Game 2010.010: Tigers at Mariners

PREGAME: It’s west coast sleepy time baseball. At least the Tigers will have had a chance to get all Phiten’d up and that titanium should be improving their blood flow. Of course going up against Felix Hernandez they can use whatever advantage they can get.

If it weren’t for the ridiculous season by Zach Greinke, King Felix would have likey taken home the Cy Young award. Hernandez has made 2 starts this year, both of the quality variety. Although his 6 walks against the A’s probably wasn’t ideal. The Tigers faced him 3 times last year and they struck out 23 times in 20 innings.

Jeremy Bonderman goes for the Tigers. The rotation has struggled this second time through and it would be wonderful if Bonderman could be the first Tigers starter this season to record an out in the 7th inning.

The “normal” lineup is back:

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

Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners – April 16, 2010 – At Bat

POSTGAME: One way to look at this game is to think that the chances of the Tigers beating Hernandez weren’t that great, that this was a game they had a pretty good shot of coming out on the losing end anyways. Having said that…there’s losing and there’s getting smoked. The Tigers got smoked and there is very little to take away from this game that was encouraging.Bonderman looked pretty good early on. I could do without the walks to Chone Figgins, but the slider had bite and Bonderman was working at the edges of the strike zone and keeping the ball out of the middle of the plate. I’ll give him a pass on the 2 runs he game up in the 4th because if the team could field a sacrifice bunt he gets out of the inning.

The 5th inning though? I don’t know. Ugly and something we’ve seen way too much from starters against bad offensive teams. The thing is there was nothing glaring. He was mixing pitches, working both sides of the plate, but it was line drive after line drive.

Offensively the Tigers did their best the first time through the order to make Hernandez work. The first 9 batters saw 39 pitches and King Felix had a perfect game after 3. They started jumping on pitches before getting 2 strikes on them the second time through and managed a couple of runs and squared a few more balls. But they weren’t going to get 12 runs.

  • Gerald Laird has entered Renteria-ville. He’s not hitting and he’s made two huge defensive gaffes in the last 2 games. This time chucking a free out into right field. He’s not getting it done in any facet of the game right now and he’s feeling the hate.
  • Inge’s hit streak ended last night.
  • Brad Thomas wasn’t good last night, but he ate innings. No need to fret about his performance, or be excited about it either. Still, the guy has to throw strikes, even as a mop up man.


  1. David

    April 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Well looking at runs scored Seattle is dead last in the AL and only ahead of the ‘stros in MLB for RS with a pitiful 28 in 10 games …yikes!

    Hopefully their anemic offensive start continues while we are stationed in Seattle. Go Bondo, if you’ve got tonight anything even remotely similar to last time it should be a fun 3 hours.

    • David

      April 17, 2010 at 3:49 am

      Jinxed 😉

  2. jud

    April 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I’m sorry but Laird should be batting 13th or 14th on some beer league slo-pitch team out of Livonia!

    • Packey

      April 17, 2010 at 6:52 am

      I played in a softball tournament out of Livonia two summers ago and those guys can hit… I’m not sure Laird could hang.

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    April 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Beautiful AB by Figgins.

  4. jud

    April 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I think Bondo thought this was slo pitch and the runners couldn’t steal that was tooo easy

    • jud

      April 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      it is kind of fun watching Bondo mix the speeds of his pitches up. Something he could never do before…nice inning

  5. billfer

    April 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Are the comment fields (name/email) staying populated for you guys now? I haven’t got the comment editing working yet, but at least we’re part way there.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      Working now billfer.

      • jud

        April 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

        mine working today also thanks!

    • David

      April 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      It is staying “populated” for me as well.

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    April 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Though I do have to click twice on “submit.” That’s been going over the last few weeks as well.

    I really like Bondo’s early stuff today.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm

      Check that billfer, “Submit” working fine now as well.

  7. jud

    April 16, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    as much as Figgins kills the Tiger s this might have been a good BB

    • jud

      April 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      then again!!!

