Game 146: A’s at Tigers

PREGAME: It is a glorious afternoon for baseball, and I’m headed to the game. Sean Gallagher and Armando Galarraga will be the pitchers, but I’m not going to worry too much about that. Instead I’ll bask in the glow of the sun while sipping refreshing beer. Bliss. Bliss I say.

OAK @ DET, Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 1:05

113 Comments

  1. cib

    September 10, 2008 at 11:41 am

    see you there, billfer. I’m in the same mindset. Just want to use my last free food coupon.

  2. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t mean to jinx Armando, but I notice that in the American League he is:

    #2 in Hits Allowed/9IP
    #6 in WHIP
    #7 in ERA
    #7 in Adjusted ERA+

    I wonder if now would be a good time to remind someone of a certain 8-10, 4.24 prediction. No, I just couldn’t do that.

    Also, the Tigers have scored 5.78 on average for Galarraga’s starts. It’s OK if they play the game, I suppose, but the Tigers have already won, haven’t they?

  3. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Curtis appears to be having a hard time against the A’s this season, .139/.205/.333/.538. Maybe A’s-killer Ryan Raburn gets the start.

  4. Chris in Dallas

    September 10, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Well, provided Battlestar does not issue 6 free passes this time out, he should be OK.

  5. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Galarraga’s unfailing trend in 2008 has been to follow any rather poor outings with sharply better ones. Hope it holds up.

  6. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    TIGERS W-L IN STARTS

    Miner .700
    Galarraga .680
    Thomas .538
    Raburn .531
    Larish .500
    Bonderman .500
    Cabrera .493
    Granderson .487
    Guillen .486
    Ordonez .484
    Thames .481
    Polanco .480
    Renteria .468
    Inge .460
    Robertson .440
    Santiago .429
    Sheffield .422
    Joyce .420
    Rogers .414
    Verlander .400

  7. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Clearly, our rotation should consist of Miner, Galarraga, Clete Thomas, Ryan Raburn, and Jeff Larish.

  8. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    That’s what I’m sayin’, Dave.

  9. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Although Bondo should be given the opportunity to win back his job in 2009. Larish will be on a short leash.

  10. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    OK, this is ridiculous. It’s the bottom of the 3rd, A’s up 2-0, and not a word. If I am forced into duty as the PBP guy, it can only mean the Tigers are going to lose. So I’m not gonna do it.

  11. Rick G

    September 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Uh, the guy for Oakland has a no hitter through 3 innings. Jinx!

  12. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Oh, what the hell. Tigers being no hit through 3.

  13. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Galarraga is pitching amazingly slow today. It doesn’t seem to be helping his location any.

  14. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Oh dear god, fat guy with his shirt off sighting.

  15. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Come on, Armando. You’re all we’ve got. Don’t do this.

    1st and 3rd, one out, top 4th, 2-0 A’s.

  16. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Like with the Twins earlier this year, all of the A’s players are generic players created by the computer in MVP Baseball 2005

  17. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Single, 3-0 A’s.

  18. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Just everything in play, everything, is falling for a hit. Too many line drives allowed.

  19. ron

    September 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Smoking Loon, go back and read the first 6 words of your opening post.

  20. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I knew this was Sean’s fault somehow.

  21. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    “Oh dear god, fat guy with his shirt off sighting.”

    lol (Sometimes Gameday is a good thing)

    “all of the A’s players are generic players created by the computer in MVP Baseball 2005″

    lol

    I just feel like being one of those annoying lol people today. Sorry about the totally inappropriate uppercase letters before the edit.

  22. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    5-0 A’s. Single single single single single. Jeez. The groundballs are all getting through Renteria, too

  23. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    SL: I mean, Cliff Pennington? We’re supposed to believe he’s real?

  24. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    But Ron, how could I not praise the man? Look at the league leaders and try finding Tigers some time.

  25. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Maybe MLB could save us some time by giving every A’s batter an automatic 3-0 count today

  26. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Death by a thousand cuts. Get out the bats, men. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.

  27. ron

    September 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Dave BW say something inflammatory. This game is out of hand.

