Game 2010.047: A’s at Tigers

The Tigers have dropped 4 of their last 5 games. They’ll try to right the ship tonight with Dontrelle Willis on the mound as they welcome in the Oakland A’s.

Willis was good and bad in his start against the Dodgers last weekend. He was getting ground balls, and then he got wild. With Max Scherzer throwing bullets down in Toledo Willis may be in a competition with Armando Galarraga for a spot in the rotation. Willis has the advantage of contract status and left handedness, but one wouldn’t think he can’t afford too many outings like his last one.

The A’s send out a former NL pitcher turned reclamation project of their own in the form of Ben Sheets. Sheets hasn’t pitched through the 7th inning, but he is starting to rack up some strikeouts with 8 K’s in 3 of his last 4 games.

Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers – May 28, 2010 – Preview


  1. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 28, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Finally I get to watch some baseball. I missed the last couple of games. Wednesday due to a power outage and the day before because it was late and I feel asleep. Just wish Willis wasn’t pitching. If he craps out early, I’ll need to hit the bar and drink those troubles away.

  2. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Are the 24 Carat Club, Silverbird Lounge, Uncle Sam’s or Harpo’s still open for a cold pop in Detroit?

  3. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Carlos and Miggy are back ….. so the Tiger bats should be going BOOM BOOM in the night!

  4. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    A rickety man who hasn’t played second base since the Clinton Administration, how could this possibly go wrong?

  5. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Dude hasn’t played second base in this century.

  6. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Remember the Y2K scare? That happened AFTER the last time Guillen started at second.

  7. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Remember when the only way to get from Flint to Detroit was by stagecoach? That was right before Guillen last played second base.

  8. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, bunting first inning with a wild pitcher. Just wow.

  9. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    How many more chances are management willing to give Willis if he fails tonight.

  10. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Man, bunting in the first inning against a guy who has been wild for the last three years is pretty damn close to managing malpractice. Seriously, I’d have a hard time rooting for a team with that kind of managing, you’d just know at some point he would do something stupid that would cost you a game. Seriously, that’s a high school math teacher coaching American Legion ball kind of over-managing.

  11. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 28, 2010 at 7:21 pm


  12. Kevin in Dallas

    May 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I think Carlos pulled his foot before he caught the ball on that DP that got wiped out.

  13. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I still can’t get over the bunt. Worst routine managing call I’ve seen in forever.

  14. Steve

    May 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Great line by Dan Dickerson. “Dontrell cant get a handle on it tonight…. I just seems to come and just seems to go”

  15. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    next start I vote for Bonine here

  16. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Willis 3 innings, 61 pitches 8 baserunners and one wild pitch. Good thing he’s pitching against a glorified AAAA team.

    • Steve

      May 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      Better to be lucky than good 😉

  17. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    pretty sad with the dead wood on the Tiger roster Worth gets sent down

  18. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    hey jim we’ve seen enough!

  19. Smith

    May 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    2 seam fastball? That looked like a BP meatball. No control, no speed changes, no movement. I don’t get it.

    • Smith

      May 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      And then he looks like Kenny Rogers against Barton! WTF?! 75 mph, to 90 mph, to 85 mph. High, low, in and out. Golden.

      I just don’t get this guy.

    • Coleman

      May 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm

      He got taken deep by some #9 hitter on the weakest hitting team in the AL…a guy named “Landon”…sigh

  20. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I full expect Willis to get the next nine guys in a row as he goes into his patented ‘I don’t want to be released’ mode.

  21. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Willis is going to get the A’s in the fifth in order and that’s going to earn him two more starts. Meanwhile, his WHIP is nearing 2 an inning but Leyland will talk about how he ‘battled.’

  22. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Sheets and Willis benefiting from a giant strike zone. Umps must have 930 dinner reservation in Greektown.

  23. Coleman

    May 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Big Daddy!!

    • Steve

      May 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      I miss the old picture. This is nice though considering they are playing the A’s

      • Coleman

        May 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm

        I changed it to accompany an “elephant in the room” thread on here…I’ll change it back at some point.

        • KW

          May 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm

          *white elephant in the room

  24. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm


  25. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Cabrera is pretty good.

  26. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    CAB…..BOOM again!

  27. Smith

    May 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Cabrera for MVP. It’s sad he’s got 2 1B ahead of him for the freakin AS team.

  28. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Hey I don’t think Perry is available tonight he still has one more session with Willis’ Shrink who’s trying to explain why Jimmy left him in so long Wednesday!

  29. Steve

    May 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Good Point, Who is coming in. D train has 82 pitches. No way he goes past 6 into 7

  30. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Gabe Gross can’t hit lefties. Get him out and get Willis out.

  31. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Goodnight Dontrelle and congrats again on pitching just well enough not to get waived. We’ll see you in five days.

  32. Coleman

    May 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Miracles are possible…Inge singles to RF…

    • Smith

      May 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      It was an accident. Probably just a failed check swing.

  33. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    and willis is still in there why?

    • jud

      May 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      Jimbo lets make sure this game is totally out of control before you get your old behind out there to take him out AGAIN TODAY!