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    April 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Darn walks.

  9. David G

    April 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    And I was just getting ready to post “Tiger Killer” as Gutz came to bat.

  10. Mark in Chicago

    April 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    This is a tough hill to climb. Our bottom third has no chance against Felix.

    • Mark in Chicago

      April 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

      that was an impressive piece of hitting by Cabrera. Wow.

  11. jud

    April 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    atta Miggy!!!!!1

  12. jud

    April 16, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    frickin walks!

  13. Mark in Chicago

    April 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    OK, if Laird isn’t good defensively either, why is he on the field?

    • jud

      April 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      he will make up for his defensive short comings by hitting a three run homer as the lead off hitter next inning

  14. jud

    April 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I am just thrilled to death that Gerald Lairds plays for my team everyday…..

  15. billfer

    April 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    That’s 4 outs so far this inning. When a team gives you two outs for free, you kind of need to take at least one of them.

    • jud

      April 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      those lead off walks come back to haunt you also

  16. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    What a pathetic display of baseball again tonight……giving runs to a team that has had trouble scoring runs themselves so far this year.

  17. Coleman

    April 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Whatever happened to that stellar defensive team we had last season? It’s a bit of a clown show out there right now…

  18. Mark in Chicago

    April 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Bonderman actually looks pretty decent, if a little wild. No help from his defense and too many walks, but a lot of swings and misses and good movement. There is at least something to be positive about.

  19. Kevin in Dallas

    April 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    All these hits on 1-2 counts are killing Bondo.

  20. jud

    April 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    seems like the pitching staff has given up about 90 hits the past four games

  21. jud

    April 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    some one wake Jimmy up HEY JIM!!!!!!!!!! get him out of there

  22. David G

    April 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm


  23. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    It’s time to switch back to the Red Wing game.

  24. JOE Z

    April 16, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    get this brad thomas figure outta here. hate him so much

    • kathy

      April 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

      send him back to Japan…ASAP. That’s where he belongs.

  25. David G

    April 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Seems like just yesterday that some unnamed scout was in awe of how many power arms we had in camp.

    • Mark in Chicago

      April 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      It was the Mariners hitting coach and he was salivating at the prospect of facing our staff…

  26. Mark in Chicago

    April 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Man, I’ve been off the channel for like 15 minutes and this inning is STILL going? And there’s STILL only 1 out?

    Brad Thomas can not get major league hitters out, by the way.

    Mariners are 6-11 with RISP (and 2 sac flies)

  27. Coleman

    April 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Clown show.

  28. JOE Z

    April 17, 2010 at 12:41 am

    story of brad thomas’ life right here. one time, i pitched 3 innings in mop up duty.

    enjoy it before being cut next month, bum

  29. Packey

    April 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

    That one was a wash.

    Rod Allen said it best: “The Mariners LOOKIN’ like Jackie Robinson today, boy.”

    Bonderman seems like he needs a lot more work out of the stretch, preferably not in-game when he can get tittied (like last night).

  30. Stormin Norman $

    April 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Cliche time: Losing by 8 counts the same as losing by one… one game does not make a season, and for the Tiger’s sake they better hope this game is not a barometer for the rest of the season.

    The next ten games (in 10 ten days) will show what this team is made of, and what character they have (or do NOT have). Aside from some quality hitting from a few guys and 2-3 quality starts, there has not been a whole lot of positives to take out of the first ten games… they’re fortunate to be 6-4

    • billfer

      April 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      Well, the Tigers going into yesterday had the highest OBP in the league, I’d certainly say that is a positive. They’ve also had solid bullpen work when playing with the lead for the most part.

      I don’t buy that the next 10 games will tell us much about character. They’ve already come from behind multiple times and have shown an ability to grind at-bats late in a game when things looked lost.

      I’m not saying there aren’t things worth complaining about, but it isn’t all bad.

  31. Joey in Portland

    April 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I was at the game last night. Brutal. The worst part is you can’t change the channel!