Thursday, August 27, 2009

Look at the Bright Side?

I read Jason Beck's blog yesterday and found out that Nate Robertson would be starting Saturday's contest against the Rays. My brows instantly furrowed in consternation, since I'm attending that game. I also realized it's my penance for jinxing the shutout Monday night.

Now Nate has pitched, in a word, horrifyingly, this season and back into 2008. His big contract prevented his outright release, so the albatross was secure around the Tigers' necks.

I'm going to attempt to put some spin on this, so I don't need to bring a barf bag with me to the game. I don't even drink, so I can't just start pounding $10 beers, or down several of those giant daiquiri things.

Nate has indeed pitched pretty well for the Mud Hens of late. His last outing particularly, was promising. He went 6.2 innings, and allowed zero runs on three hits and two walks, backed by 9 strikeouts. I assume that means his slider is working much better, and I suppose now is as good a time as any to see if he can do it at the big league level.

Looking on the bright side, I could witness Nate's resurgence, a heart-warming comeback story, the rebirth of the bulldog, and a new spark for sales of Big League Chew. Being a realist, I could see his swan song.

Either way, I'll be there, so see ya at the ballpark!


Erin (aka SabreRoseTiger) said...

I can't help but wonder if this isn't the first time this season that Galarraga has had elbow inflammation. It would explain a few things. Still, hopefully he'll be back soon and back in the starting rotation (pitching well, of course). And I hope Nate pitches a good game as well, although it's a big leap from Triple A hitters to the Tampa Bay Rays. But...I think the Tigers can afford to absorb one bad start from Nate Robertson, should it come to that.

By the way, on Monday night, I went to bed with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. The shutout was already gone, but things sure did fall apart once I turned the TV off.

OldEnglish said...

Well I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one responsible for the meltdown. Thankfully we won, or I don't know whether I'd have the guts to admit my guilt. :)