Game 2009.048: Tigers at Orioles

PREGAME: Enough Luke freakin’ Scott already. This series is not going well and I’ve reached my Luke Scott limit. The offense has been comatose for the last two days. The pitching has been meh. I blame it all on Luke freakin’ Scott.

If anybody can slow him down it has to be Justin Verlander right? Thankfully he’ll have the ball tonight for the Tigers.

Verlander will go up against Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie has a K/BB ratio under 2 and has given up 11 homers in 60.1 innings of work.

Detroit vs. Baltimore – May 30, 2009 | Gameday

POSTGAME: Hey, there’s one for the win column. It didn’t look good there when the Tigers continued to squander early scoring chances. This was despite solo homers from Clete (who had 2 of them) and Granderson. But 3 8th inning runs proved to be Luke Scott proof.

But Scott got his in. Verlander hadn’t allowed a homer the entire of month of May, but Scott was the immovable force who took him deep. Verlander was cruising early on, but rough 5th and 6th innings quickly ran his pitch count up and he was done after 6. Fortunately the bullpen was money.

  • Ryan Perry walked a guy and Bobby Seay allowed a double to Nick Markakis, but that was it. Seay got a pop-up with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out setting things up for Joel Zumaya.
  • Zumaya was filthy and pitched out of the 7th inning jam with a 3 pitch punchout of Melvin Mora. In fact Zumaya picked up 4 outs on 12 pitches…all of which were strikes.
  • Fernando Rodney was nearly as good allowing only a single in the 9th and only need 12 pitches, 10 of which were strikes.
  • Placido Polanco and Miguel Cabrera combined for 1 walk. Polanco even popped up a 3-1 bunt attempt. Their struggles undid the big days from Thomas, Ordonez, and Granderson.
  • Ordonez is up to 16 games with the hitting streak and he picked up 3 more hits tonight.


  1. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    lets pitch well enough to get Luke “Babe Ruth” Scott out. Or if that doesn’t happen how about just scoring one more run than the O’S do…

  2. Greg

    May 30, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Can anyone find the Tigers’ audio on MLB?

  3. Brian P

    May 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Blah. Verlander is getting squeezed.

    I’m rooting for the Royals over the White Sox. Chicago is probably more of a looming threat than Kansas City. What does everyone else think?

  4. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Oh boy, bases juiced for the Pineapple of Swat!!

  5. Brian P

    May 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Wow. How do you take strike three twice in a row with the bases loaded?

    • Coleman

      May 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm

      Well, you take it once in a row because you’re a backup catcher batting sub .100…I can’t answer the twice in a row part.

      Nonetheless, there could be worse things than Sardine-head and Clete combining to pile 16 pitches onto Guthrie’s count, this is looking to be a brief outing for him with already 82 pitches in 4 innings…

  6. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    how in the world with a 34 million dollar payroll can you play a guy and bat him with a .091 batting average. Can’t you spend a few more bucks and find a catcher that can hit, say .200

    • Coleman

      May 30, 2009 at 8:07 pm

      We already have one of those, except he seems to be playing 3rd base at the moment…

  7. David

    May 30, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Anybody remember this? 🙂

    He wasn’t wearing a cup!!!

  8. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Hey cool, one guy on base, then the guy batting and the guy on deck, then…Luke Scott…I say walk the next two guys and just DARE Luke to try and hit another grand slam

  9. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Hey, Justin! Dude! I was just kidding!

  10. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    in the park!!!! yea!

  11. Brian P

    May 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Polanco must be programmed to swing at the second pitch, no matter where it is.

    • Coleman

      May 30, 2009 at 8:19 pm

      It’s really an odd quirk of his…he is among the least likely to swing at a first pitch, yet he has one of the lowest pitches/plate appearance in the league…

      • Brian P

        May 30, 2009 at 8:26 pm

        Meanwhile, Inge, statistically (somehow) our most patient hitter with 4.2 P/PA let’s Guthrie off the hook at 98 pitches.

        • Coleman

          May 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm

          There you go, Inge with a 9-pitch AB resulting in a single, can’t beat that for patient…

  12. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    As impressive as Greinke has been this season, if Cy Young voting were today I’d have to go with Verlander. Because Greinke has yet to retire Luke Scott this season…

  13. Steve

    May 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Wow no Runs again…………… We need a few more

  14. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Poor Curtis, you just know the highlight of him looking lost fielding that Wieters is going to play twice as many times as his game-saving Sizemore catch did…

  15. Steve

    May 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    RED Alert

  16. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    hey Sardrine if you ain’t gonna field it at least get out of the way!

  17. Brian P

    May 30, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    1-2-3! I thought for a second we were going to see big-inning Verlander.

    Then 101 to Markakis! Woo.

  18. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Sardine-head!! What the heck was that?? Maybe he thought Inge wouldn’t have the arm to get the batter??

  19. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    the Tigers best friend GIDP

  20. Steve

    May 30, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Stand down……….. All Clear

  21. Steve

    May 30, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Coleman, I am watching with my 11 year old, and he says “Dad the back up guy (Shardinha) should have gone to third…… what was he thinking about”

    I will have him call you for an answer, I frankly dont have one. When you only get to play once in a while, bone head plays don’t get you out there any sooner

    • jud

      May 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm

      maybe your son meant run over and touch third becasee you never get
      to touch it after you bat!

      • Steve

        May 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm

        Jud, I agree with you. We might see the end of the recession before he gets to third >… Or Luke Scott gets out

  22. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Greinke for Cy Young, apparently…

  23. Mith

    May 30, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    This is incredible.

