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Game 2009.088: Tigers at Yankees

PREGAME: Jim Leyland has complained that the Tigers never get the extra day off at the All Star break. This year they got it. I hope it was good for the players because for the fans it stunk. Too long without baseball for my tastes. The “second half” finally begins tonight as the Tigers get their first taste of the homer-happy new Yankee Stadium.

Luke French gets the honor of kicking off this portion of the season. It’s an interesting choice with a full rotation at his disposal, but my guess is that Leyland wanted French out there on a night when the pen was rested, and the fact the Yankees haven’t seen him may have been a consideration as well.

French will be taking on AJ Burnett. The Tigers have had some success against Burnett, or at least they haven’t been completely shut down by him in the past. Burnett’s one weakness this year has been a tendency to walk too many and he’s walking about a batter every other inning. Burnett has a reverse platoon split this year with a 787 OPS allowed against righties and only 690 against lefties.

Random Factoid of the night: Hitters have a 932 OPS against Burnett when putting the first ball in play.

Detroit vs. NY Yankees – July 17, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: And Zumaya blows another one. One horrid inning destroys what otherwise was a mostly impressive game from the rest of the squad.

Luke French wasn’t great, but he hung in against a tough lineup and tossed 5 solid innings, and he even did it with some shaky defense behind him. Clete Thomas was charged with a tough error on a nice one hop throw to Gerald Laird that Laird couldn’t handle, so Thomas is off the hook. But Josh Anderson’s 5 hole error, the second one he’s had against the Yankees this year) resulted in an unearned run.

The top of the order was quite productive with the top 4 all getting 2 hits and Clete Thomas getting 2 walks. However a rough game for Inge (0 for 4 with 2 K’s) meant that not enough of them came around to score. In Inge’s defense though, he did hit a liner to Robinson Cano at 2nd with 2 on in the first. An out, but not because it was a bad at-bat.

Granderson looked like the Grandy of old reaching base 3 times with 2 extra base hits.

Posted by on July 17, 2009.

Categories: 2009 Season, Game Post

67 Responses

  1. http://atdhe.net/

    Unfortunately, it is the Yankees telecast tonight.

    by Anson on Jul 17, 2009 at 7:10 pm

  2. Random factoid part two: Burnett hasn’t walked any batter who has put the first pitch in play.

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm

  3. I don’t understand where you guys get all these crazy stats from…

    by ouchudied on Jul 17, 2009 at 7:56 pm

  4. Even worse, tomorrow it’s a 1:05 start, which means no Package coverage. They really just need to do away with and games Pre-Fox on Saturdays, it’s brutal.

    by David G. on Jul 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

  5. Apparently Granderson is focusing on baseball tonight…

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

  6. Wow good throw by Anderson but really good tag by Laird. Inge came close to getting his glove on that one–and if he had everyone would have been safe. The breaks have been going in our favor so far…

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm

  7. Coleman – looked to me like inge almost getting it also caused posada to hold up, giving anderson more time…

    by Forty on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:23 pm

  8. Zumaya. WTF

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:34 pm

  9. Zumaya’s leash is gonna start getting awfully short.

    by David G. on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:35 pm

  10. Can Zumaya make a visit to the DL for an anxiety disorder?

    by Anson on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:36 pm

  11. goddamn Zumaya, aka ’09 Grilli

    by Chris on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:36 pm

  12. Yep… Zumaya has 7 blown saves

    by Chris on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm

  13. Maybe it’s hard to pitch in the rain?

    by Adam on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:38 pm

  14. You can blow a save in the 7th? How the heck is that a save situation?

    by Adam on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:38 pm

  15. I’ll vouch that he’s caused me anxiety.

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

  16. hey Jim get him out of there so he can blow games tommorrow and sunday yet!!!!

    by jud on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

  17. With all the jobs being lost in MI in blows my mind that Miner-Rodney and Zumaya are still employed

    by Matt in GA on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  18. I am so much wanting him to make it back to his home on the DL.

    by Chris on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  19. Really Zumaya?

    Seriously though, who didn’t see this coming?
    Right-handed power pitcher vs. Left-handed power hitter in Yankee Stadium (a left-handed hitters dream park)

    by Skip on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  20. Wow, I just suggested to my friend that he was the new Grilli. I guess Zoom-Zoom decided that someone need to pick up the torch of player the fans abhor. I’d like to introduce Zoom-Zoom to his illustrious company: Jason Grilli, Edgar “The Ham Sandwich” Renteria and Neifi Perez.

    by Anson on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm

  21. I guess the old straight ball isn’t working out so well these days.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm

  22. Zumaya’s fastballs are all 97 98 99 mph. As odd as it is to say, there seems something wrong when he doesn’t hit 100 all night.

