Game 2010.040: Tigers at A’s

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Tigers were slogging through an excruciating West Coast trip. Well, this one isn’t quite as excruciating but it’s just as West Coast. Justin Verlander leads things off against Dallas Braden. A no hitter against a perfect game.

And no Magglio Ordonez tonight who has a heel problem, so of course his replacement Casper Wells is the logical replacement in the 3-hole.



  1. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Let’s hope it is a low scoring game. With this lineup the Tigers should do their part.

    Had a decent shot there in the first, but no go. We’ll give it another try in the third.

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    May 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Love the hustle by Damon there.

  3. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    The pitchers best friend. That should help keep JVs pitch count down.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    May 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm


  5. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    69 pitches thru 6 innings for JV

  6. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Inge baby Inge.

  7. Coleman

    May 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    And there’s the best .230 career hitter in baseball

    • stephen

      May 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

      And I was just about to post how Inge was hitting .197 since going 0-10 at the Home Run contest at the All-Star Game! Shame on me.

  8. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I heart Austin Jackson.

  9. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm


  10. Jud

    May 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Hey Jimbo those youngsters can sometimes play the game!

  11. Andrew in Toronto

    May 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Verlander is finally having an efficient game. Could this be Detroit’s first complete game of the year?

  12. JCM

    May 20, 2010 at 12:05 am

    So, Binge for player of the day

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      May 20, 2010 at 12:20 am

      How can it not be Verlander?

  13. Vince in MN

    May 20, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Another run Worthed in.

  14. Jud

    May 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I vote for Worth! POD

  15. Jud

    May 20, 2010 at 12:18 am

    just think we almost got a hit out of ALL of the BOBS today…except Everett played today! Still a big BOB day!

  16. Kevin in Dallas

    May 20, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Love to see AJax with another multiple hit game.

  17. West Coast Tiger

    May 20, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Jose Valverde just gave my daughter a ball.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 20, 2010 at 12:35 am

      Very cool real time update.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        May 20, 2010 at 12:36 am

        Does it smell like a french fry?

  18. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 20, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Awesome efficiency by Verlander. He didn’t even break a sweat. He’d probably be good to go another 9 innings.

  19. Vince in MN

    May 20, 2010 at 12:37 am

    80 strikes and only 36 balls from JV tonight – like to see that.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 20, 2010 at 12:54 am

      He threw 85/40 in that 5 inning effort on 4/22 v. LAA that had everyone up in arms. Can we all just agree that the foul balls in that game were an absolute anomaly?

      Since then – 35.2 IP, 5 ER, 19 hits, 12 BB, 32 K.

      1.26 ERA, .87 WHIP, and 8.07 K/9.


      • Vince in MN

        May 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

        And I’ll take that lower K/9 rate if it means he can pitch deeper into games.

      • Smith

        May 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm

        Those numbers are very Nolan Ryan worthy… That’s an interesting comparison to look at. Compare stats on those two; it’s creepy how similar they are.

      • scotsw

        May 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm

        Kevin, I agree with you there. Watching the game, it had a twilight-zone feel with all the foul-offs. But I have to believe he didn’t have his normal life on the fastball that night, or there’s no way there are that many fouls. They weren’t missing it, but they couldn’t quite catch up to it, either.

        And yeah, those are some sick stats.

  20. Jud

    May 20, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Great outing by the man! …Got tickets for all three Dodger games hope the good play can continue………

    • Ken in Vegas

      May 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      Nice, Jud. Let me know if your plans change and you can’t make a game. I could always drive over and buy them off you.

  21. Coleman

    May 20, 2010 at 1:08 am

    The A’s aren’t exactly the Yankees or the Decidedly-Un-Satanic Rays, but still that was pretty impressive.

    Not sure I get the 9th inning though. If it was a shutout, yeah, go for it. But what was the point, really? To save Valverde for tomorrow afternoon. Why not throw Coke out there?

    He was doing the awesome Verlander thing where his fastballs were getting a bit faster every inning…then in the 9th he threw one and the gun said 94 and I thought, uh-oh, the big guy’s getting tired…

    • MCM

      May 20, 2010 at 6:32 am

      I’m sure JV told Old Smokey he’s going out there to finish what he started. He deserved to have a shot at a complete game.

    • scotsw

      May 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      Coleman, I think when you have a pitcher like J.V., the presumption is that he gets to pitch until he’s gassed — which obviously, he wasn’t.

      If that’s Battlestar, I’m sure someone else closes that one out.

  22. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

    So is this team likable yet?

  23. Longball111

    May 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Verlander was just an out machine last night. Nine innings, five baserunners = 0.55 WHIP for the night – works for me.

    I’d like to see Bonderman follow up his strong outing against the Yankees last Wednesday (the bullpen collapsed in the ninth) with another good performance. I didn’t realize how dominant he was against the Yankees. His line (5/12/10):
    IP 7.0 H 5 ER 2 BB 1 K 7 Strikes 71 Balls 28
    I’m all for a few more helping of this.