Game 2010.071: Tigers at Mets

by billfer on June 24, 2010 · 73 comments

in Game Post

The Tigers haven’t had so much fun in the newish CitiField and now they have to try and stave off a sweep at the hands of those dastardly New York Mets. Armando Galarraga wants you to forget his near perfect game and move on. The Mets are pitching a guy whose name I’m likely to misspell.

No graphic today as I’m jetting back from a hot and humid North Carolina.

 
 

{ 73 comments }

jud June 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

a rare lead on the road………

Scott June 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm

what?? We scored a runner from 3rd with less than 2 outs?? I must be dreaming….or watching a different game……

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm

And Ryan Raburn retakes the yellow jersey in the Tour de Mendoza

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Excellent move with the double-steal by the way, props to Sir Puffalot

jud June 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

ahead on the road for a whole inning ..another rare feat!

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm

And an encore…

jud June 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm

this will ever be known as safe by a Gallaraga call…for Inge

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Inge might have been out, but he was way safer than the Galarraga call

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Danny is Worth more than Everett

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Gee, nothing more fun than watching AL pitchers bat in interleague play, now THAT’s baseball…

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm

OK, so maybe not as much fun as watching Laird hit into a DP with 2 on base

jud June 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Raburns imitation of a real major league hitter looked pretty realistic those two at bats…………………….and Maggssssssssssssssssss ya!

jud June 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Lard u could have a least helped the team by striking out there! or your usual pop up

ian (seattle) June 24, 2010 at 8:08 pm

ATTN; OUT OF MARKET FANS

The Tigers have FOUR nationally broadcast games this week!!

Yesterday on ESPN

Today & Tomorrow on MLB network channel

Sunday on TBSHD

This is the best baseball watchin week for me in a decade :)

jud June 24, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Danny Worth looks ok to me!….pretty basic hitter , very good fielder……Chad who???

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Well it’s a LHP so we need Laird in the with his robust sub .500 OPS vs LHP

Steve June 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHhhhhhhhhhhhhh Oh well, the kid has had a good year so far, a mis judges flyball is OK

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm

It’s not like Raburn wouldn’t be out there doing the same thing

Steve June 24, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Coleman your right, to me its just that a guy hitting 327 with HR’s and RBI’s looks better screwing up a flyball.

Steve June 24, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I have the Mets broadcast tonight and they were just saying what a great job Raburn did on the double play by charging it…………….

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm

It’s funny, he has looked brutal at 3rd (remember the game he single-handedly booted with 3 errors), and occasionally goofy in left (although with a good arm), but 2nd seems to work much better for him, although it would seem like a waste of a good arm.

Steve June 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Wow how about that……….. a Dart from RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaburn

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Rockin’ Ryan Raburn!

And with that shot RR reaches the peak of Mount Mendoza (he’s at exactly .200)

Steve June 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm

It really would be sweet if he got going, last year he played a little more steady, everyday type role. Maybe he needs to get more time. Question is where. How about a shot behind the plate, he already has a decent arm ;)

Vince in MN June 24, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Laird wins!!!!

He’s probably p.o.ed though about Raburn batting in HIS spot.

Randolph June 24, 2010 at 8:39 pm

If you told me before the series that we would go 1-2 (assuming we can hang on to the lead) and Verlander would get lit up, I would’ve been disappointed. But with the Twinkies getting swept by the Brew Crew, I’m pretty happy with potentially being 0.5 games out of first.

Steve June 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Randolph, With you on that, however the Who Sox are right on our tail.

Steve June 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Binge with an RBI. Not his usual K. Nice job.

Laird, well any way

Vince in MN June 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I think this is all a setup to get Laird to hit into a DP.

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I’m rooting for the infield popup

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Haha, take that Mets, just TRY getting Laird to not popup, not so easy is it?

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I was just looking at hitting stats for the last 4 weeks, and it’s amazing how well our 3-8 hitters have done (of course not all at the same time, because of platooning etc). Here are the 28-day OPS numbers:

3 .867 Ordonez
4 1.066 Cabrera
5 1.069 Boesch
6 .781 Guillen
7 .880 Inge
8 .871 Avila

If Inge and or Avila can keep it going for a while, I don’t see how we can’t put a lot of runs on the board.

Vince in MN June 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Since Click will continue to get half the ABs at C, what is his OPS the last 4 weeks? (I shudder)

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Well I’ll post it, and hopefully it doesn’t count as a profanity…

.536

jud June 24, 2010 at 10:21 pm

that’s much higher than I thought it was….that’s only 270 below the stink line

Steve June 24, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Well, A little ugly but hey, they are on the board

Vince in MN June 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Well, since Mr. Almost Perfect’s brush with fame, he has settled back down to being his normal No. 5 man 5-inning self.

Brenden June 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm

To be fair, he went 6 innings tonight!

Vince in MN June 25, 2010 at 1:39 am

What I meant to say was he was his normal EFFECTIVE for 5 inning self – after that, not so much. Not that that is bad – 5 decent innings from your No. 5 starter is acceptable. This is probably closer to what he really is. The Almost Perfect Game was a real fluke – he’ll never come close to anything like that again.

Scott June 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Laird……you stink!

Brenden June 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Bah…what the crap is going on with this team on the road?

mcb June 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Old school meltdown!

jud June 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Coke…………………great job!

