Game 2009.072: Cubs at Tigers

PREGAME: It’s freakin hot and muggy. So Armando Galarraga keeping the ball on the ground would be a good thing today, otherwise his 15 homers allowed total may grow.

Ted Lily will try to extend his quality start streak to 6. He’s been particularly impressive in his last 4 outings with a 1.98 ERA, and a 23/3 K/BB ratio in his last 27.1 innings.

Seven game win streaks are kind of tough to come by, and the match-up on paper certainly doesn’t tilt the Tigers way. But the real wild card is Chris Chelios. He’ll be throwing out the first pitch. And he’s also sung Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Cubs games. This one could really go either way.

Chi Cubs vs. Detroit – June 25, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

85 Comments

  1. Nick Gouge

    June 25, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Here’s to extending the streak to seven. Ted Lily be damned!

  2. Keith (Mr. X)

    June 25, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Tigers are 14-6 vs LHP and Lilly is a LHP.
    Tigers are 18-7 in day games and this is a day game.
    Tigers are 22-11 at home and this is a home game.

    • Coleman

      June 25, 2009 at 1:26 pm

      I was afraid for a moment they would get mercy-ruled before they even got to bat against Lefty Lilly…

  3. Tbone

    June 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    The Cheli Equlaization Factor – I like it!

  4. T Smith

    June 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Where was the argument on that Miggy HR?

    Leyland just cost the Tigers a run

    • jud

      June 25, 2009 at 1:36 pm

      if Cabrera losses the home run title by one does this mean he really tied ???

      • Coleman

        June 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm

        It looked like Leyland was going to come argue it, but he couldn’t get off the bench…apparently somehow his shoes where tied together and to the bench support…I have no idea why anyone would have done that, but Inge and Granderson were seen in the vicinity…

        • Nick Gouge

          June 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

          What’s the story on the Miggs non-home run?

          • jud

            June 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm

            ball definately went over the yellow line in right center for a dinger but they ruled it a double …Jim must have been in the middle of a smoke cause he didn’t come out

  5. Vince in MN

    June 25, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Time for Mr. Galarraga and his 1.66 WHIP to take a long trip to Toledo.

    • Vince in MN

      June 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

      Actually, way past time.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      June 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      Ramon Santiago with a nice 2 run jack.

      edit-wrong spot for that comment, oh well.

  6. Ken in Vegas

    June 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Armando should NOT see another start. We can’t have an automatic loss every turn of the rotation. Miner is obviously the better choice. I would even prefer Robertson to get another chance, and I’m not even joking as funny as that sounds.

    • Nick Gouge

      June 25, 2009 at 1:48 pm

      I’m not so sure about Robertson, but Miner is DEFINITELY a better choice.

      • Walter55

        June 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm

        I like Miner is his current role in the pen. Would much rather see Lucas French get called up again and get a start over Robertson.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          June 25, 2009 at 9:23 pm

          Second that.

    • Vince in MN

      June 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      Battlescarred’s line in 10 previous starts before today:
      W-L IP H R HR
      0-7 49 69 43 14

    • jason

      June 25, 2009 at 2:47 pm

      He’s not doing that bad. 4 runs through 6. Hell, is that a quality start? My memory is bad. Anyway, its a good thing Leyland has more patience than you guys.

      • jason

        June 25, 2009 at 2:51 pm

        QS is 3 runs, I just looked it up. Oh well. Its still a decent start in my opinion.

  7. Coleman

    June 25, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Judging from the way he looks in his gameday photo, it’s clear to me Dusty Ryan will do fine today…

  8. jud

    June 25, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Ramon!!!!!!!

  9. KW

    June 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Guess what. We’d be tied right now if Leyland argued that home run call…

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      June 25, 2009 at 2:05 pm

      Managers are not allowed to request instant replays though.

      • KW

        June 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm

        But managers can argue and the crew chief can decide the play needs to be reviewed, right?

        • Keith (Mr. X)

          June 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

          Look up the rules.

          • KW

            June 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm

            Um, thanks for the tip. The crew chief decides whether or not the play needs to be reviewed. I don’t see anything anywhere about the manager not being able to request a replay.

        • jud

          June 25, 2009 at 3:23 pm

          he didn’t have to argue…all he had to do is ASK!

  10. Coleman

    June 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I’m not sure WHO, but SOMEBODY is a genius, having Granderson sacrifice to more the runner up for Santiago..

    .the obvious move when you have a bat like Ramon the Ripper behind you I suppose…

    • Vince in MN

      June 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      Small Ball. Since JL became EM, you can hear the wheels turning all the way to Mpls.

    • billfer

      June 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

      It wasn’t an intentional bunt. It was a nubber off the end the bat.

