Game 2009.016: Tigers at Royals

PREGAME: A sleepy Tigers team landed in Kansas City at 5:56 a.m. ET this morning. The Tigers even got to use fly Red Bird One despite the fact Red Wings are in the playoffs.

Hopefully they’ll wake up in time to face Zach Greinke. They’ll try to do something that hasn’t been done against Greinke this year and that is score a run. He’s pitched 20 scoreless innings this year fanning 26 and walking only 5.

The Tigers will send out Rick Porcello who likely caught an earlier ride than the rest of the team. He is coming off his first win and has certainly drawn a tough match-up.

Game Time 8:10

Detroit vs. Kansas City – April 24, 2009 | Gameday

POSTGAME: The Tigers lost back-to-back games for the first time since the first 2 games of the season. I’m not going to fret too much about this one, just give credit where it is due. Greinke was masterful. That happens. It also highlights how disappointing Thursday night’s game against a struggling pitcher was.

The only other thing of note is that Nate Robertson made an appearance, his first in 2 weeks. Hard to believe he was a little rusty.


  1. Chris Y.

    April 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I predict we pound Greinke. Scoring streak ends with a bomb.

    Just a feeling.

  2. Nick S

    April 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I remember a year or so ago when we hammered him, he threw 49 pitchers in the first inning. This years Greinke looks much better.

    Will Zoom be ready for tonight or is it tomorrow?

  3. Chris in Dallas

    April 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Leadoff jimmy-jack by Granderson. You heard it here first.

  4. Joel in Seattle

    April 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Greinke’s current success should give us some hope with Dontrelle, no? Wasn’t Grienke’s problem a couple of years ago an anxiety disorder?

  5. Coleman

    April 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Ah, that’s what Chris in Dallas meant on yesterday’s thread when he said, “Maybe they can break up Greinke’s assault on Orel Hersheiser.” I thought some more interesting action was afoot and was going to hope Greinke forgets himself and starts throwing punches with the pitching hand…

  6. Coleman

    April 24, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Oh…THAT’s why they call him Porch-ello…ehhhh…

  7. Adam

    April 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Let’s go Janderson. Woo.

  8. Steve

    April 24, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    What was Laird telling him??? Stop hanging it and they will stop pounding it

  9. Brenden

    April 24, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Seems like all of Detroit’s pitchers are struggling…..

  10. Steve

    April 24, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I have the Royals broadcast on MLB EI and they were saying it was wrong and why is the league letting a team get in as late as the Tigers

    We need to get some hits here.

  11. Russ

    April 24, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    woo hoo!

  12. Brenden

    April 24, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Why such poor defense as of late? It really isn’t looking any better than last year

  13. Chris

    April 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Now we are a couple runs and a Kyle Farnsworth relief appearance away from tying this game. Come on Tigers!

  14. Brenden

    April 24, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    couple of runs? try four runs after the Cabrera error.

  15. Chris

    April 24, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    What horrible ABs by Poly and Maggs… I’m afraid that the Tigers’ struggles against their division rivals continues… God damn it!

  16. Chris

    April 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    “couple of runs? try four runs after the Cabrera error.”

    Yes, the Tigers need to get a couple of runs and then they need to face Farnsworth (which is good for a couple more), if they are going to tie it.

  17. Brenden

    April 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    It’s still early and it is against an excellent pitcher. If we could just get some defense and some better pitching from the starters, we can stay with it. Too many ifs, but I still have hope?

  18. Russ

    April 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    time for some inge majick.

  19. Chris

    April 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    hope is all gone….

  20. Russ

    April 24, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    @chris: two innings to go. what’s that yogi bear said? it’s not over till i get the pickinick basket, boo boo boy?

  21. Steve

    April 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    we are losing to the KC Royals…………………….. that hurts

  22. Steve

    April 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    out…………… that at least was nice

  23. Brenden

    April 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Man the bullpen has been brutal the last 4 games…oiy…and the defense…

  24. scotsw

    April 24, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve got it!

    Let’s go Brand-ers-on!

    Ouch. Well, it was a nice idea.

  25. scotsw

    April 24, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    And what is going on with the camn damera in center?

  26. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Grienke has been a treat. Applause.

  27. Coleman

    April 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Aviles has some sort of modified Sheffield style there. And he’s even batting .172…

  28. Chris

    April 24, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “Grienke has been a treat. Applause.”

    Go to hell what that applause… Or just go to KC

  29. Brenden

    April 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Hey Bilfer, would you happen to have a number of how many runs have been scored due to errors by the Tigers this season? I have a feeling that has been our biggest problem so far this season. Errors lead to longer innings, which means more pitches, which means less innings for starters. Just a theory, but I think it has good evidence.

  30. Jeff

    April 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Tigers have given up 9 unearned runs. While that’s not precisely “runs scored due to errors”, it’s a reasonable proxy. They’re tied with the Angels for the second most unearned runs allowed in the AL (Baltimore is well ahead).

  31. Coleman

    April 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I think there have been 9 including today. On errors by:

    Inge – 3
    Everett -3
    Cabrera – 2
    Santiago – 1

    (These are only runs resulting from actual errors, not bad plays, missed plays, etc, and doesn’t include wild pitches or PB).

    By comparison, after the 1st 16 games last season it was 11 runs.
    It probably isn’t as big a problem as it seems, although it could turn out to be one if it continues badly.

    I’m more worried about the middle of the lineup–our 3 & 5 hitters have fewer RBI (11) and more GIDP (8) than any team in the league (there’s one team with fewer RBI and fewer GIDP, but I’ll have to look up who).

    Or another way of looking at it: take the list of guys making errors above, take them out of the lineup and replace them with perfect fielding players who batted at the average of the non-error guys on the team–and we’d be lucky to be any better than the 5-11 we were last season. (Even Everett; he has produced more BATTING this season so far than Ordonez or Guillen).

  32. jud

    April 25, 2009 at 1:29 am

    two days 2 thru 5 in the batting order…2 for 29…wow the two were both Pollys

  33. David

    April 25, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Time to take the series boys… and go 5-4 on this road trip