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Game 2010.016: Tigers at Angels

Read the post game wrap up: Guillen holds hammy, Tigers hold on

Tonight Detroit plays their last game in Anaheim this season. If they win it would bring the road trip to 3-4. If they lose it means they will have dropped 3 straight series. Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers and Joe Saunders goes for the Angels.

Verlander is coming off his best start of the season, a season that has seemed to go pretty badly so far. But then you look at his total numbers: 8.8 K/9, 3 K/BB, .87 HR/9, 1.35 WHIP. The numbers aren’t great but they don’t beget an ERA approaching 7 either. The problem is that half of the runners (50.5%) who get on base end up scoring. As that rate works it’s way towards a more normal ~70% that ERA will drop.

Saunders has done a good job limiting base runners this year (17 hits and 4 BB’s in 19 innings) but he’s been taken deep 4 times and he’s only fanned 8. Tonight’s lineup has a cumulative 320/383/464 line in 108 plate appearances against Saunders.

That lineup is:

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

Posted by on April 22, 2010.

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Categories: 2010 Season, Game Post

115 Responses

  1. First off – I love the new look
    Secondly – With a decent sample size those splits look amazing and I officially predict an end to the come from behind (nod to BYB) Cardiac Cats and a wire-to-wire win

    by Nick D on Apr 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

  2. Magglio!!!

    by Keith (Mr. X) on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

  3. Great start to this game!

    by Randolph on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

  4. Uh-oh, now what do we do, we just put up an early lead on a starter? :)

    Nice AB by Ajax to start out–the 14 pitches to Ajax and JD was a nice way to start the game..

    by Coleman on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

  5. Verlander has got to throw more strikes…

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm

  6. We need a DP!

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm

  7. Unfreaking believable…We get the lead and Verlander can’t find the plate, which leads to what? Runs for the Angels…Can this team please get on the same page!?!?!?

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm

  8. Not a great start to the game for Verlander. Give him an early 2-0 lead and he gives it right back. He needs to step up early in the season, every game counts.

    by Randolph on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

  9. Agreed. It’s time for our ace to start acting like our ace.

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

  10. Oh well…..the thought was there!

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

  11. OK, that’s not quite the answer I was looking for…

    by Coleman on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

  12. Walks are killing the Tigers this year.

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

  13. Another short outing for Verlander tonight…This has got to stop… Is it almost May?

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm

  14. If Verlander wants to be known as an ace he needs to start earning his salary. Somebody needs to show him how to throw a complete game like Roy Halladay.

    by Randolph on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:37 pm

  15. The less Laird plays the better he plays.

    by Keith (Mr. X) on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm

  16. Why so many off-speed pitches?

    by Shane Trapped in Toledo on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm

  17. Wow, first the early runs, then an extra base hit by…Laird! THEN the successful double-sac…

    This brings tears to my eyes…

    The B.O.O.B.s are perky tonight.

    by Coleman on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm

  18. Oh for crying out loud, Verlander! Throw strikes!

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm

  19. JV picked him at 1st.

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm

  20. What the heck is Guillen doing holding on to the ball!?!?! Get it in!

    That’s it…No more Guillen in the OF…

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

  21. He had no shot at third base because of the hit and run. With no chance for the out don’t throw it over there and give Abreu a chance to get to second.

    by bill on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

  22. If you settle down, then maybe Verlander can pitch

    by Keith (Mr. X) on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

  23. Fair Enough. I just have seen it a few times with our OF this year that they really like holding onto the ball for too long. Guillen just makes me nervous in the OF…