      • Vince in MN

        June 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

        Can’t trust that Coleman! But Gameday box has it as a sacrifice.

  11. Vince in MN

    June 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Good to see Ramon has gotten his power stroke back.

  12. Ken in Vegas

    June 25, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Why has FSD been so obsessed with the picture in picture lately? I don’t care what the infielders are doing while the pitch is being delivered. Do I?

  13. Keith (Mr. X)

    June 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    MAGGLIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Ken in Vegas

    June 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Yes Magglio! Get that confidence back.

  15. jud

    June 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Maggs what was THAT!!!

  16. Matt

    June 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    How hilarious would it be if his haircut actually fixed everything and he started hitting for power again?

    • Ken in Vegas

      June 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

      Maybe if I cut my hair, I’ll stop sucking at work.

      • Matt

        June 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

        Doubt it. Tigers day games = sucking at work.
        ;)

        • Ken in Vegas

          June 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm

          Hey, I write e-mails during commercial breaks.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      June 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

      Sometimes that’s all it takes to break a slump. There is no doubt he has the talent.

  17. Vince in MN

    June 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    OK, power guys up this inning, got to tack on some more.

  18. Matt

    June 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Rayburn gets the job done after Marcus embarrasses himself at the plate.

    Maybe Thames is next in line for a haircut.

  19. Joel in Seattle

    June 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Raburn is CLUTCH.

    Anyone else having trouble with the MLB.com gameday? It’s still stuck on pre-game for me.

    • Nick Gouge

      June 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

      It’s working fine on my BlackBerry

  20. jud

    June 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    think the Tigers are playing Rayburn so much to showcase him for a trade or just that he is doing well??? they are looking for a corner outfielder maybe it’s him!

  21. jason

    June 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Why are we making this Fox guy look like the next Pujols?

    • Joel in Seattle

      June 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

      Same reason they’re making our Raburn guy look like the next George Brett?

  22. Vince in MN

    June 25, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Ryan? Stealing?

  23. Coleman

    June 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Hope I didn’t miss much, I had to run out after the 4th for a quick haircut…hopefully it will help my posting and I will stop falling for Gameday’s fake bunts…

    • Vince in MN

      June 25, 2009 at 3:06 pm

      Both Gameday and Yahoo had credited Granderson with a sacrifice. However, after billfer lodged a protest, they reviewed the play and then reversed their decision.

      • Coleman

        June 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

        Ah yes, I see now Granderson gets the successful Bat-end-nubber…

  24. Neal

    June 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Dusty had 2 SB, 0 CS this year in Toledo. So, maybe not totally crazy, but probably still some kind nicotine high might have kicked in with the EM.

    • Vince in MN

      June 25, 2009 at 3:10 pm

      Everett took the pitch, so maybe somebody missed/misread a sign.

  25. Ken in Vegas

    June 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I haven’t been around as much lately, but did anyone ever find out what happened to Smoking Loon?? That guy used to live on this blog. He posted so much that at one time I even thought he might be my inner voice or an alternate personality like in Fight Club. I hope he’s ok.

    • Vince in MN

      June 25, 2009 at 3:17 pm

      I don’t recall seeing any posts by him yet this year.

  26. Vince in MN

    June 25, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    With Rodney likely coming in, I would like to see soem insurance runs here.

  27. jud

    June 25, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Maggs is officially back…HR and GIDP same game

    • Joel in Seattle

      June 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

      It was a fielder’s choice…

  28. Vince in MN

    June 25, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Is it just me or do Ryan Raburn and Dusty Ryan kind of look alike in their Gameday portraits. Maybe it is just the cap.

    • Coleman

      June 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm

      Now that you mention it, their names are strangely similar also

      • Vince in MN

        June 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm

        Separated at birth; six degress of separation; döppelgangers….

  29. Matt

    June 25, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I swear every time Everett is up he sees 7 or more pitches. I love it.

    • Coleman

      June 25, 2009 at 8:32 pm

      Well you know it’s not nice to swear…if you won’t swear about him seeing 7 or more pitches I won’t swear because he sees fewer pitches per PA than about anyone on the team (only 3.51, getting into Polanco territory)…in fact only about 60% of his PAs even make it to a 3rd pitch. So those nice 7+ pitch PAs are being balanced out by a lot of 1&2 pitch ones. That’s why the guy is so hard to walk; he still hasn’t hit double-digits in walks this season.

      On the other hand…

      In the all important runner-on-3rd-less-than-two-out category this season, he has been just killer, with 15 RBI in 17 PA, one of the best on the team along with Inge and Ramon Santiago (!)

  30. Vince in MN

    June 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Curtis is having some trouble with LH again this year.

    • Matt

      June 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

      So is Rodney.

