops, there’s the picture. hmmm. can i have the shadow back?

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Thanks, Dave.

Raburn wins it today. Who else do they have for 2B? Well, Hollimon if renteria comes in.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm

well Sheff hasn’t forgotten how to just throw his bat at a pitch way out of the strikezone…fortunately last night all the pitches were in the strikezone

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm

we needed some of your yesterday’s mojo, judpma. no dice.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm

That’s right Nate, you work toward that 14-hit record.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Sean, that’s what I thought they would do, bring in Edgar, leaving the possibilty of PH Thames while stil letting Raburn play LF. Still could do it, but defensively moving everyone, like a rotation in volleyball.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Ryan: Isringhausen has been so terrible this year that Ryan Franklin has largely taken over as closer

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:15 pm

correct call

Ken from Cincinnati June 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I don’t really understand that call on Bob Marley there. Runners aren’t allowed to run along the first base line? Where are you supposed to run? Well, I guess Rod explained it there. That’s pretty rough, but we needed that.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Grrr, tie game.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:17 pm

hey Polly big play right there ..with you in the showers

billfer June 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Well that was ugly. Where he could have possibly been throwing that?

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

What’s goin’ on, GameCast froze.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Rodney coming in. I feel so cold all of a sudden.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

start the circus music

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm

gameday just went south. What happened?

Neal June 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Couldn’t they have brought in Rodney to pitch to Albert, he knows how to throw balls.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm

double to right relay from Ordonez to Rayburn and Rayburn threw the ball into Hamtramack after the runner held at third

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm

rodney gets a pop up on one pitch for the second out

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm

thanks, guys. gameday back up – for a minute and a half, probably.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm

The second base ump just made Rodney tuck his shirt in and straighten his hat. I’m serious.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Hey Sky, did you see that?

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Rodney had much better fastball command tonight

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Is F-Rod finally back?

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Wow, Rodney.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm

judpma – Do you actually like this team?

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm

HEY CROOKED HAT had his hat on straight today out 2 and 3 piece of cake///wow ///it was the hat all along

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Billfer I just like to have a little fun…I love this team

Neal June 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Rodney’s on tonight, er today. Do you go with Zoom in the 8th, or does it depend on if the Tiger’s score here?

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Rodney’s in for the 8th. Not sure Zumaya would be considered available, Or desirable.

West Coast Tiger June 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm

A little baseball Trivia There was a kid who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 40′s named Tommy Brown. his nickname was Buckshot which he earned for throwing into the stands 3 times in one game. More noteably he is the youngest player to hit a Home Run in the Majors. 1 week shy of his 17th Bday.

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Raburn can make amends right here.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Sean, not interested in your desires, but thanks for letting us know where you stand.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm

who called Raburn? here it comes…..

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Curtis sure has moved that average up 50 points fast.

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm

boy, grandy must be seeing a beach ball at the plate right now

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm

I wonder if adrenaline figures into the kind of error Raburn made. I know I’d be pumped up coming into a game like this.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I’ll guess we’ll have to wait an inning.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm

How is Grandy getting caught so much this year…

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm

nice throw right on the money

West Coast Tiger June 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm

This is one ugly game

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Neal, I’m not saying he’s not a handsome devil. Just not my type.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm

I thought that this was the right time send Curtis, but that makes Curtis now 4 of 8 on SB attempts. Is he slower this year?

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Something weird is going on with Curtis and SB this year, that’s for sure.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I can’t believe I’m seeing so many strikes from Rodney.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Rodney….yeah

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Okay – let’s scratch out a score here and hand it over to the Rollercoaster.

Ken from Cincinnati June 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Rodney silences his critics.

billfer June 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Rodney has thrown strikes in 3 of his 4 outings. He had the one game where he threw 8 straight balls. Otherwise the control has been fine.

Where is sky? I can’t believe he’s missing this.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Avenge 2006! Remember the Alamo.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Fernando mowing them down, wow.

sky June 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

billfer, I am cleaning out my shower with my head barely able to follow the game….but, (here it comes.this is soooooo hard!) Rodney has done very well!

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm

He more than halved his ERA to 15.00, woohoo.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Jones warming up

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Why’s he cleaning the shower with his head? Won’t some Tigers fan in California give the guy a hand? Sheesh.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm

billfer, the critics are always quietest when they’re wrong.

me, I man up and make fun of myself. beat everyone to the punch, I figure.

tom June 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

will someone, somewhere, tell cabrera to take a first pitch????

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Gil is ofer’ today.

I can’t make up my mind on what nickname to give him.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Cabrera is useless.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

looks like we are going to need another Clete Sheff walk off!!!