    We could have used Betancourt in that situation. By the time he got around to pitching it might have rained enough to call the game.

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm

  23. He’s lost his control, and when that happens all bets are off in any situation.

    by David G. on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm

  24. Zumaya is waaay too inconsistent to stay in the bigs!!
    One day he’s lights-out (ie. Minnesota)
    The next, he’s aweful!!!
    I don’t get it!

    by Skip on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm

  25. Well. I like Zoom, but 5 hits in an inning is 5 too many.

    by Adam on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  26. I disagree….. Jimbo is clueless about Zumaya or he wouldn’t use him like this time after time after time.

    by jud on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  27. Hey Anson, don’t forget Dontrelle “I’m-Afraid-to-Throw-a-Strike” Willis in that illustrious company!!

    by Skip on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  28. I think Leyland has recognized that Zumaya isn’t the principal 8th inning set-up guy. I believe Lyon has got that job.

    by Chris on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:47 pm

  29. What’s there to like about him? 2006 is over. The memories are fading. This is the real Zumaya.

    by Chris on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

  30. Zumaya = just in time for this official game to swing to the Yankees. I can’t see the tarp not coming out after this inning.

    Zumaya is definately the weak link in this bullpen. If the hitter can make contact on the ball he’s going to knock the cover off the ball. You can’t just hurl it down the center of the plate and expect a team like the Yankees not to mash the ball. He needs to work on his control. That’s the main issue right now. Until he finds it, we’re going to continue to see innings like this.

    Ah, not so good for a contending team….

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:50 pm

  31. Neifi knows a guy who knows a guy, can fix all these guys problems…

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm

  32. Do they have options to send him to Toledo?

    by Chris on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm

  33. Apologies, I had managed to delete the memory of the 8 walk in 1.1 innings affair that I wasted my money to see in person.

    by Anson on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm

  34. Yeah, not such a bright move on Leyland’s part.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:54 pm

  35. ok everybody……here’s the chant: ZUMAYA SUCKS! I had high hopes for him 3 yrs ago….but not anymore. Tigers’ ‘pen messes up a game again; I’m sick of it. Luke French pitched pretty damn well for a rook…I got no complaints. He even held it together pretty well after the 2 errors in one inning. Crap! I HATE losing to the Yankees…… :-(

    by Scott on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm

  36. This sucks.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm

  37. Sorry to remind you…

    by Skip on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

  38. What about this year? He’s been freaking good at times too. You only run your annoying mouth every time he screws up.

    by Adam on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

  39. There’s five outs left.

    by Adam on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

  40. Four. Ahem.

    by Adam on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:59 pm

  41. Where is Raburn? He should be hitting for Everett here

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:59 pm

  42. I’d use Santiago.

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm

  43. Well, apparantly Leyland agrees with you.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm

  44. I also just want to say, Mark Teixeira hits a lot of home runs, no matter who is pitching. The right move would have been to walk him in that situation, but that wouldn’t have changed anything since there were still two hits after that.

    But 5 hits and a walk is just about the worst you can do in an inning. (Still, giving up only 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk is is pretty impressive.)

    by Adam on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm

  45. Cmon Ramon, 10 more fouls then a Home Run

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm

  46. I guess the home plate ump wants to get out of the rain ASAP — that called strike three on Santiago was way off the plate.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm

  47. Ha ha!
    My friend just asked “when do they put the tarp on?”
    wow. Right on cue!

    by Skip on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm

  48. This game will get started again. I hope Zumaya gets sent down before it does, though, assuming he has an option left.

    by David G. on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm

  49. Well Zumaya was just brutal tonight when you face a team like the Yankees, who I think lead the AL in walks, and you struggle to throw strikes it is just not going to go well. His pitch to Teixeira was a joke right down the middle. Bottom line so far is both teams have had lots of chances we just could not put together a big inning and eventually the Yankees did.

    by Walter55 on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  50. If they do restart the game, maybe Mariano Rivera will have gotten confused and gone home…

    by Coleman on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  51. I have no idea if Zumaya has options left. I have to assume he does. It’s actually not a bad idea. Zumaya is absolutely useless to the team if he can’t find control. Right now he’s struggling big time. Tonight is not an isolated outing. I would send him down and have him work on his control, al a Clete Thomas, and then recall him after a couple weeks or so if he can work it out without giving up a gazillion runs in the process that hurt the team. You just can’t condone meltdowns like this and expect to win the division. Sorry. No hard feelings. We’ll see you when/if you can paint the corner with that low heat, sport.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

  52. Half the problem is getting behind on batters. Zumaya is infamous for this. Without any control, it’s gonna happen. Then you give a hitter like Teixeira a predictable 3-1 fast ball, aka a Zumaya meat ball special, and surprise, surprise! Yankees up by 2.