  24. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    how about a pitch right down the middle just to see if this guy can actually hit a ball far enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Chris

    May 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Time for someone to break Luke Scott’s head wide open.

  26. Brian P

    May 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Watching Verlander against Scott and Wieters this inning, one might think Verlander doesn’t have a good curveball.

  27. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    when he can only locate one pitch he gets in trouble trouble trouble

  28. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    If instead of Leyland managing the Tigers were being managed by Chuck Daly, we’d be playing every game against the Orioles under The Scott Rules and he’d never have a chance to beat us…(R.I.P.)

  29. Chris

    May 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Just pitch the bastard high and inside. If you walk him, ok. If you hit him, better.

  30. mcb

    May 30, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    It is just stupid they don’t pitch him high and tight. Just stupid. Go Clete.

  31. Brian P

    May 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Bunting 3-1? Oh Polly, it’s a contract year. Swing away, please.

    Also, Magglio is Magglio again.

    • Brian P

      May 30, 2009 at 9:15 pm

      Magglio is batting .387 during this 16 game hitting streak.

      • jud

        May 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

        wonder what Miggy is batting over the same period??

  32. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm


  33. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    no possible way Leyland called for that bunt he doesn’t even know bunting is legal

  34. Tbone

    May 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    The Tigers can not continue to let Luke Scott embarrass them. Someone, anyone…a little chin music!

  35. Brian P

    May 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    If 2006 can be considered vintage, then Zumaya was just that.

  36. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    one wrinkle and two zooooommmms see ya

  37. Steve

    May 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Z has to be pitching the bottom of the 8th

  38. billfer

    May 30, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    If Everett bunts, they have to pinch hit for sardhina

  39. Chris

    May 30, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    we need another run in so when Luke Scott hits his solo HR, the Tigers will still have the lead

  40. Steve

    May 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Total Cheese but Ok we will take it…………. Looks like a liner in the paper

  41. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    a bunt is worth two outs here cause our boy follows Everett

  42. Steve

    May 30, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    On the road to Shambala,

    Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
    On the road to Shambala
    Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
    On the road to Shambala

  43. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    big run !

  44. Coleman

    May 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Um, that was different…

    • Steve

      May 30, 2009 at 9:41 pm

      In what way………… We got a hit when we needed it??????????

  45. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    hey Clete HAVE a DAY!!!! none of that bunting stuff here smack it

  46. Steve

    May 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Nice to see the big man in there………… Who will get the win here tonight if we can close them out

  47. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I believe Verlander is still the pitcher of record

  48. jud

    May 30, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    that Scott guy isn’t very good

  49. Mr. X

    May 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I suppose some Baltimore fanatics now want to throw at Clete’s head next time. According to some here, trying to take Clete’s head off would just be part of the game.

    • Eric Cioe

      May 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

      No, that’s bull. If they want to bean him in the butt, then fine.

    • jb61973

      May 30, 2009 at 11:21 pm

      no one said anything like that. You are twisting the words.

      • Mr. X

        May 31, 2009 at 11:16 am

        Well, someone wrote that they wanted to see Luke Scott’s head get cracked open. It must of been deleted or posted at another forum. I don’t want to ever see anything like that.

        I don’t want to see any of our players get suspended or hurt because of these non-pivotal games in Baltimore either. If you’re going to start fights, better make it worth your while and fight teams that matter more. The Tigers are in 1st place. The Baltimore Orioles are in last place. We aren’t even division rivals.

        • David

          May 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm

          I’m all for throwing at his head, or sending a message pitch for several reasons. But splitting it open? It wasn’t me.

          Also to your last comment I agree somewhat, but then again every game counts equal in the standings.

          • billfer

            May 31, 2009 at 2:00 pm

            Throwing at someone’s head has no part in baseball. The pitched ball is a deadly weapon at that point. Throw inside and make him move his feet is fine. But you don’t hit someone because they are beating you.

  50. Dave

    May 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Its great to see Zumaya not just throwing gas but being so efficient with it.

  51. MacD

    May 30, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    good win, but new name Lucas F’in Scott

  52. Ken

    May 31, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Verlander can really frustrate me sometimes. As great as he is, he sometimes tends to forget about pitching and start throwing fastball after fastball. That is where he usually gets into trouble. When he mixes his stuff up well, he is nearly untouchable.

    • Eric Cioe

      May 31, 2009 at 1:04 am

      Well, he had no command of his curveball today, as evidenced by 2 wild pitches. Go back and look at the strikezone plot. Half of his curves were at the top of the zone. If all he had good command of today was his fastball, which was the case, then I say good for him for not walking guys with a pitch he can’t control. A good fastball, even after 4 other good fastballs, is still harder to hit than a hanging curveball. That he notched a QS with pretty much one pitch is pretty impressive to me. Seems like he was pitching with what he had today. What he had was no curveball command, no changeup command, and probably the best fastball he’s had all season. He averaged almost 97 mph today and topped out at 101.

  53. Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin)

    May 31, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Mad props to JV. Eric C is on target. JV breaks the losing streak on a day where he didn’t have his anything close to his best stuff. That’s the mark of a true #1. Can’t wait to get out with a spilit manana.

  54. Mr. X

    May 31, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I think Clete Thomas won the right field job from Magglio Ordonez for the time being. He has gunned down a few with that arm of his on several occasions now. He’s taking away extra bases and runs, which is something that Mags can’t do. He’s matching up Magglio hitting wise also. The DH spot is a good fit for Mags.