Game 2011.115: Tigers at Indians

The manager has been extended, the GM has been extended,  and with a 3-game series against Cleveland beginning tonight,  there is an opportunity for the division lead to be extended.

The Tigers took advantage of their last off-day of the month to announce that the contract of manager Jim Leyland has been extended through 2012, and President/CEO/GM Dave Dombrowski through 2015.  Dombrowski said that more than a 1-year deal for Leyland was never discussed, and was never requested by Leyland.

Dombrowski also stressed that the rest of the front office was extended–Al Avila (asst GM), Scott Reid (top scout), John Westhoff (attorney, contract negotiations), and David Chadd (amateur scout), and said getting the deal done now was important because this is the time of year other teams start asking around about personnel, and you risk someone jumping to another organization.

Reaction to the extensions in the media has been mixed–Drew Sharp likes the idea, Terry Foster doesn’t–as I’m sure it will be here.

As if on cue, the newly-extended Tigers front office followed up today by announcing they have signed their first 2011 draft pick, catcher James McCann from Arkansas.

In tonight’s first of three (and first of 12 remaining this season) against the Indians, Detroit’s trade-deadline catch Doug Fister takes the mound for the 2nd time as a Tiger. His first outing was a solid 3-runs in 7 innings against the tough Texas offense, which means he’s already done more for the team than the 2009 deadline darling, Jarrod Washburn.  Fister draws a tough match-up in Justin Masterson (9-7, 2.63), who faced Fister in Seattle April 9 and came out on top 2-1.

Player of the Pre-game: Carlos Guillen and Alex Avila (tie).

Right now the hottest bat on the team belongs to Alex Avila, who has on On-Base Percentage of .441 over the last 2 weeks.  The coldest bat belongs to Carlos Guillen (.154 OBP).  Guillen bats in front of Avila.  Whether or not Guillen manages to get on base could have a big effect on the outcome of the game.

Today’s Return-of-V-Mart Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Brennan Boesch LF
  3. Andy Dirks RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta SS
  7. Carlos Guillen 2B
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Don Kelly 3B

74 Comments

  1. Mr. X

    August 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Love my Tigers, that goes for DD and Leyland too.

    • kathy

      August 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      I like Mr. Dombrowski. Period.

      • Coleman

        August 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

        He has made mistakes, some of them large ones. But the only way to avoid mistakes is not to try anything, and we all remember the Tigers back in those days.

  2. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    And the series begins with a leadoff strikeout by Austin Jackson.

    • JOE Z

      August 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      theres something you see everyday, a leadoff strikeout by austin jackson

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Who told Peralta to go to 3rd there?

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Really poor job of hitting by BB there. I don’t mind him swinging on 3-0, but he carried that 3-0 enthusiasm with him to 3-1 and 3-2.

  5. StorminNorman$

    August 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    i’m not watching the game – did Boesch just swing at a 3-0 pitch that was out of the strike zone?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      The 3-0 pitch was a great pitch to hit. He just missed it.

  6. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Uh-oh, the rain delay has not been our friend.

  7. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    D-Train with RBI triple for the Reds

  8. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Top off, emptied, put back on for next storm. This one may not happen.

    We need some rain delay contests here or something to keep us entertained while waiting. Or re-runs of This Week In Baseball…

    • ouchudied

      August 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Clear skies the rest of the way. This one will get underway shortly

      • ouchudied

        August 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        Game estimated to resume around 9:45, per the Indians

  9. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    According to Jason Beck Fister went out to the bullpen so it’s possible he might stay in.

  10. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Duane Below is now warming up, it looks like D-Low will be taking over.

    And we’ll doubtless be getting at least a couple of Coke innings…fasten your seatbelts.

  11. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    White Sox beat Baltimore 4-3. If we beat Cleveland tonight, Chicago is now tied for 2nd.

  12. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Belowpen > Blowpen

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Cy Clepen

  14. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    POG = Duane Below

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Man we’re giving this one away.

