Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Just Some Baseball Thoughts

- What I really liked about the Tigers bullpen in Tuesday’s victory over Seattle is the way they threw strikes. No walks in four innings, and 49 strikes in 67 pitches.

- That is the type of game Miguel Cabrera is capable of playing. Taking walks when they are given to him (he had only 32 before Tuesday), and not missing when they come into the strike zone against him. He crushed that home run. Did it even go 10 feet off the ground? And it was a key home run. The timing was perfect.

- The Phillies have by far the most prospects to offer Toronto in a trade for Roy Halladay. Supposedly they won’t part with pitching prospect Kyle Drabek - son of former major leaguer Doug Drabek. But in reality, the Phillies’ real prize is five-tool outfielder Dominic Brown. If the Phillies offer him in the trade, along with pitcher Carlos Carrasco and catcher Lou Marson, deal done. It’ll even trump the White Sox if they throw third baseman Gordon Beckman in the deal.

- The Tigers home attendance is down more than 20 percent, and they are paying more than more than $70 million to a group of players who have done little for them this season. Logic dictates they won’t go after Halladay. The only factor that could change that is owner Mike Ilitch’s fascination with big names.

- Rick Porcello wasn’t hit as hard as his pitching line suggests Tuesday, and he displayed exceptional poise per usual, but he rarely hit 90 mph on the trumped up TV radar gun. How come he wasn’t throwing harder? Couldn’t be a tired arm after 16 days off.

- The fact the White Sox and Twins both blew games they should have won the last two nights bodes well for the Tigers.



Blogger billfer said...

On Porcello's velocity, the pitch f/x system had him 90-91 on his fastball. A tick or so slower than normal, but not significantly down. Sometimes the TV and/or stadium gun is hot, I don't think it was last night.

5:28 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

The gun did seem slow yesterday. A couple of those fastballs did buckle hitters, especially that one at bat by Griffey.

11:19 AM 
Anonymous Dan in PH said...


How much faster than reality do you think the Comerica Park radar gun really is?

11:44 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Dan in PH,
I'm not sure, to be honest with you. I don't even know who runs the thing. I just know it is inconsistent and some players just aren't throwing as hard they indicate. Last night, it might have been the opposite. Porcello had to be throwing harder than that.

11:49 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

I really hope they don't go after Halliday - he is showing he can get beat - quiet offensive bats on a good defensive pitching outing will still lose games - to teams who are not tough? Halliday is not a lock on winning the division. But he is a lock on losiong someone who will help you down the road. Why go all-in on him?

Maggs had a good night too - lets hope he is re-inspired!

12:26 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Halladay is a great pitcher, but the Tigers don't have the prospects, really, to offer for him. Plus, hasn't starting pitching been one of their strengths.

4:43 PM 
Blogger maddog52 said...

I wouldn't comment on Porcellos outing yesterday I mean the kid was off for 15 days.. I'd will keep my judgement for another 3 more starts.. I.e. Singlio Ordonez. Yeah he hit the Grandslam.. But hit the ball out of the infield more then once and in a few games.. I mean I can't go to all of his games lol..(refering to the cubs game and last night both of which I was in attendance).. It will be interesting to see what the Tigers can pull off. I mean I wouldn't mind a Holliday for Dallas Braden or see if we could get like a Garrett Jones/Zach Duke type combo trade.. I mean the arizona rumor was the right track just not the right move. I will be paitent and see what happens. Won't get my hopes up though..

I tell you what looks intriguing is a Scutaro, Rolen or something.. I think Leyland should be smart and give Inge some time off before those knees become worse and then we are totally screwed with out a thirdbasemen.

5:48 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I think Leyland has handled Ordonez perfectly by just playing him against left-handers. They are going to be careful with Inge.

7:05 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, the excited part about Halladay is nobody really stepping up to plate. The rumor is, if true, Jays' GM is the one doing the calling not the other way around. Sanitago and Raburn should be able to handle 3B if Inge goes on the DL. Dlugach seem to be doing the best so maybe he will get called up to play 3B.

7:32 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I agree. They may not be able to get that much for him, kind of like what happened when Oakland unloaded Tim Hudson.

9:33 PM 
Blogger maddog52 said...

you know what book you guys have taken some hits and I know valenti has on the air waves cause a lot of fans are not hearing what you are saying. Especially about Cabrera. You guys aren't saying Cabrera sucks and he should be benched.. You guys are just saying when is he going to do it when he is suppose to.. For example tonight he had a double, but man wouldn't that double been much better from your 100 million dollar RBI guy in the first inning with 2 on nobody out? He's getting his hits, but he is not delivering knock out hits like a Pujols does.. But I tell you one thing man look at how much the dude has improved at first base.. Wow!.. I tell you a guy I wouldn't mind seeing the tigers try to get for cheap is Scutaro.. I mean if the Blue Jays are willing to deal..

9:34 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Everyone knows Cabrera is a special talent and will always put up good numbers. Tigers need him to do better in the clutch - a lot better.

11:19 AM 

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