  34. Smith

    May 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Thank goodness, the D-Train ride is over.

  35. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    come on Battlestar we all want you to get back on top of things!

  36. Andrew

    May 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Miggy with the roll-over double play. Carlos looks good making the turn at second.

    • Smith

      May 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      He sure does. He doesn’t have the quick feet that Worth does, but so far he’s plenty serviceable… And then when you throw his bat in there, he’s a very worthy replacement.

      • jud

        May 28, 2010 at 8:49 pm

        agreed! great to see Carlos back. its just too bad
        Worth can’t replace another bat in that lineup that needs replacing

  37. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    easy play for Guillen

  38. stephen

    May 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Dontrelle Willis has now pitched 91 innings as a Tiger. He has allowed 185 baserunners. He has earned approximately $24 million.

    • jud

      May 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm

      oh! he thought he was getting paid By the number of base runners!

  39. Smith

    May 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Our offense has been kinda pathetic lately. What’s the deal? Damon, Jackson, Boesch… Let’s get some hits here!

    And I hope Santiago leads off the 8th. No need for Everett to be batting after the 7th.

  40. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Barton has swung and missed at 7nor 8 breaking balls down all who decides to throw him a high fastball…..Hey Avila you cant hit how about calling a good game

  41. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm


  42. Smith

    May 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    The A’s… the freakin A’s. This is frustrating to watch.

  43. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    i guess when you get 14 hits and 5 walks its hard to lose those games

    • jud

      May 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm

      and when you take away Miggies three bombs the Tigers haven’t done squat

  44. Smith

    May 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm


  45. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    CAB…..BOOOOOOM… more time!!!!!!

  46. Coleman

    May 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    It’s nice to see Ni has been coached up on pitcher’s fielding and is in postseason form

    • jud

      May 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      he gets the out there we are tied now

  47. jud

    May 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I thought Inge had the tying home run there but the second baseman caught it…….what a great night for Cabby and a pathetic night for everyone else

    • Smith

      May 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      I thought Boesch got ahold of his also at first glance. A couple really nice cuts from the rookie. It’s now time for a couple guys to get hot. I have a feeling Guillen will be stroking, but we need Damon and or Jackson to get hot. Avila needs to start finding some holes/gaps as well. He’s been hitting the ball pretty hard, just always right at someone.

    • kathy

      May 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      I want to know why Jim didn’t put a pinch hitter in for Inge?

      • kathy

        May 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm

        I remember! Inge had his son’t T-ball team at the game.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          May 29, 2010 at 10:22 am


  48. Coleman

    May 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Perry instead of Zumaya = Leyland trying to rebuild Perry’s confidence after the Seattle debacle?

    If so, how do you think he’s feeling now? The HBP after the IBB was particularly brilliant…

    On the bright side, we got to save our closer again…

    • Smith

      May 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      The way we’re hitting, Valverde will be doing mop up duty before long just to get some work in.

  49. Stormin Norman $

    May 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    the Tigers were out-hit (14 – 7), out-pitched, out-played and out-coached – they’re lucky they didn’t get blown out…the A’s had 13 LOB.

    time for JL’s ‘gut check’ sermon – one directed at his roster, one looking in the mirror.

    hoping the Twinkies and white sox keep losing should not be part of the team’s game plan.

  50. kathy

    May 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Great interview with Willis.

  51. kathy

    May 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Polish Night at the Park, Cabrera’s hits 3 home runs. How much memorable if we had just won the game.

  52. Coleman

    May 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Michal Kabrovski

    • kathy

      May 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

      I have people in my family with names like that, but I’m not Polish.

  53. Jerry The Tiger Fan

    May 29, 2010 at 2:09 am

    I’m soooo sick of Leyland. Hell, I’ll take Trey Hillman over this guy. First we get the Perry debacle in Seattle (where any manager with a brain would’ve got him out of there following the single which followed a two run HR)), and then tonight he walks the tightrope with Willis for five plus innings when he should’ve beeen gon by the fourth inning. Get him the hell out of the game and pitch Brad Thomas in long relief for a few innings. How many times do Jim and DD need to see Willis struggle like a Little Leaguer (just praying to throw strikes) before they pull the plug on this guy as a starter? I’ve never seen anything like it. This is supposed to be the highest level of baseball on the planet and we are starting a guy who can’t comand any of his pitches with any consistency. I want to win and I hate that we are pissing away games to inferior teams like Seattle and Oakland. Leyland is the worst manager in the AL Central with the possible exception of Manny Acta (don’t know much about Yost in KC, but I’d seriously take Trey Hillman over Leyland….make the call DD). I liked the way his teams played the game. He never had anywhere near the talent that Leyland had the last three years, but he kicked Leyland’s tail pretty good when their teams played head-to-head.

    • kathy

      May 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

      I feel your frustration, Jerry, but I disagree about the part “pissing away games to inferior teams.” The Tigers went to the WS in ’06 and couldn’t beat Kansas City in a 4 game series to take the Division title that year. There really aren’t any inferior teams when it comes to the Tigers, or any other team, as far as I’m concerned. No team in MLB should be considered inferior if your playing for a berth in the playoffs.