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Gil has been, um, not faring well the last week or so.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Not a good game for Cabrera.

cib June 26, 2008 at 3:52 pm

It was really really hot out there. I left after Sheff popped up that first pitch without even taking a look. Back at the office for a bit, however it’s hard to work when one has heat stroke.

Disgusted today. So many missed chances. They should be winning this game like 8-1.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Is Todd Jones coming into the game? Are they handing out free gasoline and books of matches at the ballpark today?

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 3:52 pm

The prospect of Jones facing Pujols at any point in this inning scares the bejeezus out of me.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 3:53 pm

cib: a lot of missed chances for the Redbirds too, though. They do have like 37 hits and only 1 run after all.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Pujols vs. Jones::hammer vs. nail

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Let’s home the hammer misses and nails his thumb.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Oh god please DP.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 3:59 pm

2 on, 1 out for Albert. What can possibly go wrong?

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Pujols up — easy out

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm

shock. Albert drives in a run.

toddjonesisfat June 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm

i hate todd jones

tom June 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm

gotta give it to him, poo holes is a hitting machine

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm

I love Todd Jones

tom June 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

i think, if we can’t come back, you point at polly for this one. raburn shares the blame, but i don’t think polly makes the error that raburn did.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

We’ll probably see Thames here, right? Maybe Pudge too if it comes to it.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

pujols is 4-4 with a walk.

jeez.

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Please tell me that Marcus has grabbed a bat…

tom June 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm

one batter too late, jonesy

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Thames has grabbed a bat. It has ‘Wonderboy’ engraved on it.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:11 pm

SHEFFIELD HR!!!! tie game

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:11 pm

wow. sheff goes yard.

holy moley that’s huge.

Ryan P June 26, 2008 at 4:12 pm

sheff is my effing hero

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Sheff Sheff Baby.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:12 pm

apparently Sheff has the ‘Wonderboy’ bat, Chris.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Can we all agree it’s good to have Sheffield back? Crap on a crutch, he’s been coming through…

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Oh jeez. Hollimon hit a double and got greedy (or Lamont did) and was tagged out a 3rd

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm

ouch, Holliman out at third?!?!

dood, you’re already in scoring position!

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I agree that’s it’s good to have Sheff back, Chris. But what does “crap on a crutch” mean?

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Thanks, Mike. Well, they say you shouldn’t make the first or third out at third base. So that was very fundamentally sound.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm

‘Crap on a crutch’ is the PC version of ‘Christ on a crutch”, altough I don’t know what either of them mean.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Seay in. He strikes out Ludwick for the first out

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Ankiel pops up. Now Bobby must contend with Royals reject Jason LaRue.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm

mabe sheff will still win this thing….but like chris said we all have to agree it is great to have sheff back

Adam June 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Chris: What’s the Mac version?

Uncle Omar's taller brother June 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Bobby Seay gets an inning with outs instead of runs….

Go Tigers…

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Nice job Bobby. Now lets put these Cards away…

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm

This game does not go past Granderson’s AB. He’s going to hit a Granderson Grenade into the Pepsi Porch.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm

lets win this

Kyle J June 26, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Top of the lineup.

Rookie pitcher.

Things are looking pretty good here.

Uncle Omar's taller brother June 26, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Woohoo, third change is a charm…

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Wow, Grandy again.

We need to punish this guy Parisi, get this game over with. The nice thing about playing at home is that we don’t haev to rely on Jones to get 3 outs after we’ve taken a lead.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

nice basic fudementals ..now win it

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Raburn does his job, now the big boys are set up to deliver!

Uncle Omar's taller brother June 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm

I’m thinkin liner up the middle for Maggs…

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm

I like Maggs right here.

End it.

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Intentional walk for Guillen

Uncle Omar's taller brother June 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Well, a sac will work too…

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Maggs flies out. Granderson at 3rd

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Intentional walk to Cabrera.

tom June 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Thames?

Neal June 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Just looked at the Holiman out at third, looks like he thought it should have been a triple all the way, he just seemed a little slow. The Cards have made three perfect plays, at the plate, at second, and at third. Normally we would get one or two of those.

You walk Guillen, who hasn’t hit today, to face Ordonez, who has 2 hits today. I guess the set-up for the DP. Go Miggy.

Uncle Omar's taller brother June 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm

An intentional for Miggy? Will Clete get pulled for Marcus?

Joey the K in Portland OR June 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm

make em pay Clete!

Neal June 26, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Marcus, Marcus, Marcus, please.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm

c’mon Clete!

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Heart pounding tension!

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Clete does it again!

