Tagged: Bonderman

Opening day approaching

Not to lament too much, but I did hit the opening day rotation correctly, not that it was much of a surprise. The Tigers success, IMHO, hinges on 3 things (if you know me well I have this thing about 3s, rules of 3, top 3 anything, etc).

1. Success of 4-5 spot in rotation.
2. Success of the 2-3 spot in lineup
3. Fielding up the middle
#3 should actually be #1, #1 should be #2, and 3, well still 3rd, but good pitching always beats good hitting I always say, well so does everyone else. The bullpen almost made the list, but we where one bad call, or one hit, one out, one game, from making the playoffs, with the 2nd most blown saves in the league.  
Willis scares me the most.  He could have a breakdown, like real breakdown, tears and all, at any moment in my eyes. Bonderman is too injury prone, and likely to spend a couple of stints on DL in my opinion. IF Dontrelle can keep it together, and Bondo can well, keep the slapping the Bondo on, then maybe we can expect 15 wins between the two of them?
I am tepidly excited and optimistic this Friday before opening day.  
My season predictions will debut in the next few days, so stay tuned, or not, since not sure if anyone reads this, there is no hit counter. 
What happens if you blog, and nobody reads it? Does it make an impact?

Opening day rotation predictions? Anyone?

If there is anyone out there in cyberland reading me, please feel free to join me in my prediction crap-shoot.  I will start with my view on the rotation.  With 21 days left till opening day, I still reserve the right to change this at any time. Please comment with your predictions too, if you are actually reading this.

1. Justin Verlander
2. Rick Porcello
Ok, that was a no brainer.  
3. Scherzer
4. Bonderman
5. Willis
Not exactly a formidable 3,4,5, but Willis has looked like his old self, minus painful to watch leg kick and look to center field for inspiration windup, with good control, something he lacked wildly last year, pun REALLY intended. I am not happy with Scherzer’s mechanics, or so I have heard.  The couple of innings I watched of him vs the Mets on Saturday where impressive to say the least.
Robertson will be fine in the bullpen, and he may return to the rotation once Bonderman goes down hurt (I predict late April after having a 2-0 start, he will fumble through 2 blowouts then spend the rest of year on/off DL). So Nate, Galaraga, Perry, whose perfect spring was knocked over the fence 3 times on Saturday, although the message boards said he was working on a change-up, and Bonine to the bull pen? Seems to me someone is heading to Toledo.
Coke is a nice option, but I would rather have his solid arm in the bullpen to avenge our 24 blown saves opportunities of last year, 2nd worst only to Seattle, and 64% save percentage. Plus I foresee some 2nd half starts for him too to cover injuries.

Bonderman & Perry sharp, Nate disappoints vs Blue Jays

It’s good to see Jeremy Bonderman have
a good start to his spring.  His last two years trying to recover from
injury have been dreadful, but he is very positive coming into to camp, and so
far, all reports have been good.
 Bonderman surrendered no runs on one hit and ended with three
strikeouts. He threw 34 pitches, including 17 for strikes.

Nate Robertson gave up two runs on three hits and issued three walks
in 1 1/3 innings for Detroit, and complained of a “flaw” form the stretch.  A flaw is a nice way of sugar coating a
disappointing start.  Having a
sneaky feeling Nate won’t be on the roster come opening day.

Ryan Perry also got a look in the 4th, when he came on
to rescue Nate from a bases loaded jam,
and he responded with an
inning-ending double play grounder. He stayed in to pitch a scoreless fifth.
Nice stuff, look to Ryan making the team in the bullpen.

Rick Porcello is scheduled to start against the Blue Jays on
Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Detroit also plans on giving innings to Armando
Galarraga, Max Scherzer, Dontrelle Willis and Jose Valverde. Good luck boys.

no body likes a tease

Thumbnail image for zumaya_middle.jpgIt is way, way, way, let me reiterate that, way too early in camp to be teasing me with Zumaya and Bonderman PR.  

For one, all Tiger fans have been teased and burned by Jeremy Bonderman too many times.  He is no longer the wunderkid, and not of wonder for his intelligence mind you; I think, and have thunk since early 2007, that his arm is mush.  What do you expect from a guy who threw over 900 innings by the time he was 25.  Bondo will always have a place in my heart, along with the gambler, Kenny Rogers, for their performance in the playoffs against the Yankees in 2006. But until he gets some real meaningful innings under his belt, please don’t tease me Jason Beck.
Joel Zumaya. I can speak form experience here, because 8 years ago, I had a very similar surgery as Joel had on his shoulder last year.  Not that the quality of surgeries or rehab or desire or athleticism or  most anything else can really be compared, it is just I fell his pain, literally.  As hard as he throws, often not a pitch under 100 mph in appearances in the past, I have a hard time believing he will ever be the Zumaya of old. Not that a slightly toned down Zumaya isn’t bad, it just isn’t the same as hitting 104 on you first pitch of the 2006 ALCS, and I am sorry Joel, while you may have a future as a Guitar Hero, I am not sure it will ever be as the most intimidating pitcher in baseball. 
And for you Jason Beck, please tone down your early spring rhetoric about these two, because nobody likes a tease.