Game 2009.062: Tigers at Pirates

PREGAME: So it’s just the Tigers now. No more Red Wings or Pistons or Lions. Just a singular focus on the Tigers.

Tonight the Tigers will face Zach Duke. Duke walks very few hitters, so he finds himself pitching deep into games on a regular basis having gone at least 7 innings in 8 of his 12 starts. What makes it particularly impressive is that he doesn’t need many pitches to do it and he’s only topped the 100 pitch mark 6 times. With the Tigers proclivity for swinging early and often Duke could probably go 10 innings. Opposing hitters are only OPSing 476 against Duke when putting the first pitch in play.

The Tigers will turn to Armando Galarraga to drive in runs from the 9-hole this evening. Galarraga has made a quality start his last 3 outings, but he hasn’t earned a win since April.

Detroit vs. Pittsburgh – June 13, 2009 | Gameday

POSTGAME: I saw very little of this game, and none of the game that mattered. I was at a dance recital and followed along on mobile gameday so my thoughts on this game are formed based on a barage of “line drive to left” and “line drive to center” and “line drive to right” and…well you get the idea. So not seeing any of the plays in question may hamper my ability to comment accurately about the game. But I’ll try and you tell me if I’m wrong.

  • Armando Galarraga was awful and was throwing batting practice. That the game was over in 2.5 hours and Pittsburgh had 16 hits I’d guess that at least Galarraga wasn’t nibbling and he gave up runs efficiently.
  • Nate Robertson came in and changed the complexion of the game…twice. He took over with runners on first and second and nobody out and retired the side stranding the runners thus keeping the game within reach. Huge inning for Nate. But then he gave up a grand slam in the next inning destroying the Tigers chances. Huge inning for Nate.
  • Marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn provided a boost with “in play run(s)” which was nice
  • The Tigers swung early and often because as I’d watch the pitch-by-pitch with 15 second auto refresh there were outs being made and there wasn’t even time to display the pitch or the “in play out(s)”
  • Did I miss anything?
  • Despite Galarraga going out in the 3rd, the bullpen is still in really good shape for Dontrelle’s start tomorrow. With Porcello going 7 innings, the pen was well rested coming into the game. And with an off day Monday and nobody throwing too many pitches today, everybody should be available if an “all hands on deck” situation arises.


  1. Skip

    June 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Anyone know how to get back to mobile version from an iPhone?
    The site went back regular, non-mobile…

    • Chris

      June 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm

      are you talking about the MLB At Bat app?

      If you don’t have that app, you really should get it. It is really great. It has radio broadcasts of every team game and it has video. It pretty much has what the MLB subscription has, but it is cheaper. One downfall is that the battery drains quickly with the radio on.

  2. Steve

    June 13, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I love that app. Chris, if you click the top button, it shuts down the screen but keeps the audio playing . . . and the battery lasts much, much longer.

    • Chris

      June 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm

      That does help, but it the radio is still a drainer. Nevertheless, the app is well worth the juice.

      One little tip for anybody who hasn’t discovered it, if you go to the settings in the app, there is a “Favorite Team” selection. If you select the Tigers, then their game will always appear at the top of the scoreboard. I just discovered that a couple weeks ago.

  3. Dylan

    June 13, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Tiger fans are out in full force on the streets of Pittsburgh.

  4. Skip

    June 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    No, I don’t have MLB at bat app, but I have heard great things about it.
    I accidently exited the mobile version of this site and cannot get the mobile version back
    Now, every time I refresh this page, the regular (non-mobile site) pops up

    • Chris

      June 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm

      try typing in the address bar

      • Skip

        June 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm

        I’m not having any trouble with’s site, I’m having trouble with this site, DetroitTigersWeblog… (I can’t get back to the mobile version)
        Thanks for the suggestion though

        • Chris

          June 13, 2009 at 5:40 pm

          You may have to clear the history in your browser

          • Skip

            June 13, 2009 at 5:51 pm

            I tried that…

            It’s not a major inconvenience
            I can live with it
            Thanks for the tech help

        • Coleman

          June 13, 2009 at 9:12 pm

          Skip – It’s not the history that you need to clear, it’s the cache

          (“clear cache” is below clear history and clear cookies, you’ll have to scroll down to see it).

  5. Skip

    June 13, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Hey, anyone know if the Tigers are in talks with Turner/ how close are they to signing him?
    I assume it’s going to go down to the deadline and Boras is going to get the most money out of Dombrowski and Illitch

  6. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Country Strong!

  7. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    not much battle in Battlestar again today!

  8. Chris

    June 13, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Galarraga is really struggling

  9. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    at 4-1 the Tigs aren’t much of a 5-4 team lately…that is a lot of Tiger runs..lets hope!

    • Jeff

      June 13, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      Maybe Porcello can pinch hit.

  10. Chris

    June 13, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Batting practice.

  11. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    JL .enough already

  12. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    maybe Roberston can earn a little of that 100000000000000 he’s gettiNg paid

    • Chris

      June 13, 2009 at 8:22 pm

      Its time to cut their losses. Roberston is worse than useless

  13. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    thats Cabrerras fault..stupid… ground ball right at the second baseman

  14. Vince in MN

    June 13, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    For two years Robertson has shown NOTHING. Absolute waste of a roster spot.

