At least the Angels are a good team but that’s not an excuse as the Tigers were embarassed in all three of their games in a weekend series against the Angels. Last nights beating on ESPN’s game of the week was a tough one to take considering Jeremy Bonderman was roughed up in one of his worst starts of his career. He didn’t even make it through the third inning and he was tagged with eleven runs (ten earned) and his ERA shot up 64 points because of it. This time, the first inning wasn’t his only bad inning although he did give up four in the first frame. From looking at his splits page, that first inning continues to be a problem. 27 of the 69 runs he’s given up has been in the first frame in 2007 and in his career, 117 of his of his 493 runs have come in the first inning. A lot of times he pitches out of it and goes five or six innings but you always hate to dig that hole so early.
Kenny Rogers is back on the disabled list with a swollen elbow so the Tigers once again have a hole in their rotation. Jordan Tata was called up from Triple A to fill in and he’ll get the start tonight against Oakland. Tata hasn’t seen much action outside of a cup of coffee at the end of last season and this will be his first major league start. After spending some time on the disabled list to start the season, he’s thrown pretty well for Toledo this year.
Wil Ledezma was designated for assignment by the Braves after being pretty ineffective at getting batters out for them. They might be able to get something for him in a trade but if not, he’ll go on waivers where he’s fair game. Maybe he’ll end up in Tampa Bay where he can resurrect his career like Carlos Pena has (who is now sitting on 25 homeruns).