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 4:35 pm

2 bases loaded walks for Clete in one game!

Uncle Omar's taller brother June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

with the walk-off baes loaded walk!

again!!

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Parisi walks in the winning run. It’s not surprising since Parisi was so stressed he looked like he was going to cry. TIGERS WIN!

Uncle Omar's taller brother June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

OMG!!!!!! Rookie walks rookie, film at 11!!!!!

Adam June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

YEAH BABY!!! HOLY CRAP!

judpma June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

CLETE CLETE CLETE walk them runs in yeaaaaaaaaa

tom June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

it’s a walk off, walk off

Neal June 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Did Leyland suspend Marcus for this game?

Clete with 2 clutch RBI walks.

West Coast Tiger June 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm

What was La Rusa Thinking. Did JL go over to their Dugout

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Gotta love the walk off walk. And Dave BW – your description does not surprise me. I’m relatively certian that Parisi somehow anagrams into “pisspants”

Dave T. June 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm

2 bases loaded walks in 1 game to the same guy, thats odd
whats the record for most LOB combined for both teams?

Ken from Cincinnati June 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Woohoo Cletus!!!

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Didn’t you hear? Marcus choked Dombrowski in the clubhouse…

Dave BW June 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm

And the hated Cardinals are dispatched yet again.

Kyle J June 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm

I hereby anoint him Clete “WOW” Thomas.

Anne June 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Ay-yi-yi, I always want the Tigs to win, but I hate to see it happen like this.

sky June 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm

What justice..Seay lost won that way and now he gets the win that way!

Tbone June 26, 2008 at 4:40 pm

That was a tough spot to put a rookie reliever in, leaving no margin for error.

Another series win – Go Tigers!

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 4:42 pm

If the Tigers win the next two series, they’ll be (gasp) a .500 team.

Adam June 26, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Sheff is the real hero here. With Hollimon and Sardinha coming up behind him, he KNOWS he has to hit a jack or the game is over.

And HE DOES.

Dave T. June 26, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I admit I was not sure what Sheff would come back, but he has been on fire since he returned, he has to be the MLB player of the week

West Coast Tiger June 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm

I think Sheff is healthy

Chief Monday June 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm

players of the game- Sheff, Clete, Rodney, and Granderson.

Uncle Omar's taller brother June 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm

I’d love to see Sheff have a two month stretch like he had in June last year. Basically, swing and make contact for a month. That would be pure joy…

tiff June 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm

walk off walk… I’ll take it. A low scoring close tension filled game. YEEEE.

I can’t say the same thing would’ve happened if they had pitched to Cabrera. So yay, cult of Clete!

Anne June 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Chris–don’t they just have to win the next two games? Or do you mean if they continue their pattern of L-W-W it’ll take 2 series to get to .500?

Looks like they just finished this game in time too, there are more T-storms on the radar.

Ken from Cincinnati June 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Does Clete remind anyone else of Fievel the Mouse? With better baseball skills of course.

Neal June 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm

What kind of skills did Fievel have? Any scouting reports?

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Sox up, 2-0 in the 6th, Danks pitching pretty well.

sky June 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm

I am either intoxicated or getting old.

What I meant was “What justice..Seay lost one that way and now he gets the win that way!”

I.E., a walk-off BB

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Anne: I was figuring they need to win 2 out of 3 for two straight series to hit the break even point. Of course, a sweep of Colorado would speed up that timetable.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Mark: I say the White Sox can collectively go suck a railroad spike. I see Minny is down 2-0…

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Agree Chris. I hate the White Sox and everything they stand for.

Minny won’t freaking lose, so it’s good to see them down. That’s gonna be a battle in the Metrodome next week. Can’t get swept in there again.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Wasn’t it a walk-on walk-off? I mean, you still have to take the base. There are no walk off wins, actually. (And there is no dark side of the moon, really. It’s all dark.) I find the term objectionable.

Player Of The Game is a tossup between Gary, Sheffield, and Sheff.

I wasn’t surprised to see Thomas not pulled for a Thames pinch hit. I think JL had a gut feeling Clete had the hot hand, and obviously it all worked out. If it was the 9th, no Sheff HR, still tied and one last chance for the win… I would have been among those calling for Thames and complaining if it didn’t happen, but I still think Mr. Gut might have gone with Thomas, unless Hollimon or Sardinha were on deck.

Chris, “pisspants” pretty much describes me during the Jones/Pujols showdown.

