Game 2010.050: A’s at Tigers

The Tigers are trying to salvage a split in their 4 game set with the A’s. They’ll send Justin Verlander out to do battle with Trevor Cahill.

Verlander was quite good in his last outing against the Mariners, but was knocked around a little in the 8th inning leading to a loss. He did manage to give up just his 4th and 5th homers of the season. He started in Oakland a week ago and pitched the Tigers only complete game of the season, a 4 hit, 1 run effort.

Cahill has thrown quality starts in his last 3 outings, and was 1 out short of making it 4 in a row. He faced Detroit twice last season. The first time he was rocked, and the second he went 7 innings and allowed just 2 runs. He only has 17 strikeouts in 35 innings this season, but he’s managed a 3.31 ERA. This is despite allowing 6 homers. Lefties only are OPSing .580 against him this season. This is likely a fluke as they hit him well over 800 last season.

And before I forget. Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day. A heart felt thanks goes out to all the men and women who make this day and this country what it is.

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53 Comments

  1. jud

    May 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    pretty nice out here in LA……lets play ball

  2. dredford

    May 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Don Kelly to lead off today instead of A-Jax. Apparently baseball is much more tiring than we’ve been led to believe. Let’s keep resting our .330 hitters, Jimmy.

  3. jud

    May 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    is this game have a chance to get in today????

  4. BigMax

    May 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Very steamy here at Comerica. Ball should carry well. No wind at the moment.

  5. Coleman

    May 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Hmm. maybe the rain should start back up…

  6. Randolph

    May 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Not the start I was expecting from Verlander today…maybe the extra three hour delay got to him a bit. If he can turn it around and get through seven before the rain comes again it’ll be a great start all things considered.

  7. Coleman

    May 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    R3L2O Fail.

    That’s the 4th K for Damon already this season with R3L2O–in 13 PA.

    What’s up with that? He’s supposed to be good at that sort of thing. (Damon combined 2007-2009 K with R3L2O: 4).

  8. Denny Green

    May 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Looks to be one of those games. This guy keeps giving us chances, and we keep letting him off the hook.

  9. Coleman

    May 31, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Definitely one of those games. Sigh.

  10. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    It’s doubly frustrating because you look at this match-up and the fact that we’re at home, and you figure this should be a pretty easy win. I was hoping this run of being snake bit was coming to a close.*

    *The above comment in no way expresses a belief that this game was over in the 5th inning.

  11. Randolph

    May 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Radar’s showing the rain isn’t too far away now. Would hate to see a game called early!

  12. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Well this game would count now, so I’m hoping the rain stays away.

  13. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Cahill seems to be taking one out of the Dontrelle playbook here. How has this guy not given up a run yet?

  14. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 31, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    The Tiger bats better wake up quickly! It would be a shame to loose this well pitched game by JV.

  15. Randolph

    May 31, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Verlander’s come back very nicely so far…too bad his teammates forgot how to hit.

  16. Joey in Portland OR

    May 31, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    JV is pissed, pick him up boys!!

  17. jud

    May 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    they have put more energy into arguing with the umpire than hitting the baseball.One of those swing just to swing days we see way too often

  18. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    The A’s are running out a Triple A lineup. That lineup is horrible. How are we losing to this team? How are they in first in the West?

    • jud

      May 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      0 for 17…2 thru 6 pretty much sums this one up…….

  19. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Thank god Baby Face Cahill is done for the day.

  20. stephen

    May 31, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Inge, you can’t stop him, you can only hope he is followed by Laird.

  21. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    You know, why not just let Avila hit? He was 2 for 2. Is playing the matchup really going to make any difference when the guy you’re sending to the plate is Laird. That is just stupid. Maybe Jimmy was just avoiding the double play, knowing that Laird would strike out.

  22. stephen

    May 31, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Damon is due.

  23. stephen

    May 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Sigh, due for a lazy fly.

  24. Brenden

    May 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    It would be nice if we didn’t have so many blackholes in this lineup on a daily basis….Catcher…Third Base…Short Stop….

    • billfer

      May 31, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      I don’t disagree in general, but catcher and third base have 4 of the 7 hits today.

