Game 2009.143: Blue Jays at Tigers

PREGAME: After Amber Grand delivered a big win yesterday (with some help from Rick Porcello, the bullpen, and a decent offensive attack) the Tigers will turn to Lori Adams who has a 4-2 record this season when performing the Star Spangled Banner. Sounds like a favorable match-up. Well, that and Justin Verlander taking on David Purcey.

Verlander gunning for a Cy Young (and having to pass Zach Greinke and Felix Hernandez) and Purcey returning to the rotation for the first time since April. Then again, Tigers have made lesser pitchers look great.

Your “Inge isn’t going to get anything good to hit” lineup:

  1. Raburn, LF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Thames, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Granderson, CF
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

Toronto vs. Detroit – September 14, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: A walk-off FC E-6. Lori Adams gets to stay in the National Anthem rotation.

Justin Verlander had another one of those outings where he has his great stuff. Doesn’t look like he’s going to get touched. And then gives up a crooked number on less than 10 pitches. I don’t get it.

But how about that bullpen. They have now thrown 6 straight scoreless innings and have allowed only 4 baserunners after getting beaten up for 5 straight games. And it wasn’t even the big guns today with Fernando Rodney serving game 1 of his reduced 2 game suspension and Brandon Lyon having worked 3 straight days. This time it was Ni and Bondo and Perry and Seay.

As for the offense, I thought they had let this game slip away when they didn’t make Purcey hurt in the first. Raburn with the leadoff homer and 2 straight walks that never moved. But like in many of the Tigers recent wins, everybody contributed in one way or another. Inge fanned on 2 pitches at his shoulder, but drew the walk and scored the winning run. Granderson got on with an error and later walked. Raburn had 2 hits. Maggs reached base 3 times. Avila with a big pinch hit single. Oh yeah, and Huff.

Honestly I was kind of upset when Huff came into pinch hit. He hasn’t made a great impression with the stick since coming to Detroit. But crow tastes good. Give me seconds.

72 Comments

  1. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Also it’s the Raburn Without A Y Lineup

  2. Jason

    September 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Wow talk about a cringing line up with Raburn,Thames,Inge,Laird, and Everitt. talk about striking fear into the hearts of mortal pitchers. I suppose by now it is pointless to try and come up with reasons why Inge is still playing as he plunges toward the 200 mendoza line. I do like the resurgence of Mags just wish it would have happened a little sooner.

    Here’s to JV throwing another gem a cementing his place in the top 3 Cy Young voting.

  3. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    .362 .415 .681 .1.096

    Better than Cabrera. Better than Ordonez. Better than Polanco. In fact best on the team–before today’s HR.

    Those are the last 28 days numbers on Raburn. I don’t mind having his bat in the lineup.

    • Chris

      September 14, 2009 at 7:49 pm

      Definitely better than Granderson against lefties. This platoon should be in effect for the rest of the season.

      • Mike in CT

        September 14, 2009 at 8:28 pm

        Agreed, Raburn has been a lot better at the top of the order. That should be a top off-season priority, a legit OBP leadoff guy. Not sure who are where that player exists, however.

  4. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Now it’s time for today’s Random Statistic of Interest (RSI):

    Looking for a correlation between hitters’ performance and whether the Tigers win or lose, I looked up the team’s OPS in wins vs losses to see where the biggest correlation was–it wasn’t what I would have guessed.

    Your If They Hit We Win, If They Don’t We Lose hitters:

    Clete Thomas (.937 in wins, .499 in losses)
    Placido Polanco (.873 in wins, .526 in losses)

    The If They Hit We Probably Win, If They Don’t We Probably Lose hitters:

    Gerald Laird (.774 in wins, .473 in losses)
    Miguel Cabrera (1.095 in wins, .801 in losses)
    Brandon Inge (.875 in wins, .583 in losses)

    The eh, Whatever…hitters:

    Curtis Granderson (.852 in wins, .714 in losses)
    Magglio Ordonez (.807 in wins, .727 in losses)
    Marcus Thames (.841 in wins, .766 in losses)

    The Please Don’t Hit Today, We Need to Win hitter:

    Carlos Guillen (.709 in wins, .792 in losses)

    • Tbone

      September 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm

      This is awesome Coleman!

    • Coleman

      September 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

      I left out Everett above, he goes right above Granderson (.706 in wins, .523 in losses).

      (I couldn’t decide if he was last in the 2nd group or 1st in the 3rd group)

  5. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Aaaaaagghh!

