Game 81: Rockies at Tigers

by billfer on June 29, 2008 · 152 comments

in 2008 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: Ah, good old game 81. The halfway point in the season. The point at which we can just multiply everything by 2 to see how the final numbers will look.

The Tigers try to close out the first half in style by capping a sweep of the Rockies. They’ll be going up against Greg Reynolds. Reynolds has some pretty scary peripherals. He’s given up 10 homers in 50.2 innings, which is almost as many guys as he’s struck out (15). That could be helpful as the Tigers trot out a lineup that most likely won’t have Magglio Ordonez or Pudge Rodriguez.

For the Tigers it will be Kenny Rogers. He was on the hill for their last loss, the series opener against the Cardinals. Rogers had trouble with his command and seemed to labor through his 5.1 innings.

Angel Hernandez will be the home plate umpire which should lead to lots of frustration for everyone. I’ll be listening to this one on the radio as I head back from Indianapolis, which may be for the best.

COL @ DET, Sunday, June 29, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 1:05

POSTGAME: I listened to the first 8 innings of this one. Let’s just say I wasn’t surprised when Dan and Jim were reporting that both umpires were upset with Angel Hernandez before the first innning had finished. By all accounts Kenny Rogers didn’t have an easy time of things, and From the Copa’s labeling of Rogers outing as Rasputin-esque seems accurate.

The Tigers offense were warming up for a rout in the first inning before things got tricky. Hits were abundant, but they were all singles save for a check swing double from Hollimon. That is until Dane Sardhina came up with his first big league hit, a 2 run triple. I have to admit I was wondering why Leyland wasn’t pinch hitting.

And props to Todd Jones. Leyland stuck his neck out running him out there 18 hours after Jones was rocked for 4 runs by the same team. Okay, maybe it was a stupid move. But Jones delivered a 1-2-3 inning bringing the first half of the season to a pleasant conclusion.
OOPS UPDATE: How did I forget the 2 innings that Freddy Dolsi pitched? The New Sexy, Freddy Solid, pitched 2 perfect innings with 3 strike outs. I had been lamenting his lack of K-ness of late and the trifecta today were his first since June 10th.

 
 

{ 152 comments }

Brenden June 29, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Maggs is on the DL!!! Not Good!!!

Chris June 29, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Bad news about Maggs. Hopefully we’ll see a full and speedy recovery. The one positive thing is to get a chance to see Matt Joyce back on the team. Hopefully he can fight off the free-swinging tendency that we saw earlier.

Just as a side note, the 2007 Yankees were 40-41 after 81 games and finished with 94 wins. I think that is the measuring stick for what we can hope for in a turnaround season.

Jeff June 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Boy, Bill, you were right about Hernandez. Rogers just threw three straight strike threes on the lower outside corner and Todd Helton is now on first base with a walk.

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Long day for Kenny if he can’t get that call. I don’t know how the 2-2 pitch wasn’t a strike. Hernandez is gonna have me breaking crap today.

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Yeah, Billfer nice call on Hernandez. I think this is the only place I can visit and get a scouting report on the umps. Accurate too!

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm

billfer called it, Angel’s strike zone is a joke already. I hope he’s consistent for both pitchers.

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Wasn’t that first pitch to Curtis, which Hernadez called a strike, way low and outside compared to the pitches he called balls when Kenny was throwing?

Chris June 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm

“I hope he’s consistent for both pitcher”

Fat chance. It looks like he can’t even be consistant with the same pitcher, the same hitter on the same at bat. With Helton, pitch #2 (called strike) and pitch #6 (called ball) were in the exact same spot, according to gameday.

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Jimmy’s getting tossed today.

Jeff June 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Hernandez is a joke. I’m surprised he didn’t call the 2nd pitch to Guillen (one foot outside the zone) a strike.

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Man, is Angel Hernandez just out to prove what a big, bad guy he is, and make we all know he’s in charge?

What is his deal?

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

I can’t believe he didn’t give guillen time there…this guy couldn’t ump a little league game

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Cabrera, never take a pitch ever again :)

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Wow. That was a great throw from left. I thought for sure Clete was out.

Jeff June 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I was half expecting to post saying that Hernandez even blew the call at the plate, but it looks like he got that one right.

