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).

66 Comments

  1. Brenden

    April 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    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?

    • TORONTO TIGER

      April 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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

      • judpma

        April 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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

        • TBran in Troy

          April 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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

  2. TBran in Troy

    April 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Cabbie has to grab that one. Tough break.

  3. judpma

    April 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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

  4. JOE Z

    April 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    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.

    • judpma

      April 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm

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

      • JOE Z

        April 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

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

        • judpma

          April 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

          true

  5. judpma

    April 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Avila’s 11th SB against already this year

  6. TBran in Troy

    April 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    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.

    • judpma

      April 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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

    • JOE Z

      April 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      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.

      • TBran in Troy

        April 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

        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.

  7. Coleman

    April 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Coleman in the house

  8. Coleman

    April 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    #42 looks pretty good out there

  9. Coleman

    April 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Santiago + glove > Peralta + glove

  10. Chris in Texas

    April 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    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.

  11. Coleman

    April 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

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

  12. Chris in Texas

    April 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

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

  13. Coleman

    April 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Schlereth is stretching and hopping around like a maniac

  14. TBran in Troy

    April 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Wasn’t Coco Crisp a breakfast cereal?

  15. Coleman

    April 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Cabrera has looked worse than Raburn

  16. JOE Z

    April 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm

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

  17. TBran in Troy

    April 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

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

  18. JOE Z

    April 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    HIT THE BALL

    SCORE SOME RUNS

  19. Coleman

    April 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Now it’s time for about 6 walks

  20. TBran in Troy

    April 16, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I’d settle for a hit batter.

  21. judpma

    April 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

    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

  22. Coleman

    April 16, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Wow Boesch killed that thing…sigh

    • TBran in Troy

      April 16, 2011 at 12:32 am

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

  23. Keith_Allen

    April 16, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Miggy!

  24. judpma

    April 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

    WAKE UP……..MIGGGY

    • judpma

      April 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

      GONE!!!!

  25. JOE Z

    April 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

    holy hell that carried. Y E S MIGUEL OUTA HERE

  26. judpma

    April 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

    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

  27. Brenden

    April 16, 2011 at 12:42 am

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

    • judpma

      April 16, 2011 at 1:44 am

      Got his first Major League Win

  28. Ken in Vegas

    April 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

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

  29. Ken in Vegas

    April 16, 2011 at 12:46 am

    and I like this call here too

  30. Coleman

    April 16, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Rreality Show time!

  31. Ken in Vegas

    April 16, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Now that’s reallll

  32. judpma

    April 16, 2011 at 1:01 am

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

  33. TBran in Troy

    April 16, 2011 at 1:06 am

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

  34. Mr. X

    April 16, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Boesch Bash

  35. Coleman

    April 16, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Boesch bash!!

  36. Mr. X

    April 16, 2011 at 1:10 am

    somewhere billfer must be eating some rally celery

  37. judpma

    April 16, 2011 at 1:11 am

    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!

  38. judpma

    April 16, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Martinez RBI…bout time!!!

    • ouchudied

      April 16, 2011 at 1:36 am

      Because he was… due?

  39. Coleman

    April 16, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Clown Show encore!

  40. judpma

    April 16, 2011 at 1:15 am

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

  41. JOE Z

    April 16, 2011 at 1:16 am

    better late than never.

    GO

  42. TBran in Troy

    April 16, 2011 at 1:17 am

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

  43. judpma

    April 16, 2011 at 1:18 am

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

    • Mr. X

      April 16, 2011 at 1:21 am

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

  44. JOE Z

    April 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

    kinda gross

  45. Ken in Vegas

    April 16, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Erection time!!

  46. TBran in Troy

    April 16, 2011 at 1:27 am

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

  47. Ken in Vegas

    April 16, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Softy time!!!!

  48. Coleman

    April 16, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Hearing chants of “go-fro” for Crisp

  49. ouchudied

    April 16, 2011 at 1:38 am

    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.

  50. FromThisSeat.com

    April 16, 2011 at 1:39 am

    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.

    • ouchudied

      April 16, 2011 at 1:43 am

      “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.

  51. Ken in Vegas

    April 16, 2011 at 1:43 am

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