Game 96: Tigers at Orioles

PREGAME: The Tigers and Armando Galarraga take on the Orioles and Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie has a 3.49 ERA this year. None of his peripherals are exceptional, but he does 2.6 walks per 9. Lefties have a 90 point OPS advantage, but even then they’re only hitting 255/312/405 against Guthrie. He’s most hittable in the first inning so hopefully the Tigers can make some early noise.

Galarraga has pitched okay of late, but has had efficiency issues. He hasn’t recorded an out beyond the 6thinning since June 13th.

Guillen is still in Detroit and Renteria’s hamstring is still hurting. Renteria will play, and of course Guillen won’t. And Freddy Dolsi cut off all of Fernando Rodney’s hair. No word on how it will effect the tilt of his cap.

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Joyce, LF
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Thames, DH
  7. Rodriguez, C
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Inge, 3B

DET @ BAL, Friday, July 18, 2008 Game Preview –

Game Time 7:05


  1. Dave BW

    July 18, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I’m pretty excited about this bald Rodney thing

  2. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Can Dolsi cut Ordonez’s hair please.

  3. Amanda

    July 18, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    lol ron maybe if we take up a collection..i’m in for $10

  4. Amanda

    July 18, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I’m seeing lots of empty seats at the Baltimore stadium. Maybe they’re all still getting their beer and peanuts.

  5. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Amanda, I’m in for 20.

  6. West Coast Tiger

    July 18, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Is it possible to dress Clete up a Joyce for defensive purposes?

  7. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Nice catch.

  8. Jeff

    July 18, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I had the sound off, saw the routine first out. Then saw the routine pop-up coming down for the second out. Then saw a shot to left field, felt relieved that it wasn’t out even though Joyce misplayed it horribly (at least 2 outs, man on 2nd, not a total disaster). Then I wondered how in the heck a guy could be coming home so quickly — an inside the park home run on a ball off the left field wall??? And there was still only 1 out???

    Only then did it become apparent to me that Renteria had messed up on the pop-up.

    BTW: Miggy has been swinging at everything, both last night and in his first at-bat tonight. There’s something the matter.

  9. Amanda

    July 18, 2008 at 7:28 pm


  10. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Nice response.

  11. West Coast Tiger

    July 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Mags is gonna do some damage

  12. West Coast Tiger

    July 18, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    To the Tigers unfortunately

  13. Mike

    July 18, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Way to go maggs (shakes head)

  14. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Man o man.

  15. Forty

    July 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    How deep was the huff jack?

  16. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    It’s our turn now.

  17. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    We’ll take it.

  18. Forty

    July 18, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Dave bw can a brotha with no tv access get some inning recap action?

  19. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Nice catch by a Tiger fan.

  20. West Coast Tiger

    July 18, 2008 at 8:18 pm

  21. West Coast Tiger

    July 18, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Bad call on the strike 3

  22. Forty

    July 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Wct: on my mobile but thanks

  23. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Let’s put this guy away now.

  24. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Armando getting stronger.

  25. David G.

    July 18, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    I do enjoy listening to Jim Palmer.

  26. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    story of the year 5 runs on 7 hits Tigers 4 runs on 10 hits

  27. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Yikes, nice golf shot. Hits the pin.

  28. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    My wife enjoys looking at Jim Palmer.

  29. tiff

    July 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    the hit total vs runs seems to be payback for yesterday.

  30. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    C’mon Maggs.

  31. Chris

    July 18, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    GIDPis killing us tonite

  32. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Tonite, Maggs the rally killer.

  33. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    scuz me story of the year 4 runs on 12 hits

  34. sky

    July 18, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Gallaraga has to learn to thro the ball away from the center of the plate with 0-2 and 1-2 counts.

  35. sky

    July 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    If the Tigers lose this game it will not be because they didn’t have plenty of chances to win it. An awful way to go up against a second-rate team after the break.

  36. Kevin in Austin

    July 18, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Forty: (mobile

  37. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    strange game Palonco-Joyce-Maggs-Miggs 6 hits and NO RBI in the 2 thru 5 spot

  38. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Let’s go boys.

  39. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    can any of the Oriole infielders get the ball all the way to first in the air or do they have to bounce every one

  40. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    why in the world would you bat Renteria there …

  41. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Pudge will definitely get some chin music tomorrow.

  42. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    ton of chances to score are we in april and may again???????

