Of course I’m enjoying this matinee game between the Tigers and Mariners, but I’m simply more excited to see Nate Robertson (4-4, 4.56 ERA) start against the Braves tonight. I kid.spaghetti.jpg

  • A nice piece on ESPN.com yesterday featuring Tigers radio voice Dan Dickerson. A morsel:
    Dickerson is about calling ‘em as he sees ‘em.

    Whether he’s describing a home run or a strikeout, the only difference in Dickerson’s voice is a noticeable rise in pitch when the situation calls for it. Like Harwell, Dickerson is always quick to praise a memorable play — even if it was made by Detroit’s opponent.

  • Last week’s Fungo Pulse Check garnered the most-ever responses (thank you!). Here are the results:

    Which of the Tigers [May 16] weekend roster moves surprised you the most?

    • Carlos Guillen’s move to second base (36%, 183 Votes)
    • Scott Sizemore’s demotion (23%, 120 Votes)
    • Danny Worth’s promotion (19%, 98 Votes)
    • Max Scherzer’s demotion (16%, 84 Votes)
    • Armando Galarraga’s promotion (6%, 30 Votes)

      Total Voters: 515

    Don’t forget to vote in this week’s poll. –>

  • It looks like Max Scherzer is making the most of his time in Toledo. Last night he followed his first dominant outing with another: one run on three hits in seven innings. He now has 17 strikeouts in 15 IP with a 0.60 ERA for the Mud Hens.

    Ian and I talked about this on the podcast this week: How many Triple-A starts should the Tigers require of Scherzer before recalling him. I say four. What do you think?

  • Speaking of Mr. Casselberry, his latest dispatch appears on M-Live’s Cutoff Man blog today. As always, he’s got a timely take:
    For Justin Verlander, pitching at Safeco Field in Seattle might be his big obstacle. In terms of win-loss record, Verlander’s numbers in the Pacific Northwest look solid. A 3-4 record in seven starts is perfectly respectable. But we know that wins and losses rarely tell the whole story where pitching is concerned.

Finally, RIP Art Linkletter.