Game 2010.020: Tigers at Rangers

The long grueling road trip is over. I’m exhausted after these 11 days and nights. I can only imagine how the players are feeling. A win tonight would mean a palatable 5-6 trip. A loss and it is a disappointing 4-7. Arbitrary you ask? Yeah, it is.

Jeremy Bonderman takes the ball for Detroit. I was going to wow you with a pitch f/x breakdown of Bonderman this season. The thing is, try as I might, I can’t classify his pitches. I haven’t trusted what gameday is telling me so I did my own k-means clustering trying a variety of variables and I got nada. I can pick out some fastballs and some sliders. The rest is noise. Hopefully the noise is effective tonight ‘cuz the pen needs a breather.

Matt Harrison goes for the Rangers. Much like Bonderman he has two quality starts and a stinker this year. The Tigers faced him twice last year and neither game he made it out of the sixth inning and the Tigers plated 9 runs total.

The lineup:

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

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80 Comments

  1. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Murderers row: Jackson, Damon, Miggy, Cabrera!

  2. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 26, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Raburn, you the man!

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      April 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm

      He missed a grand slam by about 1 foot. It’s a bases loaded double, but someone will surely call it “BABIP luck”. Balls in play like that are going to be hits 100% of the time.

    • Coleman

      April 26, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      If we could get 2009 Raburn this season it would be huge

  3. Mike in CT

    April 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    THEM CROOKED NUMBERS!

    (Any chance Bonderman throws a scoreless first inning? I’ll say it’s in the 10 percent range.)

    • Coleman

      April 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      I’d put it more in the 100% range

      • ouchudied

        April 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm

        Whats that one saying about hindsight? Ah, nevermind

  4. fuprete

    April 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Laird can really swing that bat! Love to watch him hit!

  5. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    would be great so see Rayburn return to the end of last years form…he contributed a bunch

  6. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    that was such a big hit by Rayburn because Inge and Laird could have figured out a way to get all of those guys on base out!

  7. Mike in CT

    April 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    An 11-pitch first innings….did that really just happen?

    • Jud

      April 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      this is the new Bonderman..he says “What first inning?”

  8. fuprete

    April 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Damon is awesome. One of the smartest and most reliable hitters I’ve seen in a Tiger uniform since Kaline. He bats smart and all his years of experience give him an aura of self-control no matter what the circumstances,

  9. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    watching Jackson trying to decide whats a ball and what’s a strike makes you apprecitate how hard it must be to hit any major league pitcher.

  10. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Inge baby Inge!

  11. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Wow you kidding me!!!! Binge

  12. ouchudied

    April 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    And we get the first country mile comment of the night.

  13. ouchudied

    April 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Nice… gameday says that Cabrera flied out to Nelson Cruz.

  14. Kevin at the Game

    April 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    That Inge HR was DEEP.

  15. Kevin at the game

    April 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Terrible route by Raburn there.

    • Coleman

      April 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm

      Where is our live correspondent seated?

      • Kevin in Dallas

        April 26, 2010 at 11:50 pm

        I was actually in the shot when a runner was on first, at least from the Rangers cameras. Could have been my big chance to unveil myself to DTW. Next time.

        • Coleman

          April 27, 2010 at 12:17 am

          I didn’t see you…but then again I was looking for someone dribbling a basketball…

  16. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Bonderman needs to forget about those base runners. Just get the next 3 guys out, and if they score, so be it. We’ll still have a 6-3 lead. Bondo’s pitch count is still real low so he just might make it 8 innings if he doesn’t blow up.

  17. ouchudied

    April 26, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Great pitch by Bonderman there to Blanco.

  18. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    What kind of nonsense was that for a WP.

    • Tigers Fan in Toronto

      April 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      Not the time to be experimenting to see if you can throw a certain type of pitch.

  19. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Attaboy Bonderman!

  20. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    The Rick Ankiel pitch……despite that pitch he did some serious pitching that inning to escape with only one…way to go Bondo!

  21. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    A nicely pitched game so far by JB……even with the HR & WP.

    • Tigers Fan in Toronto

      April 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      I spoke too soon!

  22. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 26, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    That’s 2 more hits for AJax. When he gets a pitch down Broadway, he sure knows what to do with it. His BABIP is about .670 when he gets ahead of the count.

  23. ouchudied

    April 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I’m not positive, but that looked like a misplay by Jackson out there in center. Maybe Kevin at the game knows better…

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 26, 2010 at 11:53 pm

      If you are referring to the Vlad single to tie the game, yes, he misplayed it. Had he taken the first step in, AJax would have made the catch.

