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Tigers Pen Blows Bonderman’s Bid for First Win

You knew it was going to happen eventually.  After a very good start to the season, Todd Jones gave up two runs in the ninth to blow his first save of the season and then in extra frames, Fernando Rodney gave up a solo homerun to John Buck that turned out to be the game winner.  So instead of finishing up the sweep, the Tigers ended up with a disappointing loss.

Jeremy Bonderman was excellent in his start.  He gave up a run on just three hits and six strikeouts in seven innings of work. Joel Zumaya had an easy time in the eighth before Jones came in and immediately walked the first batter.  A double, a single and a ground out then provided the Royals with the two runs they needed to send the game into extra frames.

Placido Polanco had two more hits and he scored a run.  Craig Monroe had two hits including a big two run single when the Tigers scored their three runs in the sixth inning.  And Curtis Granderson finished with three hits and he pulled his batting average above the .300 mark.

In looking at the WPA graph, you see the Tigers push themselves up into the 90% range with the three run sixth.  Jeremy Bonderman (.357) and Placido Polanco had very high numbers (.282) but Todd Jones (-.279), Fernando Rodney (-.291), Carlos Guillen (-.239) and Gary Sheffield (-.225) were all very negative.    The Joe Buck homer hurt the most and he led all hitters on the Royals side with .300.

The Tigers get their first day off in a while and then they host the White Sox.  Chad Durbin will try to bounce back from two tough starts and he’ll face rookie John Danks in the opener on Friday.

Thanks for the rundown, Brian, which I can get from the newspaper. Well, everything but the WPA notes, which, come to think of it, I can’t see any reason for.

Go Tigs!

Posted by Dan on April 18th, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Suggestion for you, Brian: Let’s escape all this trouble and jump right into the 2006 Tigers diary. What a magical season!

Bless you boys!

Posted by Dan on April 18th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Thanks Dan. If you don’t like what you read, pick up a newspaper and don’t come back.

Posted by Brian on April 18th, 2007 at 12:09 pm


Dan, you seem like an intelligent guy. But I gotta ask — are you in your 60s or something? You seem more curmudgeonly than my 85-year-old grandfather. You lose a beloved pet this week?

Strikes me that TigerBlog should be treated more like Brian’s living room — you’re a guest. Only trouble is, you’re jumping all over the damn furniture and griping about his failure to offer you your favorite brand of beer.

It’s trite, but true — if you don’t like what he writes, don’t visit the blog. Opinions are one thing; you’re just getting petty.

Posted by Jay on April 18th, 2007 at 12:42 pm

It’s actually not true, Jay. I can legally be here without being invited. Brian can block me, sure, and that’s up to him, but other than that, it’s nothing like his living room.

Thanks Brian. Just trying to liven up the blog, which does nothing but give plain rundowns of the games. Nothing will ever change unles there is pressure on the Leylands and the Dombrowskis of the world to not keep doing stupid things. I understand you don’t care about that though. The daily grind of WPA graphs and bone dry recaps is what you’re looking for. Have fun!

Go Tigs! C’mon Jonesy! Maggs! Mayor! I know you boys won’t let me down!

Posted by Dan on April 18th, 2007 at 12:58 pm

And Jay, you don’t know much about me, and you probably don’t know a single stinking thing about being a real baseball fan. Have fun drinking Brian’s crappy beer on his lovely couch.

Posted by Dan on April 18th, 2007 at 12:59 pm

You have to hate everyone who plays on the field not named Marcus Thames to be a real fan Jay.

Dan, I like how you pipe in only when things are going bad. Where were you the first six or seven innings when Bonderman was mowing down the Royals. If the Tigers are doing well, you’ll find something wrong. And if they’re doing bad, it just gives you more ammo.

And as far as being a real baseball fan, I wouldn’t put you in that category. You’re shitty fan if all you can do is complain about how everyone sucks except your favorite players.

As far as livening things up and it being bone dry, like I said, just go away if you don’t like it.

Posted by Brian on April 18th, 2007 at 4:38 pm

C’mon Dan — I never said a thing about being “invited” or “legalities” — but whatever happened to asking nicely? Do you really think you’ll get Brian to post what you’re looking for by mocking him or being an ass?

And no, I don’t know much about you, and frankly, I’m not all that big a baseball fan. But this isn’t about me — this is about civility and exchanging thoughts and opinions. As I said, you seem like an intelligent guy — why the belligerence? If something about the way Brian writes about his beloved Tigers rubs you the wrong way, why even visit?