  6. Chris

    September 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Toronto just owns us.

  7. Mike in CT

    September 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Good grief, what just happened?

  8. Chris

    September 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Every year I dread these series with the Blue Jays and every time my worst fears are confirmed.

  9. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Justin seems to have added another pitch to his arsenal; the Hanging Curve

    • Vince in MN

      September 14, 2009 at 8:44 pm

      Hanging curves on the two homers according to gameday.

      • Coleman

        September 14, 2009 at 8:47 pm

        I corrected myself before you could correct me, so there!

        • Vince in MN

          September 14, 2009 at 8:54 pm

          The BP Hanging Curve.

  10. Chris

    September 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE the F-ing Blue Jays!!!!!

    ERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    OK, to add to my RSI post, and in an attempt to ignore the last half-inning:

    You would think that whether the Tigers win or lose depends a lot on whether or not they hit–the pitching has been pretty consistent, but there are days there is just no offense at all.

    Yet…

    Tiger wins: .859 OPS
    Tiger losses: .620 OPS (.239 diff)
    AL avg wins: .882 OPS
    AL avg losses: .637 OPS (.245 diff)

    In other words the difference between our hitting in wins and losses is SMALLER than the avg AL team difference. Who knew?

  12. mcb

    September 14, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Almost time to hit the panic button.

  13. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Sorry Lori Adams, but no more National Anthem for you. We want Amber Grand!

  14. Walter55

    September 14, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Another pathetic offensive performance against a horrible pitcher. Had a chance to put this thing away in the first and then did almost nothing after that. Add that with a Verlander meltdown inning which he seems to have and this team is now doing everything it can to not win the division. Hopefully they will come back and win this but just an absolutely dreadful last 6 of 7 games.

    • Vince in MN

      September 14, 2009 at 9:04 pm

      Twins and Hose don’t seem to want the crown either. Twins losing to CLE and Sowers (!) 2-0 as I write. Something will have to give when they start playing each other.

  15. Vince in MN

    September 14, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I wonder if Verlander is starting to tire a bit. He is still bringing the heat, but he is up with his pitches a lot the last few starts.

  16. Vince in MN

    September 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Pinch hitting for Raburn – odd.

  17. Kathy

    September 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Clete Thomas has been cold as ice for weeks for chrissakes.

  18. Mcb

    September 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    They just don’t seem aggressive or play with a sense of urgency. Verlander let the game speed up on him. By the time anyone got out there it was too late

    • Vince in MN

      September 14, 2009 at 9:26 pm

      The Jays were swinging in the 6th – 4 runs on 7 pitches, then a first pitch single by Wells after the 3-run homer.

  19. T Smith

    September 14, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Leyland probably pinch hit for Raburn because of his knee injury… however, pinch-hitting Clete Thomas ?? Is Guillien injured or something? Or if you must go with a righty, Ramirez. But I would never, ever pitch hit Thomas. Ever. It’s just plain dumb.

    • Vince in MN

      September 14, 2009 at 9:29 pm

      What happened to Raburn’s knee?

      • Kathy

        September 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

        Ran into the wall or something. Started swelling up on him. He was limping.

        • Vince in MN

          September 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm

          There goes our offense.

  20. Vince in MN

    September 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Downs threw 2 pitches in the strike zone to Inge that AB. The results in those situations are becoming more and more predictable. Not that it matters tonight especially, but a pattern has definitely developed.

  21. Tbone

    September 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you Marcus Scutaro…

  22. Joey in Portland OR

    September 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    AUBREY!!!! Bout time we see some fire! these guys look too relaxed, laughing when they are down by 3. Lets get it going boys!

  23. mark_in_gr

    September 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Leyland, you dog . . . all the right decisions yield all the right results . . . nice job. Let’s see Polly end it here . . .

  24. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    HR Huff n Stuff!!!

  25. Mike in CT

    September 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Got to get this game now. Can’t cough it up if it goes extras.

  26. Vince in MN

    September 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Timely hitting by Mr. Huff.

    • colin

      September 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm

      …but did he have to stand there and watch it?

      • Mith

        September 14, 2009 at 9:54 pm

        Why not? He crushed it and it was a BIG hit. I don’t mind the guy being fired up a bit.

        • colin

          September 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm

          ugh. d-bag and karmic factors are both at play. Plus he didn’t win it.

          • Ron

            September 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm

            Straight from the opponent’s (Kevin Millar’s) mouth: He said a couple guys on the Blue Jays looked at him after that like “What was THAT?” and he said he told them “The guy just hit a three run homer to tie the game in the ninth. Nothing wrong with what he did.”