  24. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    It’s Zoom Zoom time!

  25. Randolph

    April 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Man, it’s amazing how quickly the game changes, from an excellent outing into another short, semi-disappointing performance.

  26. ouchudied

    April 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I’m likin this skinny version of Zumaya

  27. Brenden

    April 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Man…that start for Bonderman was looking good… I figured he could have gone for at least 7 innings… Alas, he fell apart in the 6th and our bull pen again will pick up more innings than it should, right before the series with the Twins…

  28. Brenden

    April 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    At what point does Laird’s .119 batting average become too much of an issue for him to start with regularity?

    • ouchudied

      April 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

      When Avila’s average eclipses the .107 mark that it is currently at.

      • Brenden

        April 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

        I can think of one thing this team will be looking for by the trade deadline…

        • Jud

          April 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

          to bat a .100 means you make 90 outs in 100 at bats….thats almots hard to imagine being that bad of a hitter…..

  29. kathy

    April 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Hope Verlander is ready to go at least 8 innings tomorrow.

  30. Brenden

    April 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Are you kidding me??? Ugh…

  31. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Thing’s have fallen apart…..can the Tigs right the ship and win the game?

  32. Mike in CT

    April 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Failure to add tack-on runs….what else is new?

    • Brenden

      April 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm

      Scoring six runs should be enough to win this ball game, this falls on the pitchings staffs inability to get big outs….

  33. Mcb

    April 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Lots of work for bullpen to start the season. Didn’t think pitching would be such a problem

  34. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    the Rangers 7-8-9 batters have been on base 17 times this series I wonder how many time the BOB’s have been on in this series

  35. Coleman

    April 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Classic Coke

  36. David G

    April 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Classic Cabs.

  37. Brenden

    April 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    This man has bailed this team out so many times… He deserves league MVP already this season… Now, can the bullpen hold it for one measley inning? One can hope…

  38. ouchudied

    April 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Remember when people where complaining last year that Cabrera wasn’t clutch? Yea, that was funny.

  39. David G

    April 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Non-Classic Inge.

  40. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    First multi HR game this year …… alright Migy!

  41. Brenden

    April 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Inge!

  42. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Yes Inggy!

  43. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Inge has been in the wrong spot in the battign order all year,,,wow he crushes it in the 5 spot

    MIggggggggggggggy!

  44. ian (seattle)

    April 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Awesome.

  45. RoseTattoo

    April 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I love baseball!

  46. Coleman

    April 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    It’s a HR Binge!

    I say leave him in the 5 spot until he cools off again

    • stephen

      April 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      That will be tomorrow. (Sorry, Coleman just playing my role here).

  47. Brenden

    April 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I appreciate the effort from Laird on that hit, makes me feel like he is actually trying.

  48. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Laird!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG…I guess when you only get on once a week you can run like that!

  49. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I leave the room for 2 minutes and missed 2 HR’s.
    Miggy!
    Inge baby Inge!

  50. stephen

    April 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I’m sorry did our slow-witted catcher who is hitting .118 just try and take third with two outs?

    • Jud

      April 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      hey he got most of the way there …the throw only beat him but 2 or 3 seconds which of course in baseball is 15 feet

      • Kevin in Dallas

        April 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm

        He was actually safe. Tag was high (ball got there too soon). Even the Rangers fans behind me were willing to concede that.

  51. Mike in CT

    April 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Let’s go PAPA.

  52. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Poor base-running….didn’t Laird pick up the third base coach!

  53. RoseTattoo

    April 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Rod said Laird thought he was back in Little League — so happy to get a hit that he kept on running. Funny!

  54. Mike in CT

    April 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Nice way to end a grueling (some would say unreasonable) road trip.

  55. Jud

    April 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    5-6 .trip..Could have been better , but could have been worse…take it!

  56. TSE

    April 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    We cabrerly inged by that one.

  57. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    The job got done…..heading home up-beat with a well earned W!

  58. stephen

    April 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Yep, 5-6 is definitely a passing grade for that trip. Hardest road trip out of the way.

  59. Coleman

    April 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I lovedd the Potato Pancake maneuver

  60. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Another win. This turned out to be a decent road trip. I’ll gladly take 5 of 11. IMO, Seattle, LA, and Texas are good teams and all 3 have a legit shot a winning the AL West.

  61. JIMMAC

    April 26, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    “We could be in first place by the end of Thursday” hopeful captian obvious….