TigerBlog is what it is — there are plenty of other Tiger-related websites over to your right that you could try if you’re looking for something different.

Posted by Jay on April 18th, 2007 at 5:34 pm

I’ve been checking this website for around 3-4 years now, but just recently began posting. It seems to me Brian does this for his love of the Tigers, it’s not like it’s his career. Take it easy, if there were no sites like this you would be sitting there yelling at your TV.

Also Dan, I don’t know you, but for awhile I thought you were somebody just goofing around being Mr. Negative. I hope it is a goof because it seems that if somebody gave you a million dollars you’d be bitching about the taxes.

Posted by Ian on April 18th, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Dan, the greatest thing about a blog is that you can have one yourself, and we can come to yours and shoot down your thoughts.

A blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them on the web and most of them are done for the sole reason of doing something. Just look at the links down the right side. All Blogs. Many of which I would not choose to read because I have no interest.

You have just shown no interest, so why do you read this one other than to stir shit up? There are plenty of blogs that stirring shit up is what they are about. I suggest you check them out.

Posted by chris on April 19th, 2007 at 6:31 am

Dan makes a point fellas. You cannot cart out guys like Casey, Mesa, Inge, A shitty Sheffield, a swing at the first pitch Ordonez, a useless Nefi, and expect to win. Dan’s point is that everyone from the hack writers to the hack play by play guys will ignore this issue. Sean Casey will not magically become a power hitter, or even a .280 hitter again. He is a light hitting, career .300 hitter at the very end of his abilities.

Posted by Michael on April 19th, 2007 at 7:41 am

That’s funny because I don’t remember him making those points, although I’ll have to go back and check. Unless all of the “enter name” sucks is what you’re talking about.

And I’m not sure what standings your looking at, but the Tigers are 9-6 and a lot of “experts” other then Dan picked the Tigers to win it all.

Guys go through slumps. What about the Placido Polanco’s, Curtis Granderson’s and the pitching staff? Is Polanco a .380 hitter? Is Sheffield a .200 hitters. It’s just a stupid overreaction. When you say Gary sheffield is “shitty”, you’re making an untrue generalization. Yeah, he’s slumping and even he’s admitted it. But my bet, based on his track record, is that he’ll hit out of it.

Posted by Brian on April 19th, 2007 at 7:46 am

Dan did make the point that no one holds the organization accountable for making moves that are obviously crap. he said this in an above post.

“Nothing will ever change unles there is pressure on the Leylands and the Dombrowskis of the world to not keep doing stupid things.”

a writer will not come out and just say that there is no reason to sign a guy like Mesa. Mesa is complete garbage. Instead guys like Danny Knobler write crap like this.

“Yes, Mesa is struggling early on. But let’s let this play out a little before we give up on him.”

That was his point.

Posted by Michael on April 19th, 2007 at 8:20 am

Maybe I’m confushed. Wasn’t it Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski who engineered last years team that won the AL Pennant? If that’s what we’re in store for, then I’m all for changing nothing.

And for the record, I was against the Jose Mesa signing. So there. Maybe I know a little bit more then you think I do.

Posted by Brian on April 19th, 2007 at 8:52 am

I hate to break this to you guys, but a couple of blogs or commentors or even beat writers are not exactly going to be the kind of pressure that makes a baseball team go “gee, you know, lynn henning and tigerbog and that guy who comments a lot are right! Let’s bench Casey!”

Posted by Kurt on April 19th, 2007 at 9:11 am

Careful Kurt. You’re trying to make a logical point in an illogical arguement. Get out while you still can!!!

And I guess I didn’t realize I carried so much weight. I mean, I only have Jim Leyland’s cell phone number. Maybe instead of talking about the weather, I should tell him what the lineup should be every night.

Posted by Brian on April 19th, 2007 at 9:28 am

Brian, keep on doing what you are doing, I enjoy reading your posts. Dan is an angry little man who doesn’t deserve the attention he is getting. He might have good intentions and points however it is overshadowed by his anger and venom.

Posted by Ryan on April 19th, 2007 at 10:42 am

Good stuff, Ryan. I am full of venom, like a snake! Hssss! Be careful, guys! He’s full of venom! Doom and gloom! Man crush!

Posted by Dan on April 19th, 2007 at 11:49 am

That’s okay Dan. I have a man crush on Ryan too. Who doesn’t.

Posted by Brian on April 19th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

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