Game 2010.060: Pirates at Tigers

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  1. Vince in MN

    June 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    “I think we’re just one click away from getting it going,” catcher Gerald Laird told the Tigers’ official website. “We’ve just got to find this click.”

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm

      I think Gerald is several clicks short

      • Vince in MN

        June 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm

        There is some cruel irony attached to someone hitting .160 giving their opinion as to what the team needs to do to “get it going.” This was undoubtedly lost on Mr. Laird, but at least he didn’t complain about the opposition pitching to him like he was Johnny Bench.

        • Coleman

          June 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm

          He hits more like Johnny Bench’s Bench (random 70’s commercial reference).

          • Vince in MN

            June 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm

            Speaking of Johnny Bench’s bench, do you recall the “no runs, no drips, no errors” commercial he did for Krylon (I think) spray paint years ago?

            • Coleman

              June 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm

              Actually, I do…also all the Aqua Velva commercials, “when a man wants to smell like a man,” Pete Rose and Enos Cabell among others. I mean, good lord, who out there was thinking, oh yeah, wanna smell like Pete Rose and Enos Cabell…

      • jud

        June 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm

        Laird not only can’t get the click going ….. he has no idea where the click gizmo is

  2. Vince in MN

    June 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Anyone care to predict how the Tigers do over the next 15 pointless IL games. I’ll go out on a limb and say 9-6 (6-3 home, 3-3 away), after which they will still be at least 4.5 games behind the Twins, but do to the weak opposition will have retained their undeserved status as pretenders to the Central crown.

    • Mark in Chicago

      June 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      The Tigers tend to do really well in IL play, so I’ll go with 11-4

      • jud

        June 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

        they play really well in IL….. so taking recent performances into consideration i say 9-7 few breaks 10-6

    • T Smith

      June 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      Undeserved? They are only one click away!

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    June 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Does McCutchen look like on of the Milli Vanilli guys? The one that’s still alive?

    • kathy

      June 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

      No. He looks like himself….damn good!

  4. ouchudied

    June 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Anyone catch Verlander mouth ‘wow’ after that Jackson catch? He made that a little more interesting than it needed to be

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      Encore!

  5. ouchudied

    June 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Don Kelly is batting third. #$(#($ $@$#% #%%($%.

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Isn’t it required to bat him 3rd since he’s filling in for Maggs?
      Besides, once you get used to seeing Ryan Raburn batting 3rd what could possibly surprise you/

      • charlie

        June 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

        well i want to know why opie didn’t get to bat third

      • ouchudied

        June 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

        Even Rod acknowledged this on the telecast, saying “Leyland doesn’t like to mess with the line up card much”

    • stephen

      June 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      Seriously, Don Kelly batting third is just stubborn dumb assness.

      • T Smith

        June 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm

        Or, it’s… “we’re only playing the Pirates so I will consult Nancy Reagan’s astrology guide…”

  6. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Cy Ohlendorf

  7. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    36 pitches combined total after 2 innings…I think they can just go and rent out the bullpens to a private party tonight

  8. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Verlander just cost himself a run by blowing it on that bunt. We must have the worst fielding pitchers in baseball.

  9. TPB in Troy

    June 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Inge, Avila and Santiago. The heart of the line up.

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      So far it’s the only part of the lineup that’s hitting. B.O.O.B. rally!

  10. ouchudied

    June 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Since it looks like the Pirates are trying to hand us a run here, we should probably try to cash in

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      R3L2O-K Fail

      • Coleman

        June 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm

        R3L2O-Kx2 Fail

  11. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Ramon at least swing at pitches that care in the city limits of Detroit….you did the same thing in the ninth inning at chicago swung at four balls….same thing today not even close…..

  12. Kris in SJC

    June 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Sigh. Dead team walking.

  13. ouchudied

    June 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Well I’m gonna nominate the bottom of third as “the most frustrating offensive half inning of the year”

    • Randolph

      June 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      Agreed. I’ve started to change the channel knowing 7-9 are coming up, waiting for the next inning.

      • Coleman

        June 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

        Looks like you’re missing a good game so far

        • Randolph

          June 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm

          I’m glad I still had the radio on while painting. Maybe I should stop watching more often…

  14. TPB in Troy

    June 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    what awful ABs. Just a waste.

  15. Randolph

    June 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    It’s still early…but seriously, you can’t get Inge home!

  16. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    infield back and there going to give you a run or two on a ground ball 3Ks’ god this offense is disgusting ……..just a ground ball fly ball too much to ask for……..

  17. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    With runner on 3rd Less than 2 out we are striking out 20% of the time (125 PA, 24K).
    League average is 15%.

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Ouch–Austin Jackson with R3L2O: 10 PA, 5 K.

      Perhaps some coaching is needed here…

  18. TPB in Troy

    June 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    this is a sad statement about this tiger team. playing the lowly Pirates — one if the worst teams on in MLB — with JV on the hill and they are losing 1 nothing in the 4th.

    • stephen

      June 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      Well, I’m not the most positive baseball fan, but lets not extrapolate too much about a one run deficit in the fourth. That’s like Blanche Lincoln conceding just based on the absentee ballots from Pulaski County.