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

  24. Slight break there with the DP, but Verlander has already thrown 1000 pitches. (i think 60)

    by jason on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

  25. I love it. DP fly out. Magglio does it again!! Same thing happened to Ichiro.

    by Keith (Mr. X) on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

  26. Here’s Johnny!

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

  27. Okay, I’m settling down. There, happy?

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm

  28. This sober Cabrera is a stud.

    by jason on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm

  29. How do you spell Migs……..AWESOME!

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:04 pm

  30. Cabrera doubled in his 5th straight game. Last Tiger to do it was Frank Catalanotto in 1999.

    by billfer on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm

  31. Franky Cat! The player most likely to be the subject of the sentence, “hmm I didn’t know he was on the ______s now…”

    by Coleman on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm

  32. That name brings back memories of Tiger Stadium.

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

  33. Watching GameDay doesn’t seem like JV can get the changeup anywhere near the strike zone.

    by Mike in CT on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:18 pm

  34. As does the season :)

    by billfer on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:18 pm

  35. That’s pretty accurate. The fastball is the only pitch he can throw for strikes tonight.

    by billfer on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm

  36. Two walks have come in to score so far tonight.

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm

  37. That’s one worry, because unless he can rear back and fire it by the guy, he ends up in these marathon innings.

    What can you do, though, JV loses effectiveness if he becomes a pitch-to-contact guy, right?

    Does it all hinge on the curveball/slurvy thing that he won’t call a slider?

    Thank goodness for Brandon Wood tonight.

    by Mike in CT on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm

  38. Brandon Wood–the gift that keeps on giving.

    by Joey C. on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm

  39. And drunk Cabrera wasn’t? Dude could still be drinking for all we know.

    by Joey C. on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

  40. Is it just me or did that ball hit the ground before it went into his glove?

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm

  41. I thought it may have as well. Tough to tell from only one replay.

    by Joey C. on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

  42. Wow. The replay they showed seemed to look that way. And Mario/Rod didn’t even mention it.

    by jason on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm

  43. My first reaction was it hit the ground. I only have the Angels coverage and they showed two replays but never mentioned it hitting the ground.

    However they did mention that Jackson looked safe at third based on the steal.

    by Randolph on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm

  44. Nah. He just doesn’t have the command tonight. It happens. Fortunately the bats picked him up and gave him a lead, and hopefully the bullpen can chip in too.

    by billfer on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm

  45. He was safe. The throw beat him but the tag was lazy.

    by billfer on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm

  46. Was there any mention by Rod or Mario that he was safe? ( I have the game on mute as I am trying to work on homework…Ha!)

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm

  47. Umm…That didn’t look good…

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm

  48. Ugh. Losing Carlos for any length of time would be a huge loss.

    by jason on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

  49. Oh no Guillen is hurt. He was rounding 3B and down he went. Probably blew his hamstring.

    by Keith (Mr. X) on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  50. I mean…that really didn’t look good.

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  51. Carlos blew a tire coming around third……I hope it’s not a bad injury!

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  52. Gosh darn it….

    by ian (seattle) on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  53. no. they only mentioned that he was out by “3 steps”.

    by jason on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

  54. And to think…hurt running the bases, NOT playing left field.

    Yuck.

    by Mike in CT on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm

  55. 11 pitches to Torii Hunter…that’s hard to do…

    by Mike in CT on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm

  56. That extra run is looking really important right now….

    by Brenden on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm

  57. Will JL let JV finish the inning to possibly get the win?

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm

  58. Seems Verlander has a very hard time finding a consistent out pitch. He’s a good pitcher who once promised greatness, but he still has not achieved the greatness he has shown from time to time.

    by fuprete on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

  59. We need some more runs!

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

  60. He was holding his hammy earlier in the game. I’m not surprised.

    by kathy on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:02 am

  61. I don’t agree with letting Verlander throw 125 pitches in mid April. I know he still had velocity, but where was it going to stop? Let him go to 130 if another batter gets on?

    by stephen on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:04 am

  62. I don’t think it was the intent. Zumaya wasn’t warmed up yet and it was the 2 very long at-bats that inning that did him in.

