Game 2010.014: Tigers at Angels

Rick Porcello will try to rack up the Tigers 4th consecutive quality start. Of course it would help with the Tigers could solve the mystery of that elusive RISP success. It’s been bad the last few games, but it is unsustainable.

The Tigers .369 team OBP may also be unsustainable, but in the short term they are facing Scott Kazmir. Kazmir allowed 11 baserunners in 4 innings against the Yankees. Maybe that short term RISP issue will continue though because Dan Dickerson tweets-out that tonight’s lineup has hit .153 against Zazmir, but with 26 walks in 40 innings.

That 15-98 against Kazmir is:

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

Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels – April 20, 2010 – Gameday


  1. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    The Wings rocked the house tonight…… would be nice if the Tigers could do the same!!!!!

  2. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 20, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I don’t like JL’s selections for the bottom third of tonights line-up!

    We need players who have the chance to get us some runs…..anybody but those three!

  3. Coleman

    April 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    The Tigers are just every-othering, that’s all…

    Maggs is hitting rockets, Miggs is hitting squibs; Maggs is off-balance, Miggs is hitting rockets…Ajax is swinging like a rookie, Damon is getting on base, Ajax is driving the ball in the gaps, Damon is whiffing; Maggs and Miggs are hitting, Carlos is whiffing; Sizemore is hitting, except every other time when Inge is getting on base. In other words, a lot of bad luck.

  4. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 20, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I’m also getting frustrated with JL’s platooning!
    You play your best players every game, and give them a day off only when they need one… wonder there is so much inconsistency.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      April 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      I don’t mind JL playing the match-ups. Raburn crushed lefties last season. He had 12 HR’s in 133 ABs, with a .976 OPS vs LHP’s. Laird and Everett are significantly better vs LHP’s also.

      • Coleman

        April 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

        Although lifetime 1 – 7 with 3 strikeouts vs Kazmir.

        • Keith (Mr. X)

          April 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm

          That’s makes things even better. That means he’s due for a few hits.

          • Coleman

            April 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm

            Darn…now he’s no longer due.

            • Coleman

              April 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm

              On the other hand, who better to have up with R3L2O than Laird, because…DUE

  5. Brenden

    April 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Are we going to have to buy a run tonight? It is quite obvious that the clutch hits aren’t going to be present tonight either. And yes, I can say that after one inning. It is just a feeling. I hope I am wrong.

    • Coleman

      April 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm

      Classic every-othering

  6. Brenden

    April 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    How many strike-outs for the Tigers tonight? I’m going with nine.

  7. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm


  8. Brenden

    April 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm


  9. Cameron in Singapore

    April 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Is the 2nd inning too soon to pinch-hit for Gerald Laird? Where’s Brad Ausmus when you need him?

    • billfer

      April 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      Laird ripped that ball. Nothing you can do about that. Much like the 2 double plays in Seattle that Avila and Guillen hit into. They’ve had a number of hard hit balls, just at people. It’ll even out.

      • Cameron in Singapore

        April 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm

        Ah ok thanks for the info. Only following the game on GameCast, so I mistakenly figured the Laird out was as meek as most of his other ones.

    • Brenden

      April 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      How about where is our offense when you need it, good crap this is getting ridiculous.

    • Jeff (the other one)

      April 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      If Laird would hit the ball that hard every third time at the plate, we wouldn’t be complaining about his hitting.

  10. Coleman

    April 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Mario: “That’s some bad luck for the Tigers, they also had some bad luck last night”
    Rod: ‘They also had bad luck in Seattle”

    Well, that kinda sums it up, doesn’t it.

  11. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    We’re hitting Kazmir awefully hard. I bet we score 4 or 5 runs the next time threw the order.

  12. Coleman

    April 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    It might be time for R3L3O-Fail drinking games

    • Coleman

      April 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      By “R3L3O” I meant “R3L2O” of course…just wait until you see the typos once the drinking game is in order…unless things are editable by then…,

  13. Brenden

    April 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Ha! Nice try, Johnny. Almost sold it!

    • Jeff (yet another one)

      April 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      Reminded me of my softball days in Canton — great comedy! Nothing wrong with having a little fun out there.

  14. Brenden

    April 20, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Unbelievable… It was going to be hard to win with the Angels scoring no runs, now with three, ring that one up as a loss…

  15. Coleman

    April 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Well, this is depressing; yet on the bright side, it’s impressive how composed Porcello stays when things aren’t going well…you never really have to worry about the Porcello Melt.

    • scotsw

      April 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm

      I think he melted tonight. Yes, cool as a cucumber on the outside. But the reality is that there are no statistical categories for “appearing to remain composed.” There is, however, a category called “hits” and he gave up a prodigious number tonight. Runs, too.

  16. Brenden

    April 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Why are all the Tigers swinging at that chin high fastball?

  17. Coleman

    April 20, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I like Johnny Mohawk better than Johnny Damon

  18. Joey C.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I know a lot of little kids who have problem laying off the pitch at their eyes. It looks like it’s a good pitch to them. Don’t ask me what the hell Magg’s excuse is.

  19. Vince in MN

    April 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    A couple of hypothetical questions:
    Is it possible for Jackson to hit .300 and strike out 200 times in his rookie year? What if it is the last day of the seasn and he is hitting .299 with 199 Ks – do you bench him to avoid the possible scarring of his young ego, or does he play him to boost his confidence? YOU be the manager.

    • scotsw

      April 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm

      I’d play him. But the Angels have obviously scouted him and come to the conclusion that he can’t catch up to a good fastball. They’re willing to deal him nothing but heaters, and so far, it looks like it’s working. He has to adjust.

