Game 2010.130: Tigers at Blue Jays

It’s easy to be upset with Coke following last night’s loss, but let’s focus on the real cause.  1 for 16 with RISP.  Even Laird should get 3 hits in 16 ABs.  And I still don’t get pinch-hitting Santiago for Boesch in the 7th.

It looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us today.  Morrow strikes out well over a batter per inning, though he also walks over 4 batters per 9.   He’s been fantastic over his last three games, allowing only 4 ER in 19 innings (1.89 ERA, .84 WHIP) and striking out 31 batters during that time.  He had a complete game shutout where he beat the Rays 1-0 on Aug 8 and struck out 17 (17!).  For the season he’s been up and down, with a dominating June and very good August, yet a 4.39 ERA overall.  He’s only give up 10 HRs in 137 1/3.

Bonderman was scratched with rib-cage inflammation, so Figaro will be making his first big-league start (though he does have 3 relief appearances with the Tigers this year).  Figaro started 23 games in Toledo this year, going 10-6 with a 4.14 ERA.  He’s 0-2 with a 10.05 ERA in three day starts.  He’s shown great control as he has struck out over 8 batters per 9 and walked less than 3 per 9 this season.    But he has given up over a hit an inning which has led to a 1.42 WHIP in the minors.


  1. Kevin in Dallas

    August 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Santiago is being exposed as an everyday player.

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    August 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Holy cow could Inge have had a lazier slide?

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    August 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    And Ramon Santiago caps off arguably the worst single game batting performance of the season…

    0-4, 3 Ks, 5 LOB, including the tying run at 2nd in the 9th, and his only contact of the game was a muffed bunt with a runner on second that resulted in a double play (Rhymes on 2nd got caught on his way to 3rd, Santiago was tagged out trying to get to 2nd).

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    August 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    JL pinch-hits 3 times in the 9th…but leaves in Ramon Santiago. Go figure. (Though I’m pretty sure no one was left at that point in time.) Man I’m frustrated.

  5. Vince in MN

    August 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Well, today we learned that Figaro still isn’t any good. Anything else?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      Santiago has been overused this season. The first inning but was a mistake that veterans should not be making.

  6. kathy

    August 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    slip, slidin away. for real.