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Wow hernandez is on fire, as is lamont…that was another poor decision

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Well Hernandez got that one right.

Chris June 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Marcus doesn’t just hit homers.

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Man tough luck there, sheffield crushed that ball…right at atkins

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm

This is such bs, rogers is pitching great but the zone is insane

ron June 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Man, Clete is very, very good.

T Smith June 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm

He’s not sure to call a strike, even with the batter swings and misses

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I think if it’s on the outside corner, the rule is it’s a ball even if there is a swing

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm

That was not that bad a pitch by Kenny, nice piece of hitting by Tulowitski

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm

U do not run on dane sardinha

Chris June 29, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I get the feeling that this game is going to be one of those where the Tigers are going to need a touchdown and a field goal to win it

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Haha! I don’t know about that swing…but that was a really good at bat for Hollimon. These young guys are playing well.

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Strike 2 to grandy was absurd

Chris June 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm

“Strike 2 to grandy was absurd”

gameday has shown that to be the correct call

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Is gameday accurate?

Forty June 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm

State of the art fortyeye thought it was low

ron June 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm

6 hits for the Rockies already. It’s the home umpire’s fault. He should be reported to the home office.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm

this is a long day already

Forty June 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm

I don’t know what kenny could do differently. He can’t get a call on the black and doesn’t have overpowering stuff. If he can’t use the whole plate, he’s screwed. And on top of that, the rockies have hit some decent ones.

ron June 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Waa, waa, he’s not giving me the corners. Please don’t take me out. It’s his fault.

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm

MLB wants to speed up games? How about instructing their umpires call pitches that are in the strike zone strikes.

This is going to be a 4 hour game at this rate.

Forty June 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm

1-2-3 inning ;)

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm

phenomenal job by kenny. Two pitches and done with that rally.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm

atta boy Kenny…funny that almost every young pitcher cannot make that play becasue the fall off the mound so far on thiere follow thru..but Maddux-Glavine…Kenny easy DP

Chris June 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Bases loaded, no out……. Zero run inning…. Man, Rockies fans must be pulling their hair out

Forty June 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Kenny picked up edgar there

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm

I think Kenny has more range then edgar

Forty June 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm

God I heart kenny

1-2-3 then 3-6-1

Chris June 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm

DP is our friend. With the number of baserunners in 4 innings, the Rockies should easily have at least 6 runs.

Forty June 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Doh

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Totally saw that Sardinha DP coming.

Sucks.

Jeff June 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm

DP is the Rockies’ friend too, unfortunately. Sardinha is an NL #9 hitter if you get my drift. Okay, one with a bit of power, but still . . .

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm

as bad a hitter as he is he needs to concentrate on only getting himself out

Chris June 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm

An Inge strikeout doesn’t look so bad, now does it?

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:29 pm

kenny got him to pop it up!!!!!!!!

Chris June 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm

The DP has cost the Rockies much more than the Tigers. And the game is still in easy reach at 2-3. So I’m not going to complain.

Also, nice to see Kenny get an easy 1-2-3 inning. Hopefully he’ll get another for the 6th.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm

how can you go to the ballyard and put up and umbrella during the rain…that is just not real baseball

Sean C. in Boston June 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I can’t get Gameday going at all today. Looks like a nail-biter. Keep me posted, please.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm

sean all the action was early ..lots of runners but 4 DPs have cleared off alot of them..both teams 8 hits

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

guillen called out on strikes to end the 5th. close call, but it looked like a strike.

Sean C. in Boston June 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Thnaks, judpma. I just found out it wasn’t 3-3 but 3-2 Rockies. Wishful thinking aids blindness, I guess.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm

rain rain go away

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Tigs have had a couple chances to make it 3-3 with runners on third but theold bug- a- boo of not getting them in has struck twice

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm

nice play Carlos backhand deep

ron June 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Get down, Carlos.

Sean C. in Boston June 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I’ve got Gameday on now, going into bottom 6th. Nice job, Kenny. Raining there? Bad?

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Kenny with a 1-2-3 6th.

The rain is coming down harder, they’ll have to pull the tarp on at some point.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm

do you get the impression Angel Hernandez just doesn’t like to put that right hand up and call a strike ,like it is just too much work

Chris June 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Good job by Kenny in turning a shaky outing into a decent performance.

