Game 2011.30: Yankees at Tigers

by Kevin in Dallas on May 3, 2011 · 56 comments

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Seven in a row.  Say it ain’t so…Jim.  Unfortunately it is.  So where do we go from here?

Well, at least one MLB.com reporter thinks the Tigers have the best chance of the Twins, Tigers and White Sox to compete in the central.

Sizemore won’t be the only new spot in the order moving forward, as JL said today that Boesch will now bat 3rd, VMart 5th (starting tomorrow) and Maggs 6th.  The most depressing thing in that article was the note that Maggs has only hit two balls into the outfield in his last 26 at-bats. Yeah, two.  One was a single.  I’m wondering what Maggs has to do to lose his spot in the lineup.  Does he have pics of Ol’ Smokey that we need to know about?

CC Sabathia goes for the Yanks tonight looking to win his third consecutive start.  Though he has struggled recently in Comerica, going 0-3 with an 8.50 ERA in his last three starts there.  Sabathia pitched pretty well on opening day against the boys, giving up 2 ER (3 total) in six innings in a no-decision.

I’m going to go ahead and predict that Bad Brad will be the player of the game tonight.  But lookout for Cano who may be ready to play tonight.  So I reserve my right to change my player of the game.

Wells in for Boesch today against the lefty, then hopefully it will be a long time before we see a lineup like this.

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Scott Sizemore, 2B
3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Ryan Raburn, LF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Casper Wells, RF
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B

 
 

{ 56 comments }

Brenden May 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm

AJax leading off again….Insanity is doing the same thing again and again, and expecting different results…

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

KJax will go 0-4 with 2 Ks. Sizemore will be 1 for 3 with a single and a walk. He will be stranded once, and erased by a GIDP once. Cabrera will be 1-1 with 3 walks. Magglio will have a small success with a popup, a GIDP, and 2 actual fly outs. Once again, the 1/3 spot lineup vacuum will debilitate the offense. But hey, hope I’m guessing wrong.

Made-up stat of the day: Bartolo Colon/CC Sabathia are the weightiest back-to-back starting combo in MLB history. Maybe some statnik will expose me, but I feel strangely confident…

TORONTO TIGER May 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I’m usually an optimist…….but looking at how Smoke on the Brain has constructed tonights lineup……we will need a miracle!
Why are KJax(2 K’s tonight) and Maggs batting in the top three again?
Smoke on the Brain should be released immediately and replaced by Charlie Sheen.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm

We could use the WINNING!

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Oh, and Kevin, I think you meant Maggs has hit only 2 balls out of the INFIELD. Because he has hit nada out of the outfield. Even if you consider the warning track A’s counting as out of the outfield.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I love my iPhone, but I wish I could make it stop autocorrecting “as” to “A’s.” A couple DTW posts about the A’s, and now I seem to be stuck with this forever…

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Oh yeah, color me even more dismayed. Updated.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I was dismayed to see on another blog which shall go unnamed many anti-Verlander comments–some even suggesting trading him. Sure, he was hardly efficient, but bottom-line 3 runs in 6 vs the Yankees is a good start. He was a pleasure to watch, and I was enjoying how amped up he was–even fielding his position. He had 2 plays which put his Clown Show / Raburn Roulette defense to shame.

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Verlander is a horse. Everyone seems to know it except for a few irrational Tigers fans.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Does that make you one of the neigh-sayers?

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I said “irrational” not “naive.”

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

It’s comforting to have The Ghost patrolling RF

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I’d like to change my player of the game to Scott Sizemore.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Thanks to AJax for proving me wrong. Groundouttlio, not so much

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Is it just me or is B. Penny going for the Brutus look (think Popeye)?

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm

A little Brian Wilson beard dye, and we’ve got Brutus Penny.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Also Brad Penny likes to reflect back on his life; the choices he has made; his mistakes and successes; the people he loves. Which I respect. But in between each and every pitch??

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Yeah, you know you are in for a 3 hour affair when Brutus Penny takes the ball.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

It’s hard to believe the Yankees are featuring a DH hitting barely above the Ordonez Line.

