Game 2011.76: Diamondbacks at Tigers

Interleague play can be fun when those natural rivalry games come up.  Then there are all of those other games, the leftoverlry games, in which it has somehow been decided that Detroit vs Arizona is a good idea.

Just our luck:  The Diamondbacks are the hottest team in MLB;  they are the new Indians, leading the majors with 27 wins since May 14.  And traveling to Comerica doesn’t look to phase them:  Arizona is 15-4 over their last 19 road games.

On the other hand, we get an added treat this season, since Arizona is being managed by ol’ Gibby himself, and joining Kirk Gibson on the bench is bench coach Alan Trammell.  Not that Gibson is being all sentimental about it:  “they’re the enemy.  It’s totally different.  Tiger Stadium is where I played.”  Expect that to change for the 3rd game of the series Sunday, when the Tigers will hold a ceremony retiring Sparky Anderson’s number.

Phil Coke will take the mound today and pray for some run support for a change.  Oh wait, look, Brandon Inge is back tonight!  Problem solved. (Danny Worth drew the short straw, so back to the Toledo mud for him).  Inge and company will be bashing against Zach Duke, who gave up  3 runs in 5 innings vs the White Sox his last outing.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Alex Avila

Justin Verlander says, vote Alex into the All-Star Game. (By the way, Justin seems to have borrowed artwork by Samara over at Roar of the Tigers).

Today’s Ingetangible Lineup:

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


  1. Mr. X

    June 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I think we’re going to score plenty of runs for Coke in this game. I hope he can hold up his half of the bargain.

  2. Mr. X

    June 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Jhonny !

  3. Vince in MN

    June 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I hate interleague play.
    The Allstar Game is a joke.
    Stan and Ollie batting 8th and 9th for us tonight.
    Go Tigers anyway.

    • Mr. X

      June 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Watching the Tigers is like watching an All-Star team.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        June 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

        Is anyone else concerned that WS home field advantage is going to be settled by guys like Russell Martin and Derek Jeter? I realize this isn’t a new problem, but this has got to change soon. I’m guessing they’ll do so when they re-align/change the playoffs.


        • Mr. X

          June 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm

          Even if those guys are voted to start, it doesn’t mean they’ll play much. They’ll probably get 3 or 4 innings before getting replaced.

          Also, the NL has Lincecum, Halladay, and Lee, so it’s going to be difficult to score runs with any line-up.

  4. Coleman

    June 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Is the 4th inning too early to bring in a defensive replacement for Clownburn?

    • Snyder

      June 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Wonder how many runs that’s gonna cost us…

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      I’m his biggest supporter, but even I can admit that he’s not good enough to be our 4th outfielder anymore.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        June 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

        And I also feel that playing him at 2B is making things worse. He needs to be somewhere where he feels more comfortable. Like Toledo.

        • Vince in MN

          June 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

          I don’t know if he would feel more comfortable at Toledo, but I certainly would.

  5. Coleman

    June 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    And Ryan Perry joins the clown show, taking out Avila in the process. Can we send him back to Toledo yet?

  6. Vince in MN

    June 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Can someone remind me why WP Perry is on the staff again.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      How awesome was the transaction wire yesterday that brought back Inge and Perry?

  7. Vince in MN

    June 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm


  8. Vince in MN

    June 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm


  9. Vince in MN

    June 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Perry’s arsenal:
    1. 2-seam fastball
    2. 4-seam fastball
    3. Dirt ball

    I think he needs to add another pitch

  10. Brenden

    June 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Seriously…How is Raburn still getting any playing time when we have better options on the bench???

  11. Brenden

    June 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    That was stupid…

  12. Brenden

    June 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    This is such a lame game to lose….

  13. JOE Z

    June 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm


  14. tbran in Troy

    June 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Well, it’s good to see Mr. Inge back in mid season form.

  15. tbran in Troy

    June 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    What a wasted game. The old man should be all over these guys. Glad I didn’t pay to see it.

  16. Kevin in Dallas

    June 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Raburn and Inge aren’t really the concern. Our offense is fine. The problem is that our starters now have an era around 5.15 over the past 29 games.

  17. Jimmustgo

    June 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    The real problem is Jim Leyland. Once again, he makes a critical mistake by pitching to Wily Mo Pena. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  18. Mr. X

    June 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Anyone who is afraid to pitch to Wily Mo Pena probably isn’t in the majors.

  19. Mr. X

    June 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    It would of been Pena’s 1st walk of the season also.