Game 2011.81: Mets at Tigers

Thank you Wily Mo Pena…

The Tigers sent 13 runners safely towards first base last night, but managed only 3 runs.  A coupla GIDPs and 0-6 with RISP will do that to you.  Maggs reached twice in three at bats, but before we get too excited about his return, realize that he only has 2 XBH out of his 10 hits since his return a few weeks ago.  He was taken out in the 6th last night, but it looks like it was simply precautionary.  Leyland took some of the heat for Schlereth’s woeful performance (8 earned on two swings is quite a feat), mentioning that he (Leyland) had not done a good job of keeping Schlereth sharp.  Last night was Schlereth’s first appearance in a week.

In other news…

– Apparently the Tigers are looking to move Brad Thomas.  I don’t think DD needs to worry about overages on his cell plan.  In fact, they might get more interest if they shopped Dave Thomas.
– New Mets skipper Terry Collins is an EMU alum.  Remember when they were the Hurons?  Can we bring that back?  (Did you know that EMU was originally named “Michigan State Normal School?”  What does that say for our friends out in East Lansing?)
– Avila is only about 400,000 votes behind Russell Martin.  If you have not already, get out there and vote.  Avila really deserves it this year.  And do you want Russell Martin and Derek Jeter batting in the first three innings in a game which could determine whether the Tigers or Phillies get home field advantage in October?
– Oh yeah, there’s a game tonight.  We really need a solid outing from Phil Coke.  More on Coke v. Capuano later today.

The Tigers desperately need a good start from Coke today.  Pretty much the exact opposite of his last two starts.

Capuano had a rough go early on in 2011, but he’s posted 4 straight quality starts dating back to June 7th.  On the year he’s a pedestrian 6-7 with a 3.99 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.  He’s walked 1 or fewer in 8/15 starts.  I think the boys will have their work cut out for them tonight.

Cabrera is the only Tiger with more than 4 career plate appearances against Capuano, and he’s got 7 hits in 19 ABs with 2 HR.  VMart is 2-3.

Tonight’s Troops Are:

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


  1. ouchudied

    June 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    “Apparently the Tigers are looking to move Brad Thomas”


  2. Kevin in Dallas

    June 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Not this again.

  3. StorminNorman$

    June 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    looks like another double digit night for the Mets… i’d hate to see what the Tiger’s starting pitching ERA is over the past few weeks if you take Verlander out of the mix.

  4. ouchudied

    June 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm


  5. Brenden

    June 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Same crap, different day. Apparently we only have one reliable starter in our rotation. I’m starting to think the Phil Coke experiment is a bust.

  6. Brenden

    June 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Yep….on the brink of another double digit day for the Mets…this is ridiculous….

  7. Brenden

    June 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    And the bullpen is up to its usual clown show….

  8. Brenden

    June 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Do I sense some life in our offense? Can the bullpen hold the Mets to 8? We might have a chance!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm


  9. Kevin in Dallas

    June 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm


  10. Brenden

    June 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Our bullpen sucks….The offense makes a comeback, then New Mexico walks the bases loaded and gives up a hit….Way to go champ….The bus to Toledo should be crowded after this series. A whole bunch of throwers need to learn how to pitch…

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Our pitching is not gonna get any better overnight. But our fielding at 2B can improve quickly.

      • Brenden

        June 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        Yeah…right….Rick Porcellow will be sent to Toledo before Ryan Raburn loses his job at 2nd.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          June 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm

          Unfortunately, you’re probably right. Seriously, I don’t think Raburn is fit to play anywhere in the field other than DH.

  11. Brenden

    June 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Nice Dirks!

  12. Kevin in Dallas

    June 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    The Inge, Raburn, Jackson R23L2O (0 out, to be exact) and the Raburn effort on that single in the 7th are gonna be easy to blame and hard to forget.

  13. Brenden

    June 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Seriously!?!?!?!? What the heck is wrong with this bullpen!?!?!?!?

  14. Andrew

    June 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I’m not use to the Tigers getting pounded in inter league play since Leyland took over. Maybe it’s a bizzaro season and they won’t have the second half swoon?

  15. Brenden

    June 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    We’re going to need one hell of a day from Verlander tomorrow, because it is looking like everyone in the bullpen is getting used tonight and like each will give up a minimum of 3 runs each. This just pathetic…

  16. Nick D

    June 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I’m just tuning in – did DON KELLY seriously pitch? WHY???

    • Brenden

      June 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      No worse than the rest of the pitching staff that has completely had a meltdown in the last two games.

      • ouchudied

        June 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

        I mean, he got an out and all, but he hung a 71 MPH curveball that should have been smoked. I guess I’ll cut him some slack because he is a position player.