Game 2010.006: Indians at Tigers

by billfer on April 11, 2010 · 93 comments

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PREGAME: The Tigers go for the sweep behind the arm of Justin Verlander. Dan Dickerson was kind enough to tweet exactly what I was looking for to summarize Verlander and Cleveland:

Verlander v. Clev. pre-2009: 6.70ERA in 15GS, Tribe hit .271 w/ .475SLG. 2009: 4GS, 4-0, 0.90ERA, Indians hit .157 w/ .196SLG, 41K in 30IP

Westbrook makes his second start of the season and only  his 2nd start since Memorial Day 2008. He allowed 9 White Sox baserunners (4 via the walk) in 4 innings on Opening Day and 5 of those came around to score.

Your Damon-less lineup is:

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Kelly, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Santiago, SS
  8. Laird, C
  9. Sizemore, 2B

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers – April 11, 2010 – MLB.com Preview

POSTGAME: Through the first turn in the rotation, each of the starters gave their team a chance to win. Hopefully Verlander’s 2nd start isn’t a harbinger of the next 4 pitching performances. Fortunately though the Tigers offense managed to be both frustrating and dynamic all at the same time and they plated 9 runs to complete a comeback from a 5-1 deficit.The first thing to jump out is that the Tigers left an island on base. The maximum number of runners a team can leave on base in a 9 inning game is 27. The Tigers left 18, two per inning. The sort of performance that drives fans crazy. At the same time though, the Tigers created 29 baserunners in the game (18 hits, 9 walks, 2 HBP), the sort of performance that should have fans salivating and should quell the majority of those frustrations. This is a day that every one who grabbed a bat reached base at least once, and even Gerald Laird managed a hit.

The Tigers didn’t cash in as often as they probably should have, due in large part to the fact that only 2 of those 18 hits were for extra bases. And Shin Soo Choo’s gun in right field certainly helped to limit the scoring. After he gunned down Donnie Kelly, Gene Lamont was hesitant to start that windmill.

Give this offense credit for not chasing pitches, and being patient, and not mailing in at-bats even when the score was pretty lopsided. Even when they would plate runs only to see the pitchers give them back the next inning. It was a heck of an offensive performance, regardless of the opponent.

  • Verlander. Sigh. He had the velocity. He was throwing strikes for the most part (68%). And he did settle down. But man, that first inning.
  • I don’t mind Lamont waving home Kelly. I typically prefer to make the other team get you out, and credit Choo with the laser. I love Kelly going in hard at the plate though.
  • I was at the game and was sitting along the third base line so I can’t say whether Sizemore should have had that ball in the first, but from what I heard he should have. It was nice to see him start to spray the ball though and he came up with 3 hits.
  • Austin Jackson came up to bat in 4 consecutive innings.
  • I liked Leyland’s pinch hitting decisions. I was surprised though to see how long he stuck with Bonine was got rocked in his first inning out there. Even as the team was coming back, he stuck with Bonine. In the end Eddie through 49 pitches, on a day he was asked to warm up 3 different times.
  • Defensively, Brandon Inge looked like “Brandon Inge – defensive superstar” for the first time this season with 2 slick plays.
 
 

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Brenden April 11, 2010 at 9:38 am

Just a regular day off for Damon or is he having health issues?

dean April 11, 2010 at 10:44 am

Leyland is probably just giving Kelley a chance to play and give Damon a day of rest.

andre April 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

Kelly batting 2nd? Its starting to seem like Leyland doesn’t realize he’s not obligated by league rules to bat people in the same lineup order as the players they’re replacing.

jud April 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

I like him batting two. That might keep him from being a BOB failure. So go ahead Don join the HOGS!….. Besides, JL has those lineup cards run off at Kinkos months at a time and it is easier just crossing off one name than switching everyone around

jud April 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm

hope the bats are on after watching JV in the first

jud April 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I typed that before that Grand Salami!!

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Verlander stinks again today!!!! He was getting 2 strikes on the batters but can’t put them away and now a grand slam. It is going to be a long afternoon!!!!

jud April 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm

yud think for 18 million you’d get all nine moths of the season out of someone instead of 8

fuprete April 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm

V. does not seem to like April. It’s hard to not be annoyed with this really bad control he is showing. His only excuse is that Sizemore’s failure to make that early play cost him a lot. But he just has been unable to throw a strike when he needs it. Can hardly call this man our “ace” today.

fuprete April 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

any of rain in Detroit? LOL!

