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Game 2011.14: Tigers at Athletics

Tonight in Oakland the Tigers have the chance to get to .500 for the first time this season, and in doing so get Jim Leyland his 1,500th career win.

Taking the mound for Detroit will be Rick Porcello, who hopefully will get a night as chilly as last night (no, really, it makes sinkers sink more).

The A’s will look for some relief from their strike-zone-aphobia from last night with Brandon McCarthy, who rarely walks batters (only 1 BB so far this season in 2 starts).

By the way, for all of the fretting about the Tigers not being patient enough at the plate last night, it was interesting to see this from the other perspective:  Gonzalez felt quite the opposite…

“These guys were being very patient,” Gonzalez said. “They’d give you one of these first-pitch swings and miss them, and all of a sudden they wait the next four or five pitches. It’s impressive. It was like a chess game. Every pitch was there but like a little hair off. Again, you live and you learn.” SF Chronicle

Today’s Player of the Pre-game:  Rick Porcello, who has his sinkerball working, gets a couple of double-play balls, and leads Detroit to the 4th straight  in another low-scoring affair.

Today’s What-Rhymes-with-Leadoff? Lineup:

  1. Will Rhymes 2B
  2. Ryan Raburn LF
  3. Brennan Boesch RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez DH
  6. Don Kelly CF
  7. Brandon Inge 3B
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Ramon Santiago SS

(Also known as today’s Because-They-Bat-Left-Handed-That’s-Why Lineup).

Posted by on April 15, 2011.

Categories: 2011 Season, Game Post

66 Responses

  1. Does Leyland use a dart board when is making up the daily line-ups? I swear, his method doesn’t make any sense. I suppose it is the old “he’s due” method?

    by Brenden on Apr 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  2. The man is senile! Get rid of him before damage is done to the team!

    by TORONTO TIGER on Apr 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

  3. Cabbie has to grab that one. Tough break.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

  4. at 2 for his last 21 Martinez in the five spot falls well into Smokeys “He’s Due” range

    by judpma on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

  5. With the exception of Miggie, the entire line up appears to be based on the “he’s [they're] due” theory.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

  6. Wow nice range at SS today by Peralta……oh that’s Santiago!!…my bad

    by judpma on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

  7. in regards to the lineup,i dont get why miguel bats 4th. its just an excuse to ‘balance’ the lineup. pujols doesnt ever bat 4th.

    by JOE Z on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm

  8. if you don’t bat Miggy 4 who would you put there…this team isn’t exactly loaded with 4 spot hitters

    by judpma on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm

  9. Avila’s 11th SB against already this year

    by judpma on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

  10. If there is a bus from Oakland to Toledo, Avila should get on it tonight. I don’t mean to be unduly harsh on the guy, but he is not ready for the bigs. Not offensively or defensively. And I seriously question whether Porcello, a talent who could use some senior leadership calling pitches from behind the plate, is well served when he’s taking the calls from Avila.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm

  11. Coleman in the house

    by Coleman on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

  12. he has thrown out exactly one steal attempt…the runner musta fallen down!!!! Daddy’s boy just ain’t cutting it

    by judpma on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

  13. #42 looks pretty good out there

    by Coleman on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

  14. i look at it from an at-bats point of view. he loses like 30 ab’s a year staying in the 4 hole?

    by JOE Z on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

  15. whether its in detroit or in toledo, i just hope alex can at least turn into a strong player. he doesnt need to be a super star. but with his age, 24, it would be a welcome sign to have a home grown catcher for once. you realize the tigers havent developed a catcher, discounting some wierdo inge comment, since lance parrish in the 80s.

    by JOE Z on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

  16. true

    by judpma on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

  17. Santiago + glove > Peralta + glove

    by Coleman on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm

  18. Bad break on the Kelly hit, thought that was going into the corner. Porcello is grinding through this game…The Tigers really need to demand more from Avila defensively…He is just niot getting the job done…Martinez needs to be the catcher, when Maggs returns so, he can play DH and Raburn, Boesch, and Wells can get into the lineup….not to mention, Avila is young let him develop.

    by Chris in Texas on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

  19. No question about the need to develop at that position but if memory serves, AA didn’t spend much time in either AA or AAA before he jumped up to the bigs. He needs more seasoning, in my view, and the place to get it is in Toledo. If we are going to pay Martinez all the dough we are paying him (and let’s not kid ourselves the fans are paying the guy), I would rather see him behind the plate.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