Sean C. in Boston June 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I’ve got some virtual reality going here. I’m still soaked from getting caught in the rain walking an hour ago.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

the ball was caught but the maple bat went to left for a single

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I think he really doesn’t know which ones are strikes and which ones aren’t, judpma. No clue.

Forty June 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

What’s kenny’s pitch count? Can he come for the seventh (assuming no rain)?

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Mark..that is tru

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Rogers 98 pitches///64 strikes

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm

You have to pinch hit for Sardinha one of these at-bats. You can’t keep letting a .200 hitter blow your shot to tie the game.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm

a great example of the Kenny finish squared up and catch the ground ball vs most all young pitchers who now fall off and can’t catch a ball right over the pitching rubber. for a single..

Chris June 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Time for Sardinha’s 1st MLB hit. Let’s get it

Chief Monday June 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm

sardi is the man!

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm

SaRDINA…..WOWO ARE U KIDDIN ME

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm

my goodness, as I say it, Sardinha gives the Tigers the lead with a triple.

Stoopid poetic justice. :)

ron June 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Mark in Chicago, how about that.

Chris June 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Leyland can’t pinch hit for Sardinha without losing a backup catcher…. Anyway, why would you not want one of those sure-bet Sardinha 3-baggers?

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Ok, let’s see the bullpen boys nail it down at get us out of here with a win.

Or better yet, just pour rain and call the rest of the game.

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm

How much fun to watch is this team right now? The contributions we’re getting from these call-ups is just awesome. I’m feeling some magic brewing!

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm

that was an awesome seeing eye triple cause at first it was a single ..kept rolling a double ..heck kept rolling a stand up triple….it must have killed a thousand worms along the way

Forty June 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Awesome, I’m on my cell now, can’t wait to watch dane on dvr later tonight :)

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Sardinha’s .200 BA at Toledo must have been a misprint

ron June 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Throws out a runner and triples in two. Quite a game by Dane.

Forty June 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm

What was hurdle even thinking pitching to sardinha with second base open?

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

atta boy Freddie 1-2-3

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Sexy Freddy with a very nice 7th.

I would still feel more comfortable with about 6 more runs.

ron June 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm

I love this umpire.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm

the three Toledo boys all with hit today!!! an everyone thought all the prospects were traded away

mcb June 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Light his *** up! BOO!

Dave BW June 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Сomerica hearts Grilli

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I love watching Clete hit and use the whole field

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Miggy is due for a dinger.

Dave BW June 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm

I’d like to see overall league numbers for pitchers playing against their former teams. I bet the average ERA is about .5

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Freddie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Wow. Dolsi. This bullpen is shaping up nicely.

mcb June 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Comerica hearts Dolsi.

Mark in Chicago June 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Sexy Freddy with an even better 8th inning.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

although how would u like to be the batter called out on that pitch he has called a ball which really is a strike 20 times today,but that time it was a strike

Chris June 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Dolsi is a rockstar… an absolute stud…. He’ll be a successful closer in this league someday.

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Wow! Masterful job by Dolsi. Brilliant. Does Todd get a chance for redemption? I say yes. Wouldn’t complain about Zumaya, though.

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Of course Jones is coming in.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I don’t think Sheff saw even 1 strike today..0 -4

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm

come on Jones your regurlar 1-2-3-4-5 no run inning here please

Ken from Cincinnati June 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Just tuning in. Cmon Jonesy.

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

YES!! TODD!! 41-40! Ticker tape parade time!

Joey the K in Portland OR June 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Atta Jonesy! I think that was his cleanest inning all season.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

thats better than he can do//// atta boy

Joey C. June 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Woot! What a nice job by Jones. I have to give him credit. Coming back from that crappy outing last night with a 1,2,3 9th today is really impressive.

And the Tigers have a winning record! What a stretch of games we’ve seen the past couple of weeks.

Jason June 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Well, since I was critical of Jones yesterday, give him due credit for a fine 9th inning today.

Ken from Cincinnati June 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Damn it feels good to be a winning team again. Yes, I consider myself a part of the team.

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Kudos to Edgar for his part in the rally. He’s off the hook for yesterday’s error until the next one.