38-40. Still a chance, a rather good one, to pull off a winning record by the halfway point. Remarkable.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm

oops, my bad. Minny is tied, 3-3

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 5:22 pm

I’ve hated the Twins since they broke my 9 year old heart in 1987. And then stole Jack Morris. Circle this, Bert…(I’m currently extending my middle finger, in case you were wondering)

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Sean: Don’t you mean the hammer/nail showdown? Haven’t I taught you anything? Geez.

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Aha, I see the Nate BAbip of .258 I found so incredible was not on infield ground balls, as I inexplicably concluded. Never mind.

Was Nate bad and lucky, good and unlucky, or Nate being Nate with a few more balls than usual going for hits, today?

Sean C. in Illinois June 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Chris: Yeah, the hammer/nail thing was good. I just forgot. Won’t happen again!

You taught me everything, but with a memory like a sieve it all goes for naught.

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Chris,

Have you ever seen the on-air gaff committed by Bert Blyleven? My goodness it’s hilarious. God bless live television.

if you haven’t seen it, go type Blyleven and f**k into Youtube.

The Twins broke my heart too in 87, I was 11. If I knew then that this team would be forever awful after then, I would have enjoyed it more.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 5:35 pm

I don’t know what to make of Nate. He vexes me. His BB/9 and BB/K rates are good. His K/9 is serviceable. And when you watch him pitch he’ll breeze through a lineup for 3-4 innings at a time on many nights. But somehow he has an ERA north of 5 (although that’s beginning to normalize lately – I say he finishes at around 4.60, which I guess is kinda what he always does). BABiP does him no favors I suppose. At least he doesn’t have any Bronson Arroyo moments – when he’s on the mound he always seems to at least keep the Tigers within striking distance. Witness this afternoon for a prime example.

Chris in Dallas June 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I was actually watching the game when Bert F-bombed through the miracle of MLB E-I. Love that. I actually like him and Bremer as the Twins announcers. They aren’t bad. Better than the yahoos that Cleveland and Chicago have. The KC guys oftentimes aren’t paying attention to the game, as they are playing canasta and eating tapioca (i.e. their combined age is 186).

Mark in Chicago June 26, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Chris,

This Nate thing is certainly confusing. As you say, he breezes through the lineup, then gives up a 3-run jack to David Eckstein. I really want to say it’s bad luck, but it keeps happening.

According to fangraphs, his BABIP is .330, which is pretty high. His FIP is 4.29, which is much better than his posted ERA of 5.60 (coming into today). Both of those things point to some bad luck, especially when considered with the K and BB rates you cited.

The area that gets Nate is his LOB% of 66.8%, well below the league average of 72% and worse than his career norm of 70%. He gives up fewer walks but more hits (see high BABIP) so his WHIP of 1.48 is about his average. For some reason he gives up far fewer ground balls than before.

Put it all together, Nate has been pretty unlucky. That’s the only thing I see.

Adam June 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm

I’m kinda glad Clete got to play today instead of Marcus.

Am I a butthead for saying that?

judpma June 26, 2008 at 7:33 pm

funny after the struggle Miggy was having all day hitting they chose to put him on …..thank you very much…the dynamic duo strikes again Thomas and Sheffield…

I am sorry sheff, I am sorry sheff ,I am sorry sheff, that makes up for april . tomorrow i will work on May.

judpma June 26, 2008 at 7:42 pm

one thing maybe over looked in this strange game was the Rodney was right on!!!

cib June 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm

My daughter is out for dinner with her father and other family members and she just texted me that she met Pudge at Cameron’s in Birmingham! Hope she got a pic.

tiff June 26, 2008 at 11:11 pm

ooh, cib! thanks for the sighting. Ahem, not that I would ever resort to going to Cameron’s every night.

ron June 27, 2008 at 1:53 am

Guess the lawyer ain’t so smart after all. If the Cubs don’t make it, love to see these guys in the WS, with us of course, for payback.

ron June 27, 2008 at 2:28 am

West Coast Tiger; your trivia on Tommy Brown intrigued me so I googled him. This guy had a fascinating career and life. Before he began playing baseball he had been working on the docks since the age of 12 and after his baseball playing days, he worked at a Ford glass plant for 35 years.

Sean C. in Illinois June 27, 2008 at 5:39 am

“The KC guys oftentimes aren’t paying attention to the game, as they are playing canasta and eating tapioca (i.e. their combined age is 186).”

Even with no reference point (what would I know about the KC announcers?), that made me laugh out loud.

Sean C. in Illinois June 27, 2008 at 6:14 am

Adam: You’re not a butthead for being glad Clete was in the game. I’m a big Marcus booster, but if he’s going to share time in LF, it is at least more sensible and interesting when it’s with young guys like Thomas or Joyce.

