Is it time for Ni-Lyon?

Bobby Seay, the Tigers primary lefty out of the pen is hurting. Gerald Laird called for trainer Kevin Rand to visit the mound after he saw something amiss in one of Seay’s pitches last night. Seay didn’t immediately leave the game, but he did after allowing a single to Travis Hafner. Now Seay is on his way to the MRI machine.

Seay, part of the Seay-Lyon tandem who have been so efficient at turning leads over from the starter to Fernando Rodney is likely unavailable today and until the results of his MRI are back is status is uncertain.

Fu-Te Ni is the only other southpaw in the pen. Ni has done a very nice job and is one of the more underrated signings from the offseason. It’s likely that Ni would continue to hold his own in an elevated role. He’s only allowed 2 of the 25 runners he’s inherited to score and the opposition is hitting .196 against him. But as is often the case, it’s the cascade effect that is more worrisome.

The Tigers will likely add another lefty to the pen, and as Kurt points out that will most likely be Clay Rapada. Rapada doesn’t seem to have earned the club’s confidence, but he will likely fill in as the early LOOGY.


  1. Keith (Mr. X)

    September 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Ni-Lyon probably works for me.

    • Coleman

      September 25, 2009 at 4:03 pm

      First we need Bominer to come through again…

  2. Keith (Mr. X)

    September 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Here’s something from Peter Gammons-

    “The Yankees know that Justin Verlander can rediscover his curveball like Edwin Jackson rediscovered his slider this week and that as much as the Tigers have struggled on offense, Detroit can win three out of five with its two best pitchers.”

    • Mat

      September 26, 2009 at 1:08 am

      Yessir. Lets just hope JV and EJ get enough rest to pitch games 1 and 2.