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Game 2011.26: Tigers at Indians

Tonight the Tigers try to stop their longest losing streak of the season at 3 when they take on the surprising Cleveland Indians.  The Tigers send Max Scherzer to the mound, which seems like a good plan to stop the losing, since Max so far this season has known only winning (4-0).  The key to Scherzer’s success has been that he has been able to locate his pitches well and not get behind in the count.  That may be a more difficult task against the Indians than it was against the free-swinging White Sox.

Jeanmar Gomez takes the mound for Cleveland for only his 2nd start of the season.  The first he only lasted 4 1/3 innings vs KC and gave up 9 hits.  More of that would be nice.

Of note is the fact that the Tigers went to Cleveland by bus–the Red Wings got dibs on the team plane.  Maybe this will allow each player to get in touch with his inner minor leaguer.

Ol’ Smokey managed the bus trip without throwing anybody under.  So the lineup will be what we’re used to.

It’s hard to get used to though:  we have a leadoff hitter who can’t get on base, a 3 hitter with 1 RBI, and the weakest top third of the lineup in the league, maybe in all of baseball.

Just a quick look at DET vs CLE top of the lineup OBP/OPS fills one with envy:

1 DET .223 .456   2 DET .300 .596   3 DET .312 .672

1 CLE .393 .971   2 CLE .318 .758    3 CLE .317 .747

Today’s nobody-under-the-bus lineup:

  1. Jackson CF
  2. Rhymes 2B
  3. Ordonez DH
  4. Cabrera 1B
  5. Boesch RF
  6. Raburn LF
  7. Peralta SS
  8. Avila C
  9. Inge 3B

Posted by on April 29, 2011.

Categories: 2011 Season, Game Post

24 Responses

  1. The Tigers offense is in complete disarray……no wonder…….Smoke on the Brain puts three batters hitting well below the Mendoza line as his leadoff three! I wonder if Miggy is as pi$$ed off as all the rest of the Tiger fans? He should have a lot more RBI’s if those batting in front of him would get on base once in a while!

    by TORONTO TIGER on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  2. Caboooommmmm!!!

    by TORONTO TIGER on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

  3. See what happens if one of the 1-3 hitters gets on base? Good for Wee Willie. Now why in the world anyone would pitch to Cabrera with 1st open, that’s a different question

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm

  4. avila is a strong cat

    by JOE Z on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  5. Allie Cat

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

  6. It seems that Raburn is involved in the Clown Show in a lot of games.

    by TORONTO TIGER on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

  7. Mad Max is dealin’

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

  8. Hey Mags, yes that was a strike and yes you did leave them loaded. Come on!

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm

  9. LOBblio

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm

  10. NORBIlio

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

  11. Am I the only one who hates that drum?

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  12. Is is my imagination, or on that single by Duncan did Raburn quadruple-clutch before he threw it in?

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

  13. He did indeed. Were you expecting urgency?

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

  14. Triple-Cabrera sighting! Cabrera on 2nd, chatting with Cabrera and Cabrera

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

  15. Jhonny!

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

  16. RhBI

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  17. unbelievable break there. thought jim was great to keep max in, max lays up a meatball. ugly

    by JOE Z on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

  18. Jackson is killing this offense. He turned a 3 and 1 count into a 3 swing strike out. Wake up Leyland.

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

  19. Isn’t Orlando Cabrera the guy who killed the Tigers in that season ending final game of ’09?

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

  20. I think that guy’s name was Zach Miner

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

  21. Adam Everett sighting

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

  22. Geez, I wonder how this will end???

    by TBran in Troy on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

  23. Oye Como Va

    by Coleman on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm

  24. Put this game down as a should have won. Plenty of scoring ops and Scherzer left in too long. Momentum Indians.

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Apr 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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