Wednesday Walewanders: Dickerson, Pulse Checks and the Scherzer Dilemma

Of course I’m enjoying this matinee game between the Tigers and Mariners, but I’m simply more excited to see Nate Robertson (4-4, 4.56 ERA) start against the Braves tonight. I kid.spaghetti.jpg

Adding 327 Words to The Wordless Game Summary: Twins 6 – Tigers 2

WhiteFlag.jpgRemember in Spring Training last year when Jim Leyland was concerned about some Tigers “taking off” at bats knowing that someone else in the powerful lineup would likely back them up?

Maybe that’s what plagues the 2009 Tigers. Except for the powerful lineup thing.

Other thoughts on the game:

  • Don Kelly did not lose this game for the Tigers. The offense, yet again, is to blame. But you knew that.

  • My local Fox affiliate aired the Dodgers-Giants game today so I listened to the entire game on MLB.com. If you didn’t listen, you missed Dan Dickerson‘s call of the ball Kelly lost. I think Dickerson is terrific and the entire game he was warning listeners that games in the Metrodome tend to result in odd endings and comebacks.

    So when Kelly’s miscue was unfolding, Dickerson’s call embodied the “oh-dear-lord-he’s-lost-it-in-the-roof-and-the-Tigers-are-going-to-get-screwed-again” feeling of everyone listening back in Detroit. And he reported that the Twins lead was 3-2, and said it as if it was actually 30-2 — which it essentially was.

  • How about that Gerald Laird? I don’t care if he hits .200 forever, keep nailing those runners.

  • Edwin Jackson probably sat there watching Justin Verlander dominate with only a pair of runs and thought, “Welcome to my world.”

  • I know the announcers have ads and promos they’re required to read on air, but Jim Price‘s friendly reminder of Comerica Park suite availability for the Division Series is just asking for it. Need proof? Not long after he read the ad, it came: “(Orlando) Cabrera lifts a high fly ball to left…” Karma.

  • I wonder if somewhere Gary Sheffield saw Kelly’s flub and said to anyone in earshot: “I’da caught that!” Here’s hoping.

Tomorrow’s game is the last one I ever have to watch the Tigers play in the Metrodome. Oh, sure, there might be a one-game playoff or something, but come on. Do you honestly think I’d subject myself to watching that game?

Wednesday Walewanders

First, let’s raise a glass — or mug of hot chocolate — in celebration of Magglio Ordonez‘s 35th birthday. ¡Felíz Cumpleanos, amigo!

  • I wonder what was going through Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch head today when Lynn Henning of the News asked him about the team’s off season progress — at a press conference in which Ilitch was committing $72 million to Henrik Zetterberg.

  • Remember all the panic from 2006 and 2007 as the Tigers dealt away blue-chip pitching talent? Things are already looking up.

  • I was about to crack wise about poor Nationals fans who will be subjected to Rob Dibble as the new television analyst on MASN broadcasts. Then I realized Tigers fans have a problem of their own alongside Dan Dickerson in the radio booth.

  • I’m with Ian: Timo Time es muy bueno.

Finally, Yahoo! Sports‘s Tim Brown recently pitched in his two cents on the 2009 Tigers in his Hot Stove Daily column.

The Doug Report – Weak (sic) 1

OldTimeWriterXSmall.jpgGreetings,

I figured if this Drudge fellow can have his own report, why can’t I have mine? (Plus, during the school year, once a week is about all I can muster for blogging.)

Well, here I sit staring at this morning’s paper and an 0-6 record after six home games. I haven’t even found the time to read through the Free Press and News‘ preview issues (cleverly themed “Charged” and “Detroit Lumber Co.,” respectively) touting this high-powered offense and I can tell you from my first in-person viewing last night that those two sections couldn’t be further from the truth at the moment.

About the only charge emanating from the CoPa last night was the static electricity from all the fleece in the yard rubbing together as the folks tried to stay warm while a relatively balmy spring day reminded us how it can quickly turn into a dang chilling spring night in a hurry (especially when the wind picks up).

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The Detroit Tigers Podcast #26: Talking Tigers with Dan Dickerson

download The Detroit Tigers Podcast Welcome to The Detroit Tigers Podcast, the podcast for Tigers fans, by Tigers fans. This is Episode #26, a 42-minute podcast about the American League Champion Detroit Tigers recorded live from Scottsdale, Arizona U.S.A.Take our podcast survey!Listen to the podcast on the show Web site: www.TigersPodcast.com.In this episode we talk with Tigers radio voice Dan Dickerson. And we review the Tigers month of July— including the end-of-month misery in California.Download the audio file or grab the RSS feed here.Improve our iTunes Ranking: If you like the podcast, please leave a comment on our iTunes page!Comments? Leave a message on the listener line, (480) 383-6350, or leave a comment here! Also, be sure to check out The Daily Fungo, my Tigers blog, for more conversations about the team. To stay current with the blog, use this RSS feed.   The Detroit Tigers Podcast is not affiliated in any way with the Detroit Tigers Baseball Club or Major League Baseball.