This was a playoff atmosphere game, and we seem to lose more of those than we win.
Tim Redding - I'll give you credit for fighting through a lot of baserunners, but you don't look comfortable at all, and eventually those baserunners will turn into runs. I'm one of your supporters but I don't have much confidence in you these days.
Dotel - You wanted the pressure before the year, so you got it. But if you go walk/triple/walk on the first 3 batters you face (Choi/Pierre/Castillo...ugh), you're in trouble.
Ausmus - Are you really going to turn a DP on Miguel Cabrera? Tag the runner at home, no matter what.
Jimy/Viz - you're all used to this one. After Hidalgo's encouraging bases loaded walk to put us in the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th, and new LHP Matt Perisho coming in to face Lamb, Jimy sends up (Jason Lane, please??) Vizcaino to pinch-hit with the bases loaded and 1 out. First pitch GIDP to 2nd, on a ball that he might have been able to beat out, but instead he'll just lightly jog to 1st base. By the way, the pitcher, Matt Perisho got the win from that one pitch.
Craig Biggio - 0-for-5 with a killer GIDP, and you could have caught that ball in the 9th. Good effort...but make the play.
We face the Mets in a 3 game series, throwing Oswalt / Pettitte / Clemens against Trachsel / Baldwin / Leiter. Sweep?
Oh, and I'm still working on the new blog template, so bear with me. But this weekend, at least, I'm off to Memphis and then Nashville to see some old friends. Take it easy.