Spring Training Review Week 1

The
first week of games is nearly over and it is worth taking a look at some
of the players and how well they did – or didn’t – play.

Keep
in mind that spring training doesn’t mean much when it comes to a
players performance. They are working on technique, and possibly new
ways to become better players on the field and in the batter’s box.
Spring training is all about getting ready. I don’t expect to see
perfection and neither should you.

But,
in some cases, we might be able to get a peek into what we can expect
come opening day.

JEREMY
BONDERMAN

Bonderman
pitched two scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon against the Toronto
Blue Jays.  As you know, Bonderman missed most of last season due to
problems with his right shoulder.
In two innings, Bonderman threw 34
pitches, gave up one hit and struck out three batsmen.
On opening
day, he wants to be one of Detroit’s five starting pitchers. Although
Bonderman downplayed the appearance, Wednesday was a good start toward
that end.

I’m not satisfied with having one good outing. This is a long
haul for me. It’s one day at a time.

He is
correct – it is only one outing. But, it is an encouraging outing.

NATE
ROBERTSON

In
contrast to Bonderman, Robertson had a tough time. Pitching only 1-1/3
innings, Robertson managed only two strikeouts en route to 2 earned runs
on 3 hits. He walked three batters.

It
appears his woes on the mound have followed him into Lakeland.

DANIEL
SCHLERETH

Schlereth
was part of the three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the
Yankees and Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. Many fans are watching to
see what we picked up, and are asking the question, “was it worth
trading Granderson?”

The
answers won’t be coming soon.

Schlereth
picked up the win in Wednesday’s 7-6 victory over Toronto,
unfortunately that was the best part of the afternoon for him.

He
gave up a home run (Chris Lubanski in the 8th), 4 hits, and 4 earned
runs.

An
interesting fact – while with the Diamondbacks in 2009, Schlereth
pitched 18 innings over 21 games and he allowed only 1 home run.

Again,
remember this is spring training, and the stat is only for your
personal edification.

RICK
PORCELLO/DONTRELLE WILLIS

Porcello
pitched two scoreless innings in the Tigers loss to the Blue Jays on
Thursday.

The
D-Train walked only two batters in his two innings. He is looking like a
pitcher with confidence – something he needs to maintain if he is going
to be a vital part of the pitching staff.

MAX
SCHERZER

Scherzer
gave up six hits and the Blue Jays scored three runs. Over the next
several weeks expect him to find his groove.

ARMANDO
GALARRAGA

Like
Jeremy Bonderman, Galarraga wants to be back in the starting rotation.
Thursday’s battering shows that he still has some work to do, and he
knows it.

My slider was not in the strike zone, but I had good velocity.
I feel good. I’m healthy, and that is most important. I’ll put things
together.

Fingers
crossed!

JOEL
ZUMAYA

In the
perfect world, he will be the set-up man for closer Jose Valverde.
Zumaya gave up three runs to the Astros yesterday.

He was
clocked at 98 mph in the spring opener against Florida Southern. Jim
Leyland, who is keeping a close eye on Joel, wants him to vary his
pitches to keep batters off-guard.

I don’t want to change his personality — he’s an adrenaline
guy, but we can make him more effective by (having him) use his curve a
little more and use his change once in a while to start a hitter.
Throw one 86 m.ph. the first pitch, and then throw 98 or 100 on the
next pitch.

Joel
is a fan favorite. We all want to see him get back to form and back to
throwing in the triple digits. That shouldn’t be a problem – as long as
he stays healthy.

AUSTIN
JACKSON

Austin
Jackson is looking good, reaching in three at-bats during Thursday’s
game. He was hitless in yesterday’s game against the Astros.

SUMMARY

This
review, as you can see, is no where near complete. (I’m saving Scott
Sizemore for tomorrow’s post!) One week will not determine the season.
These were the players that were being watched most closely – by the
Tigers organization, and of course, the fans.

We
have waited since the trade to see what some of these players looked
like. During this week, there were some bumps in the road, so to speak,
but all indications are that the Tigers will be on track by April.

As the
spring schedule is played, I’ll continue to look at the new players,
and the rest of the team.

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3 Responses to Spring Training Review Week 1

  1. dtigger says:

    Great to find another Tiger fan on MLBlogs! It seems like they are all Yanks, Red Sox and Rays fans around here.

    Sounds like Willis is having a great camp. Are you down in Lakeland?
    Brady-
    Check out my Tiger blog-
    http://5toolblog.mlblogs.com/

  2. angry fan says:

    Is Willis ever going to get it back ?

    Greg
    http://baseballfix.mlblogs.com/

  3. dtigger says:

    Did you see “stud” Ryan Perry give up 5 earned runs, on 3 homers. Rough day!
    Brady-
    http://5toolblog.mlblogs.com/

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