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm

nice home stand boys…lets take it on the road…make up some ground on the Twinkies……….Dolsi- Holliman- Clete–Sardinha all contribute ……who are these guys

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Crappy game for Guillen and Sheffield. Boo! Hiss!

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm

take the lead in the 6th..clean 7-8-9 just like 2006 this is getting spooky :0 :0 :-

judpma June 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Sheff swung at every pitch that came up there..and I swear not one of them was a strike

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Tigers scrubs are second to none. Look what they done did this series. Raburn, Thomas, Hollimon, Sardinha.

Chief Monday June 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Tigers are cruising. 5 wins in a row. 17 wins out of 21 games. I knew they could do it.

Anne June 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Well done, Jonesy. After I went to bat for you, you kinda owed me. ;)

There’s an awful lot to celebrate in this win. Sardinha’s first hit was the stuff kids dream about when they imagine themselves in the big leagues. Another quality start for Rogers. And hello winning record.

Brenden June 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Yeah…so…what is going on with Sheff? He just can’t hit again…

judpma June 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

lets hear it for the scrubs…….they have put in a lot of good baseball with pitching —offense— and defense…..

Ryan P June 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm

I’m not too worried about Shef yet. He crushed that first ball and still looks like he’s turning on balls quickly (although the last at-bat…was ugly). I think it’s just a usual little slump, nothing to do with any injuries.

Chief Monday June 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Sheff has broken about 5 bats in the last 2 games. Someone should get him some good lumber.

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Am I wrong, or did the Tigers no-hit the Rockies the last 5? I have to believe that would be unprecedented this season.

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Mark

“You have to pinch hit for Sardinha one of these at-bats. You can’t keep letting a .200 hitter blow your shot to tie the game.”

Too funny. I don’t think we should let you live this one down. At least not until the Tigers take over the top spot.

Chris June 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Damn! the Twin girls won again. Well, at least the Tigers were able to close in a game on those bastards this weekend. Tigers need to take 2 of 3 against them

Alex June 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm

After all the commotion made about our high-powered offense and its cavalcade of superstar hitters, how funny is it that our recent streak has been keyed at many times by the unknown likes of Thomas, Rayburn, Sardinha, etc.

Just goes to show you never know what’s going to happen with this crazy game of baseball.

K-man June 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Sure hope the rest of the year is as much fun as the last three weeks have been!

Chris June 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Interleague play has concluded for the Tigers and man, did they clean up at 13-5. And the ownership of the NL west was a big part of that at 11-4. Nice!

judpma June 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm

can we be traded to the National league..Twins -KC–Tigers about 50 wins in inter-league play

Joel in Seattle June 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm

I did not think the tigs would get back to .500 before the halfway point… good work, boys.

West Coast Tiger June 29, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Just watched the game. I recorded it. Nice job overall by Kenny. By far the best fielding pitcher in the league.

Is there anyway we can transfer to the NL West.

Great rebound for Jonesy. The crowd last night owes him an apology.

On to Minnesota. 14 more days for Maggs

I think this is just a reverse of the last two years. Slow 1st half Dominant 2nd half.

William June 29, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Someone can check my math, but I think that is 42-14 in interleague play in the last 3 years…that is .750 ball. not too shabby

Steve in OH June 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm

If we ignore that 0-9 start, we’re 41-31 and that’s a .569 percentage. Extrapolate that out over the second half of the season and we’d have another 46 wins for a 87-75 record. I don’t think that’s enough for the playoffs but it’s encouraging progress for sure.

Chris June 29, 2008 at 6:48 pm

The Tigers are 42-14 over the NL in the past 3 seasons? ….Man, is that pure ownership.

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Depending on whether you count the WS, the Tigers are either 42-12 or 43-16 in interleague play 2006-2008.

The Tigers started 1-8, Steve, not 0-9. Man! Get it right.

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I hope Miggy and the Scrub gets picked up by the network for at least a couple weeks. More of the Carlos and Gary Super-Terrific Happy Hour wouldn’t hurt, either.

Andrew June 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

What is this game of base ball I hear of being played in the fair city of Detroit these days?

A fine ball club was promised to begin play in the year of 2008, but some scalawags seemed to take their place in the first two months of play.

