This morning Iâ€™m engaged in the highest form of multi-tasking: waiting for a conference call to begin, watching Jeremy Bonderman ease into and out of his standard first-inning high-wire act, and writing this post. Impressed? Thought not.Nevertheless, back from a long siesta here are the Non-Sequiturs:I called it. Sorta. During the pre-season podcast roundtable â€“ the one that never â€œairedâ€ due to technical issues â€“ I asked my esteemed panel of guests to name their respective Tigers player to watch during 2007. My choice? Magglio Ordonez. I just had a gut feeling that he was poised to build off of his ALCS vibes. Has he ever. I think itâ€™s safe to assume Ordonez will be an All Star this year whether or not heâ€™s voted in or not. Iâ€™ll see if I can scare-up that sound biteâ€¦The Casey HR Watch. So here we are at Memorial Day weekend, an unofficial milestone in the major league baseball season, and Tigersâ€™ first baseman Sean Casey has yet to go yard. Methinks we should start a pool for when heâ€™ll first reach the seats. Anyone interested? Winner gets a Fungo T-shirt, a podcast T-shirt and another goodie from the Fungo bookshelf. To get things started, I say he goes yard on June 1 at Cleveland. My second guess, in case you’re wondering, Sept. 12 against Texas.Curious glove work. I just saw that Meijer is giving away Gary Sheffield gloves at Comerica Park one game this weekend. Why give away the glove of the full-time DH?Speaking of Sheffâ€¦ Ernie Harwell, doing the TV call with Mario Impemba today, said that he read Sheffieldâ€™s autobiography and thinks itâ€™s one of the best player-â€œwrittenâ€ books heâ€™s ever read.Tigers punchless at first. We mentioned Caseyâ€™s power woes earlier. You have to believe that Dave Dombrowski has noticed the production the Tigersâ€™ division rivals get from first base:
- Tigers: Casey – .255 avg., 0 HR, 10 RBI, .312 OBP, .319 SLG
- Indians: Ryan Garko – .325 avg., 6 HR, 15 RBI, .377 OBP, .516 SLG
- Twins: Justin Morneau – .282 avg., 14 HR, 33 RBI, .358 OBP, .576 SLG
- White Sox: Paul Konerko – .213 avg., 6 HR, 21 RBI, .308 OBP, .369 SLG
- Royals: A platoonish arrangement of Ross Gload and Ryan Shealy (combined stats) – .254 avg., 4 HR, 28 RBI, .298 OBP, .394 SLG
Lynn Henning thinks the Tigers will target a first baseman at the trade deadline. They have to, donâ€™t they?Feliz cumpleaÃ±os, Jose. Surely you sent warm birthday wishes to Jose Mesa on Wednesday, right? Hello? One thingâ€™s for sure, he didnâ€™t pitch any better at 41 than he did in the waning days of 40. Hereâ€™s the skinny on his last five outings: 12.46 ERA (4.1 IP/6 ER), 7 H, 3 BB, 2 SO. Stellar!By the byâ€¦ Hereâ€™s the line for Jason Grilli over his last five appearances: 7.45 ERA (9.2 IP / 8 ER), 16 H, BB, 8 SO.Thatâ€™s enough from me.What do you think?