  28. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I’m having a hard time thinking of anything, ron. The most manipulative thing I can come up with is accusing Granderson of not hustling.

  29. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    “SL: I mean, Cliff Pennington? We’re supposed to believe he’s real?”

    I remember him from one of those baseball books (fiction) I read when I was kid. Solid fictional baseball name. At some point today the A’s are gonna bring Ray Cantrell out of the pen. I remember him, too.

  30. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve got it, Ron. I’ll start a chemistry discussion.

    This team has no heart since Pudge left. There’s something missing in the clubhouse, a sargeant, a leader.

    If that doesn’t work, I shall summon the spirit of that guy who showed up with his political diatribes.

    I don’t think I can spell SAR-GENT anymore. The Tigers have destroyed my mind.

  31. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Yeah, Granderson is a no-talent load. It’s ridiculous to compare him to Grady Sizemore. Another class entirely.

  32. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    I refuse to say anything sensible until the Tigers score some runs.

  33. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Haha, yeah, DavidBrennan. He was awesome.

  34. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Mario notes that there have been six walks by the A’s and none have scored.

  35. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Well, Gallagher is pitching pretty well. Only 90 pitches through 4, almost as many strikes as balls. And working on a no-hitter.

    This is just plain wrong.

  36. billfer

    September 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    This game is unreal. The Tigers are being hit by a guy with a Robertsonesque ERA. Through 4 innings he’s thrown as many balls as strikes. The Tigers did not put a ball in play until the 36th pitch of the game.

    But the weather is nice.

  37. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    One day I’ll be able to tell my granchildren I once saw Bobby Seay retire Jeff Baisley.

    No, really, good job, Bobby. Come on, Tigers. Please hit this bum.

  38. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Gallagher vs. Galarraga. How did I miss that? Has there ever been an anagram-for-each-other matchup in MLB history?

  39. Rick G

    September 10, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I can’t believe we’re still being no hit! Only five of our nine batters today have an average under .240.

  40. Chris in Dallas

    September 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I suppose a single base hit was too much to ask for today.

  41. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Wow, Seay’s putting on a show, a clinic. 7 Ks in 2 innings.

  42. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    “I suppose a single base hit was too much to ask for today.”

    We’ll always have the walks. They can’t take that away from us.

  43. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    And so it begins… Cabrera on 1st, then Joyce puts one out of the… infield.

  44. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Hessman! They’re loaded! For Marcus!!

  45. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    They can’t just can’t change pitchers like that, willy-nilly, can they?

  46. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Ouch. Buzzkill.

  47. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    But Raburn doubles in 2 on the first pitch after the hard-luck DP. All is not lost.

  48. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Sure glad that you’re on here Smoking Loon as I have no game access at work !

  49. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    OK, Raburn singled and took 2nd. But Inge walks. Come on Curtis.

  50. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Glad I can help, Nick. I’m usually no help at all. Still 5-2 A’s, 2 outs, bottom 6th, 1st and 2nd with Granderson facing new LHP Embree.

  51. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    It’s be nice if Curtis suddenly remembered how to hit.

  52. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    3-0 on Grandy, Santiago on deck.

  53. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Granderson looks at 2 strikes and then flies out to CF. Tigers gone, 5-2 A’s after 6.

  54. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Lambert comes in from the pen to start the 7th.

  55. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Dave BW says “Oh dear god, fat guy with his shirt off sighting”

    hope that wasn’t Billfer or cib..haha

  56. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    ‘It’s be nice if Curtis suddenly remembered how to hit.”

    Yeah. But that last AB was a good one, a smart one, despite the out. He waited for a pitch he could hit well, challenged Embree the LHP.

  57. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Yeah, if cib is a fat guy all of a sudden, I’m leaving.

  58. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Lambert retires 2, Rapada in, a matchup thing.

  59. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Rapada is very careful with Sweeney and walks him.

  60. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    oops is cib a female? if so, my apologies..hard to tell by the initials..my bad :|

  61. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    After wisely walking Vlad Sweeney, Rapada takes Albert Cust down by way of a deep flyout to LF. Into the bottom 7th we go, still down 5-2.

