Game 2010.005: Indians at Tigers

The Tigers were witness to a nice start from a big question mark on Thursday when Dontrelle Willis picked up a quality start. Jeremy Bonderman will try to repeat the script as he makes his first start of the season today.

Bonderman finished serving his 3 game suspension that was handed down at the end of last season while in Kansas City. Today he’ll debut his new split finger pitch (replacing the long standing change-up project).

He’ll be opposed by Mitch Talbot. We don’t know much about Talbot, who only has 1 career start (a 4.1 IP, 3 run no decision in September 2008 against Baltimore). We do know he is right handed, 26 years old, and was traded from Houston to the Rays with Ben Zobrist for Aubrey Huff in 2006.

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55 Comments

  1. Andrew

    April 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

    What did Bondo do to get suspended? I’m drawing a blank (and have tried my best to forget the end of last season).

  2. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I wish Bonderman the very best of luck. Having a solid #4 starter could be what makes or breaks this team.

  3. Longball111

    April 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing whether Bondo’s “slider of death” is still there.

  4. Rick G

    April 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    He hit Delmon Young last year in the October 1st game (and Young was mad at his own pitchers for causing it to happen to him). I didn’t remember the exact circumstances either, but Mario and Rod were talking about it during the game yesterday.

    • jud

      April 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

      I believe Minnesota hit Miggy in consecutinve games and after the second one Bondo went out the next inning of the second one and drilled Young ….Great old school hardball

  5. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    if he throws that pitch he just struck Cabrerra out on he will have a nice year…great biting slider again

  6. Coleman

    April 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Mr. Snappy is back!

  7. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Clean 1st inning. Nice.

    • Coleman

      April 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm

      Ajax certainly seems to cover ground quite nicely out there

  8. Ken in Vegas

    April 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I think that’s the new split finger that looks so good.

  9. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Maggs baby Maggs

  10. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Holy MAggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Coleman

    April 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Mega-Maggs!

    The H.O.G.s (Heart of the Order Guys) have been awesome.

    • Mike in CT

      April 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      Batting sixth, is Inge a HOG or a BOOB?

      • Coleman

        April 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

        Ah, that is why he is the Eningematic One

  12. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    are O and M ..on or what ,,,,,,,,,

  13. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    lets see Avila is hittign .333 so if you add the batting averages together the catchers are hitting .333 not bad!

  14. Ken in Vegas

    April 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    What’s going on with the “Leave a Comment” fields? They don’t save your info anymore? Leaving comments has become quite laborious.

    • Mark in Chicago

      April 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

      Ken: billfer looked into this the other day and couldn’t figure out what was going on. Lots of people are having the same issue. For now we just have to live with it.

      • Ken in Vegas

        April 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm

        Ok, thanks Mark. Bonderman looking good! Our rotation has the potential of being pretty sick if Dontrelle can continue to build confidence.

      • jud

        April 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

        if you can set your computer to “remember things” I’ve been typing the first letter in each line and clicking in the information. Don’t exactly know how that works or I would have explained it better!

  15. Coleman

    April 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Cy Bonderman!

    OK, that may be a little premature, but it beats:

    Bonderman…sigh…

  16. Mark in Chicago

    April 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Bondo with a nice couple of innings to start (knock on wood)

    • jud

      April 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      strangest thing about Bondo is he has been around a lot of years and he is only 27-28 yearsnold ans he has definately paid his dues….

  17. Coleman

    April 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Everett’s OPS is now over 1.000…(sounds of heads exploding)

    • Mark in Chicago

      April 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      If memory serves, AE had a good start last year too, he even had a grand slam. It was downhill from there, though.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      April 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      He just made a sweet defensive play too.

  18. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Holy Good Knees !!!

  19. Coleman

    April 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Binge! Part HOG, part BOOB, Mr April!

    • jud

      April 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      yup, time will define

  20. Mark in Chicago

    April 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    um, this is JEREMY Bonderman?

  21. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Does Bondo look fantastic or what!!!!

    • Mark in Chicago

      April 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      Tough go of it this inning. Walking everybody in sight and he’s stopped throwing the changeup/splitter. It’s fastball/slider now.

  22. Coleman

    April 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Phew.

  23. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    atta boy BONDO!

  24. Coleman

    April 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    We’re showing some glove out there today

  25. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I guess there is the value of Laird..passed ball base hit run

    • Mark in Chicago

      April 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      Value of Avila: 2 walks today.

      Laird is a terrific defensive catcher, but we can’t carry a sub-.600 OPS for the entire season (he was .626 last year).

  26. Coleman

    April 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Rod: “throwing is not really part of Johnny Damon’s game”
    I guess that’s one way to put it…

  27. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Jim frickin bunt once this year so we know it is still part of baseball!

  28. Mark in Chicago

    April 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Nice job today, drew 6 walks so far. I like that. Only one extra-base hit though.

  29. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    lets do something here

    • jud

      April 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      nice patience Miggy! back to back walks and swing at a first pitch ball out of the zone

  30. jud

    April 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    7-8-9 stranded a dozen runners the BOB’s have shown much today!

  31. fuprete

    April 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Ditto Jud.

    Keep this up and we’ll set a record for new LOB.

  32. fuprete

    April 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Get rid of this fool, whoever he is!

  33. Mark in Chicago

    April 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    What is Ni doing??!?!

    • Coleman

      April 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

      Whatever it is seemed to work on Hafner at least

  34. fuprete

    April 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Outstanding, kid!

  35. Ken in Vegas

    April 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Woohoo! Let’s sweep em up tomorrow.

  36. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Bonderman!

  37. jcm

    April 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    MLB avg. leader: Renteria
    Rbi. : Polanco

  38. David

    April 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    If today’s Bondo is the real Bondo, we will do very very well. Got me a bit pumped and I only saw a few innings save for the recap.

    Good god did he have a fantastic slider today, best I think I’ve ever seen it – nice tight control with a ton of late 12-6 movement. Might have to re-edit him on MVP Baseball. His strike to ball ratio was nearly 2:1 (59:32).

    I second the sweep talk…matter o’ fact lets sweep the home stand! Maximize the hot hand by winning as many as we can right out the gate against two so-so teams.

  39. stephen

    April 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Me likey what I see. If we could get 12 wins from Bonderman I would be elated.

  40. paul

    April 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    bondo looks great. But the key to staying healthy, is to use pitches other than slider, even if they aren’t as effective.