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

That’s it.

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Avila has got to catch that ball.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Sizemore singles, erased by GIDP…check…

Brenden May 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Magglio…..You’re killing us man…

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Maglio has a co defendant — his name is Leyland. It is incomprehensible — ok I’ll add simply unreasonable — to keeping plugging Mags into the 3 hole out of “respect” for him or so that his feelings are not hurt. Last time I checked, this was still a team game.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Magglio 2011 < Gary Sheffield 2008. Except it's going to take even longer to get Magglio out of the lineup. He shouldn't be batting 6th either; he should be platooning with Carlos Guillen

stephen May 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Tonight’s fun fact. Right at this moment, Magglio’s OPS+ is 6. Yes, the number six.

Brenden May 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Sizemore…..great at hitting….sloppy on defense….can we somehow combine Sizemore and Rhymes?

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

The Ghost with the save! Boo!

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

The Yankees would have at least 3 runs today if Maggio was in RF.

stephen May 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

My favorite paragraph from that cock-eyed optimist at mlb.com:

“It’s the Tigers, though, who are in the best position. For one thing, they’re the closest to contention. Their best players are playing well. Miguel Cabrera is once again putting up MVP numbers.

Only problem with this theory? They only have TWO best players. The other 23? Not so much.

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Gotta give the kid AA some credit there. Nice block at the plate.

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Mario and Rod are now saying that the last time the Tigers led off a game with back to back doubles was FIVE years ago. Good grief.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

No-K-Jax!!! If K-Jax starts hitting, all we have to do is finesse Magglio to the DL and we might have a decent offense…

And we need a good nickname for Sizemore

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Hitzmore (than Rhymes, Raburn, AJax, Inge, Peralta etc…)

TORONTO TIGER May 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Is there a full moon in Detroit or is my miracle for tonight coming true……I’m talking like Smoke on the Brain!

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Singlio! We’ll take it.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Singglio!

Brenden May 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Sizemore up, Rhymes down is proving to be a huge improvement thus far.

scotsw May 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I think we’re learning that Sizemore is actually a pretty good baseball player, who was seriously affected last year by trying to get comfortable in the majors while simultaneously working through a recovery… not the best recipe for success. And I base this not so much on a good day today as on his .390 average, which was a darn good argument for bringing him up a week ago.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

If I’m Girardi, I walk Cabrera

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Apparently I’m Girardi. We need No-K-Burn.

Brenden May 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Almost like clockwork…

Brenden May 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Man…really? Come on Raburn and Peralta, even Magglio got a hit.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Some nice baseclowning there by NY

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Tigers are good at GIDP.

Joe May 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Why does Leyland keep playing Ordonez + Inge? They are both HORRIBLE! Ordonez-158, Inge-213.

scotsw May 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I can’t answer the Ordonez question, but Inge plays defense, and at .213, he’s not far off what you had to expect based on his infuriatingly consistent track record. He’s a below-average major-league hitter. Ever ’twas it thus with him.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Whale of a game by Brutus by the way. He’s still in the running for POG.

Now the question becomes: will we have to endure another Benoit baffler?

Joe May 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Stat of the night-going into tonights game Inge + Ordonez were hitting a combined 30 for 165. Thats a .181 avg.

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Singglio x 2!

Brenden May 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Raburn is becoming a flat tire….

Joe May 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm

How about Singglio + S-Inge-l. Neither one can hit!

TBran in Troy May 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I don’t want to start the Inge bashing (ok, I do) but no contender would play him as an every day player. Yes, he plays some good — not great — defense not. However, in my opinion (worthless, I know), his occasional circus act like plays cause people to unwisely conclude that he has gold glove ability. I disagree. He is glove is good but not great but his well proven lack of any offensive is unacceptable. He needs to ride the pine a lot more than he does. Soap box is now being put away.

Joe May 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Why didnt Leyland pinch hit for S-Inge-L?

Coleman May 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Or for Cantbunt Well

Kevin in Dallas May 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Sizemore 2011 XBH = Ordonez 2011 XBH

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