    I’m more concerned with Zumaya throwing the night after he threw 33 pitches.

    by billfer on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:16 am

  63. Left hamstring sprain for Carlos.

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:16 am

  64. You’re right, but I guess I’d have had someone throwing at the beginning of the inning. Maybe you couldn’t forsee those two long at-bats, but he could have given up a couple of hits and found himself in the same situation, pitch count wise. I realize you don’t want to have a reliever warming up when your ace is starting the 5th but I would have done it.

    by stephen on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:19 am

  65. Zoom Zoom is lights out tonight.

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:20 am

  66. Wow. Verlander with 85 strikes tonight. That’s incredible. By my count, he had 16 balls and 20 strikes in the first. That means in the last 4 innings he pitched, he had 65 strikes and 24 balls. That’s almost 3 to 1, and that’s gonna win us a lot of games this year.

    Dickerson just mentioned that he counted 22 two strike fouls. Just a freaky night. The four walks are inexcusable, but I’m not worried about JV in the least.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:21 am

  67. Um, Zumaya seems, y’know…GOOD

    by Coleman on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:23 am

  68. 2Binge!

    by Coleman on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

  69. They are scared to pitch to Laird.

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

  70. Who’d have thought that?

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:34 am

  71. Question of the Night: Could Sizemore made the play at first if he actually threw the ball or was it too close?

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:07 am

  72. Come on Perry, don’t let the wheels fall of now, kid.

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:10 am

  73. Hard to believe these guys are pros.

    by fuprete on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:10 am

  74. Great composure Perry. Why Aybar wasn’t sitting 1 is beyond me, but I’ll take it.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:13 am

  75. Awesome!!! Nicely done Perry!

    For the record, not a big fan of Rod’s obsession with saying “I see ya (insert player name)”

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:13 am

  76. Had he made a perfect throw he wouldn’t have had Kendrick, and most likely he would have gunned the ball into the Tigers dugout.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:15 am

  77. Yeah, I wasn’t really sure. It was probably the right call to hold on. It worked out in the end.

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:18 am

  78. What guys and why is it hard to believe?

    by billfer on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:20 am

  79. No word yet on how long Carlos will be out.

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:22 am

  80. Inge loves the bases loaded!

    by stephen on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:27 am

  81. Alas Inge also loves the three-pitch punchout..

    by stephen on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:28 am

  82. So does Laird?

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:28 am

  83. Our insurance runs rest on the shoulders of Laird.

    by jason on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:28 am

  84. Inge does not do situational hiting (ya got to swing the bat)

    by Kris in SJC on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:29 am

  85. Again, our avg & obp are off the charts.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:30 am

  86. laird, c’mon lets see what you can do with four strikes!

    by stephen on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:30 am

  87. Stand there like the house by the side of the road…

    by jason on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:31 am

  88. Umm…did Inge or Laird swing the bat once between the two of them?

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:31 am

  89. Ah Laird ass, you bat like me, hoping against hope for a walk.

    by stephen on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:32 am

  90. Unbelievable. You *have* to get the insurance run in from 3rd with only 1 out. Epic fail on this way too many times…

    by Kris in SJC on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:32 am

  91. It seems it should be so easy……..but Inge and Laird sure prove that it is impossible to hit overwhelming pitching that is just so awesome and such. Just impossible to hit those pitches…..why, Ty Cobb himself couldn’t!

    by fuprete on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:32 am

  92. Swing the bat! you know the curve is coming!

    Alright lets go Mr Potato Head!

    by Joey in Portland OR on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:33 am

  93. I must say that the Avatar ad with the Tigers/Angels scences is a little awkward…

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:33 am

  94. Is it possible to find out which teams have the most runners left on base this season?

    by jason on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:35 am

  95. Please…can we try to work on NOT walking the lead off guy? And in general, work on throwing strikes?

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:36 am

  96. That works, thank you!

    by Brenden on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:38 am

  97. Valverde’s gut is awesome.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:38 am

  98. Nice win. I’ll take 3-4 on this road trip so far.

    by stephen on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:39 am

  99. Yeesh, this is a whiny bunch. Frustrating to get not runs in the 9th, but the Angels did the same thing in the 8th. Great win. On to Texas!

    by mat on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

  100. That’s a big one. Looking at possibly splitting these road games if we can manage to take 2 in Texas.

    Valverde is hilarious.