    • jud

      June 13, 2009 at 8:25 pm

      time to take your losses and move forward…….without him

  15. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    atta boy Nate! good to know all that time you sit and not pitch in the bullpen isn’t being wasted

  16. Vince in MN

    June 13, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Note to Leyland: The game is now a blowout, leave Robertson in, let him get his 100 pitches in in his last game as a Tiger, save the bullpen. But NOOOOOO, he sends the hitless wonder in to PH.

    • Chris

      June 13, 2009 at 8:44 pm

      I agree, that was a dumb move. Even worse because he left Anderson in and took Thames out… Thames who had a homer off this starter. And now we get to burn our bullpen on this worthless lost-cause of a game… Great managing skipper!

      • Vince in MN

        June 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

        And with Willis pitching tomorrow!

  17. Chris

    June 13, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    As solid as our top 3 starting pitchers are, it looks as if the number 4 & 5 spots are trouble. Armando has been shaky, Dontrell is still an unresolved issue and Bondo is very much a work in progress.

  18. mcb

    June 13, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    This is too painful to watch. I’m glad I left Pittsburgh this morning.

    • Chris

      June 13, 2009 at 8:58 pm

      It would be nice to see Roberston leave Pittsburgh tomorrow morning!

      • jud

        June 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm

        no it would be better to see Robertson stay in Pittsburgh after tomorrow

        • Chris

          June 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

          As long as he is not on the trip to St Louis. He can go anywhere at anytime. Just go away Nate.

  19. Vince in MN

    June 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    So much for that 96mph straight fastball.

  20. Coleman

    June 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    That was probably good experience for Perry there at least, it was nice to see him work his way out of his own no-outs jam with a DP ball and a strikeout…

    • David

      June 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm

      again why walks/whip are/is overrated

      • billfer

        June 13, 2009 at 11:56 pm


      • Mike R

        June 14, 2009 at 12:29 am

        Maybe I could see the “hits” part of WHIP being overrated (BABIP/defense can come into play), but the BB’s part of WHIP is most certainly not overrated. I think the media completely underrates the walk.

  21. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    atta boy Jimmy just keep putting those bullpen guys out there is NO tomorrow

    • Vince in MN

      June 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      You can tell Leyland likes these games in NL cities where he gets a chance to “manage”.

  22. Coleman

    June 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Maybe the Tigers have grounds to protest this game, this A. LaRoche guy seems to be jumping ahead in the batting order and batting twice as much as he is supposed to be…

    • Vince in MN

      June 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

      The ’62 Mets had two Bob Millers.

      • Coleman

        June 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm

        I did not know that…The Tigers had Norm Cash and Ron Cash at the same time when I was a kid, and I wanted them to trade with the Pirates for Dave Cash, for some reason I thought 3 Cashes in the lineup would be pretty funny…

        • David

          June 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm

          They’d be rich!

  23. Coleman

    June 13, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    We’ve already pushed this starter’s count up to 90 pitches; no way he lasts more than 11 innings today…

  24. jud

    June 13, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    as hard as Cabrerra has hit he ball this month he sure doesn’t have much to show for it 2 HR and 3 RBI since about May 25

    • Chris

      June 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm

      He’s been slumping a bit and with Polanco not hitting, and with whoever is batting 3rd not hitting, there hasn’t been base runners for him to drive in.

      • Coleman

        June 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm

        Ordonez has had an OBP of .384 over the last month; Cabrera has on OBP over the same period of .298, so I don’t really think guys not being on base is the whole story. I would guess physical ailments of one sort or another are a bigger factor.

      • Coleman

        June 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

        Sorry, and I meant to add Polanco at .315 for the same period. In fact the SLG % numbers for Polanco/Ordonez/Cabrera are .353 / .362 / .384 for the last month

  25. Brian P

    June 13, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    All right. I’ve seen enough. Miner needs to be in the rotation by the end of the month.

  26. Chris Y.

    June 13, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Strangly, those slugging percentages seem to be converging on McClendon’s career slg% of .381.


    • Coleman

      June 14, 2009 at 12:56 am

      Oh that’s a pleasant thought, McClendon re-making Ordonez and Cabrera in his own image…more optimistically though, the one player that McClendon is known to have worked with a lot is Inge, and his SLG over the last month is non-converging, at .455 (unless that’s just Inge being “uncoachable…”)

  27. Brenden

    June 14, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I’m thinking it’s time for Galarraga to go back to the Minors, he has options, to find some confidence in his pitches again. He was once again constantly falling behind. As for Nate, I think it is time for him to find a new home. He has been absolutely useless.

  28. T Smith

    June 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Everyone is complaining about the pitching — and rightly so. But….

    Since I didn’t see this game, I have a unique perspective. From the scoreboard it appears the Tigers would have required a quality start and a perfect bullpen just to TIE this game.

    This team needs some offense. Two of its Misly three runs off solo shots? That kind of offensive production is just not going to win games — regardless how well the 4th and 5th starters pitch. This team needs to score some runs. I’m tiring of the zero, 1, 2, and 3 run games already….