Tigers 8 Blue Jays 6

How do you take an 8-0 lead and a no-hitter through 7.1 and turn it into a nail biter?  Turn it over to the Tigers bullpen.

With Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny designated for assignment earlier in the day, it was Alex Wilson’s and Bruce Rondon’s turn to pitch the eighth.  They performed slightly better than Joba did on Wednesday night against the Pirates.

Houston, we have a problem.  Did I mention Miggy is on the 15 day DL?

I really feel bad for Anibal.  He’s final line looks pedestrian after not allowing a Blue Jay hit for seven and a third. To add insult to injury, his no-no was broken up by a former teammate whose base hit in the eighth equaled his hit total with the Tigers all of last season.

I have to give BA credit for trying out a new lineup.  For one day it looked pretty good but now with Miggy hurt all bets are off.

Side note:  I heard Rod Allen on MLB radio yesterday.  It is no secret I really like Rod.  I’ve often said that the best part of the 2003 season was Rod Allen coming to the Tigers broadcast.  Anyway, he was asked who the Tigers MVP is.  He said that hands down it is Jose Miguel Cabrera.  He said J.D. should be an All-Star but everything runs through Miggy. I agree with him and that’s why I think this injury just about puts to rest any idea the Tigers had of competing for a playoff spot this season.

Tigers 6 Reds 0

Our old friend, Brennan “B Squared Money” Boesch, just keeps showing up and I’m not sure why. Not that have any ill will towards him, or anyone else for that matter, but I just can’t figure out why teams keep having a look at him.  Perhaps there is little risk and the price is right?  Granted, he did win the Pacific Coast League batting title last year but he looks like the same old B Squared Money to me.

When Boesch first came up, you’ll remember, he was on fire for two months, exactly 30 days longer than Chris “Red Pop” Sheldon.  In fact, B Squared Money, almost hit himself onto the all-star team. Unlike, Red Pop, who I knew was going to to cool off, I wasn’t sure about Boesch.  I didn’t like his lack of plate discipline but he was making a lot of hard contact.  I thought, he’s either a left handed Vladimir Guerrero or a left handed Red Pop.  He was the latter.  Did I mention he plays the outfield like I do?  (I’m fat, have a bad back, and haven’t played since 8th grade. )  I guess my question for major league organizations is, haven’t you seen enough?

Getting to the game, Anibal pitched a gem and Miggy and J.D. might be heating up. Now add to that, Victor, JV and Rondon coming back and perhaps I had started on the obit prematurely?  I’ve been told I have a tendency to fly off the handle?

Have I mentioned that I sat through about 50 home games in 2003?  Remember, the year they lost 119 games?

I’m not hating this team that much right now.  Funny, winning does that to me.

Angles 2 Tigers 0

Have I mentioned how much I hate attempted steals of third base?  In the case of Rajai Davis, however, I can’t complain.  Somebody, has to try something. Had he been successful, I couldn’t have complained had he tried to steal home.  There is no sense waiting around for something that rarely comes, clutch, a run producing hit.

Watching Yoenis Cespedes hit in the clutch reminds of the Tigers – A’s playoff series.  He did nothing against the Tigers then and he’s doing nothing for the Tigers now. He swings as hard as he can on every pitch, every at bat, and hopes he connects.  Hope is not a strategy.  Kinsler nothing. Castellanos takes strikes and swings at garbage.  Even though Miggy is not as good as his numbers, nobody is going to pitch to him.  Why would they?  There is nobody else that is even going to have a good at bat.

Five road games, six runs scored.

Sanchez look good for a change. But pitching isn’t the problem is it.

Astros 10 Tigers 8

Sanchez can’t be allowed to give up the tying home run. I’m not saying things would have worked out any differently because on queue, just as I start to praise them, the pen collapses. But Ausmus has to take some blame for leaving Anibal in too long. I know he looked good in innings two through six but look at his season in total.  Pitching against any team other than the Twins he has been an abomination.  And his home runs allowed have been staggering.  This was was a tough loss to swallow.

I’m willing to bet that this is the worst four game series of Ian Kinsler’s career, all things considered.  At the plate he finished 1-17, including a triple play and a least one couple play. On defense he did make a nice play or two but was also responsible for two unearned runs. But looking at more than this series he still doesn’t have a home run and I’m beginning to think he needs to move down in the lineup.  Someone hitting in the second spot needs to get on base in front of Miggy, to state the obvious.

Brewers 8 Tigers 1

Forty games into the season and what I see isn’t good.  Today marked the 19th time that the two-run Tigers scored two runs or less. Anibal was a nightmare but lets focus on a bright spot this year, the bull pen.  The pen is number one in overall era and runners stranded.  If you had told me that at the beginning of the season I would have thought that the Tigers would be 8 games up. Don’t look now but the White Sox have won six in a row. It is not impossible that the Tigers will finish behind Kansas City, Minnesota, and Chicago and in front of only Cleveland.  Another bit of good news is that Victor went on the 15 day DL. I know I’m reaching but this team is hard to watch.

Tigers 6 Royals 4

The Tigers salvaged a split of the four game, weekend, series in Kansas City.  They were lead by Anibal Sanchez who turned in 7.1 impressive innings and earned his second win of the season.  The offense took a brief hiatus from their spring slumber and put six runs on the board and the bullpen made the early lead stand up.  The series ended a lot better than it started.

I think Ned Yost did the Tigers a favor by taking Salvador Perez out of the game when the Tigers had a big lead. Salvi destroys Tigers pitching and might have done some damage when the Royals started coming back.

Jose Iglesias left the game with stiffness in his groin. Let’s hope it is nothing serious.  Besides Miggy, he might be the last person this team can afford to lose.

Question: If you are on second base, with less than two outs, and the ball is hit to your right, are you supposed to:

A: Run to third
B: Run back to second
C: Get caught in between
D: None of the above

Yankees 2 Tigers 1

I’m not tipping my hat to Tanaka or the Yankees bullpen.  Sanchez and the Tigers pen pitched fine.  The offense has to do something other than bounce into double plays and hit weak fly balls.

Miggy’s last at-bat to lead off the ninth was a microcosm of the Tigers offensive performance this entire series.  He took to fastballs down the middle and swung and some piece of garbage for strike three.  In fact, the Might Miggy was a one man wrecking crew today.  He contributed nothing offensively and couldn’t field McCann’s ground ball cleanly enough to turn two in the eight to keep the game tied.

This team makes me sick.  The only two that didn’t have their heads up their respective asses were Gose and J.D. Martinez.