Well, the wait is over and the 2010 has begun. The Tigers kick things off today with a battle of Cy Young contenders. Game time is 4:10. There’s going to be a live chat amongst Tiger bloggers that I may or may not be able to make but I’ll post the link in a little bit. Justin Verlander throws against Zach Greinke in what should be a good one. Baseball is on all day so life is good.
Curtis Granderson just went yard with a solo shot in the second inning against Josh Beckett. It was a no doubter too.
The Tigers dropped their spring finale yesterday to the Brewers 13-12. Magglio Ordonez, Austin Jackson, Ryan Rayburn, Danny Worth and Jeff Larish all belted home runs in this one. Rick Porcello threw 4 1/3 shutout frams while Dontrelle Willis gave up a run in three innings. Joel Zumaya was hit hard (five runs, never got an out) and Jeff Coke was bounced around as well. The real stuff starts tomorrow at 4 pm against the Royals. It’ll be Justin Verlander against Zach Greinke.
Seven years ago today, I started this site. What a wild ride since. I’ve talked to legends, been in over a dozen books and had a lot of fun along the way. Also wanted to throw out a happy birthday to my brother in law (today), and my older sister (tomorrow).
The Tigers wrap up their spring season this afternoon in an encore against the Brewers at Miller Park. It’ll be a fun day because you’ll get the Tigers at 2 pm then shortly thereafter, MSU plays for a chance to be in National Championship game. My son has a birthday party to go to so I’ll be working while I watch/listen. Dontrelle Willis and Rick Porcello get their final tune up games today and Dave Bush will throw for the Brewers. Overall, it wasn’t a bad spring and the Tigers sit at 18-11 near the top of the Grapefruit League standings. Hopefully some of that translates into some success when the games really counts.
And if you’re on the fence about MLB.TV, you can watch/listen to everything for free this weekend. Unfortunately, the Tigers aren’t on but there’s several other games at each of the time slots.
Max Scherzer had a rough second inning in which he gave up three runs but overall it wasn’t too shabby of a start. He threw six and he struck out four and walked two. Brad Thomas and Jose Valverde each threw a shutout inning each. The Tigers scored both of their runs on solo shots. Austin Jackson went yard in the first and then Brandon Inge hit his third of the spring in the second frame. Both Jackson and Inge had two hits a piece and Jackson finished with an impressive .353 spring batting average.
I was surprised to see the Tigers game isn’t on until 4 pm on Monday. I’m not complaining because I have some things to do early in the afternoon. Opening day is always fun because you can start watching baseball at 1 pm and it usually doesn’t stop until late into the night. At least I’ll have the games to keep me company because it’s probably going to be a late night working.
I never got back to the Robertson trade either. It looks like the Tigers are paying at least some (probably most) of Robertson’s 2010 salary. I’ve always liked Robertson. He’s one of the few (if not only) Tigers who lived in the area during the offseason and I’ve always had a thing for mediocre lefties on the Tigers being a southpaw myself. Plus he’s been with the team since the dog days. He came over to Detroit in the Mike Redman trade in 2002 and he’s one of the few Tigers left from that infamous 2003 team. The only guys left now are Brandon Inge, Jeremy Bonderman and Ramon Santiago and even Santiago was gone for a couple of years.
In return, the Tigers got a decent left hander but Voss is already 23 so we’ll see. Last year he struck out 46 in 49 2/3 innings He was picked in the eighth round of the 2007 draft and ironically, the only player in the eighth round of that draft to see major league action is another Tiger, Dan Schlereth. He turned down his chance to play for the A”s that year and he went back into the 2008 draft where he was picked in the first round by the Diamondbacks.
Anyway, the real games start soon. Have a nice Easter everyone.
I didn’t have a lot of time to go back and see if this has ever happened before, but the Tigers, Yankees and Diamondbacks rosters got turned on their heads this morning when it was announced that the Winter Meetings deal that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees and Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks was reversed because of tampering. They’re not saying which team did the tampering but it looks like at least one of the players in the trade may have had some contact with their prospective team well before the deal went through. How the league kept the claim under wraps for so long is a big surprise but an even bigger one is how this move will affect each of the three teams.
For the Tigers, I think it’s good short term. Austin Jackson showed some promise, but having Granderson back out there (along with Damon and Ordonez) helps the lineup. Short term I think Max Scherzer for Edwin Jackson is a wash (although I would have rather had Scherzer going forward). It does ding up the bullpen though. Phil Coke is gone so the Tigers are short one lefty out of the pen and while Dan Schlereth didn’t make the team, I think the Tigers were hoping he’d contribute with some seasoning down in the minors.
I’ll provide more details as they develop but this should make for an very ODD DAY.