Game 2010.027: Tigers at Twins

For the first time ever I’m excited to see the Tigers play in Minnesota. Sure, I’ve been excited for games that have taken place in Minneapolis, but never excited by the prospect of the Tigers being there. But with the Metrodome no more, we can just enjoy the Twins new digs. Oh yeah, and the winner of the series will be in first place come Thursday.

Max Scherzer is coming off his worst start, which was against the Twins. He’s also got this thing where he fares poorly against a team when he sees them in a second consecutive start. Which if the trend follows it would mean that his last start would no longer be his worst of the season. I’m not expecting that, just sayin’

He’ll be opposed by Scott Baker who happened to be the opposition last time too. Not much has changed since the Tigers faced Scott Baker last, so I’m going to cheat and just say read last week’s pregame.

There is no word if Paul Emmel will be on hand to haunt Denard Span.

The big news from the Twins camp is that Joe Mauer may miss the series. In typical Twins fashion though his replacement, Wilson Ramos, stepped in and had a 4 hit day on Sunday.

The Tigers lineup will be:

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

I haven’t complained too much about lineups this year, but I really think Alex Avila should be catching today.

Also, I talked with FS North in a Know the Enemy segment that they did to preview the series.

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins – May 3, 2010 – MLB.com Preview

45 Comments

  1. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I agree that Alex Avila should be in the line-up tonight…..he had a great game last time….especially at the dish…..and he should be given a chance to keep it going at the plate.

    • Tigers Fan in Toronto

      May 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      He is the future behind the plate and the Tigers should build on the confidence of his last game,

  2. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    It looks like it might be any early exit for Max.

  3. RoseTattoo

    May 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I hate the Twins.

  4. billfer

    May 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    The pitch to Thome was a good pitch he went and got, the pitch to Cuddyer was meat.

    • Smith

      May 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

      It seems that Thome kills us, regardless of how we pitch him.

      • Coleman

        May 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

        Not if we “Verlander” him (4 BBs)

  5. Smith

    May 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Scherzer just can’t get the Twinkies out… Bummer.

  6. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I like playing the Twins. To be the best you have to beat the best.

  7. Randolph

    May 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Is this the real Scherzer we’ve all been hoping not to see?

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    May 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I still really like his stuff. He’ll get it turned around.

    I bet we come back and tie this one up (or at least get to 4).

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

      Terrible timing…

  9. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Goodnite Irene…… I mean Scherzer.

  10. Scott

    May 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    c’mon Jim……get him out…….NOW!!!!

    • Tigers Fan in Toronto

      May 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      He’s not fooling anybody……and he has no go to pitch.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      May 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      I’d keep him in. He needs to learn to pitch out of these situations.

  11. Scott

    May 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    and Leyland insists on being shown ….. :-(

  12. Randolph

    May 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Watching comebacks from 6+ runs down is always more fun…but watching teams get blown out is not. Bruins/Flyers game here I come.

  13. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I got some pepto bismol for Scherzer.

  14. Smith

    May 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    What’s his problem? He’s getting ripped. Location? Pitch selection? I don’t get it.

  15. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Time to send Scherzer down…….and bring Gallaraga up.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      May 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

      Why? Before today, he had 3 good starts, 1 so so, and 1 bad. Both of these bad starts were vs Twins.

      • Tigers Fan in Toronto

        May 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

        I’m just frustrated with the way the game has started!

  16. Scott

    May 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    what’s his problem? Did you see that meatball served up to Cuddyer? Rolling slider [or curve] right over the middle of the plate, and belt high. A beach ball served up like that will never reach the catcher’s glove…..and it didn’t. He’s already proven he doesn’t have it tonight….and Leyland’s gonna stick with him…. :-(

    • Smith

      May 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      I’m listening to the radio and watching gameday. I don’t get a real great perspective.

      And we’re already down 7, mind as well let him ride it out. Save the pen.

      • Keith (Mr. X)

        May 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

        Yeah, he’ll just have to grind it out.

  17. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Boesch hit a rain maker. His double had some major hang time and hit off the CF wall at about 403 feet..

    • Tigers Fan in Toronto

      May 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      It looks like he is the real deal.

  18. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    What’s wrong with Raburn tonite…..it looks like he’s swatting at flys up at the plate.

  19. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    A perfect spot for a double steal.

    • Tigers Fan in Toronto

      May 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      A wild pitch will do.

  20. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Rally, rally, pitchers name is sally!

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      May 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      7-3 now, that’s a little better.

      • Coleman

        May 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm

        Good run-manufacturing there, nice professional hitting by Damon and Ordonez. It seems like the sort of thing we had a lot of trouble with in the past.

    • Coleman

      May 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      I know a Sally Baker actually

  21. Scott

    May 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Leyland should’ve yanked his butt at least 3 innings ago. Tigers just start to show life, and the moron walks 2 men and allows another run……grrrrr…… :-(

    • Coleman

      May 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm

      Yeah, but…Brad Thomas

  22. Brenden

    May 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Man..Scherzer has been getting rocked and been issuing a lot of walks the last couple starts. What gives?

  23. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Edwin Jackson gave up 10 runs last week. It happens.

  24. Coleman

    May 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Hopefully Raburn can at least get a decent swing this inning. And Inge hasn’t had the best game either.

    • Coleman

      May 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      OK, I take back the Inge part.

  25. David G

    May 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Bilfer cursed this thing the moment he uttered that he was excited for a game in Minnesota. One should never be excited about such things, they are like work.

  26. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Yet another great AB and hit for Ajax.

  27. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Austin can’t be stopped!

    • Coleman

      May 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      Strikes out too much. Send him to Toledo. :)