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Jose Mesa Hit Hard, Takes Lose in Series Opener Against Royals

I knew the Jose Mesa signing would come back to haunt us.  And to answer Dan’s question, he was put out there because we signed him.  I know that’s going to appease you, but what I’m hoping is, he gets a couple more quick relief outings, he blows them all, and we just cut bait.  I never understood why we signed the guy and I don’t know why he’s here.

Take today as an example.  He gave up the go ahead run along with one more and he got just a single batter out.  Wil Ledezma picked him up and got out of the jam he started but the end result was a solid start by Justin Verlander just went to waste.

The lone Tiger run came in the second when Craig Monroe drove home Carlos Guillen with a sac. fly.  Monroe also doubled and he was probably the hitting star of the game.

Mike Maroth will get the start tomorrow against the Royals “ace” in Gil Meche.  It’s in the afternoon and hopefully it’ll be a little warmer for the guys.

I agree with you Brian. That’s a reasonable wish, and it makes sense. Mesa needs to pitch badly every time he comes in, or it won’t be obvious to those nitwits to just cut bait, as you say. You’re right on the money.

Gil Meche is going to eat the Tigers alive tomorrow, and Maroth is a very bad bet against the Royals offense. It’s going to be ugly, I’m guessing, and we’ll be in a huge hole to start the season.

Posted by Dan on April 6th, 2007 at 9:06 pm

If the Tigers have to lose one game all year, I’m glad it was that one. By the end of the game, I couldn’t feel my feet. It was absolutely freezing. The only plus was I didn’t have to freeze through a bottom of the ninth.

Mesa looked atrocious. I only think he threw about eight or nine. Every one was right down the middle of the plate. Not one foul ball, not one swing and a miss, I don’t think. He may have worked the count a bit on the first hitter, but the rest were first or second pitch swinging, and driving the ball hard. He looked like a high school pitcher out there.

Posted by chris on April 9th, 2007 at 6:14 am

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