Game 2010.021: Twins at Tigers

by billfer on April 27, 2010 · 83 comments

in 2010 Season,Game Post

Game 21: Francisco Liriano vs Justin Verlander

Check out the post game at: It’s Liriano’s world, we’re all just flailing in it

The Tigers are back in Detroit and they welcome in the Twins. Speaking of people who are back, have you checked out what Francisco Liriano has been up to? He’s sporting a 1.29 ERA and a 2.75 FIP. He hasn’t allowed a homer in 21 innings this year and has thrown 15 scoreless innings over his last 2 starts. Sheesh.

Meanwhile Justin Verlander is still in the hunt for his ace-like ways. While Verlander has given up some hits this year, it was the 4 walks and 125 pitches in 5 innings that was most disconcerting in his last start against the Angels.

The Twins are 2.5 games up on the Tigers and they are pounding the ball with 99 runs scored in their 19 games so far. Theoretically the Tigers could be in first place at the end of the series. In April it doesn’t matter a whole lot one way or the other though so let’s not get too worked up.

Your matchup notes include Jim Thome with 7 homers and 10 walks in his 51 plate appearances against Verlander. Lefties are 1 for 20 against Liriano this year so it’s a good thing Damon is the only hook in the lineup. Magglio Ordonez has a 381/409/810 line against Liriano in 22 PA’s. Tonight’s line up has 23 strike out sin 85 plate appearances against Liriano, and that doesn’t include Austin Jackson.

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
 
 

{ 83 comments }

Smith April 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

It’d be a great night for Verlander to return to his ‘Ace-Like’ ways…

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Sadly, no Nick Punto (sniff)…he is out with what I could swear the Twins announcers called “a mysterious groin.”

Dr. Detroit April 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm

That’s a homer’s way of saying he got hit in the tenders with a come-upper.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Well, whatever it is hopefully Denard Span experiences some groin mystery tonight…

Keith (Mr. X) April 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

What a great pitching match-up this is.

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

JV is throwing some nasty pitches so far tonight!

jason April 27, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Ugh. Why can’t FSD at least air the Tigers until the Wings game starts?

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

It’s beginning to look like the Real Justin Verlander is back

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Thoughts on Verlander throwing 60 pitches through 3 innings?

Randolph April 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm

It might be another long night for the bullpen…

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

My fear exactly… They need much more effeciency. This team is not going to win anything if the starters continue to throw 20 pitches per inning and only lasting 5-6 innings…

I hope I am wrong, but I fear this may be another short outing.

Randolph April 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I think Leyland will try to keep him in there for at least six innings, but at this pace he’ll be lucky to through the fifth.
Verlander needs to start pitching in spring training as though it’s April because his career numbers in this month are not “ace” like.

bill April 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Improvement?

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm

In regards to what? Perhaps it is hard for me to criticize as I am unable to watch the game. I see that Verlander is pitching one heck of a game, but he is throwing a ton of pitches in doing so.

billfer April 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

It was a sarcastic reply that he’s better than last time out.

Randolph April 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Don’t get me wrong, this start is a vast improvement compared to the previous four starts, I was just trying to be greedy and hoping he’d throw an 8 inning, two runs (or less) game.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Verlander has always been a high pitch count sort, which usually goes along with being a strikeout pitcher. His only walks have been to Thome, with whom, thankfully, he wants nothing to do

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Is the real JV back……except for the high pitch count.

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

We need the bats to wake up…..even though the team didn’t get in till 3 am.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Of course all the JV pitch count stuff is irrelavant if we can’t get a runner past 1st all game

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm

97 pitches through 4 innings…are you kidding me?

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Scratch that, only 90. But still…

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Aarrgh, where is the groin mystery when you need it?

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Nicely done Verlander….stranding the lead off triple!

mcb April 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Old JV was back for those last 3 hitters!

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Wow, 2x R3L2O Fail!! Good inning JV!

Randolph April 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Good hustle by Laird.

Keith (Mr. X) April 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

So far this game is about as good as game 163. These guys aren’t just playing another game in April.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Rayburn

Keith (Mr. X) April 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

oh Raburn, same old, same old.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I do not understand why Raburn gets the playing time he does in the outfield. Frankly, I don’t understand the playing time period.

Kevin in Dallas April 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Because last year his OPS+ was about 120. Just a mistake, everyone is going to make a few this season. Tough luck for JV, he should have had 6.

We’ll be alright.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm

So for this season his hitting has been commensurate with his fielding.

(Mostly, I just felt like saying “commensurate.”)

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Raburn!!!! You are such a putz! Why does he keep getting time in the OF?

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Brenden this comment just put me on the floor.

