Game 2010.098: Tigers at Rays

My sincerest thanks to billfer for entrusting me with the task of guarding the island.

Our Tigers take their 16-29 road record and one game win streak to the Trop.  Scherzer has been brilliant in July thus far posting a 3-1 record with a 2.00 ERA and 25 Ks in 27 IP.  Upon further inspection, did you know that Scherzer has 100 Ks in 105.2 IPs?

We all know that Valverde will be unavailable, so let’s get to Garza early and often.  Tigers have had some success against Tampa as of late, going 8-3 since September of ’08, and are 10-4 overall versus the East this year.

60 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    July 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Let’s win one for the billfer.

    • kathy

      July 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      looks like we failed.

  2. Keith (Mr. X)

    July 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Game Threads rule!

  3. Vince in MN

    July 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Here’s the Hengers lineup:

    1. Austin Jackson, CF
    2. Will Rhymes, 2B
    3. Johnny Damon, DH
    4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
    5. Brennan Boesch, RF
    6. Ryan Raburn, LF
    7. Don Kelly, 3B
    8. Gerald Laird, C
    9. Danny Worth, SS

    I hope Scherzer brings his A+ game.

    • kathy

      July 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      me too.

      • kathy

        July 26, 2010 at 7:21 pm

        and A+ hitting.

  4. Amanda

    July 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    So far so good for Scherzer!

  5. ouchudied

    July 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Nice work Kevin; good to see the threads are back

  6. Steve

    July 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I’m not home … Catching on the BB. Thanks for the thread. 0-0 so far

  7. Vince in MN

    July 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    The Mendozas have spawned another bro, and all 5 of them are in the lineup tonight. Which brings to mind a quiz: which Tiger in tonight’s lineup is hitting .227 with runners on (any situation) and .203 with RISP?

    • Vince in MN

      July 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

      Hint: it isn’t Cabrera, who is at .353 and .366 respectively ;)

  8. ouchudied

    July 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Cool roll, Zobrist. Catch sure would have been lame without it…

  9. ouchudied

    July 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Scherzer got squeezed on that full count pitch to Upton

    • ouchudied

      July 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      And to make it worse they call Upton safe on that throw. What a joke.

  10. Amanda

    July 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    WoW! Another Sucky Call!

  11. Linda

    July 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Can’t help but think Leyland is telling the umps how sick to death he is of their crappy calls against the Tigers. I know I am.

  12. Mark@HOU

    July 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    We have to get 5 outs this inning.

  13. Mark in Chicago

    July 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    boy, that was some pretty terrible umpiring.

  14. kathy

    July 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    That play there with Garza is what Porcello needs to work on.

  15. kathy

    July 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Goodness gracious, we need some hits.

  16. ouchudied

    July 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    4 innings of baseball and no hits for either team

  17. kathy

    July 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Does anyone know what the pitch count is for either pitcher?

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      July 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      After 5 innings, 68 pitches for Garza and 72 for Scherzer.

    • Vince in MN

      July 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      73-46 for Scherzer, 68-45 for Garza.

  18. jason

    July 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    i cant believe they are cutting away from a double no-hitter for a steroid-laced milestone.

    • kathy

      July 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      The Tigers’ broadcast isn’t doing that. Thank goodness.

  19. Vince in MN

    July 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Twins put up a 6-spot vs. Greinke in the first inning.

  20. Vince in MN

    July 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Click is not having a very good night behind the dish tonight.

  21. kathy

    July 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Oh, man, Scherzer needs to only think about getting this guy out.

  22. jason

    July 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    ugh. beaten by the former tiger

  23. ouchudied

    July 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Don’t mean to be the black cloud around here, but…

    ballgame.

  24. Amanda

    July 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    OMG Matt Joyce!

  25. Randolph

    July 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    And with one pitch, things turn change in a heartbeat. Very disappointing.

  26. Vince in MN

    July 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Matt Joyce, ex-Tiger, breaks up the no-hitter with a grand slam.

  27. Coleman

    July 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    If only we hadn’t traded Joyce this wouldn’t have happened! The Max would’ve–oh wait, if we hadn’t traded Joyce we wouldn’t have Max…hmmm, this is getting too complicated.

