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Tigers Top Royals With Three Long Balls

Talk about some crazy weather.  This Saturday game was started in 29 degree weather.  I’ve played softball in weather that cold and it’s not fun and I feel for these guys.  Especially the first baseman who has to take those throws.

Anyway, the Tigers got the job earlier this afternoon.  Curtis Granderson, Ivan Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield all went yard and it was Shefs’ first homer in a Tiger uniform.  Curtis Granderson had a particularly good game.  He went two for three with the homerun, a walk, two RBIs and two runs.  Just as important, he didn’t strike out so he’s averaging one strikeout a game through the first four.  Could be better, but he’s also drawn two walks and he’s hitting .375.  Yeah, it’s a small sample size so we’ll see how he’s doing at the end of the month.

Mike Maroth picked up the win despite a so so start.  He gave up four runs on six hits and a walk with three strikouts.  Joel Zumaya pitched two shutout frames and Todd Jones pitched a perfect ninth and he picked up his second save of the season.

It’s Jeremy Bonderman in the rubber game tomorrow and he’ll face Brandon Duckworth.  Have a great Easter.

Today’s (Sunday) game is a great example of how lack of patience can kill your ball club. Brandon Duckworth has thrown 78 pitches in 6 innings, just 44 for strikes, so it’s not as though he’s relentlessly pounding the strike zone, so our lineup has demonstrated that they have no interest in getting into Kansas City’s crappy bullpen. Pathetic. Pretty much no one realizes how much the Tigers overachieved last year, and if our problems continue to go unaddressed, you’ll see more of what we showed in the 2nd half of last year. Inability to generate runs in bunches.

All they are doing is repeatedly grounding out to shortstop. Our club is built on home run power, which is fine, but if you don’t work counts and yoi don’t get anyone on base, the approach doesn’t work. We cannot expect our pitching staff to have another year like last year, and the team is going to go down with it. Sheffield is an improvement, but he’s an old player who is highly unlikely to get a full season on at bats.

This is a .500 team right now, and no better. Our problems (on-base %, a first baseman who can’t hit, etc.) wew not adequately addressed, and, as the AL Championship honeymoon continues, you’ll have to pardon me if I feel like the only one who sees the iceberg dead ahead.

Posted by Dan on April 8th, 2007 at 11:52 am

Please Dan…We are so tired of all your Venom!!! Just blindly support our team! what kind of fan are you? we are the defensing champs! Leyland is the smartest manager out there! I think Mesa is great! I love Nefi Perez and so should you! He is a Tiger! I love the Tigers! Go Tigs!…

Posted by Michael on April 8th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Why is Casey hitting against a lefty with two men on and one out in the 7th? He has no power and no speed, and there is too great a chance for a DP and not enough chance for an extra-base hit?

What is the point of having those players on the bench if you’re not going to use them?

Posted by Dan on April 8th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Thames walks again! What do you know! Two walks today. Gee, I sure hope our buddy Monroe is back soon.

I doesn’t matter because the automatic out Inge is up at the plate.

Posted by Dan on April 8th, 2007 at 12:14 pm


Posted by Dan on April 8th, 2007 at 1:14 pm

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