    by Joey C. on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:41 am

  101. The Tigers do realize that they don’t get extra points for degree of difficulty, right?

    by Slashpyne on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:42 am

  102. Well done boys!!!

    by Tigers Fan in Toronto on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:42 am

  103. Two wins in a row!

    by Keith (Mr. X) on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:43 am

  104. Nah – well trained :). Great win after a few less than ideal events. Whiny = fans that care. I’ll take this over indifference any time.

    by Kris in SJC on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:44 am

  105. Great question. I can’t find it anywhere.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:52 am

  106. We stayed right to the end tonight and didn’t even leave after Inge and Lairds at bats ( I guess you had to call them at bats) There weren’t 3,000 people left by the end it was pretty Californnia cold (about 48) which is like 10 in Detroit. Went to the parking lot and there were fires to warm you…we are wimps out here ….Zumaya threw the same speed as last year but the movement was so much better he as almost lights out…..JV was just plain lucky… his command never did get good and the Angels helped….but with all the bad luck the Tigers had JV cashed in on some good luck for a change…..all the Tiger doubles , were crushed….nice win….after going 0-9 there wathcing the Tigers the past 4 years we sat thru 4-3 the past two years …that in itself is huge

    by jud on Apr 23, 2010 at 2:04 am

  107. Inge fouled one off ..I think teams will walk the bases loaded to face those two in the future…think about it

    by jud on Apr 23, 2010 at 2:07 am

  108. Argghhh! My DVR recording ran out in the middle of the ninth. I didn’t get to see Valverde’s happy save fist pumping gut dance!!

    by Ken in Vegas on Apr 23, 2010 at 2:10 am

  109. CBS Sports records Team LOB totals. Any guess who is #1?

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/s.....1:col_1=12

    by jestem on Apr 23, 2010 at 2:13 am

  110. You could always listen to the game on the radio or puchase MLB audio for 19.99. Dan Dickerson and Jim Price do a nice job. As for Rod, I just love him and his Rodisms. I’d fall asleep listening to Mario all night even though he’s a good announcer.

    by kathy on Apr 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

  111. Wow. Thanks for the link.

    by jason on Apr 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

  112. I TIVOed the game, and did the slo-mo frame by frame on that play… Sure looks like the ball bounced off the turf into his glove. It’s also clear that AJax beat the tag into third base. They were hosed twice in the same inning — though, both were razor-thin calls. That throw into third was so early, you can almost forgive the ump for missing the fact that Jackson tucked his foot in before the tag was applied (bad glove work there). And the catch in center was sold well, and a lot further from the umps.

    That said, if the Tigers had lost, they would have had a pretty good beef — same as the day before with Damon getting tossed on a clearly inside pitch. But, I’ll take the wins!!

    by scotsw on Apr 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

  113. Inexcusable? Given the number of two-strike pitches that were fouled off, it’s actually a testament to the quality of the Angels’ batters, I think. Eventually, if you stretch out the at-bat long enough, any pitcher will throw you four balls.

    by scotsw on Apr 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

  114. Sorry scotsw, those 4 walks weren’t the result of epic duels where the batter just outlasted JV.

    JVs 4 BB:

    Hunter (5 pitches): B, B, B, S, B
    Napoli (7 pitches): S, B, S, F, B, B, B
    Aybar (5 pitches): B, B, B, S, B
    Izturis (6 pitches): B, F, B, B, F, B

    Overall though I concur with K in D: not too worried about JV in the big-picture. But if there’s one thing this division has shown these last few years, its that ever game matters. Overall I think JV deserves his contract, and I’m sure he’s aware that starts like these tend to handicap his chances of winning certain pitching awards (so I don’t think he’s not trying), but it would be nice for him to figure out what this early season malaises are all about.

    by andre on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

  115. Ach, I knew someone would go look it up…

    Still, it wasn’t the walks that bothered me — it was the fact that JV obviously wasn’t deceiving them last night. They put a lot of wood to leather. But he wasn’t getting them to hit much of anything on the ground, was he? Every at-bat seemed like an eternity.

    by scotsw on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm

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