  28. Amanda

    July 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Despite the Grand Slam.. I’ll still take Max over Matt..lol

  29. Randolph

    July 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I DON’T BELIEVE IN THE JINX!

    JINX JINX JINX

  30. Vince in MN

    July 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    By the way, the answer to my earlier quiz is ……… envelope please ……………Johnny Damon.

    Although Mr. Mohawk is hitting .320 with the bases empty.

  31. stephen

    July 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Re: Sixth inning
    Ron Burgundy: Boy, that escalated quickly… I mean, that really got out of hand fast.
    Champ Kind: It jumped up a notch.
    Ron Burgundy: It did, didn’t it?
    Brick Tamland: Yeah, I stabbed a man in the heart.
    Ron Burgundy: I saw that. Brick killed a guy. Did you throw a trident?
    Brick Tamland: Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident.
    Ron Burgundy: Brick, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. You should find yourself a safehouse or a relative close by. Lay low for a while, because you’re probably wanted for murder.

  32. Coleman

    July 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Raburn is hitting .224 with RISP, and about .208 overall. In other words, Raburn: clutch.

    • Vince in MN

      July 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      He’s just not comfortable in the 6-slot. Now that Damon is batting third, Leyland needs to move him back up to No. 2 where he belongs.

  33. kathy

    July 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Congatulations, Billfer. That’s when it started. Billfer’s belief that losing Matt Joyce was a wrong decision. And now, here’s his justice. A Grand Slam. It just had to be Matt Joyce.

  34. kathy

    July 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Truly, this is a memorable game. We are probably going to lose, but it has been a great game to watch.

  35. Mark in Chicago

    July 26, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Kelly/Laird/Worth = doomed to get no-hit. The guys on the bench don’t exactly improve our chances, either.

    • Vince in MN

      July 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Check out our current OPS+ ratings. Right now the roster has 4 hitters above average (100). Of the other 9 players, only Santiago (!) approaches respectability at 84. The rest aren’t even close. We have a really bad bench. Unfortunately it is also really big. Too many gaping holes to fix IMO.

      http://www.baseball-reference......2010.shtml

  36. Mark in Chicago

    July 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    ugh. oh well, congrats to Garza. He pitched a great game.

  37. Amanda

    July 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    doesn’t make me happy…but Congrats to Garza…Uggh!

  38. kathy

    July 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Not sure how the Tigers are going to come back from this

  39. Randolph

    July 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Final nail in the 2010 season.

    • kathy

      July 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      Right now, we all feel awful about the team. We may have to live with this until the ’11 season.

      • Randolph

        July 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm

        At this point I’m really looking forward to the 2011 season and the coming off-season moves. It’s obvious there are too many holes to fill and injuries to patch up this year and it’s time for D.D. to look towards next year and make adjustments for that seaon. (But you never know, maybe I’ll come eating crow come October 3rd)

  40. kathy

    July 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I feel happy for them. They deserved the win, simple as that.

  41. Mcb

    July 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Might not be the last time this season we get no hit

  42. billfer

    July 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Sometimes you just have to shake your head and smile. Sometimes you blame Kevin :)

    • Vince in MN

      July 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      Billfer posted, and he’s smiling! You can see it right there in his picture.

    • David

      July 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      I think this is a sign from above. The baseball gods dodn’t like you slipping away into retirement… ;)

  43. Mark@HOU

    July 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    This has to be Kevin’s fault. No way this is a coincidence.

    • Mark in Chicago

      July 26, 2010 at 11:21 pm

      no doubt. a pox on your very soul, Kevin!

  44. T Smith

    July 26, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    This isn’t Kevin’s fault. So A-Jax and Cabrera have an off night? The rest of the lineup has been getting no-hit regularly.

  45. Kevin in Dallas

    July 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I’ve gotta admit, my first attempt at the post managed to shut down the site for about 4 min. I was petrified. If anyone logged in around 4:50pm central they saw it…

    After a few minutes I got it worked out, but I can only guess that Ol’ Smokey logged in per usual to check the time of tonight’s game and get some lineup advice, saw the error, and suffered a brief lapse in judgment which caused him to bat 4 guys with a combined OPS south of 1.

    We’ll all be back out there tomorrow. It’s a blessed curse like that.