Tigers Today: March 27, 2010

BehindHomePlate.jpgTigers’ Spring Training Record: 14-9-1

Today’s Game:

Tigers vs. Yankees | 1:05 p.m. ET – Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland | On the air: 97.1 FM/1270 AM

Pitching Matchup: Nate Robertson (2-0, 3.68 ERA) vs. A.J. Burnett (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

Also scheduled to pitch: Joel Zumaya, Ryan Perry, Phil Coke, Robbie Weinhardt and Daniel Schlereth

Yesterday’s Results

Braves 5 – Tigers 3

The Braves’ Derek Lowe outdueled Justin Verlander (1-3), who gave up three runs and six hits in 5-2/3 innings. The Opening Day starter also struck out three, walked one and committed a balk. Brandon Inge and Gerald Laird both stroked a pair of hits.

Former Tiger Omar Infante started at shortstop for the Braves going 1 for 3. He’s batting .395 this spring.

Tomorrow’s Game

Tigers @ Yankees | 1:05 p.m. ET – Legends Field, Tampa | On the Air: 97.1 FM/1270 AM

Max Scherzer (1-1, 7.15 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Tigers History Lesson

On this Date in Tigers History

Game 159: Fail-ebration

balloonpop.jpgESPN highlights available here…eventually.

The Score: Twins 8 – Tigers 3

The Gist: Wasted opportunities. Sure, the usual ones — stranded runners, untimely hitting — but also new and exciting storylines. Like, four errors by the Twins, a bizarrely mediocre Joe Nathan and…oh, what’s the difference? Nate Robertson pitched well enough to not lose but not much better. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez overreacted again, issued warnings, ejected Jim Leyland, Jeremy Bonderman and Gerald Laird, watched benches clear. You know, the usual playoff atmosphere.

The Quote: “Really, what is there to say?” — Yours truly.

The Stat: 0 – As in 0 for 5 for Ramon Santiago on the day, suggesting that perhaps Leyland chose the wrong day to give Placido Polanco a breather. Santiago was 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position, including a bases-loaded chance in the fourth when he popped out to the catcher. The catcher.

Magic/Tragic Number: 2 – Still two.

Up Next: White Sox @ Tigers

Edwin Jackson (13-8, 3.36 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (8-6, 3.75; 2-0 with the Sox)

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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?

The Monday Report: Week 2

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The Skinny:

  • 7-5, Tied for 1st Place in A.L. Central with Chicago and Kansas City
  • Streak: W2
  • Home Record: 4-1
  • Road Record: 3-4

Streaks:

  • Last 10 Games: 7-3
  • Last 5 Games: 3-2

Who’s Hot from the Past Week:

  • Josh Anderson: .545 avg., .615 OBP, .818 SLG, 4 RBI, 2 SB
  • Miguel Cabrera: .455 avg., .478 OBP, .591 SLG, 10 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Gerald Laird: .400 avg., .500 OBP, .400 SLG
  • Magglio Ordonez: .353 avg., .522 OBP, .353 SLG

Who’s Not:

  • Carlos Guillen: .190 avg., .261 OBP, .190 SLG
  • Placido Polanco: .182 avg., .250 OBP, .364 SLG
  • Curtis Granderson: .174 avg., .240 OBP, .174 SLG

Up Next: Angels

  • Today: Off Day
  • Tuesday: Armando Galarraga (2-0, 0.68) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.09)
  • Wednesday: Justin Verlander (0-2, 7.88) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (2-1, 2.18)
  • Thursday: Edwin Jackson (1-0, 2.14) vs RHP Dustin Moseley (1-0, 4.30)

Tigers vs. Angels

  • All-Time Record: 297-275
  • All-Time at Los Angeles: 137-150
  • All-Time at Detroit: 160-125
  • All-time at Comerica Park: 14-23

The Monday Report: Week 1

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The Skinny:

  • 4-3, 1st Place in A.L. Central, .5 games ahead of Chicago
  • Streak: W3
  • Home Record: 3-0 / Road Record: 1-3

Who’s Hot:

  • Miguel Cabrera: .520 avg., .586 OBP, .960 SLG, 3 HR, 10 RBI
  • Placido Polanco: .346, .393 OBP, .462 SLG
  • Gerald Laird: .318, .400 OBP, .455 SLG
  • Brandon Inge: .304, .448 OBP, .870 SLG, 4 HR, 7 RBI

Who’s Not:

  • Carlos Guillen:.182, .345 OBP, .273 SLG
  • Adam Everett: .238*, .333 OBP, .286 SLG
  • Curtis Granderson: .241, .281 OBP, .483 SLG

*Though, wouldn’t we all be happy with .238 for the season from Everett?

Up Next: White Sox

  • Today: Zach Miner vs. Gavin Floyd
  • Tomorrow: Rick Porcello (0-1, 7.20) vs. John Danks (0-0, 0.00)
  • Wednesday: Armando Galarraga (1-0, 1.29) vs. Jose Contreras (0-1, 7.20)

Tigers vs. White Sox

  • All-Time Record: 990-979-15
  • All-Time at Home: 523-458-5
  • All-Time at Comerica Park: 32-49
  • All-Time at Chicago: 467-521-10

That’s more like it!

Ah, Opening Day in Detroit! Happy New Year, everybody!

Great day today! The weather was nice. Not perfect, but a lot better than anticipated. And I’ve definitely seen worse.

Didn’t make it inside for the player introductions, so I didn’t hear what kind of reception Lyon received. The first pitch ceremony was nice. It was nice NOT to see the usual local politicians and the ritual booing that accompanies them.

Bummed that I missed the George Kell tribute, but there was just so much going on outside the park. There really is nothing like Opening Day around here.

Nice moment for Nick Adenhart. Tragic story, and so senseless.

Okay, enough with the appetizers, let’s get to the meat:

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2009 Player Profile: Gerald Laird

Gerald Laird #8

  • Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 225
  • 2008 Stats: .276 – 6 HR – 41 RBI

LairdHead.jpgBefore most general managers had checked into their Las Vegas hotel rooms at the Winter Meetings last December, the Tigers acquired catcher Gerald Laird to fill a gaping hole in their lineup. A career .255 hitter, Laird enjoyed one of his finest offensive seasons in 2008, hitting .276 with nine home runs and 41 RBI in 95 games for Texas.

Laird has shown a tendency to get off to a fast start at the plate, hitting over .300 in the first half of both ’08 and ’06, and as catchers often do, losing steam after the All Star Break. One can forgive Tigers fans that think of Laird as an offensive force: against the Tigers at Comerica Park last season he hit .571, but only .250 in all games against Detroit.

Looking ahead to 2009, Laird will need to lay off the curveball — and avoid chasing the low offerings — if he hopes to match last season’s output. Watch for pitchers to throw inside on him where they had the most success in ’08.