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Thoughts About Garza’s No-No

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Unless you have no access to anything other than this very site you are already well aware that Tampa’s Matt Garza tossed a no-hitter against Detroit last night. Garza threw 120 pitches in his gem, 101 of them were fastballs. Aren’t the Tigers supposed to be a good fastball hitting team?…

Max Scherzer had an outing to remember as well, as he didn’t allow a hit through 5.2 innings either, until Matt Joyce delivered a grand slam to break the game wide open. The Rays managed just three hits all night, but two of them left the yard (or concrete bowl with a lid, I guess)… (more after the jump)

Is it just me or does Gerald Laird get called for interference more often than any catcher in baseball history? I can’t recall ever seeing a catcher get in the way more often than Laird and the runners he puts on seemingly always score…

You know what was unnecessary? When FSD “flashedback” to the Galarraga/Jason Donald play from June 2. They did this with two outs in the ninth. It was as if they were saying “hey, are you not embarrassed enough by the fact that your team is getting no-hit tonight? Does that make you sad? Well here’s something that will make you feel worse! Enjoy! Bwahahahaha.” Not cool at all….

Jim Leyland was ejected in the third inning when Laird threw out B.J. Upton trying to steal but the umpire missed the call because he was too far behind the runner to see the tag. Ump said Leyland spat on him, which is just silly. Memo to umpires: If you miss a call, DO NOT compound the error by then tossing the manager when he is right and you are wrong. Just man up and take your yelling at, or spitting, whichever. Jim Joyce didn’t toss Cabrera after he missed the call on June 2, since we already had to be reminded of that…

Carl Crawford is a free agent after the year and the Tigers have about $79 million coming off the books. Just saying is all, but go sign him, please…

For all the talk about needing another starter, the Tigers have actually been quite good in that area lately. Despite winning just three of the 12 games since the break, four of the five starters for Detroit have been excellent.

In fact if you remove Jeremy Bonderman‘s two starts (and Andy Oliver’s one), the rest of the rotation has thrown 60 innings since the break and posted a 3.15 ERA during that time. Bonderman has worked just 11 innings in his two starts with a 7.36 ERA. Of course it’s tough to win if you can’t score…

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