  62. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Don’t worry about it, Amanda. She has a sense of humor, as far as I know, though the Tigers might have changed all that in the last month or so.

  63. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    C’mon Tigers you can do it!! It ain’t over –til the fat guy with his shirt off sings ~*

  64. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    A fat guy without a shirt can be misleading…

  65. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Street walks Santiago on 4 pitches! This is a GOOD SIGN.

  66. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Oh! Sheffield goes WAY deep to LF, but out.

  67. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Now we need to make the A’s pay for the walk!

  68. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Damn…I want to see Sheff get 500 this year, too!

  69. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Cabrera gets suckered* on a change, flies out to shallow right.

    * What I do I know, maybe he was trying to go opposite field and got a bit unlucky.

  70. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Joyce’s perfect game (2 BB, single) ends with a flyout to CF. Street was WAY hittable. That might have been the Tigers’ last, best chance.

    It would be such a drag to see a loss here, against pitchers who had pretty much nothing. The Tigers have stranded or killed more runners today than… something.

  71. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    How many LOB today Loon?

  72. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    5-2 A’s as the top 8th begins, Rapada still in, facing – oh, he walks Barton. Leyland’s gotta love it. And now it’s future immortal Jeff Baisley, signed off the street just this morning, still looking for his first professional hit.

  73. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Baisley grounds into a Hessman-started DP and is DFA. The Tigers sign him immediately and give him a 3-year contract worth $21 million. Meanwhile, total fake Cliff Pennington flies out to Granderson, ending the inning. Still 5-2 A’s.

  74. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    18 LOB, Nick.

  75. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    “18 LOB, Nick.”

    Ouch…thanks

  76. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Polanco pinch hits for Hessman. Hmmm. Nice popout to the C.

  77. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Though the game basically sucks.. I’d still love to be there swiggin a beer & chillin in the sun :)

  78. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    That beats work any day Amanda!

  79. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    ya ouch 18 LOB and still the Tigers only have 2 runs bottom of the 8th

  80. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    you got that right Nick~!

  81. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Thames and Raburn both K. After 8, still 5-2 A’s. Ick.

  82. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    If I didn’t have a life, the Tigers would make me want to die.

  83. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    OK, someone else needs to take over this thrilling PBP. I’m being called away. I need to concentrate on this surgery. I guess.

  84. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Yeah, yeah. I said 100 cc, yes. Or 1000. What difference does it make? Sheesh.

  85. Nick Gouge

    September 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks Loon CUL

  86. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    taking over the PBP will be difficult but i’ll try. Game over-Tigers lose.

  87. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Pudge suspended two games for fighting with Torii Hunter. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb. This concludes Dave’s Former Tiger Watch.

  88. Riley

    September 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Caught the tail end here online….couple of missed opportunities, but it seems like they just weren’t falling for us today. What happened with Maggs’s drive to center that ended it? Rajai Davis make an amazing catch to double off Granderson?

  89. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    “taking over the PBP will be difficult but i’ll try. Game over-Tigers lose.’

    Good job, Amanda. Glad I didn’t have to say it.

    Hard to say the Tigers played badly. They just didn’t get it done. Plenty of chances. Must have been a good day to see it for real, despite the loss.

    The Tigers need a face like Mike Hessman’s. He looks like a hard-boiled detective sort, at least in his Gameday photo. I’ve decided he’s the starting third basement next year if they can’t get Beltre and manage to trade Inge.

  90. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Fun clip, Dave. I’ll have to watch it again (as though it wasn’t long enough to begin with), but it looks like Our Pudge started it. It was hilarious to watch the Angels bullpen come trotting in. Such ceremony.

  91. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    “The groundballs are all getting through Renteria, too”

    Delayed reaction.

  92. cib

    September 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    LOL, no I am not a fat guy! What a horrible game. But even after this season I still have my sense of humor. Like when I laughed for 32 minutes after receiving an invoice for postseason tickets from the Tigers, requiring full payment by September 2.

  93. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    cib: I’ve told several people about your postseason invoice, and they have the exact same reaction you did.

  94. Vince in MN

    September 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I see billfer went to the game today. The question I have is is he the truest bluest Tiger fan ever or just a glutton for punishment? Even with the nice weather and all, it seems like an expensive way to work on a tan.

