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Dontrelle Ugly

It’s been a weird week plus.  I missed last weekend because I was out of town (i.e., back to school).  Then the night I got back, my son was sick so I was already a day behind trying to catch up.  Then I got sick, then it was my son’s birthday and now here we are.  And what I time to get back into it.

Dontrelle Willis is back to his old tricks.  He walked eight batters in 3 2/3 innings and that solid start about a month ago seems like it was about a year ago.  And with Jeremy Bonderman on the shelf, it might be time to go to option C.  Nate Robertson has been bad then good and Zach Miner has been so so.  Just keep in mind, this would be a fill in fifth starter.  I wouldn’t expect Doyle Alexander numbers, but keeping the Tigers in the game every other start would be a big plus from that spot in the rotation.

Speaking of Zach, he’s now thrown two plus innings in his last four outings and he hasn’t given up a run in over a week.  Maybe it’s time to start talking about converting Joel Zumaya to a starter.

The bad thing is, despite how bad Dontrelle was, the Tigers hung in the game and only lost 6-3.  Don Kelly has been the latest call up and he went two for three with two RBIs.  Unfortunately, the Tigers picked up just three hits from everyone else as they were shutdown at the plate.

Next up is the Cardinals at St. Louis.  Justin Verlander has been the losing streak stopper and that’s his job tomorrow.  Adam Wainwright throws for the Cards.  Despite losing three of four, the Tigers still sit with a three game lead and they’re the lone AL Central team with a winning record.

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