Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tigers Lose But Remain in First

The Tigers lost to the Orioles 4-3 today in a make-up for an earlier postponement. Luckily, they got a little help from the Red Sox who shut out the Twins 6-0 tonight. With both teams losing tonight, the Tigers kept their slim half game lead in the AL Central. They are 5 1/2 games ahead of the 3rd place White Sox pending the result of the White Sox game versus the Mariners tonight. As I type, the Mariners have a 5-0 lead in the top of the 8th inning.

Nate Robertson was not too sharp today but spent his 6 inning stint working his way out of jams. He allowed 5 hits and 5 walks but only 2 runs. He left with with 3-2 lead in the 7th. Unfortunately, Fernando Rodney was unable to work out of a jam in the 8th. He allowed a single, a hit batsman and a two run double by Melvin Mora as the Orioles took a 4-3 lead.

On the offensive side, the Tigers took a 3-0 lead after 3 innings but failed to score in the final 6 frames. Curtis Granderson led off the game with a double and scored on Magglio Ordonez's 5th home run of the week and 24th of the season. Granderson added his 16th home run, a solo shot, in the third. For the month, Granderson is batting .307/.342/.533 and Ordonez is hitting .329/.355/.616. It's great to see those guys breaking out of their slumps because they will be crucial players down the stretch and in post-season.

4 comments:

  1. It's nice to see those guys working their way out of slumps, but this was another example of that "HR Or Bust" offense of the Tigers. It's getting old.

    As far as the pitching goes, you're only going to be able to get yourself out of so many jams before you end up getting fucked.

    The Tigers deserved to lose this game, a game they should've won.

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  2. I think the all or nothing offense is due to their personnel more than their approach. They can't get on base and they have no speed so they don't have a lot of options. Until they get some new players, I don't see this changing. It's going to be pitching and homers through the end of the season and into the post-season. It worked for the first 112 games.

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  3. How much do you think the makeup of the team will change in the offseason?

    I've got to think that team brass has a better idea of what they really need.

    I'd say the hitters' approach has worked for most of however many games they played before they hit their prolonged slump.

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  4. I think it's clear to them that changes have to made. I don't think they'll standpat. There aren't a lot of good free agents available so they may have to make trades. Everybody needs pitching so they are in a good position. I'd be very reluctant to trade Verlander, Bonderman or Zumaya and I think DD will be too. I think there is a chance Robertson might be traded but only if they get a significant offensive upgrade. Other possibilities are guys like Sanchez and Tata.

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