  31. jud

    June 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    let the real game begin

  32. Matt

    June 25, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Whew!

    F-Rod does it again. 3 swinging strikeouts, a solo shot and deep double. I think Rodney is possibly “the most sometimes dominant closer in the game”.

    • Coleman

      June 26, 2009 at 12:31 am

      I think he definitely has the potential to be the most double-dip coaster in the game…

  33. Tbone

    June 25, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Another entertaining finish courtesy of F-Rod.

    Still , a great win and sweep by the Tigers!

  34. jud

    June 25, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    with a little help from our Cub batters thank you….nice sweep

  35. Neal

    June 25, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    For the next Battlestar start, can we tell him he has to face our guys the first inning, kind of a fake end of BP. He gives up a hit, a walk, an HR, the guys get a few swings in and start feeling good. Then Armando can give us 5 decent innings after that. Problem solved.
    Maybe we could do the same for Bonderman if he ever makes it back.

    • jud

      June 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm

      I wonder if Battlestar has been wathcing too many Bondo 2008 movies

  36. Vince in MN

    June 25, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    All 3 Ks on changeups. When he has that pitch working he can be dominant, but when not he is likely to be toast. He can’t get it done with the fastball.

    Not getting any help from Milwaukee today. Baker is ON and Twins ae up 4-0. LA up on ChiSox 4-2.

  37. Ken in Vegas

    June 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    We are starting to pick it up and look cohesive, just like that run in the middle of 2006. They really look like they are having fun and trust each other out there. I guess winning will do that. If we lose 4 in row, I’ll be back to wondering what we’re missing. For now though, I’m really starting to get excited about our chances of winning this division.

    • Vince in MN

      June 25, 2009 at 4:14 pm

      Keep in mind that we playing NL teams. Last year the Tigers were 13-5 in IL play (if they sweep Houston this weekend they will finish 12-6 this year) and I believe that all but 2 or 3 AL teams had winning records vs NL teams, ending with a PCT of close to .600. The NL seems to be doing better this year, but in the end the AL will come out ahead. It is just a stronger league overall. This is not to diminish your observation that the Tigers are looking more cohesive. The pitching especially, with a few exceptions, has been vey encouraging. However, the real test comes next week when they get back to playing AL teams again, and especially when they go against the Eastern Division teams.

      • Matt

        June 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm

        Agree that we are definitely beating weaker teams right now.

        But it wasn’t that long ago that we were losing to weaker teams (Pirates) so I like our chances when we return to playing AL teams.

        • Vince in MN

          June 25, 2009 at 5:12 pm

          I hope you are right, but it sure didn’t turn out that way last year.

          • Coleman

            June 26, 2009 at 12:35 am

            I like our odds this season of not having events on the horizon the like of losing Inge to a pillow-fight and Sheffield repairing his shoulder by starting in Left Field…

  38. Jason A.

    June 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    We’ve complained about our bullpen all year, but I poked around on BBRef this morning and found out that all our main relievers (Rodney, Zumaya, Lyon, Seay, Miner) have an ERA+ above the AL average. Even Ryan Perry, before his demotion, fit the bill. Galarraga, Willis, and Robertson are the only below-average Tigers pitchers who have seen significant innings this year.

  39. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    June 25, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I think Battlestar earned himself another start in Oakland. He wasn’t sharp today by any means, but at least he settled down after that first inning. He pitched reasonably well innings 2-7. It would be great to get him back the way he was in April. If Battlestar can’t find the magic again, I still think we’ve got a suitable replacement in Miner.

    • Matt

      June 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

      I was hoping he would either convincingly pitch himself out of the rotation or cement his position in the rotation with this start.

      In reality, he did no such thing so I agree that you have to run him out there again and see what happens.

      This will most likely piss off everyone on the Miner bandwagon but I think it’s a chance you have to take because if Gallaraga finds his form he can be dominant.

  40. Mark in Chicago

    June 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Decent outing for Galarraga, but I am anxious to see Figaro pitch again. He did pretty well his first start, but it’s always interesting what happens once they settle in to the routine a bit. We are by no means settled on #5 in the rotation, much less #4.

  41. Keith (Mr. X)

    June 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Decent game for Galarraga. 5 k’s and 1 walk, now that was nice. 90 pitches in 6 innings was nice also. That 3 run bomb in the 1st was the only thing that really stunk.

    I think he’ll start dominating again, but when I do not know. If he gets moved to the pen, I’m fine with that too. Maybe he just needs to throw more often to get out of this funk. Or maybe this Win will restore his confidence and he’ll go on roll now.

  42. Keith (Mr. X)

    June 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Lyon’s ERA is down to 3.89. In 16 innings this month, he’s given up just 5 hits and only 1 earned run.