Game 2011.45: Tigers at Pirates

Amazing what can happen in 7 days.  A week ago, the Tigers had won 7 in a row, were a season high 4 games over .500, and were leading the AL in runs scored.  Since then, the boys are 0-4, they’ve managed 6 runs in those 4 games, and are now 26 runs behind the Yankees.

Beyond the anemic offense, the bullpen has gone from terrible to catastrophic, allowing 10 ER in 4 2/3 IP over the last four games.  Help is on the way, as Charlie Furbush was recalled from Toledo today, with Brad Thomas going to the DL.  Furbush has been pretty darn good down there, posting a 2.91 ERA and striking out an international league leading 55 in 46 1/3 IP covering 8 starts.  I’m curious to see what his role will be.  Coke has certainly earned his spot in the rotation, but he’s sorely missed out of the pen.

Max Scherzer gets the ball today, on the heels of three fantastic starts where he allowed 2 ER over 20 innings.  At the plate, Max is a career .176 hitter with 2 doubles and 3 RBI in 68 career plate appearances.

Kevin Correia (core – A – ah) climbs the hill for the Pirates.  Correia has been in the bigs for 7 years, mostly as a spot starter until 2009 when he had a fine season with the Padres, towing a 3.91 ERA (3.81 FIP) over 33 starts and just under 200 IP.  He only pitched 145 innings last year (injury, I presume, but I practically had to look up where Pittsburgh is), and for 2011, he’s 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.25 WHIP (remember he’s facing a pitcher almost every 9 batters).   He doesn’t walk many (2011 2.06/9), nor strike out many (3.81/9) so let’s see if the Tigers can hit ’em where they ain’t.

I’ve got to get to a BBQ, someone please post the lineups when they are avail.

Let’s go Tigers!


  1. Coleman

    May 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Today’s World Will End During 7th-Inning Stretch Lineup:
    1 Jackson CF
    2 Santiago 2B
    3 Dirks LF
    4 Cabrera 1B
    5 Boesch RF
    6 Peralta SS
    7 Avila C
    8 Inge 3B
    9 Scherzer P

  2. Dave D

    May 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I am loving the up and down Tigers this year! Although I am not surprised to their record right now. I pretty much expected us to finish 3rd this year…since Dave Dumb-browski is calling the shots! Should he have his contract renewed after this year? Check it out here
    Funny profile but all true!??

  3. Coleman

    May 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    How has our lineup turned into Ramon Santiago and 8 other guys?

  4. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    somehow with Raburn not in there the lineup looks like there are less automatic outs,,,even though the pitcher is batting…

  5. Coleman

    May 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Scherzer on pace for the 167-pitch shutout

  6. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Inge Scherzer and Jackson……can we just save time and jump to the bottom of the third

  7. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Leyland quotes: “Raburn needs to make better contact
    ” We just have to hit the ball better”
    ” Sizemore just rushed it and made a poor throw, I’m ok with that”
    ” Our bullpen isn’t going a very good job””

    who writes this stuff for him….theses are amazing observations …..

    • Coleman

      May 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      I think he just reads whatever is handed to him. I still remember the embarrassing postgame that he led off with “WARNING: Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.”

  8. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Dirks atta boy!

  9. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Miggy atta boy!

  10. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Boesch Atta boy!

    • judpma

      May 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      my fault….. I knew I shouldn’t have capitalized that A

  11. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    the K record of 197 is in serious jeopardy…Jackson might break it by the All Star game

  12. Coleman

    May 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Mad MaKKs is dealing.

  13. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Since the world didn’t end this evening and we are in an election year, how about:

    A. Getting rid of interleague play?
    B. If not getting rid of interleague play, force NL home games to allow the DH, while AL home games require the pitchers to bat. Maybe then all can see the lunacy of the DH.

    • judpma

      May 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      …gee a relief pitcher walking a lead off hitter …didn’t guess that would happen!

  14. Brenden

    May 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Ugh…my good feelings towards this game just left me…Considering that our offense has looked inept in our last four games…

    • Coleman

      May 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      The worst part is that since it’s now the 6th inning, if the game is called on account of the world ending, it counts as a loss.

  15. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    they don’t seem to have trouble scoring those :”Colemans”

    • Coleman

      May 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      I might have to start moonlighting at the BucBlog

  16. Blogging From Heaven

    May 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Well, the Rapture came off as planned, and I trust that most of you are up here also. They have Internet in heaven, which I kind of expected. The surprising thing though is the connection speed. Quite ordinary. Eh.

  17. Brenden

    May 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    No..I didn’t just see that…Perry did not just walk a Relief Pitcher…did he? Yeah, he did, and the clown show is about to ensue….We have no bullpen and no offense again. At least we can try to fight to get above .500 again. The team really seems to enjoy doing that.

  18. judpma

    May 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Fire Leyland!!!….reason number 1,243 is for not taking Perry out immediately after walking that pitcher who has never batter in the major leagues on four straight pitches

    • Coleman

      May 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      Personally I’m enjoying the spirited competition between Perry and Schlereth to be the Next Jason Grilli.

      • Vince in MN

        May 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

        The positive for Perry today was that he faced 5 batters and only walked one of them.

  19. Coleman

    May 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    On the negative side: the Tiger bullpen.
    On the positive side: inspiration for a new phrase: The Blowpen

    • judpma

      May 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      post of the day!