Monday, September 6, 2010

All Banged Up

Everything about this game seemed just a little bit off. Armando Galarraga had problems throwing strikes throughout his outing, but it seemed like there was something else going on. As it turns out, he wasn’t able to get his arm loose while warming up and was suffering elbow stiffness throughout the game. That explains why Brad Thomas was warming up in the first inning. It may also explain Galarraga’s command problems. It does not explain why Jim Leyland had to have Jhonny Peralta present during his lengthy conversation with Galarraga (It’s not as if Galarraga needs an interpreter). At any rate, I hope this elbow problem clears up before Galarraga’s next start. He’d been pitching so well recently. It’d be a shame for something like that to hamper him for too long. As for Brad Thomas, well, it’s a bit unsettling to have the eventual winning run score just barely after they come back from commercial. There wasn’t a whole lot going on offense. Leyland seemed to not like the effort, and several of the Tigers were quick to credit Kyle Davies (He did seem to be throwing harder than I remember, but then again, so was Galarraga, who got clocked at 95 MPH at one point. I’m thinking the gun was a little hot). Casper Wells, with two hits including a home run, was pretty much the only one who did anything. Miguel Cabrera insists that if his shoulder was healthy, that deep fly ball he hit in the eighth inning would have been a home run.

The kind of sucky thing about all this is that the Tigers actually had one of their most productive road trips of the season, going .500, but everyone seems to insist that it’s not enough. Whatever your opinion is, I hope you will engage in watching the homestand same as me. First up is a four-game series with the White Sox. Today they’ll face Edwin Jackson, who has been almost lights-out since joining the White Sox (which doesn’t make much sense). However, Max Scherzer has been just about as lights-out. And I believe that this is the first time that the two (who were traded for each other) will go face-to-face.

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