  95. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    hehe again sorry cib; like I said would of loved to have been at the game. And if you’re lookin for something to do with that postseason invoice, I have a great idea. I bet it would make awesome tp for someone who finds herself out in the woods with nothing but leaves and tree bark to choose from..lol

  96. Smoking Loon

    September 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Does Jim Leyland sign autographs? I’d want JL’s autograph on that postseason invoice, myself. Prior to any other use.

  97. Amanda

    September 10, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    haha good one Loon

  98. Dave BW

    September 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    “Gallagher vs. Galarraga. How did I miss that? Has there ever been an anagram-for-each-other matchup in MLB history?”

    That’s too bizarre to NOT be unprecedented

  99. Rick G

    September 10, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    How dumb do you have to be to get doubled off a base to make the last out of a game when you’re losing by three runs? Could this team be any less focused?

    Just wondering…

  100. Smoking Loon

    September 11, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I wonder if Hideo Nomo ever pitched opposite anyone named Moon.

  101. ron

    September 11, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Ah, out in the woods hunting, leaning back against a tree, munching on a ham sandwich, looking at those dried, crunchy, curled up maple leaves, just hoping that damn invoice is in your wallet, or at least a few single bills.

  102. Smoking Loon

    September 11, 2008 at 8:53 am

    “The Tigers’ streak of 86 games with at least one extra-base hit came to an end.”

    I had no idea. And hey, they’re 46-40 over that stretch.

    The bullpen went 5 hitless, scoreless innings yesterday, with 8 K and 2 BB. Yes, it was the Sacramento A’s, but the same Sacramento team that took 2 of 3.

  103. Smoking Loon

    September 11, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Ah, out in the offseason hunting, leaning back against a failed season, munching on some trades that didn’t work out as planned, looking at those dried, crunchy, curled up DH-only types, veterans in decline, and soon-to-retires, just hoping that those bad contracts are in your wallet, or at least a few expendable players. Because you really need to unload, but you used up your roll of prospects a while back.

  104. ron

    September 11, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Sometimes you get a lot more than you pay for(Rays, Twin and Marlins); get what you pay for(Indians, Cardinals, and Blue Jays) and then supposedly some of the best and brightest like Cashman and DD really get stiffed(Mariners,Tigers and Yankees).

  105. ron

    September 11, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Are the Tigers out of it? Does a bear crap in the woods?

  106. Smoking Loon

    September 11, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I had a ham sandwich today and didn’t even realize the irony. Next time I will approach this communion ritual (Body of Renteria) with a greater sense of reverence and ceremony. What do I drink with it, though?

  107. Smoking Loon

    September 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Bad news about Clete Thomas and surgery. I thought he was a pretty sure bet to be on the team in 2009.

  108. ron

    September 11, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Isn’t Renteria a form of devil worship in the Haitian culture? I’d have that ham sandwich with a glass of vinegar and cayenne pepper.

  109. Smoking Loon

    September 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    No, Renteria is a form of mediocrity worship in the culture of American League SS rankings. Given the available talent, it can’t be helped.

  110. ron

    September 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Are you sure? Check that list again.

  111. ron

    September 11, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Women’ college softball? Did you check that? Huh?

  112. Smoking Loon

    September 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Well, if Santiago would do something once in a while to impress with his glove at SS, I’d advocate him as the low-budget stopgap until Iorg or whoever is ready.

    I don’t think Renteria will be back, based on money rather than his performance per se. I think the Tigers need a glove at SS. Let’s see what they think. Since they’re so fond of converting position players, maybe Inge gets a shot at SS in 2009.

    I’m looking forward to an infield, right to left, of Cabrera, Guillen (2B), Inge, and Larish. Raburn will catch. With Ordonez at DH, Santiago will take over in RF. Granderson is a natural LF, and a platoon of Sheffield and Joyce and Jacque Jones (resigned) in CF will keep AL Central rivals off-balance, for sure.

  113. Smoking Loon

    September 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Guillen – Inge – Larish. That spells G-I-L. Laws, yes.