The Tigers announced a ton of roster moves today:
- Clete Thomas and Ramon Santiago hit the 15 day DL
- Mike Hollimon and Brent Clevlen were brought up to take their places.
- Aquilino Lopez was placed on the bereavement list and Denny Bautista was reinstated from the DL.
Notes from the conference call with David Chadd:
- He identified Ryan as a top priority in the Cape Cod league. They liked he carried the high velocity throughout the course of the spring. It’s a player they were targeting all along.
- He could be used either way (as a starter or reliever).
- He needs to continue to refine his delivery and work on his secondary pitches. Coming into college as a shortstop he doesn’t have a lot of innings on his arm.
- A development plan hasn’t been worked out yet. When asked if Perry could move quickly, Chadd cautioned that he had worked to do. It’s conceivable he could move fast, but it depends on how he does.
- The draft didn’t surprise them, and the board went the way they thought it would.
I’m a pretty patient guy. My thing is to be pretty measured in my analysis. I try to consider all the angles. While I have the emotional response, I usually put that aside when it comes time to blog. But enough is enough. In a season full of disappointment, frustration, angst, and disbelief, today’s game left me disgusted.
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PREGAME: Good old game 54. The one-third mark of the season. Yeah.
The Tigers journey to Seattle to take on the Mariners. Seattle snapped a 7 game losing streak when they took the last 2 games against Boston.
Detroit will face Carlos Silva who they bludgeoned to the tune of 7 runs in 4.1 innings when they faced him in Detroit. Things didn’t get better in his next start when he also allowed 7 runs to the Yankees.
Taking the mound for the Tigers is Nate Robertson. His last start came in the 19-3 drubbing of the Twins. His quality start in the effort was the start of one full turn through the rotation with quality starts for all.
Robertson’s last start in Safeco was in September 2006 when he pitched 7 innings and allowed 1 run.
DET @ SEA, Friday, May 30, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com
POSTGAME: I love Carlos Silva. Another 7 run outing, this one didn’t even last an inning for him. Of course the Tigers didn’t score after that first inning, but it proved to be more than enough.
Robertson allowed his typical 4 runs. Rod Allen said in the postgame show that Nate was battling an illness picked up after leaving LA.
The bullpen was nearly flawless for 2.1 innings with a double off Freddy Dolsi being the only blemish. Zach Miner and Todd Jones threw 1-2-3 innings with Miner dropping his ERA under 6.
Leyland managed this pretty aggressively at the end with Clete Thomas coming in to play left, Pudge moving behind the plate, and Inge moving to third.
Starting at 12:45 today we’ll try something new. I’ll do a live chat. Ask your questions and we’ll see how it goes.
POST CHAT COMMENTS: Thanks to everyone who participated. There were some great questions, and fortunately I think I was able to keep up pretty good. Please let me know what you though of this. It was a spur of the moment decision I made when I had 45 minutes and couldn’t decide what topic to cover today so it seemed like a good time to try this.
Is this something I should do again? Maybe once a month or so?
Well that was quick. I almost sensed that Leyland was giving him every imaginable chance and there was a hope he’d do something against his old team. Instead it was feeble offense and bad defense. The Tigers are a better team now.
Matt Joyce gets the call.
I’ll have more later.
PREGAME: It will be two pitchers going tonight with a combined ERA of 15.51. That combined is added of course and not the average of Kenny Rogers’s and Phillip Hughes’s lines.
Hughes has nearly as man walks as strike outs (10 versus 11) but that bests Kenny’s 15:9 ratio.
The Tigers trot out their full lineup, fresh from an off day.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Sheffield, DH
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Guillen, 3B
- Renteria, SS
- Rodriguez, C
- Jones, LF
The Yankees however are a little short and coming from a late night in Cleveland. Jorge Posada is out with shoulder issues and Alex Rodriguez is out with a quadricep injury.
- Johnny Damon, CF
- Derek Jeter, SS
- Bobby Abreu, RF
- Hideki Matsui, LF
- Jason Giambi, DH
- Shelley Duncan, 1B
- Morgan Ensberg, 3B
- Robinson Cano, 2B
- Chris Stewart, C
Programming Note: This will be simulcast on FSN and FSN+ until 10pm. At that time the Red Wings will be on FSN and the Tigers on FSN+.
DET @ NYY, Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com
Game Time 7:05
POSTGAME: That’s not a bad way to start a road trip…other than twice walking the bases loaded. Continue reading Game 27: Tigers at Yankees
After a miserable performance last night Yorman Bazardo has been designated for assignment. He is out of options but I anticipate that after his first 2 outings he’ll have no trouble clearing waivers. The Tigers also have the option of trying to work out a trade over the next 10 days.
Taking his place will be that second lefty Clay Rapada. Rapada had some arm problems early in the spring and has made 2 appearances for the Mud Hens. His ERA is inflated because one of the outings was good and one was bad. Working in his favor is the fact that he has 7 strike outs against only 2 walks in his 5 innings of work. Not walking people would be a step forward at this point. It will also likely mean longer outings for Bobby Seay.
I’m really disappointed in Bazardo. I had high hopes for him this season. I don’t know if he’s still being effected by the death of his father but his inability to throw strikes last night was maddening.