Dr. Detroit June 24, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Phil Coke baby! Bags juiced and Ks the RBI leader and gets out of a jam.

Mike June 24, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Coke has onions.

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Whew, somebody pour me a strong one please

Vince in MN June 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm

By the way, what kid of an idiot would take out a guy who is 3-3 with a walk, in the sixth inning?

jud June 24, 2010 at 10:17 pm

the old Zoom would have had a meltdown after those two bloop hits…..this years Zoom just buckled down and made good pitches

jud June 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Boesch opposite field bash…the kids amazing!

Dr. Detroit June 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I guess BB hasn’t got the memo that he is supposed to be regressing. Regress, I say!

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Someone should get some sort of memo to CarLOB GIDPuillen

Brenden June 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm

What is it with this team and making everything more difficult than it has to be on the road? Good crap…

jud June 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Carlos….way to throw your bat at the ball in a key situation ,..How bout getting a pitch somewhere near the plate and try and hit it..hard

jud June 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm

gosh these 9th innings are boring………………..

Vince in MN June 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Another 1-2-3 ninth. Yawn.

Shane Trapped in Toledo June 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm

It is really nice to have a good closer. I like not stressing out in the ninth.

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 10:34 pm

V-money

jud June 24, 2010 at 10:34 pm

all in all pretty big WIN…..in the grand scheme of things….even if Lard had a slightly off day!…..next game he is due!

Jerry The Tiger Fan June 24, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Ha! Its getting to the point that Laird shouldn’t even play against lefty starters. Another 0-4 collar for Fat Boy. I’m sure Leyland will stay platoon him with the stellar explanation of him being “due” to go on a 5-for-20 “tear” anytime now,

T Smith June 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Nothing cheap about that save. Valverde certainly earned it.

jud June 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Raburn and Avila are starting to leave Laird in their Mendoza dust!

Coleman June 24, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Avila has been disqualified from competition for having an abnormally high OBP while on probation

Stormin Norman $ June 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm

The previously much maligned (at the time of the signing) Valverde signing gets my mid-season vote for MLB’s best FA signing of this past off-season.

I’m fairly confident the Tigers would have ‘at least’ 6 fewer wins this year w/o Valverde.

A consistent/reliable closer is an integral part of a contender…

jud June 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

he’s been nothing short of “Jones’n”

Shane Trapped in Toledo June 24, 2010 at 11:03 pm

While we are at it, let’s also talk about how good Phil Coke is. Dude has nerves of steel.

Stormin Norman $ June 24, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Coke has been very solid… and if Ni and Thomas were more reliable (especially Ni, who seems destined for Toledo), i’d try Coke as the 5th starter… if the Oliver experiment doesn’t work.

Thomas has eaten some innings and at times has been pretty good, but as it currently stands, Coke is the only reliable lefty coming out of the pen

Stormin Norman $ June 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm

whether JL makes it “official” or not, Avila needs to be the starting catcher… Laird’s defense can no longer be deemed superior to Avila’s… i’ve noticed some defensive miscues (by Laird) over the past few games (i.e. that ‘wild pitch’ from Bonine tonight… that’s pitch a catcher has to block, not flick the glove and try to scoop it)… a catcher hitting .300 is allowed a few occasional defensive lapses, not a guy hitting .176

Laird left 7 on base tonight – and had another night where even his outs contributed nothing.

Jerry The Tiger Fan June 24, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Ol’ Smoky won’t want to “put any pressure” on a youngster like Avila. He’d rather try to win with what is essentialy a pitcher (Laird) hitting in the 8-hole every other game because it allows him to show off his superior managerial skills.

“See everybody, I win DESPITE having a catcher playing that is hitting .176 and has an OBP of less than .250″! This is what I imagine goes through the mind of Ol’ Smoky on nights where he jots the name “Laird” down on the lineup card. If only we had a reliable C at Toledo so that we could release this anchor from the 40-man roster.

Dombrowski, please find a reliable backup catcher for next season so that we no longer have to watch Laird hit one of his cans of corn to left field three times a night. This way Mr. Laird will have plenty of time to get into more brawls at Phoenix Sun’s games next winter. Enough already! How has this guy managed to keep his roster spot this long?

Jud June 25, 2010 at 12:24 am

I think this is pretty close to right on Jerry and to add to the Leyland thinking…at the end of the season it will be Lairds fault he didn’t hit not Leylands for playing in in 100+ games. Accoarding to Jim “I can’t help it if players don’t produce!”

Stormin Norman $ June 25, 2010 at 9:43 am

or maybe JL’s setting up a promotion for the recently drafted Patrick Leyland catching prospect the Tigers just signed…

i’m kidding, but i’m searching for the logic as to why Laird is anything but a backup catcher… yes, until recently Avila has not helped his cause much, but c’mon, when the Tigers get back to playing AL teams, they should DH for Laird and let their pitchers hit…

Truth be told, the Tigers did draft 3 catchers with their first 9 picks in this year’s draft – two others ahead of Patrick Leyland

T Smith June 25, 2010 at 9:45 am

On an interesting side note — Dane Sardhina homers for the Phillies

Shane Trapped in Toledo June 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

Avila has started 12 games this month, Laird has started 8.

Coleman June 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

And Aubrey Huff is hitting .305 with 12 HRs for SF and has earned the nickname “Huff Daddy.” If he had managed even a handful of HRs with Detroit we would have won the division.

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