Game 2010.066: Nationals at Tigers

Jeremy Bonderman takes on Luis Atilano as the Tigers go for their second consecutive sweep. Your lineup today is:

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


  1. ouchudied

    June 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Boesch is playing? But he had 4 RBIs last night? Thought this was another Leyland rule that mandated he must be benched

  2. ouchudied

    June 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Great defensive first inning by Kelly

  3. David G

    June 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    What is the word on AJax?

  4. ouchudied

    June 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Good to see Bondo working at the 92-93 MPH range so far

  5. Mark in Chicago

    June 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Why on earth is Ramon Santiago hitting second? I know we don’t have the deepest lineup in the league, but do we really want him getting more ABs in a game than, say, Alex Avila?

    Almost as dumb is why Santiago would be sac bunting in the first inning of a 0-0 game with a guy on the mound for tha Nationals that isn’t exactly dominant. If you don’t have confidence in Santiago to put the ball in play, then he shouldn’t be hitting second.

  6. Keith (Mr. X)

    June 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I love Avila’s swing. Man, he’s going to be a great one.

    • Mark in Chicago

      June 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      Agree. He looks like Matt Stairs up there to me (just with his build and the way he swings the bat), but I think he’s going to be a much better hitter.

      • Dave T.

        June 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

        Great to get some production out of our catchers

        • Kevin in Dallas

          June 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

          I’m hopeful that Avila’s improvement over the rest of the season will cancel out any regression (if it happens) that Boesch may see. I think Boesch is tremendous, but I’m not expecting him to keep up this pace.

          • Mark in Chicago

            June 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

            If you haven’t already, see our conversation from yesterday’s game post on Boesch’s coming mean reversion.

            • Kevin in Dallas

              June 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

              I did. Great stuff.

  7. Keith (Mr. X)

    June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Boesch keeps chomping away. His batted balls are like a flying set of teeth.

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    June 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Boesch with the IBB! Wow.

  9. BigMax

    June 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    You would think that if they were going to walk Boesch to face Guillen they would put in a lefty and turn Guillen around. Obviously, Boesch is getting a ton of respect here!

  10. Jud

    June 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I was watching a side by side swing video of Morneau and Boesch and it was scary identical

    • Dr. Detroit

      June 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      Yeah Jud their swings do mimic each other quite a bit. But I would throw in that Boesch looks to have better wrists, meaning that at the point of contact he generates more bat speed, thus that crushing of the ball we have come to see and love. It’s Morneau’s but a bit more compact and quicker. 3rd round pick himself. Now I am not predicting MVP seasons from Boesch, but it is nice to have a position player like this homegrown for a change. I think Boesch looks like the love child of Gibby and Morneau, actually–Gibby’s swashbuckling ways fairly apparent in Boesch’s running the base paths. Yes, I have a man-crush on BB.
      Now the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” saying n/w/s, I would like to see Leyland move Boesch up to 4, Miggy to 3 and Mags to 5. That would get more bats for Miggy, and provide alternate lefty/righty clear down to Inge at the 7–the whole way thru if Avila is catching. Helps in later innings when teams can’t rely on their lefty specialists for more than one batter per inning.

  11. Mark in Chicago

    June 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Not to stop all the Boesch-love, but can we talk about the job Bondo is doing today? Efficient with his pitches, throwing strikes, better velocity than we’ve seen, and he’s held a pretty good offense to 2 hits through 5+. Not too shabby.

    • Smith

      June 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

      Yes, Bondo was phenomenal once again. He’s really got it together.

  12. Jud

    June 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    hey if Rayburn keeps this up he might lose that Ra (y) burn again

    • ouchudied

      June 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      Lets not get ahead of ourselves here.

      • Andrew in Toronto

        June 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

        I assume everyone read the article about how McClendon worked on Raburn’s swing on Monday:

        Who knows, maybe it did work and maybe we’ll have 2009 Raburn back.

        I sure hope so, because I went from envisioning him as a starter to wanting him released. It would be great to get him fixed.

        • Smith

          June 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm

          Sometimes I think many people here ignore the FREEP articles. There is lots of good information printed every day, and it’s mostly ignored in the discussions here.

          Good article, and I feel the same way you do. He isn’t a lost cause. Sometimes the smallest changes in your swing can make a difference. We’ll see…

          • ouchudied

            June 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

            And I’m one of those people that ignore the FREEP

            • Jerry The Tiger Fan

              June 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

              Me too, mainly because of their constant hatchet jobs of the U-M football program. I refuse to buy that paper or give their website any hits whatsoever. However, that is a matter for another day and another board.

              • ouchudied

                June 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm

                Same reason I don’t read the piece of crap. Drew Sharp and Michael Rosenberg are completely devoid of journalistic integrity.

  13. Jud

    June 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    5 hits out of Raburn and Ramon in the 1 and 2 spots Smokeys lineup worked….this will of course incourage him to put these kind of batting orders together again

  14. Jud

    June 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    darn…. that second hit for Avila will put him on the bench tomorrow…Smokey will think he needs that rest from running all those bases

  15. Jud

    June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Great job…..Bondo!

  16. Jud

    June 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    how can we get into this National league somewhere??????????

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      June 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      Agreed. Let’s petition Milwaukee to see if they’d like to come back to the AL.

  17. Kevin in Dallas

    June 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    19 for 40 today…nice.

  18. Keith (Mr. X)

    June 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    We’re half way to the 12 game winning streak that I was calling for. D’Backs and Mets are next to go down.

  19. jim-mt

    June 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm


    • JCM

      June 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      The Tigers won series to Ys, Boston(S), Angels (S) and Minnie in line

  20. Vince in MN

    June 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    19 hits today – McClendon is a genius!

  21. Scott

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I’ll take all these wins…..I’ll definitely take ’em. This proves the Tigers are NOT last-place material; we can beat those teams [I suspect we all knew that anyway]. But before I get too excited, I want to see what happens on the next road trip: 9 games [3 a piece] at Mets, Braves, and Twins. Braves + Twinkies both in 1st, and Mets in 2nd. Too bad we can’t keep playing these cream puff teams; it is enjoyable to kick some butt! Now it’s time to kick some dust on some Snakes….. 🙂

  22. Jason

    June 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I watched the game in DC on the local broadcast (MASN2). They showed a clip of Leyland taking some BP from Gene Lamont before the game. Did anybody catch this? It was great to see him swinging it. Made some nice contact too. Does he do this regularly? The old man still has it!

    • kathy

      June 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      I saw it. Yea, he does alright as long as the pitch isn’t over 30mph.

  23. Andrew in Toronto

    June 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I know Billfer is really busy these days, but… I think the game numbers for the post titles have been wrong since #64 got skipped.

  24. Coleman

    June 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    That’s one of those unwritten rules of baseball blogs–you never fix the incorrect game numbers in the middle of a winning streak…

  25. jud

    June 18, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I agree with Coleman, 64 might be a loss don’t mess around by correcting it during a winning streak!!!!!