Brenden April 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

What is Verlander’s deal? Man alive, this guy cannot pitch in April…Maybe its the “April in the D” song that gets stuck in his head and throwing him off…

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I hope the Tigers bats don’t take the day off today!!!!

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Laird’s bat may have taken the season off

Brenden April 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Laird’s lack of hitting is really starting to get on my nerves…

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Do we have another six run inning in the cards like the season opener?

jud April 11, 2010 at 1:11 pm

my gosh at least give him a chance to score…Lamont the throw got there yesterday….poor coaching

kathy April 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I come home for lunch to find 5-0. Almost dropped to the floor.

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Well Kelly got his first hit, that leaves only Raburn and Laird as the finalists for the Treanor Trophy.

jud April 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm

thats why I ‘m sticking with this game to witness first hand it Laird can ago an entire season without a hit

Brenden April 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Well, he was hit….I don’t think that counts, though…

Brenden April 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

No offense yet…Making Westbrook look real good though…

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

We need a big inning or 2!!!

Brenden April 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Okay, so, I can’t watch the game, so maybe someone who is can answer this questions:

Is Westbrook really pitching that well to get 6 strike outs or are the Tigers just swinging at some really bad pitches?

jud April 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Westbrook is pitching just like he always does. He throws only enough strikes to get batters to swing at the balls. If the Tigers would have taken every pitch he has thrown today they would have 3 k’s and 7 walks or HB

jud April 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I thought my computer slipped in to slo-mo but then I realized it was Guillen slowly walking to the plate slowly striking out and slowly dragging back to the dugout……

Brenden April 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Bonine = Bonehead

Some of the individuals on this pitching staff need to learn to throw more strikes…

stephen April 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Let me be a rare voice of optimism: Verlander pitches like crap twice and we’re 4-2. I’ll take that week any time.

cib April 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I agree with Stephen but holy hell, this is not supposed to happen. Ugh.

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 11, 2010 at 1:58 pm

It’s time to switch to the RedWing game!!!

jud April 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm

0 for April!

ouchudied April 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Well, Maggs should at least get something good to hit here.

jud April 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Maggs woke the crowd up slightly….good job

stephen April 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Of course, rallying for an epic comeback win would be even better.

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm

CarLOB Guillen

jud April 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Guillen is in one of his swing just to swing funks,,,he deosn’t look like he has enought energy to even swing at the balls he has been swinging at…..first pitch was way low swing number 1,,,second pitch was boarderline away but not a good strike pop out to the SS …..

Joey C. April 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Even the outs the Indians are making against Bonine are crushed. I saw enough of him in the 6th.

ouchudied April 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Laird is really on fire now.

ouchudied April 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Won’t let me post duplicate comments, but Maggs should be looking dead red for a fastball…

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Loaded bags for the Maggs

Kevin in Dallas April 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Just one of those games. It’s gonna happen from time to time over six months.

If anything, we’re swinging the bat much better early in the season than most expected. Maybe we’ll pull this out, it’s at least been very exciting. But at worst, like stephen said, JV starts the year with a 9 ERA and we are 4-2. And How.

Joey C. April 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I agree Kevin. And with a few obvious exceptions, I’ve been pretty damn impressed by the approach our hitters are taking today. Showing some patience. Laying of garbage. Getting on base. We just haven’t had that big hit yet.

jud April 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Binge attack!

coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Inge! Mr. April strikes again!

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

c’mon Laird, take another one for the team…

jason April 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

jud April 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Holy Laird…do you believe it…. and its only April

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

with a 2-strike count no less!

ouchudied April 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I thought .000 was a little low for Laird’s average…. .056 is just about right.

jud April 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm

now he is at the Sardinha line

Joey C. April 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Haha…poor Laird. I’m glad he got his hit, but even that was an ugly at bat.

jud April 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

good to see them battling like this!

jud April 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

go White Sox…I never thought i would say that

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I’m not sure why Eddie D’oh-nine is still in there…

Joey C. April 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Man, Jackson has really been impressive this week.