    There have been times when Zumaya has shown some control, but it’s few and far inbetween. He needs to take 75-S and work it out.

    French and Ni were ahead of batters all night long.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm

  53. They need to send him to Toledo to prove a point about not wanting to crap out in the 2nd half like the last 3 years. This is not a good way to start.

    by mcb on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm

  54. Agreed, 100%. But knowing the Tigers, they’ll just put him on the 15 day DL instead. Sorry. Wrong message. He should go to Toledo for 15 days — or however long it takes to gain some composure and poise.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm

  55. lets see he has lost the lead in 7 games so far this year ..luckily the Tigers came back and won two of those…isn’t that annoying enough for you…It is for the rest of us. Considering he only has to get three guys out

    by jud on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:12 pm

  56. One thing I have to offer, I live outside New York and follow the Yankees, in a hatred kind of way. They never do well against pitchers they haven’t seen, so Leyland should have considered another inning from Ni, you’d rather have Teixeira batting righty with the short porch, and all.

    Of course, this just means Zumaya melts down in the 8th.

    by Mike in CT on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:41 pm

  57. It’s true, Adam, he’s been very good at times. Zumaya is a tremedous talent. But he’s just been too inconsistant this year. It’s a crap shoot everytime he hits the hill. That’s no way to use his arm, imo.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:44 pm

  58. Good points. I would have done it like this:

    Squeeze one more inning out of French
    Use a combination of Ni/Lyon 7th/8th
    And hope Rodney doesn’t melt down in the 9th.

    But look, a bloop, bad break, and a single or two and, hey, the bullpen blows it in a close fought game. It’s going to happen. You move on. But that’s not what happened here. What happened here in the 7th was a complete meltdown.

    by T Smith on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:52 pm

  59. Not sure about another inning from French. Jeter, Damon, etc. … one more time through? It’s not like French was making bats miss or inducing ground balls. Who knows, though. At least we agree Zumaya in the seventh has bad news written all over it.

    by Mike in CT on Jul 18, 2009 at 12:09 am

  60. What a wonderful way to start the second half. Blown Save for Zumaya and 3 Errors…

    by Brenden on Jul 18, 2009 at 1:23 am

  61. Is there any chance that a team like Toronto could possibly be convinced that Zumaya has great potential and possibly package him up for a bat or in a package for Halladay? Zumaya has talent, of that there is little doubt. The question is will he ever be able to harness it? Perhaps someone who is desperate for a closer would like to take a chance on JZ. He seems like one of the few attractive tradeable commodities that we have that another team might be interested in. No one is going to be interested in Maggs or Guillen. I think there has to be at least one team out there that thinks their pitching coach could turn Zumaya into a star. He’s still young, has a manageable salary, and does have the talent (consistently throwing over 100mph is talent). I have grown weary of his act in Detroit, but I’ll bet that there is a GM out there who’d take a chance on Zumaya. I wonder if Baltimore would have any interest in giving up say………..Luke Scott for JZ. Its a win-win for us. We get a bonafide Tiger killer on our roster, we get a left-handed bat with power, and we no longer have to pull our hair out every time JZ comes strutting in from the bullpen. Sounds good, probably too good to be true. (I am serious about Zumaya having as much trade value as anyone on our roster outside of Verlander, Porcello, and Jackson). Lyon could serve as the eighth inning guy the rest of the way. Its risky, but its hard to imagine Lyon being any worse than Zumaya at this point of the season.

    by Jerry the TIger Fan on Jul 18, 2009 at 1:41 am

  62. After the game, Zumaya said he’ll head to Detroit this morning for an MRI test.

    in the late night Free Press…This Article
    ….is the MRI on his arm or his head????

    by jud on Jul 18, 2009 at 3:11 am

  63. I don’t think Zumaya needs Amphetamines.

    I mean if you think giving him a boatload of caffeine like substances would help him, by all means.

    by David on Jul 18, 2009 at 3:41 am

  64. Doesn’t matter the inning. If you come in with the potential tying run scheduled to appear it is a save situation. You only get the save though if you finish the game.

    by billfer on Jul 18, 2009 at 8:58 am

  65. That was my read on it too.

    by billfer on Jul 18, 2009 at 8:59 am

  66. Zumaya has 3 options remaining

    by billfer on Jul 18, 2009 at 9:01 am

  67. Despite all the roller coasterness, Rodney is putting up decent to good numbers this year. Miner is a starter hiding in the pen. Got nothing for Zumaya.

    by RPS on Jul 18, 2009 at 11:56 am

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