  20. Rhymes’ legs move really fast when he runs. Consider, he has to take several more steps on the way to 1st than most players.

    by Coleman on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

  21. Raburn is not picking up this guy at all…He has had 3 horrible at-bats.

    by Chris in Texas on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

  22. Schlereth is stretching and hopping around like a maniac

    by Coleman on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm

  23. Wasn’t Coco Crisp a breakfast cereal?

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

  24. Cabrera has looked worse than Raburn

    by Coleman on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

  25. lol i like that. rod talking about ellis playing close to second base. well, thats why,easy DP when give the chance

    by JOE Z on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm

  26. Wow, Wow, Wow. That was some good pitching there by the young man.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

  27. HIT THE BALL

    SCORE SOME RUNS

    by JOE Z on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

  28. Now it’s time for about 6 walks

    by Coleman on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

  29. I’d settle for a hit batter.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:07 am

  30. its 9:07 here in Cal…..I can hardly stay awake watching the Tigers bat,,, I actually feel sorry for you guys staying up after midnight to watch this non=action

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

  31. Wow Boesch killed that thing…sigh

    by Coleman on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:21 am

  32. Miggy!

    by Keith_Allen on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:31 am

  33. And just like that it’s a tie ball game.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:32 am

  34. WAKE UP……..MIGGGY

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

  35. GONE!!!!

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

  36. holy hell that carried. Y E S MIGUEL OUTA HERE

    by JOE Z on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

  37. How does Fuentes get anyone out..88-89 straight as an arrow fastball…can hardly ever spot his breaking ball…doesn’t have a change up…….must do it with mirrors

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

  38. Okay, New Mexico, we don’t need any walks right now.

    by Brenden on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:42 am

  39. I like smokey’s decision to leave him out there though.

    by Ken in Vegas on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

  40. and I like this call here too

    by Ken in Vegas on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:46 am

  41. Rreality Show time!

    by Coleman on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:46 am

  42. Now that’s reallll

    by Ken in Vegas on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:55 am

  43. Isn’t it amazing how steady Santiago is every single year……nothing spectacular but does everything right!

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:01 am

  44. well, well, well. the pond is full of ducks. Bosch it!

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:06 am

  45. Boesch Bash

    by Mr. X on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:08 am

  46. Boesch bash!!

    by Coleman on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:09 am

  47. somewhere billfer must be eating some rally celery

    by Mr. X on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:10 am

  48. I watched Fuentes pitch out here for the Angels and he pitched just like he did tonight all the time …then he goes to the Twinkies and gets 25 saves. last year….somethin just ain’t right!

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:11 am

  49. Martinez RBI…bout time!!!

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:14 am

  50. Clown Show encore!

    by Coleman on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:15 am

  51. HOLY Wheels coming off….Heck the whole cart fell apart…….

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:15 am

  52. better late than never.

    GO

    by JOE Z on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:16 am

  53. Well, that was interesting and the inning is still not over.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:17 am

  54. 10:15 here…aren’t you guys glad u stayed up!!!!

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:18 am

  55. kinda gross

    by JOE Z on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

  56. I slept through the 1st 6 innings. So I’m good.

    by Mr. X on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:21 am

  57. Erection time!!

    by Ken in Vegas on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:22 am

  58. Ok, Jim L. this experiment is about to blow up. Go get the kid out of the game.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:27 am

  59. Softy time!!!!

    by Ken in Vegas on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:28 am

  60. Hearing chants of “go-fro” for Crisp

    by Coleman on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:31 am

  61. Because he was… due?

    by ouchudied on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:36 am

  62. Caught the end of the game on Gameday from the Welland canal… the interwebz r awesome!111!1!11

    Great to see Boesch come through in the clutch, this really has to be a confidence booster for him.

    by ouchudied on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:38 am

  63. Fans are always going to question the moves of a manager when it comes to the lineup. We all have our preferences. Truth is, we are not the ones in the dugout every single day, there is a ton that goes on that we do not know about, especially in Detroit of all places.

    by FromThisSeat.com on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:39 am

  64. “Truth is, we are not the ones in the dugout every single day, there is a ton that goes on that we do not know about, especially in Detroit of all places.”

    Would you care to explain what the last part of this sentence means? I’m a little confused here.

    by ouchudied on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:43 am

  65. Nice job boys. Putting together a little win streak here. Love the pitching lately.

    by Ken in Vegas on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:43 am

  66. Got his first Major League Win

    by judpma on Apr 16, 2011 at 1:44 am

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