1PM, No radio/TV.
Austin Jackson, CF
Brennan Boesch, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, LF
Ryan Raburn, DH
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Alex Avila, C
Ramon Santiago, 2B
P: Drew Smylyhttp://beck.mlblogs.com/2012/04/02/m...igers-vs-jays/Monday: Tigers vs. Jays
The Tigers are fielding what looks awfully close to an everyday lineup, with one possible exception: Jays have lefty Brett Cecil on the mound, but Tigers have Ramon Santiago starting at second base. That might just be a reaction to Brandon Inge still being out, or maybe it isnít.
For what itís worth, thereís no news on Inge this morning. He was in the clubhouse and went to get treatment on his sore groin. As Tom Gage of the Detroit News pointed out, he is not on the lineup card, but thatís usually common with injured players.
Iíve written this already, but it bears repeating for those waiting for roster moves: If Inge opens the season on the DL, and the Tigers use Drew Smylyís roster spot to carry an extra position player until they need Smyly on April 12, then Detroit does not have to cut another player.
Interesting quote yesterday from Drew Smyly when asked if this start becomes lower-pressure now that he knows heís in the rotation:
ďMaybe [there's] almost more pressure, just to make sure you do well,Ē he said, ďbut I donít know. You just go out there and continue to throw, I guess.Ē
Watch Smyly completely **** the bed now.
"the world will know soon enough if Millen in fact acted alone."
The bats are ready - 8-0 in the bottom of the 2nd.
9-0 in the 2nd inning lol.
What kind of restrictions does Smyly have?
The other starters have all gone 6-7innings this turn through the rotation, right? Smyly's longest outing was 4.667 last time around- think they'll stretch him out to a "regular"-type outing?
Funny think about the bottom of the second - Peralta began it with a ground out, and ended it by grounding into a double play. Bummer to make all three outs in one inning.
Smyly gives up 4 in the top of the 5th....
Smyly with very nice numbers through 4 innings, but then hit a bump in the 5th - walked Jeff Mathis, who may be the worst hitter in the Majors, then gave up a couple of hits to non-prospects before surrendering a homer to old man Omar Vizquel. His day is done after 5.1 IP.
This is sort of what we should expect from him this year though. He has enough pitching ability to get through a lineup once, and maybe twice on a good day, but he doesn't really have the stuff to consistently shut down hitters 2-3 times. I imagine his first few starts will look like this, but once the film gets around, he could be in trouble.
Last edited by ChrisBrown; 04-02-2012 at 02:49 PM.