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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 – MLB.com 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.

Posted by on April 16, 2010.

Categories: 2010 Season, Game Post

45 Responses

  1. 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.

    by David on Apr 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

  3. Beautiful AB by Figgins.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

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

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm

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

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm

  6. 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.

    by billfer on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

  7. Working now billfer.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

  8. 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.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

  9. mine working today also thanks!

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

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

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:54 pm

  12. then again!!!

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm

  13. Darn walks.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm

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

    by David G on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

  17. atta Miggy!!!!!1

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

  18. frickin walks!

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:17 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

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

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

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

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

  22. 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.

    by billfer on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm

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

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm

  24. It is staying “populated” for me as well.

    by David on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

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

    by Coleman on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

  26. 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.

    by Mark in Chicago on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm

  27. those lead off walks come back to haunt you also

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

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

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

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

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

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

    by jud on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

  31. BonderDunn.

    by David G on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

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

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

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

    by JOE Z on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:47 pm

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

    by David G on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm

  35. 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)

    by Mark in Chicago on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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

    by kathy on Apr 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

  38. Clown show.

    by Coleman on Apr 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

  39. 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

    by JOE Z on Apr 17, 2010 at 12:41 am

  40. Jinxed ;-)

    by David on Apr 17, 2010 at 3:49 am

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

    by Packey on Apr 17, 2010 at 6:52 am

  42. 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).

    by Packey on Apr 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

  43. 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

    by Stormin Norman $ on Apr 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

  44. 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.

    by billfer on Apr 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm

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

    by Joey in Portland on Apr 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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