The Tigers, simply put – got beat. Badly! And, it all comes back to pitching. Nate Robertson started the game against the New York Yankees and gave up four walks. Dontrelle Willis, issued free passes to two batters, and Scott Williamson had difficulty finding the strike zone – he walked four and hit a batter.
“It doesn’t matter where you play or at what level you play — you give yourself no chance if you walk [that many] guys in a Major League game,” Leyland said. “That’s just uncalled for, in my opinion. That’s uncalled for at any level, and that pretty much sums up today. No one in particular — everybody had their part, I guess.”
I hope they find their way – soon!
Rick Porcello started his first Grapefruit League game last night.
I’m pulling for him to get a position in our starting rotation.
Good Luck, Rick!
I’ve been following the World Baseball Classic. It was good to see our Detroit Tiger’s getting a chance to play.
Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera, Armando Galarraga, and Curtis Granderson are all participating. Former Tiger, Pudge Rodriguez played for the Puerto Rican team and went 4 for 4 Saturday night, with two home runs.
Sadly, Pudge is a man without a team at this point.
I have to admit that I was happy to watch Carlos Guillen get a home run off of Jason Grilli in Saturday night’s game. I’ve never gotten over Grilli’s performance in the 2006 ALCS Game 4 against the A’s.
Also let me post one final thought tonight.
On Sunday, I attended a SABR meeting in which author, Matt Wentworth spoke. Wentworth wrote a book called The Perfect Season. Have you ever thought of the Tigers, or any major league baseball team going a perfect 162-0? If you have, this book is for you. If you have an exceptional love for our Detroit team, this book is for you. If you just love baseball, get this one!
Wentworth was gracious and signed a copy of the book for me, and we had an opportunity to talk a little Tiger baseball. As I continue to read through the chapters detailing Detroit baseball history, I’m impressed with the details, and obvious long hours it took to research the facts in the book.
I urge you to check it out.