  20. Brenden

    April 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Again!!! Why do they keep swinging at that chin high pitch!?!?! Unbelievable! I swear this team is trying to set the record for most scoreless innings!

    • Shane Trapped in Toledo

      April 20, 2010 at 11:07 pm

      The umpire is calling high pitches, so they have to swing at pitches they don’t usually swing on. The real question is why they are swinging so late on a 88-90mph fastballs.

      • Joey C.

        April 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm

        He’s not calling pitches above the letters strikes. They’ve swung at a number of pitches that are objectively WAY out of the zone.

  21. kathy

    April 20, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I can only think of one word to describe the Tigers trying to drive in runs: impotent.

  22. Coleman

    April 20, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Uh oh, somebody is on his way to his first career Golden Sombrero

  23. Brenden

    April 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Man…Laird looks awful at the plate and behind the plate so far this year…

  24. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    when the goin’ gets tough…

  25. David G

    April 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    This year, Minnesota is going to be up a nice, comfy 15 games on us by July 31st.

    • scotsw

      April 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm

      All these guys are swinging WAY LATE at this medium-fast fastball Kazmir’s tossing at them. What gives? Nobody’s got the timing right. Even Cabby was late on that high fastball.

      • scotsw

        April 20, 2010 at 11:57 pm

        What was Kazmir’s pitch count? I didn’t hear… But pulling him was a nice favor to the Tigers. This team has feasted on bullpen arms.

  26. Kevin in Dallas

    April 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Tigers’ RISP woes made the back page of today’s Journal. Ouch.

    No worries friends, it’s a long season.

  27. Chris

    April 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    The reality is…this is a very bad lineup and a poor fielding team…They have only scored the past few years mainly on the long ball and they have less power than ever. They do draw more walks and that is good..but, it appears the advance scouts are catching up to AJ. I hope he adjusts quickly. In any event..we are 7-7 need a big outing from Bondo.

    I am not sure what we can do,,,Everett, Inge, Laird and two rookies in your everyday lineup. That is difficult…especially when you lead the league in errors and your starters are last in the league in IP/game. It is only the first few weeks,yet, it is scary taht through 14 games..we have only hit two of the worst bullpens in the league..other than that if Miggy or Maggs don’t hit a HR..we have been held down by all starters and good relievers. Its starting to be scary

  28. Coleman

    April 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    2Binge! woohoo, RUNS!!

  29. David G

    April 21, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Eye, eye, EYE, STOP SWINGING AT BS, LAIRD!!!!!!

  30. scotsw

    April 21, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I believe Miguel Cabrera is an above-average baseball player.

  31. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 21, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

    • Brenden

      April 21, 2010 at 12:29 am

      Umm…Germans? Might want to check that one, lol.

      • scotsw

        April 21, 2010 at 12:36 am

        Forget it, he’s rolling.

  32. Coleman

    April 21, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Mmmmm, yumm, bullpen pitchers

    • scotsw

      April 21, 2010 at 12:34 am

      Like french fries, they taste better with “catch-up”

  33. Kevin in Dallas

    April 21, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Animal House. Please Brendan tell me that line is not lost on your generation.

    • Brenden

      April 21, 2010 at 12:41 am

      It’s Brenden, with an E, for the record. And I have seen Animal House, it’s just been a little while, lol.

  34. Ryan

    April 21, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Zumaya looks 2006-esque this year. Knock on wood, I know a DL trip is probably right around the corner..

  35. Brenden

    April 21, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Raburn needs to be slapped after that at-bat. What the heck was he swinging at?

    • billfer

      April 21, 2010 at 12:57 am


  36. Kris in SJC

    April 21, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Wow! A great AB by Jackson. See if Damon can get the tying run on…

    • Kris in SJC

      April 21, 2010 at 1:01 am

      Nope (rats)

    • Brenden

      April 21, 2010 at 1:02 am

      That pitch was most definitely outside…oh well…what can ya do…

  37. Kevin in Dallas

    April 21, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Frustrating. There’s always tomorrow. See everyone then, after the Mavs game.

  38. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 21, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Rodney sure does look better. Looks like he lost about 30 lbs or so.

  39. Smith

    April 21, 2010 at 4:18 am

    You know I really used to enjoy reading the comments here after a game that I missed to try and understand what happened. But lately it’s been so negative, and whiny. It’s really a drag to read. I don’t know if it’s specific to anyone or what, but it’s just a bummer. I come looking for insight into a game I missed, and the majority of what I read is name calling, complaining, and whining. The insight into the game is few and far between. Even last year was pretty good. What happened to: “Verlanders fastball is really moving”, or “Mags has two groundouts, but he ripping the ball”, or “Valverde’s not throwing his splitter”, or whatever. There are 60 some comments on this game, and about 8 of them are worth reading, and half of those come from Bilfer himself. I guess guys need to vent, but every game? It’s just a bunch of rif raf I have to sort through. It’s depressing.

    The Tigers are a .500 team. That’s that. So don’t get your panties all in a bunch when they lose a few games. It’s gonna happen. Sheesh.

    Go Tigers!

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      April 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

      To each their own.

      To me when the Tigers lose it’s equivalent to losing a pillow fight with a bunch of sorority chicks.

    • kathy

      April 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

      Well, of course the discourse was good last year. We were in first place almost all season. I will agree that some people get carried away, but Damon was safe, the strike zone was high and this road trip has not been much fun so far. Also, many people don’t believe this is a .500 team or refuse to accept it. I’ll put myself in that group.