Clete’s an interesting story, coming out of nowhere because JL saw something in him and evidently still does. Score one for Jim.

judpma: Good point about Rodney. Uncertainty about him has been even greater than that about Sheffield. If they’re both back, well, look out.

I don’t think we need to apologize to Sheff. He needs to apologize to us, to the tune of a .900 OPS over the next 4 months.

“Put it all together, Nate has been pretty unlucky. That’s the only thing I see”

I don’t want to beat on Nate the Solid/Mediocre Reliable/Disappointing. I don’t want to beat on Mark the Perceptive and Thoughtful, either. But what is luck for a pitcher, and how far can you take accounting for the discrepancy between actual and expected with luck? I don’t see hitters getting that same write-off. A hit’s a hit, and you get no extra credit for smoking the ball into the third baseman’s glove.

Look at Nate’s 2008 splits on hit location and hit trajectory. These numbers interest me, but I’m not expert enough to come up with anything but (surely) very hokey theories on what it all means. Help me out. Someone. Anyone.

Sean C. in Illinois June 27, 2008 at 6:26 am

“love to see these guys in the WS, with us of course, for payback.”

You’ve gotta be kidding me, Ron. I never want to see the Cardinals under LaRussa in the WS again. Lawyer Man will psyche out Smoky Jim every time. The Tigers would lose in 5 and commit 10 pitcher’s fielding errors this time. Brandon Inge would be the last batter and strike out – again. It would play out like a recurring nightmare.

Much more fun to play the Cubs, team of destiny, and put the nail in that coffin for another 100 years. Plus, I’d get to listen to Pat Hughes do the World Series play by play. As I may well get to anyway.

billfer June 27, 2008 at 7:16 am

Sean – Hitters do get the same luck treatment with respect to BABIP and line drive rates.

As for Nate he’s kind of an enigma. The peripherals are good, but his line drive rate has been high for much of the season. So it’s not that he consistently gets pounded, but when guys do hit it, they hit it hard. The result is a mediocre pitcher, and one who has consisntently kept his team in the game while typically not dominating the opposition.

Sean C. in Illinois June 27, 2008 at 8:43 am

Billfer -

“Hitters do get the same luck treatment with respect to BABIP and line drive rates.”

Fair enough. I don’t often see BAbip and line drive rates for hitters cited, though. It also seems that the memory of a hitter hitting the ball hard for outs fades faster than the memory of a pitcher done in by bloopers. Maybe that’s only because there are so many at bats for a hitter as compared to starts for a pitcher.

ron June 27, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Sean C. don’t you want to pay back your ex?

ron June 27, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I know the Cubs want to pay us back for 45′.

Sean C. in Illinois June 27, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Well, Ron, my ex didn’t beat me in the World Series. As I see it, she just left the field. I’ll just keep taking batting practice until another worthy opponent shows up.

The Cubs will be so happy just to be in a World Series they’ll forget that they’re also supposed to win.

But all joking aside, a Cubs-Tigers WS would be about the best thing possible in 2008. 7 games, no question. Good games.

ron June 27, 2008 at 1:12 pm

The moon is at 37% brightness as opposed to 63% when this run started. It has had a 100% turnaround just like the team. As it wanes into darkness, let’s hope the vampires don’t come out and the team reverts to it’s losing blood sucking ways. If we continue to win, then we’ll go with the low pressure over Massachusett theory that Sean C. mentioned, but I don’t think was espousing.

ron June 27, 2008 at 1:17 pm

If the Cubs and Tigers are in the WS this year, the train shuttling the clubs between the two cities will go right thru Mike R’s neighborhood.

Anne June 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Isn’t Trammel still coaching for the Cubbies? Wonder how he’d like a Cubs-Tigers series?

tiff June 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I do wish we could’ve played the Cubs in interleague this year. The White Sox make them look so unbeatable!

Chris in Dallas June 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm

I’d like to see a Tigers vs. Tigers WS. A split-squad affair, like in Spring Training.

Chris in Dallas June 27, 2008 at 2:29 pm

billfer – Nate Robertson’s line drive rate isn’t significantly higher than it has been in years past. In fact, it’s actually lower than in 2006 when he posted what would be considered his best season (19.4% in ’08 vs. 20.0% in ’06). He’s really right in line with his career norm as far as that goes. His main problem would seem to be that his GB rate has plummeted from 46.7% in ’06 to 41.0% this year. You would think that would lead to a spike in his HR/FB rate, but it’s the opposite (13.2% of his FB were HR in ’06 vs. 9.6% this year). Again, I have no idea what to make of Robertson other than the fact he’s unlucky a lot with the .340 BABiP.

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