Game 2009.074: Tigers at Astros

PREGAME: Jim Leyland took advantage of an off day this week to shake up the rotation and put Alfredo Figaro in between Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson. The thinking was that it would help balance the bullpen use some. He wasn’t figuring on Verlander getting chased in the 6th inning. The bullpen would have been more taxed if the Joel Zumaya hadn’t blown the lead in the 8th so I guess we can thank Joel for keeping Fernando Rodney fresh. Let’s hope Figaro can give the team at least 6 solid tonight.

Felipe Paulino returns from the DL to take the hill tonight. His K and BB numbers aren’t bad, but he will give up some long balls with 7 homers allowed in 43.1 innings.

Detroit vs. Houston – June 27, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: Well…No offense. Not much pitching. And a thumping. It happens.

  • Figaro’s fastball was live, and he threw strikes. But his breaking ball was getting hammered, mostly because he was leaving it up in the zone way too often. When he got it down he had a couple nice sings and misses.
  • Paulino looked pretty amazing. He was pounding the strike zone with all of his pitches and was consistently in the upper 90′s with his fastball. He had struggled earlier this year, but I’m  not going to say this was another case of the Tigers making a bad pitcher look good. I think this was a pitcher with good stuff making the Tigers look bad.
  • Figaro did eat 6 innings meaning the Tigers only needed to turn to the bullpen for 2 innings which Freddy Dolsi took care of meaning the bullpen is pretty much full rested. By the way, did anybody see the snot that Dolsi blew out in the 8th last night? It was freakin huge. (Yes, that may have been the highlight).

9 Comments

  1. jud

    June 27, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    this is starting out as a game we need 7 runs and we are swinging like we are gonna get 1 run …maybe things will improve

  2. jud

    June 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    well there’s the 1 now we just need 6 more!!!
    How about Santiago all season ..great job O and D

  3. jud

    June 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Rod just announced the Tigers have walked 16 guys with the bases loaded for a run this year
    Rod just announced the Tigers have walked 150 batters just in the month of June

    wow

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      June 27, 2009 at 8:00 pm

      I wonder what % Willis has of that?

      It seems like Rick Knapp is no better than Chuck Hernandez after all.

    • Mith

      June 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

      I don’t believe that June stat for a second. That’s 6 BB per game. That’s crazy if its true.

      EDIT: The Day by Day DB says 114. Rod Allen is full of crap like usual. Seriously, some of the stuff he says…

      • jud

        June 27, 2009 at 8:12 pm

        Rod further states “The Tigers must improve in this are AND JIM knows that!! “..thanks Rod

      • billfer

        June 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

        Well, Rod could have had the number as 115, which sounds quite a bit like 150.

  4. jud

    June 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    oh oh 7 ain’t gonna be enough…I am outta here..see ya tomorrow

    its Robertson time!

  5. Brenden

    June 28, 2009 at 1:53 am

    No more National League parks please! And enough with all of the walks! What gives all of a sudden?