      • Brenden

        May 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm

        I’m mostly going with the fact that their season averages combine to be about .200…Certainly hasn’t helped in this recent slump…

  25. Coleman

    May 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    And Damon clinches today’s LOB of the Day Award with 6

  26. Brenden

    May 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    And Perry has been useless as of late…

  27. billfer

    May 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I know that Rajai Davis is the enemy and all, but stealing second and third base on two pitches kind of excites me.

  28. mcb

    May 31, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    And we give the run right back…

  29. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I’m really starting to detest Oakland.

  30. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    It will be funny to see KC dole out 8 mil a year for Raijai’s services in a few years.

  31. stephen

    May 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    The A’s seem to always try and get an ‘extra’ out from their bullpen, lets see if this bites them in the butt.

  32. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    No worries Tiger Fans! We have Inge, Laird and Santiago due up!

  33. jud

    May 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    0 for 17 …….2 thru 6 pretty much sums this one up

  34. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    May 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    It seems like most of the Tigers are playing today like they were hoping the game was a rainout and they are just going through the motions.

    • Shane Trapped in Toledo

      May 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      I think Oakland played with more heart this series and that is why they won. It is probably because their players make less money and care more.

      • catholiclutheran

        May 31, 2010 at 11:04 pm

        Sarcasm?

        It has been my experience that those who make the most money care more about their job.

  35. Joey C.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    The Oakland Athletics. Worst team in baseball with a winning record. And we got killed by them this week.

    This last week is the first time I’ve felt truly discouraged this season. The twins have Liriano going tonight against Fister so we’re all likely to wake up tomorrow 4-1/2 back.

    • Chief

      May 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Don’t worry about the Twins. They’re a better team right now. Concern yourself with the Tigers getting better and playing good baseball. It does us no good to worry about the team ahead of us if we can’t get out of our own way. 9 games in the division coming up so let’s see where we are at that point going into interleague play.

  36. JCM

    May 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    D- Backs want D -Train

    • TSE

      May 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      I just read that rumor, but the source I saw says nothing about them wanting him, it implied that they did want him in the past but not present day. Meaning we had a window to part ways with him and didn’t pull the trigger, probably just a disagreement about the buyout price. DD saw too much value in getting lucky with Dontrelle that he decided to throw more bad money at good, which is what we are doing on a daily basis with a ton of players. DD is like a glorified drug junkie and unable to help himself, and thus all of us around him have to suffer.

      • Shane Trapped in Toledo

        May 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm

        Your ability to tap into DD’s thought process is remarkable.

      • catholiclutheran

        May 31, 2010 at 11:01 pm

        TSE,

        If you are as enlightened as you seem to imply, surely you jest when you blame DD for your suffering. An island, such as yourself, would not stoop to emotional enslavement from another, correct? That’s simply too irrational.

        • TSE

          May 31, 2010 at 11:45 pm

          On the contrary, in this reality that we exist, our lives can ultimately be perceived to be better or worse simply by the actions of another that you have no control over.

          • stephen

            June 1, 2010 at 12:14 am

            That all may be true, but I still can’t believe the A’s bunted in the first inning of Friday’s game. That certainly was an action that reduced my quality of life.

          • billfer

            June 1, 2010 at 6:42 am

            Exactly. Just like the end of LOST.

            • TSE

              June 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

              Eh gads, that finale really burned me. The part that got me the most is how so many people were saying it was the best finale ever when it was the worst ending to a big TV show of all-time. I don’t think I ever imagined or expected that I could possibly have been more disappointed, they really put one over on me. God it was so awful. Six years of being able to visually live through essentially a state of purgatory, but when it all wraps up we can’t get 1 second of footage or answers regarding the big questions in life.

              o me the show was about being one big con job; a way to experience a televised reality of being all built up only to get bilked at the end for the benefit of somebody else’s twisted guilty pleasure. It’s like a metaphor for life, brilliantly ironic.

              • TSE

                June 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

                “To me”

    • kathy

      June 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      He just bought a home in Phoenix (with our money). The water in the Great Lakes stays here, D-Train.

  37. JCM

    June 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Sorry if not allowed to link but D-backs do have interest in Willis http://arizona.diamondbacks.ml.....8;vkey=new
    They were also into Robertson but DD rather gave him to the Marlins for Voss?