  16. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I think the Tigers should just pretend that stolen bases and bunts are both illegal and never try either again.

  17. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Which is a better RSIP: 0-6 or 1-1?

    • Coleman

      August 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Tigers need batters right now with a good RSipp

      • Kevin in Dallas

        August 9, 2011 at 11:30 pm

        See, that was a trick question.

  18. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Says a lot that they’re not bringing in Coke here, huh?

    • Coleman

      August 9, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      They’re saving him for, you know, um, something.

  19. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Clown alert…clown alert…

  20. Coleman

    August 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Plenty of managerial fail to go around tonight…blame the rain.

  21. Mr. X

    August 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Schlereth the Sheriff. He’s been nails since his call-up. He done great in Toledo as well.

  22. Mr. X

    August 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Here you go Jerry. Pinch runner for VMart.

  23. Kevin in Dallas

    August 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Uh-oh.

  24. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I’m starting to become very annoyed with the girl behind home who has been hopping up and down all game like a cross between a cheerleader and a monkey.

  25. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Al-Al-Al-Al-Al-Al-Al

  26. Kevin in Dallas

    August 10, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Against pitching to Hafner. For the record.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 10, 2011 at 12:52 am

      Great move Jimmy! Congrats on your extension!

  27. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Al-Al-Al-Al-Al-Al-Al-Al

  28. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 12:58 am

    No matter what happens, no matter how long the game goes, the Tigers can’t bring in David Purcey or Brad Thomas, so let’s take a moment to be thankful for that.

  29. Chris

    August 10, 2011 at 1:00 am

    This offense stinks, right now. What happened?

    • Coleman

      August 10, 2011 at 1:15 am

      The rain delay. The Tigers have 1 run in their last 14 innings of post-rain-delay offense.

  30. Chris

    August 10, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Where’s Inge when we need a good bat?

    • Coleman

      August 10, 2011 at 1:11 am

      Inge at least knows how to take one for the team

  31. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Joaquin The Dog!

  32. TSE

    August 10, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Good lord, 13 innings of this crap. This team can’t manufacture strategy to save their lives. Outhitting them 10-6, but nevertheless this has just been one drag of a game to watch. Hey Jim, how about stealing 2nd base if you cant get anything other than sparse singles, at least give us some hope that we might actually convert a run here and there. Egads. This is not what baseball is supposed to be.

    So that’s 10 out of 10 hits for singles, w/ a bounty of 2 runs, and no managerial enhancements either on tactics or on getting our players to not swing at balls! How long is it going to take this equally dysfunctional Indians team to put us out of our misery? This game is never going to end, lol good thing we have an infinite pitcher supply. Good luck Cleveland, you guys only have enough pitchers for 8 more innings, and we have enough pitchers for about 8 years :)

    • TSE

      August 10, 2011 at 1:21 am

      LOL, runner goes!!!!!!!!!!….. FINALLY!!!!! but on 2 strikes and that pitch was strike 3. FU Jim

    • Mr. X

      August 10, 2011 at 1:28 am

      Geeez you’re stinker. This is the best game I’ve watched in a while. This game might just set the tone for the series. I just hope we win.

      • TSE

        August 10, 2011 at 1:43 am

        This is garbage baseball with a crappy unqualified hitting team and a lousy manager that has no clue how to manage this game or teach it to others. It’s a shameful historic moment soon after hearing the Leyland extension news, and it’s a fitting slap in the face for what we deserve for being such losers at wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and still not being able to field a logical and halfway reasonable team for the money. This game is a monumental symbol of disgrace that we are owed for our years of neglect at doing things the right way.

  33. Chris

    August 10, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Every pitcher looks like Kofax against this inept lineup.

    • Mr. X

      August 10, 2011 at 1:33 am

      Good enough for 1st place

      • stephen

        August 10, 2011 at 1:47 am

        3rd place in any of the other five divisions. The point of a top 5 payroll team is to actually be a world series contender not just the only team in their piss poor division that finishes above .500.