I am filled with joy that the correct team is now in place and making a rather fine showing for the fine citizens of Detroit and their legion of fans.

;)

Steve in OH June 29, 2008 at 8:51 pm

“The Tigers started 1-8, Steve, not 0-9. Man! Get it right.”

D’oh … but um yea, I’d say we’ve improved at least slightly. Thank god.

tiff June 29, 2008 at 9:06 pm

“I think this is just a reverse of the last two years. Slow 1st half Dominant 2nd half.”

West Coast, that’s what I’ve been thinking, even in the depths of the worst earlier this year. If it shapes up that way, I think we’ll all forget about April.

Sean C. in Illinois June 29, 2008 at 9:37 pm

“I’d say we’ve improved at least slightly”

Yes. (Glad you realized I wasn’t being so serious.) It’s funny how many ways there are of looking at what has happened with the Tigers since they were ___ – ___.

Since 0-7, they’re 41-33. Yeah!

Since 7-13, they’re 34-27. Uh-huh.

Since 14-15, they’re 27-25. Hmmm.

Since 21-31, they’re 20-9. Wow.

Since 24-36, they’re 17-4. OH MY GOD!

I like the last one. Another 10 games at the current pace and my flashbacks to when they went 10-21 en route to bottoming out may subside.

Kathy June 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

Stinks that Maggs is hurt, but we’ll just have to get on with it. The best part of the game today was the win, of course, and watching Kenny Rogers with his golden glove. He’s his own fielder. Absolutely amazing!

Steve in OH June 30, 2008 at 12:54 am

It’s funny how many ways there are of looking at what has happened with the Tigers since they were ___ – ___.

Haha… oh the beauty of making statistics work in favor of any argument. :)

Chris June 30, 2008 at 1:55 am

Billfer, I’m glad you revised your recap to acknowledge Dolsi’s 2 innings of relief. The guy was absolutely lights-out dominant. Rockies had no chance when he came in. None.

During this month of successful baseball, he was easily the most useful setup man on the team. I don’t care if he skipped AA ball. The dude is ready now. And when Rodney and Zumaya ease back into their old form, this bullpen is going to be really good.

Ryan June 30, 2008 at 3:49 am

A great game, I knew we had it in the bag the whole time.
Great clutch hitting by Sardinha. Great bullpen work, with Todd Jones bouncing back nicely. And great contributions by the Toledo “Scrub Hens” players. Go Tigers.

William June 30, 2008 at 7:34 am

Twins were 27-34 in 2006, and finished 96-66.

They won 19 of 20, lost 5 of 6, then won 12 of 13 (32-7 for a month and a half of ball). Maybe the Tigers are on that kind of streak now.

Mark in Chicago June 30, 2008 at 9:34 am

Tigers should release Cabrera, he’s not “scrubby” enough

Mark in Chicago June 30, 2008 at 9:35 am

What can I say, Sean. I have a gift for predicting the future. Or in the case of Sardinha, the anti-future. Too bad I have no idea which is which.

Mark in Chicago June 30, 2008 at 9:58 am

I hate to be the wet blanket, because I’m excited too that the Tigers are playing better and have finally peeked over .500, but they have a couple of trends that need to be corrected.

They are 10-19 (.345) against the AL Central
They are 16-23 (.410) on the road

This hot streak started with a sweep of the White Sox, but they have played only 6 road games, where they were 4-2 against SF and SD. They need to play a lot better against the division and on the road or they have no chance of getting to the postseason.

They have 17 road games and 18 divisional games in July, so this month should be a good indicator of how much they have turned the corner.

Andrew June 30, 2008 at 10:27 am

Yeppers. Big test begins tonight at the Nightmare Dome. 2 of 3 from the Twins would be pretty doggone good given the way the Twins are playing right now.

ron June 30, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Mark, obviously you bought in to the “old” Leyland way of managing and now since the ship has been righted, you have failed to jump on board. He is pulling off the ” George Costanza” move of doing the opposite of what his heart and instinct tells him to do. As Sean C. would say, “get with it, man”.

tiff June 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm

We also played a lot of the AL Central at our very worst (swept by KC on Opening Day). I am excited to see how we take on the Central Division foes this time around. I just have a better feeling going to the dome this time than last time.

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