Game 155: Royals at Tigers

PREGAME: The battle for last place is underway. The Tigers have a 2 game lead, that could evaporate if they keep playing their current brand of baseball.

The Tigers send out Zach Miner, who can thank the Royals for being a large part of his success as a starter. In 3 starts Miner has allowed 1 run over 19 innings.

The Royals will go with Gil Meche who has 4 consecutive quality starts against the Tigers.

KCR @ DET, Monday, September 22, 2008 Game Preview –

Game Time 7:05


  1. Eric Cioe

    September 22, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I like how some players on this team are molding into designated-given-division-rival-killers. Renteria is the Indian killer (half of his HR this year against the Indians). Miner is the Royal killer. Now we just need Verlander to be the Sox killer, and maybe Bonderman to be the Twins killer. Maybe Cabrera and Granderson can kill them all.

  2. Smoking Loon

    September 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Magglio is already the Twins killer. Renteria’s success against Indians pitching – all season, from the get-go – truly is startling.

  3. Smoking Loon

    September 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Just dropped in here to check on the game, and finding a whopping one post (and no update) (Whopping Boy Powers activate!), went elsewhere.

    It’s surely over already, though in my time-delayed Internet world, it shows bottom 9th, Tigs down 6-2. Looks like the bullpen may have let it slip right out of reach again, and 4 hits for the Tigers? 4 hits?

    This is getting beyond humor territory. Surely they’re trying. But failing. Failure happens. Great teams win less than 6 of 10. But failure with this consistency, when there’s nothing to lose, nothing to do but play your heart out for the love of the game, no stress? What in the world is going on with these Detroit Tigers, and what are they gonna do about it to avoid a repeat in 2009?

  4. ron

    September 22, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    The worst of our minor league teams (Oneonta) finished 9 under .500.

  5. mark_in_gr

    September 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    There once was a team thought to be stellar,
    but were managed by that Leland Fellar.
    From the pitching disgrace,
    cold bats, and fourth place,
    Their spot for ’08 is the cellar!

  6. jud

    September 23, 2008 at 1:16 am

    when the final count is in it will be a direct reflection of the exact 2008 season from day 1.That is the beauty of baseball.162 games tells you what you really did. It shows how you were you pitched…how you hit….

    I will go out on a limb here and say this team is exactly where it performed…until it loses that one game lead to drop to the basement…..

    if the Lions played the Tigers would anyone win?????

  7. Chris

    September 23, 2008 at 2:12 am

    With this season going from a massive disapointment to a disgraceful last place finish on a team with the 2nd highest payrole in the league, there can only be one answer: fire Leyland and Dombrowski. Hopefully, those two can join Millen & Marinelli in the unemployment line.

    We will see……

  8. Joey the K in Portland OR

    September 23, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Come on Boys, we can’t finish LAST!!!!

  9. Coleman

    September 23, 2008 at 3:48 am

    jud: if the Lions played the Tigers would anyone win?

    I predict if all the NFL teams played a short season of baseball against each other, the Lions would finish better than they are going to in football. And similarly for the Tigers if MLB teams played each other in football.

    Discuss amongst yourselves…

  10. Tbone

    September 23, 2008 at 9:11 am

    The Battle for the Basement is really heating up now! This will be a tense weekend of scoreboard watching to see who will occupy the cellar. Both teams have excellent chances, facing teams who will be needing wins.

    Can you feel the excitement?

  11. Smoking Loon

    September 23, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I feel the excitement.

    As much as I would like the Tigers to sweep the Rays, or at least win one game, or at least lose one of the 4 losses by less than 3 runs, or at least hit a home run in the one blowout loss where they weren’t shut out, there’s a problem. Even one Tigers win could give the Red Sox the AL East. So I’m hoping a compromise can be reached.

    Another compromise would be if the Tigers and Royals could agree to tie for last. That would spare both teams the shame of finishing 5th.

    Can’t they all just get along?

  12. Smoking Loon

    September 23, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Oh, I forgot one.

    Where to Now Mike Illitch? = (Where To Now St. Peter?) [Dombrowski] So where to now Mike Illitch, if it’s true I’m in your hands, I may not be a genius, but I’ve done all one man can

  13. Dave BW

    September 23, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Gary Sheffield isn’t one of those guys who just talks what he’s going to do. He’s just going to do what he’s going to do.

  14. Dave BW

    September 23, 2008 at 11:31 am

    When guys take cheap shots at Gary Sheffield, he takes that personal. When he finds out who they are, they’re going to have to deal with him. They’re going to be penalized by him, too.

  15. Coleman

    September 23, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Dave BW: Except he’s going to do it to their face and tell them about it first (I guess in case otherwise they wouldn’t know it was being done to them, whatever it is?).

    I like that, announce to their faces, none of this weak Grilli @!!$*

    Bill Ford Jr. though says if he was in charge of the Tigers, which he isn’t, that Sheffield wouldn’t be back next season…