Game 2011.80: Mets at Tigers

The Tigers welcome the resurgent Mets into CoPa today for the first time since the Mets took 2 of 3 at Citi Field last year.  After a horrendous 5-13 start, the Mets have been playing pretty well, and may even be buyers at the trade deadline instead of dangling Reyes and Carlos Beltran over drooling front runners.

Journeyman R.A. Dickey throws for the Mets, his 3rd team in 4 years.  Dickey was phenomenal in his second year with Mets last year, posting a 2.84 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 175 innings. He’s returned to closer to his career numbers this year, with a 3.76 ERA (remember, it’s the NL), and a 1.32 WHIP.  He’s striking out 6.1/9 this year, his best since his first full season with the Rangers in 2003.

Porcello looks to get the Tigers to a season high 8 games over .500 tonight.  Porcello has been drilled his last two outings, and is looking to return to his late April and May form which saw him go 6-1 over a 9 game stretch.  Let’s hope the heat is not starting to affect his sinker.  Game time temperature is expected to be 75.

Now for today’s obligatory Ryan Raburn talk…  Joe Posnanski wrote up a piece yesterday on how boring Adam Dunn is to watch, and spent a little time on Dunn’s record setting strike-out rate. Currently, Dunn is striking out in 36.6% of his PAs (it’s gone up since Posnanski did his research) which would be the worst such rate in baseball history.  As many swing and misses Raburn and Jackson have put us through, their rates are 27.25% and 32.9%, respectively.  So it could be worse.  That said, though I couldn’t find anywhere which lists K/PAs, Jackson and Raburn seem to be comfortably in the top 5.

A few other notes of interest:

– Tigers are 2nd in the AL in BA with a .266 mark
– Tigers starters named Brad, Phil, Max and Rick do not have a win since June 7th.  Tigers are 7-9 in games when JV doesn’t pitch over that stretch.

Your Ra-Barely Made It Lineup:

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, 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. Vince in MN

    June 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    K/PA (league rank)
    Raburn – 76/236 (6/7)
    Jackson – 91/342 (2)
    Dunn – 100/279 (1)

    Dunn is truly scary. To get pct divide Ks by PA – I don’t have a calculator handy at the moment.

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    June 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm


    • StorminNorman$

      June 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      i concur with that analysis

  3. Brenden

    June 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    What is it with all the double plays tonight??? Two great opportunities have been wiped out so far.

    • Vince in MN

      June 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Make that 3. Might be one of those nights.

  4. Brenden

    June 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Another wasted opportunity… They are killing themselves while Dickey is just serving it to them on a silver platter.

  5. Brenden

    June 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    And the hill gets a little bit taller for our offense….

  6. Brenden

    June 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    And the wheels have come off the Porcello train….

    • scotsw

      June 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Agreed. He’s broken. I hear Dontrelle Willis is available.

      • Brenden

        June 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

        Yeah, I have no idea what is going on with him as of late, but he has just been horrible.

  7. Brenden

    June 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    And the bullpen is back to its old reliable self…

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    June 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Let’s go D Backs.

    • Brenden

      June 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Better rely on the D-Backs because it is clear the offense has hung it up for the night.

  9. Peter

    June 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Does Detroit have any pitchers?

    • ouchudied

      June 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Ever heard of Justin Verlander?

      Nah, me neither

  10. Peter

    June 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Here comes another grand slam

  11. Mark in Vegas

    June 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm


  12. ouchudied

    June 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Think I’m ready to call this one quits

  13. tbran in Troy

    June 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Schlareth = one man clown show. Hell, he’s a 3 ring circus all to himself (walks, HBP and slams).

  14. Mark in Vegas

    June 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Apparently the record for most grand slams in one game by a single team is 2. So, if they leave Schlereth in we might get to witness a historic moment.

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    June 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    It’s just one game friends. Let them get all of their hits today. We’ll take the series.

  16. tbran in Troy

    June 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    The Bush is in the game.

  17. Peter

    June 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    You’re Justin is great but on a night like tonight it’s difficult to remember how good the whole team can be.

  18. Peter

    June 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    This has become a scrimage. Not fair to those who paid to see a game. How bush league is that???

  19. Bob

    June 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Looks in the box score like Dirks came in for Magglio. Is Mags ok?