  43. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Freddie The Barber Dolsi.

  44. David G.

    July 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    And not the lineup we are looking for coming up against a lefty closer.

  45. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Seay hey Bobby, if he doesn’t hit it the first time, give him another shot.

  46. sky

    July 18, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    What a typical Detroit relief job! Seay throws one that almost goes out, and then repeats the exact same pitch! What brains……what skill…….behold why this team is struggling, despite the millions invested by Little Caesar’s Pizza!

    Money can’t make you smart!

    Once again Detroit is showing they do not want to compete in with the big boys, and probably don’t belong there!

  47. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    3 bloops and a blast. No problem.

  48. Jeff

    July 18, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Pretty lousy job there. I guess these things even out over two days though — when it was 4-3 it was the reverse of the situation the previous night when Inge hit a 2-run shot for a 5-4 lead. Hopefully Baltimore gets a Todd Jones type 9th inning.

  49. Jeff

    July 18, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Good situation for Sheff to try to work a walk. The Tigers need one more baserunner.

  50. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    wow…..walk -hit batter -home run….that’s our bullpen….Oriole announcer mentioned the Tiger pen is last in strikeouts and first on walks in the American league…
    ..I wonder where the rank in the we just plain “suck” rankings

  51. Jeff

    July 18, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Tigers starters aren’t exactly walk-averse either. It’s been one of the more underpublicized issues as far as the Tigers’ performance — their pitchers are falling behind on counts and either walking guys or having to come in on 2-0 counts and getting in trouble that way.

  52. ron

    July 18, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Go Tigers, please.

  53. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    wonder what it is like to watch a guy pitch his #ss off for 6-7 innings get the job done, make a few bad pitches but a lot of good ones while you sip a coke or whatever in the bullpen. Finally after 3 hours you get to warm up and you have to get ONE or TWO guys out and you would be done for the night and you fail at it time after time after time….

  54. Jeff

    July 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    “a few bad pitches but a lot of good ones” describes many of Nate Robertson’s 5 ER starts this year.

  55. judpma

    July 18, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Jeff you are right and does he pay for the few bad ones he makes …at least he has a couple hours to work things out.
    ..Seay works about 15 minutes in a 24 hour day…
    —I just don’t get it….especially after the guy almost jacked your previous pitch….Follsom sits around for 23 hours comes in throws one stinking pitch hits a dude..I just don’t get it ……..if you only had to work 15 minutes in a 24 hour day and not everyday don’t you think you would be damn good at it!!!!!!!

  56. Jeff

    July 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t know whether it’s coaching or what, but I think a lot of the Tigers’ pitchers this year are afraid of their stuff. By that I mean they’re worried about throwing too good of pitches that they nibble and fall behind on counts, then either walk the guy or have to come in.

    Granted, what happened tonight in the two cases you cite really doesn’t fit that, Seay was ahead on the count and Fossom was early in the count. But I think the general issue, of relief pitchers being so careful that they get in trouble, is a genuine one.

    Miner was one of the worst offenders, but only when he had guys on base. He might be more successful as a starter just because he’ll come in each inning with nobody on base.

  57. Brian B.

    July 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t think Galarraga will keep up with anything near his first half pace. It was nice, and kept us alive for a while, but he hasn’t had too good of an outing in over a month. I still have hope for this season, but I don’t think our relief pitching is deep enough to last too much longer. I’m just going to keep eating Hot n’ Ready’s so we can buy a new guy, I suggest you all do the same.

  58. mark_in_gr

    July 18, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Buy more hot-n-readies? Forget that, those idiots will just spend it on another underachieving stick like Cabrera. Like the front office didn’t see the bottom dropping out of the bullpen like it is doing? Come on . . . DD needs to retire and model for bril creme . . . The season is over.

  59. cib

    July 18, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I’m glad I went to the bar instead. Not a sports bar.

  60. Dave BW

    July 18, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Sorry, forty. I’m moving next week and haven’t had much time for the updates 🙁

  61. Jeff

    July 18, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Miggy still leads the team in VORP, narrowly ahead of Granderson and Maggs. A bit further back are Guillen and Thames then Polanco and Pudge. Those guys aren’t the problem.

  62. stephen

    July 19, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Why is everyone being so harsh? It takes a lot of hits and walks to leave 24 men on base! Now we just need to finish those rallies! Keep the faith!