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Air Inge!

ouchudied April 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Fly ball, Brandon, fly ball…. please.

ouchudied April 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Or not.

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

arrgh…that was so almost

Kevin in Dallas April 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

What an exciting game…look for Damon to work a walk here…

jason April 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

how ironic. it comes down to a player i have hated for years.

mat April 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Only because the player I’ve hated for years (Inge) failed to deliver.

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I can’t believe they would pinch-hit for Laird now that he’s on a hot streak…

Kevin in Dallas April 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Outstanding. Love these guys.

Patience here SS, patience.

Kevin in Dallas April 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Or a WP.

Man, imagine what’s going on the ClevelandIndiansWeblog right now…

ouchudied April 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm

JOHNNY YOUR EYE IS SO CLUTCH

Andrew in Toronto April 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Oh Yeah!

I like this team!

jud April 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Just wow…I swear I’ve seen this before, from the other end…nothing like the Walk-off Wild Pitch

ouchudied April 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

SCOTT YOUR EYE IS CLUTCH TOO

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

AMAZING…..what a comeback……are the Indians brutal or what!!!

JOE Z April 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

fuprete April 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I guess I need to remember this one when we lose the next one the same way. Glad as I am, I know so well how Indians fans feel.

It wasn’t pretty but it counts!

jud April 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm

this is a double WOW WOW

Vince in MN April 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Just got in after a busy weekend in which I missed Friday’s and Saturday’s games and everything today except the 9th inning – f’ing incredible! And the Twins lost.

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Oh, that’s awful–you missed the Laird single. Who knows how long you’ll have to wait to see the likes of that again.

Vince in MN April 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm

As long as the EM remains awake to the possibility of pinch-hitting for him at a crucial moment, I’ll be okay with it.

Joey C. April 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Actually on the verge of feeling bad for Cleveland…

Okay, well not really. I love sweeping these guys!

Keith (Mr. X) April 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Thank you Perez

Brenden April 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

What a great win!

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

It’s not every day you leave 26 on base and win.

Coleman April 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

OK, it was actually 18, but it seemed like a lot more…

Vince in MN April 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm

They were working on 19, but Mr. Perez didn’t give Sizemore the chance.

jud April 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

after that I think I need a nap..so I’ll turn golf on!

Dr. Detroit April 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Man, so THIS is what we were missing–guys taking walks, working counts (Jackson walking twice–I mean, I don’t have the numbers here, but can anyone say with a straight face Granderson walked twice in one game) and making guys make their pitches. Outside of money/lineups/aura, when it comes to the Yanks and Bosox, working counts is a key component to their success. Watching your own pitcher walk guys/throw a bunch of pitches can suck the momentum out of your team. And Inge working that right-center gap is very nice to see. Working counts, going with the pitch to the opposite field, Miggy walking 3 times….and we win a game we should have lost 9.5 times out of 10 but win it on two guys (Damon and Scotty Sizemore) winning it by laying off pitches. What gives?

jcm April 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Was was doing Bondo impersonating JV?

Scott April 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm

man, that was incredible. The Cleveland staff just outright sucks. Can’t we change the schedule so we can play ‘em all the time? Please don’t leave, guys…… :-)

jud April 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

after the dust has settles how about Maggs and Miggy….so far. Miggy gets on base 6 times today ..Maggs clutch….this is going to be a good year people!

Keith (Mr. X) April 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I’m psyched so far too.

When Magglio came into camp with bulging biceps and a smile on his face I knew we were going to get much more power from him than we got last year. I think he might be like he was in 2007 season where he hit .363, 28 HR’s, and 139 RBI’s.
Cabrera has taken it too another level too. Anything Maggs can do, he can do better.

David April 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Through the first 3.7% of the season this team save for Verlander is much better than expected.

Vince in MN April 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm

The Coleman Corollary to Fudd’s 1st Law predicts a 135-27 finish.

Coleman April 12, 2010 at 2:20 am

And the good news is that the Twins lost 19 games in the standings yesterday.

The bad news is that in the World Series we will be facing the Giants and Renteria with his .524 BA and 135 RBI.

Packey April 12, 2010 at 12:47 am

Feels good to be 5-1 and our ‘ace’ doesn’t even have a win, yet.

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