As Detroit finally (?) emerges from the chill of winter/spring, we’re cool and rainy in the desert. Bygones.
Here are some items lifted/edited from today’s Tigers Game Notes:
- Carlos Guillen enters todayâ€™s game with a .370 batting average (10 for 27) during his career versus Jose Contreras. Guillen is third among all active major league players with a minimum of 15 plate appearances against Contreras with a .370 batting average.
- Placido Polanco collected his sixth straight multi-hit game at home last night to begin the season. Polanco is the first major leaguer to accomplish that feat since Chicagoâ€™s Chet Lemon also posted six straight multi-hit games at home to begin the year April 10-27, 1979. St. Louisâ€™ Julian Javier accomplished the feat in seven straight games April 11-29, 1962.
- Nate Robertson enters his start this afternoon seventh in the American League with a 1.80 ERA while he is tied for seventh with two wins and tied for 13th with 2.25 walks per nine innings pitched.
- Speaking of Nate, he’s making his 57th appearance, 56th start, at Comerica Park during his career today. In his previous 56 appearances, he is 18-22 with a 4.29 ERA (342.1 IP / 163 ER) and 243 strikeouts.
I just searched DirecTV’s MLB Game Mix channel to see what channel the Tigers are on.
They aren’t on Extra Innings. They are, unfortunately, on WGN. I’ll have to watch with the sound turned down. Ken Harrelson is, well, words don’t describe how bad he is as an announcer.
If you want to read about how bad he was as the Sox’ GM in 1986, pick up a copy of Rob Neyer‘s “Big Book of Baseball Blunders.” In fact, the chapter on Maury Wills as the Mariners’ manager alone is worth the price of the book.
Around the Tigersphere:
- Bill compiles a nice update on the Tigers minor league affiliates.
- Brian at TigerBlog reports that phormer phenom Humberto Sanchez is slated for Tommy John surgery and out for the year. Probably explains why Alfonso Soriano never became a Tiger last year.
- For my money, the most solid all-around Tigers blog these days is Ian‘s Bless You Boys. He’s making me look bad with his never-ending volume of posts. Curse you, Mr. Casselberry!
Have a great weekend.