Game 2009.052: Red Sox at Tigers

by billfer on June 4, 2009 · 64 comments

in 2009 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: It is time for this series to mercifully come to an end. The Tigers have not so much looked good in these first 2 games and now have dropped 4 in a row at home. As for today’s afternoon tilt, I don’t really know what to expect.

Tim Wakefield will be heaving knucklers  towards home plate. I’ve seen the Tigers beat up Wakefield, and be stymied by Wakefield. Hitting conventional pitching hasn’t been their strong suit lately so maybe this is just what they need. Wakefield has been more wild this year with his walk rate at 4.4 per 9 innings while his K-rate of 5.4 is right in line with his past 4 seasons. He has already hit 9 batters.

Dontrelle Willis takes the ball for Detroit after a rough start against the Orioles. Dontrelle’s ability to throw strikes against the Red Sox has me concerned. And really, with the 2 starting pitchers combining to walk 8.4 batters per 9 innings, this game could take a while.

Boston vs. Detroit – June 4, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

 
 

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Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Willis looks poised and he’s locating well. I got a good feeling about this game.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Willis in 1st Inning – 11 of 15 for strikes

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Wakefield throws just 9 pitches in a 1,2,3 inning. Only took him 2 minutes to get the Tigers out.

jud June 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Wakefield 6 batting practice pitches and 3 easy easy easy pop flies…

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Inge baby Inge!

Brian P June 4, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Oh no. No, no, no. The franchise pulled a hammy.

Joel in Seattle June 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm

!!!

What the heck does that mean? Is Adam Everett hurt? :)

jud June 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm

that might be the first run on contact that HAS ACTUALLY WORKED IN two years!

jud June 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Sardinna kept his 0 game hitting streak going

Chris in Dallas June 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Thus far, this game is reminding me of my Vietnamese friend Ho Lee Phuc. I am surprised, to say the least.

Ryan P. June 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Win.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm

WTF Willis. Talk about losing it. Yank him already.

Brian P June 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm

How quickly the focus has shifted from replacing Galarraga to replacing Willis.

Joel in Seattle June 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Looks like the strike zone is a little bit tight, at least from watching Gameday.

Riley June 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Is Dontrelle getting squeezed today, or is he really that far off? ESPN Gamecast makes all these balls look borderline, so I can’t believe he’s missed on ALL of them.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm

He was everywhere but the strike zone.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I wish that person in the crowd would shut up.

Ryan P. June 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Meh, I’m behind.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

4 walks with a HBP.

phil June 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm

so beckett gets a mile wide zone yesterday and d train has to throw it down the middle everytime to get a called strike

Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin) June 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Good for Leyland. I like how he stuck up for Willis there.

Though I’m watching the game and I don’t think Willis got squeezed. He was all over the place.

Chris in Dallas June 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Ugh. Dontrelle Blass has returned.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Leyland got ejected too.

Chris in Dallas June 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Did Willis get ejected too, or pulled?

Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin) June 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Actually a pretty good pitch. Good swing by Bay. Not to worry though, we’re gonna pound Wakefield.

jud June 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm

if you watched all three inning you can sure see it isn’t his arm thats the problem it;s his head..he even looked different…. fidgey nervous that inning…two squeezed pitches by the ump but nothing else was even close…wow

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm

The good-
Willis threw a no-hitter. (in 2.1 innings)

The bad- he gave up 5 Earned Runs.

Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin) June 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm

5.

Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin) June 4, 2009 at 1:56 pm

(good fix)

jud June 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm

the ugly- Miner gives up back to back hits

Chris in Dallas June 4, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Forget the positive comment I made about Miner this morning.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Minor lets in all 3 inherited runners and one of his own. What a douche.

Ryan P. June 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm

At least they have mastered the art of being consistently disappointing, right?

jud June 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm

the worst part is this is starting to look more and more like 08 all over again

Coleman June 4, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I was about to agree, but actually it reminds me of the beginning of this season–pretty decent pitching, but one disaster inning; spotty offense with Inge accounting for all the runs…as i recall what got the Tigers going this season after the so-so start was dominating starts by Verlander and Jackson…hmm, maybe they’ll be starting soon…

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Adrian from Toronto June 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm

what a joke this is.

Andrew June 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm

What’s the Tigers record in weekday afternoon games? Seems like nearly every chance I have to tune in they’re losing. At least it’s early in the game, but with Cabrera out and the way the offense has been it’s definitely an uphill climb.

jud June 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

only on the weekends

jud June 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm

definately two different strike zones again today

Andrew June 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Why didn’t Zumaya come in after Willis? If there’s ever a use for a hardthrowing righthander who can strike people, it is after a slower lefty and when the bases are loaded due to walks. I’m sure Zumaya will be really effective in the 8th when he’s pitching an inning to “get him some work.”

Andrew June 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

That’s an interesting thought. At this point facing a sweep and up against a pitcher they don’t hit well that makes sense to try Zumaya and limit the damage that inning.

jud June 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm

that is way too advanced for Jimmy to think of, but would have been a very good move

T Smith June 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I was thinking exactly the same thing. For whatever reason, Miner is absolutely horrible when inheiriting runners in scoring position — but he seems to be average (that’s the best I can do by the way) with the bases empty. I would have like to see Zumaya then Miner come in with a clean slate.

jud June 4, 2009 at 2:18 pm

omg how slow is Inge ..you could have walked there faster

Chris in Dallas June 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Inge can run a 4.0 40, hit a golf ball 798 yards, and kick an 83 yard field goal after doing a 720 dunk. So shut it. ;-)

jud June 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

well if you can ‘t steal second on a 64 mph pitch maybe he should be golfing

Coleman June 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm

His calves are enormous. Now that he is on the DL, Grady Sizemore spends most of his time admiring them…

cib June 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

This is so depressing. I can’t think of anything else to say.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Well at least Verlander, Jackson, and Porcello have been doing terrific. The offense hasn’t done much for 2 weeks, but before that it was doing well. Can’t really complain about being in 1st place either.

Mr. X June 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Time for a come back.

Great as soon as I said that Clete hits into a DP. I’m done for Today, time to shut me up.

Dave T. June 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm

This 25 man roster needs a tiny bit of a shakeup.
If Thames comes up who goes down? Right Hand hitting Raburn?
Bondo for Willis?

Chris in Dallas June 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Cabrera goes to the DL.

Andrew June 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

As Ernie Harwell used to say – “Just a long strike” for Larish on that one.

jud June 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

if it weren’t for bad luck there would be no luck at all!!!

ouchudied June 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Larish was born under a bad sign.

Andrew June 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Miner apparently had a calf cramp?

Chris in Dallas June 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm

OK I’m back to saying nicer things about Miner. Sure, he let some inherited runners score but after that he settled down and provided some much needed innings. I’ll let him slide……..for now.

jud June 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I agree with the conversation before why not bring in Zoom clear the bases and let Miner start an inning he does much better that way. Better use of your personnel

Anthony June 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I hope this trend doesn’t continue. I will be at the next 2 games.

Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin) June 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Look at the bright side friends. We just got swept, and we’re still up 2.5 games in early June. Not too shabby.

I am, however, starting to get concerned about the Pale Hose coming into town. Let’s play better ball this weekend and extend our lead next week.

Brian P June 4, 2009 at 6:12 pm

We’re playing the Pale Hose in their softball park. Hopefully Marcus Thames is up to the task.

james June 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm

jud: “definately two different strike zones again today”

Yes! That was the problem!

/sarcasm

RPS June 4, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Miner threw over 60 pitches today and would be perfectly on rest to take Willis’s next start. Just sayin’.

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