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I try. You’re welcome ;)

Joey in Portland OR April 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Thats a damn dirty shame. How is that not an E?

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

It was an error.

Joey in Portland OR April 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Yeah originally I thought Mario called it a double.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

This is just so annoying. The Twins, more than most teams, always kill teams guilty of sloppy play.

Bonine was really effective tonight.

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Holy frikken bullpen meltdown….

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Raburn and Bonine are both currently on my crap list…

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Raburn caused Bonine

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

True… But Bonine caused headache.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm

At least Morneau is done for the night. I’d love it if he were done for the series.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Is there a way to surgically remove Raburn’s throwing arm and swap it with Damon’s? Because then we might actually have a left fielder.

ian (seattle) April 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I like the way you think.

Randolph April 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

If they can have face transplants, why not arms?

Neal April 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Damon is going to look odd with a right arm attached his left side, and it might affect his ability to hit.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Don’t be silly. You swap Raburn’s right arm with Damon’s right arm; that way he becomes a RH throwing LF with a good arm, and, in case something goes wrong, he still can throw with his left arm, sort of…

Neal April 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

so logical, and practical. Yet, my way still seems like the better Frankenstein way to go.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I just like to have a Plan B

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Ni gets tonight’s Kenny Rogers award.

ian (seattle) April 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I miss the days when we used to hit Liriano hard early in the game…I still remember him sitting in the dugout tearing up after giving up like 8 runs to us or something like that.

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I think there should be a new statistic for fielders. Instead of Verlander getting the loss, in the case they do lose this game, Raburn should get the loss. So, whenever Raburn comes up to hit, you will also see his record being (0-1), which I am sure will change over the year, and be reminded of all the plays Raburn has miffed in the OF.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

You know, given a choice between a left fielder with no arm who can actually play the position, and a left fielder with an arm who can’t, I’ll choose the left fielder with no arm. It wouldn’t be the first time a successful team had a weak-armed left-fielder.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm

And the Tigers give another game to the Minnesota Twins. Year after year, its the same thing.

billfer April 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Game isn’t actually over yet.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Thank god your here Billfer. Sorry I got negative for a second.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Furthermore I’m well aware of the resiliency this team has exhibited this season. I’m also still watching the game. But 3 errors against the Twins is pretty much the kiss of death, so even if we win, we will have done so only by overcoming the type of ugly play that has cost us against this team year after year. Next time I’ll be sure to fill in all the blanks for those less able to take context into account in interpreting reactive statements!

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

At least we EARN our runs

Shane Trapped in Toledo April 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Use an internet thesaurus much?

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Siezemore

Brenden April 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Amazing what happens when our pitchers proceed to walk two batters per inning, teams tend to take advantage of it…

Dr. Detroit April 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Just thought you guys would like to know that when you peak over at ESPN for the gamecast, Matt Treanor is one of the stars for the evening: 2-2, HR and 3 ribbies. And they are using his Tiger’s pitcher for added torture.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Matt Treanor: 0-for-Detroit

Dr. Detroit April 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

That would be Tigers’ picture. Yikes.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Hey, Denard Span ejected! Not quite as good as a Mysterious Groin Experience, but a glimmer of hope nonetheless…

billfer April 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Jackson didn’t strike out this game. So far.

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I hope he does! (Because…well, you get it)

Joey in Portland OR April 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Wow, nice pitching by Fu (assisted by the wide zone). Does he remind anyone else of Mowgli from the Jungle Book??

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Let’s get some runs!

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Big John Rauch. Is that his legal name yet?

mcb April 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

0-13 for Twins big guns. We need to find a way in 9th!

Coleman April 27, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Sure, we walked too many (although the walks to Thome, I’m pretty sure, were semi-intentional. But we gave up 5 hits and 0 earned runs to the hottest hitting team in the league, so you can hardly say our pitching was anything short of excellent tonight.

It’s just unforturnate that Liriano was in total shut-down mode

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Cabrera looked really pissed off about that high and tight strike call and the subsequent K his last at bat. He’s gonna battle right now.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Or not. Crap.

Tigers Fan in Toronto April 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

The umps sure gave the Twinkies pitchers a big strike zone tonight.

Joey C. April 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Oh man. Poor Inge. That was a brutally ugly strikeout.

charlie April 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm

errors and walks…too bad…was actually a heckova game.

cheers

Keith (Mr. X) April 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Liriano was brilliant. He’s going to have one heck of a season if he stays healthy.

Shane Trapped in Toledo April 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Pretty annoying game, but typical of what the Tigers do against the Twins. How do they manage to win this type of game every time?

Kevin in Dallas April 28, 2010 at 12:05 am

Great game, glad I got to see it. Let’s win tomorrow & Wed.

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