      • Coleman

        June 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm

        OK, you’ve pretty much nailed down the obscure reference of the night award.

        • stephen

          June 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

          thank you and goodnight!

  19. ouchudied

    June 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Woah that was a missle

  20. ouchudied

    June 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Pitch wasn’t even a strike according to gameday, even though Rod said it went right down the middle

  21. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Boesch Bash!!

  22. ouchudied

    June 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I wonder when the last time Inge got a 2 out hit with RISP with 2 strikes on him…

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      Probably the last time he got a 2 out hit with RISP. He pretty much always has 2 strikes on him…

  23. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    “Inge now has a 7 game hitting streak, his average is slowly but surely beginning to climb.”

    OK, slowly maybe, but surely might be stretching it.

    Hey, look at that! RBInge!!!

  24. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Inge clinches the POW no more votes needed!!!!!

    • ouchudied

      June 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      POW–player-of-the-world?

      • jud

        June 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

        7 game hitting steaks will do that!

  25. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    they just got Boesched and Binged in the same inning….wowoie

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      Boesch is now leading the team in BA and OPS, now that Miguel has fallen into a bit of a slump

  26. ouchudied

    June 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    JV, stop throwing fastballs to McCutchen. Thanks.

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      Especially if you’re gonna walk the 9 hitter in front of him

  27. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I see the Pirate catcher is hitting under .200 there must be a club or official group of these catchers…Laird for Pesident

    • jud

      June 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm

      Mauer applied…they told him forget it!

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

      Avila has just been notified that he has been put on probation

      • jud

        June 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

        I hope the kick him out!

  28. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Avila……atta boy……

  29. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    is this how you get as bad as Pittsburgh is????
    obviously They didn’t scout out the BOBS very well!

    • Coleman

      June 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm

      Maybe they were counting on Laird and Raburn

  30. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Pittsburgh, you’ve been B.O.O.B. Bombed!

  31. TPB in Troy

    June 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Santiago takes him deep??

  32. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Holy frickin Jackson…he ran 100 yards after that thing!!!!1

  33. Ronald Scrutchions

    June 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Please give this to Rob In 1971, the Pirates also became the first Major League Baseball team to field an all-black starting lineup.[7] That lineup, on September 1, was Rennie Stennett, Gene Clines, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen, Dave Cash, Al Oliver, Jackie Hernandez, and Dock Ellis

  34. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Maybe Cabrera needs a day off…he hasn’t looked good at the plate in several days, could there be a bit of fatigue there?

    Not that we need him, with guys like Inge and Avila in the lineup…

    • Vince in MN

      June 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      His wife isn’t having another baby is she?

    • Vince in MN

      June 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      Batting fourth and playing 1st Base, Ryan Raburn.

  35. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    is is to much to hope that given the chance Avila really can play!!???????

  36. Randolph

    June 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Ouhc, A-Jax fourth 0-5 game in the last seven. That’s in a bit of a rut.

    • Vince in MN

      June 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

      He needs a couple of days off. Then Kelly can lead off and Raburn can return to the 3-spot.

      • Coleman

        June 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm

        Only if Kelly plays CF–whoever plays center has to lead off, it’s a rule. And since Leyland will want Damon to lead off, that means he also has to play center…wait, he’s actually done that already, hasn’t he?

  37. jud

    June 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    8 hits 5 RBI is that a modern day BOOB record….atleast for this year

  38. Vince in MN

    June 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Valverde – the Un-rollercoaster.

  39. TPB in Troy

    June 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Damn those Twins: 2 to 1 over the Braves in the middle of the 8th

    • Vince in MN

      June 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      On 5 soft singles around a K for both runs in the 7th. Liriano pitched another good game -11 Ks in 8 innings.

      • Vince in MN

        June 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm

        Rauch fanned the side in the 9th. They aren’t skipping a beat without Nathan.

  40. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    When you look at the overall numbers, our overall hitting has been about as good as the Twins; in fact we have actually had fewer 0 and 1 run games than them. Their starting pitching has been the difference, and who would’ve predicted that?

    • Vince in MN

      June 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm

      Twins have a slightly better BA/OBP than the Tigers (.271/.348 vs.267/.339), but the bigger difference (before tonight) is in 288 RS vs.Tigers 257. They K less and W more, and in general play better small ball (do the Tigers actually play small ball?) which allows them to deal better with their own lineup holes (both Hardy and Hudson are on the DL right now) and still keep winning.

      As far as pitching, one could argue that it has actually been the Tiger starters that have made the difference.

      And then there is the defense. No matter how you want to evaluate it, the Twins are superior there as well.

      • Coleman

        June 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

        Starting pitching:

        DET 18-23 4.87 344 IP 1.44 WHIP 1.87 K/BB
        MIN 30-20 4.01 383 IP 1.31 WHIP 3.23 K/BB

        Check out that last one. Twins starters have walked 82 batters in 383 innings. Tiger starters have walked 131 batters in 344 innings. If I was going to pick 1 statistic from hitting, pitching, and defense as the biggest difference right now between MIN and DET, there you go.

  41. Coleman

    June 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    New baby often = not much sleep

    • stephen

      June 12, 2010 at 1:03 am

      Somehow, I don’t thing Cabrera is doing a lot of midnight getting ups…