….the more they stay the same? This was a tough series to lose. While there’s no shame in losing to Johan Santana on Sunday, Saturday’s game didn’t sit to well. They don’t call him the roller coaster for nothing and Todd Jones blew his first game of the season. Already I’m hearing people talking on the radio about the Tigers supplanting Jones as the closer, but I don’t see that happening. Also troubling in Saturday’s game was that the Tigers struck out ten times (and Scott Baker isn’t much of a strikeout pitcher) and didn’t walk at all.
I was curious why Leyland didn’t walk at least one guy after Shannon Stewart tripled home Nick Punto. That would have set them up at a chance for a double play, but I can also see Leyland’s logic in not doing so because he would have either had to face Joe Mauer or Torii Hunter.
Magglio Ordonez has been locked in the past few days. He hit a homerun in each of the three games against the Twins and with two more hits today he’s now hitting .313. It’s nice to see he’s finally getting around to earning that paycheck. Hopefully he’ll be able to keep it up.
Joel Zumaya had another nice outing on Saturday. He came in with Joe Mauer on second base and two outs and struck out Torii Hunter to end the inning. Then he put the Twins down in order in the eighth inning. He touched 100 miles an hour a few times on the gun.
The Tigers are off tomorrow and play a three game set at Baltimore beginning Tuesday. The Orioles have lost their last five games and eight of their last nine so hopefully the Tigers can get back on track against against a struggling team. The Orioles are dead last in MLB with a 1.64 WHIP and they’re second to last with a 5.55 ERA so it looks like Leo Mazzone hasn’t been able to work his magic quite yet.