            People make way too much out of little things. A half second of admiring it and a little bat flip. I’d do it too if I were brought here just to do those kinds of things and FINALLY contributed. And this is the first time in his CAREER that he has been in a pennant race.

  27. Angus

    September 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    MAAGLIIIIOOOOO

  28. mark_in_gr

    September 14, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    For the love of . . . the kiss of death, RYAN PERRY?????

    • Mith

      September 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

      Yeah, no kidding. I’m a little nervous.

    • Kathy

      September 14, 2009 at 9:57 pm

      Then he walks to the mound for a chat. That’s almost always the kiss of death. I can’t watch anymore.

      • mark_in_gr

        September 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm

        Perhaps JL just wanted to get another look at his cool new tattoos.

  29. Mcb

    September 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Wish I could be there Weds for the Harwell tribute. That should sell out the place.

  30. mark_in_gr

    September 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Please don’t pitch to Hill, please!!!

  31. Tbone

    September 14, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Who is that guy at SS?

  32. jason

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    THANK YOU, SCUTARO!

  33. Andrew

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Yes!!!

  34. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Holy Screwturo!

  35. Mark in Chicago

    September 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Wow. We totally stole that one.

    And I’ll take it.

  36. Mike in CT

    September 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Looks like our prayers were answered. Amazing. Thank god I don’t smoke or my heart would have failed in July.

  37. Vince in MN

    September 14, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Words just fail me. Scutaro makes errors in two consecutive innings – he had only 8 coming into the game.

    • Coleman

      September 14, 2009 at 10:18 pm

      His 10th inning fielding % must not be very good…

      • Kevin in Dallas

        September 14, 2009 at 11:49 pm

        Line of the night.

  38. Coleman

    September 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    That was so exciting I didn’t even have time to complain about Granderson swinging at a 3-0 pitch. Hello! A walk moves the winning run to 2nd, and it’s not exactly like you’re pounding the cover off the thing right now…

  39. Cameron in Singapore

    September 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Wow…In the bottom of the 9th I was just getting ready to post about how I had tried to stay positive, but now was sure we were collapsing! Then Granderson and Avila get on, and Huff crushes it. What a turnaround. Hopefully this gives us some momentum to take care of business and do what we should do against Kansas City.

  40. Jason

    September 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Yeah another count our blessings type of wins. Hopefully this will count as one of those wins that allow gritty teams into the playoffs. Have to give Huff a 10 on the bat flip and pose too.

  41. Tbone

    September 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    And with that win the Tigers have eliminated the Royals.

    Whew!

    • billfer

      September 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm

      Technically they were already eliminated. For them to have tied they would have needed the Tigers to lose the rest of their games, but that would have meant 7 wins for the twins and 6 for the white sox which would have brought their totals to 77. There was no way for the Royals even before today.

      • Mark@HOU

        September 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm

        Fact that you know this is scary.

        • billfer

          September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm

          I’ve incorporated national anthem singer won-loss records into the last 2 posts and you think this was scary?

          • Mark@HOU

            September 14, 2009 at 11:03 pm

            Some people have a devotion about the Anthem singers. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a team is undefeated when Singer X performs. I think the pistons had some record too, or the Wings. To the point where the team would call the person for a big game.

            Plus you write 162 game previews a year, this is one of your methods to keep it interesting. In fact, I bet you keep writing about the Anthem records as long as the Tigers keep winning.

        • Vince in MN

          September 14, 2009 at 11:01 pm

          And he doesn’t even need a calculator.

  42. Walter55

    September 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Wow unbelievable win huge hit by Huff and the assist to Scutaro. Hopefully we can carry this over to the Royals start to put the division away. That 9 game road trip coming up is making me nervous as can be.

  43. Vince in MN

    September 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    The 3-run homer is derigeur in the Central tonight – Twins tie CLE in 8th, 3-3.

    Edit: Now 6-3 Twins. The horrible Indians bullpen has blown it.

  44. Jason

    September 14, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Oh well would have been a perfect night if Indians could have managed another win vs Twins but any night that ends in a win is more than good enough right now. When can we expect to see that infamous magic number ticker with only 19 games left :). I am with you on this upcoming 9 game road series scaring me would be really nice to go into that with 5 game plus lead and force the twins to sweep.

  45. Jason

    September 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Just trying to fix contact info

  46. davisontigerfan

    September 15, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Morneau is out for the rest of the season! Bad news for Twins.