        • TSE

          August 10, 2011 at 1:55 am

          Yeah and if you take the Tigers out of it, there is not ONE team in baseball that does anywhere close to a good job. NOT EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE!
          This league, every single team is run by a complete buffoon! And to think we can’t even win against these losers, just really sheds light on how mind numbingly stupid our mngmt is.

          And just because everyone of our peers is an idiot, is no excuse or relevance to us in terms of what we do. We have an obligation to manage the team properly and logically and that’s a fact regardless of the fact that no other team does it correct, that’s their sad problem but shouldn’t be ours!!!!!!!!

          OH WOW, HBP to end the game, how fitting. This team is a heaping pile of Tiger dung, and we deserve to lose in exactly this fashion.

          • Mr. X

            August 10, 2011 at 1:58 am

            I wish somebody would ban you from the internet. It would make this world a better place.

            • stephen

              August 10, 2011 at 2:12 am

              C’mon, Mr. X, no one is asking you to be banned from the internet for your rainbow and unicorn view of the Tigers. Be nice.

              • Mr. X

                August 10, 2011 at 2:44 am

                Please ban me then.

        • Mr. X

          August 10, 2011 at 1:55 am

          Still a 1st place team anyway.

      • TSE

        August 10, 2011 at 1:47 am

        So, what if we spent 10 billion dollars on payroll and had first place? Guess you’d be happy, but the magnitude of the embarrassment of this team would be amplified that at least others would wake up and figure out that this is a sad team not worthy of respect from its fans. It’s very lucky to have so much undeserved support. Say hi to Santa Claus for me Mr. X.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          August 10, 2011 at 10:15 am

          I really enjoyed this thread. I like Mr. X’s optimism, because it’s a gentle reminder to enjoy the beauty of the game. I always enjoy stephen’s truth torpedos, and I enjoy TSE’s the glass is 99% empty viewpoint b/c that’s what fans have a right to do.

          And the Santa Clause comment made me laugh out loud.

  34. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Web Gem for Miguel!

  35. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Joaquin on the moon!

  36. Mr. X

    August 10, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Got my rally hat on.

  37. Chris

    August 10, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Jim has tried the small ball game and it hasn’t worked. This entire lineup is incapable of exicuting anything but rally killing bunt double plays

  38. Kevin in Dallas

    August 10, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Just popped open my first beer. Let’s go AA.

    • Coleman

      August 10, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I am not confident you’ll make it to a 2nd.

  39. Kevin in Dallas

    August 10, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Those are some hard hit balls to get nothing out of it.

  40. Kevin in Dallas

    August 10, 2011 at 1:48 am

    That should have been two Carlos.

  41. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 1:49 am

    A real 2B and that was a inning-ending DP…sigh

  42. Kevin in Dallas

    August 10, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Why aren’t the middle infielders at double play depth?

    • Coleman

      August 10, 2011 at 1:55 am

      Because there is no defense against a walkoff HBP.

  43. Mr. X

    August 10, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Freaking blowpen

  44. JOE Z

    August 10, 2011 at 1:53 am

    ugh

  45. Kevin in Dallas

    August 10, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Fun game to watch, bad game to be a Tigers fan. Let’s go RP, we need you tomorrow.

  46. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Well, that’s different, speaking of taking one for the team. Eh. The real winner tonight: Chicago.

  47. Coleman

    August 10, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Whoa, whoa. Nobody wants anybody to be banned here. Mr X, Stephen, TSE, you all have unique viewpoints that would be missed. It’s late, and this loss was bitter. A good night’s sleep to all, and let’s go at it again tomorrow.

  48. Kevin in Dallas

    August 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

    “It was a big win for us because it set the tone for the series,” said Indians pitcher Frank Herrmann, who pitched two scoreless innings and combined with six other relievers for 12 scoreless innings after starter Justin Masterson was lifted following the rain delay. “We shaved a full game off the lead, we stayed ahead of the White Sox, which is important because we haven’t been lower than second all season, and, at the very least, we’re still very much in the race even if we lose the last two games of the series.”