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Encouraging signs for Dontrelle

Posted on: April 8, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2010 9:57 pm
 
Yes, Dontrelle Willis was fortunate to be facing the Royals today, and fortunate to give up just two runs while allowing nine baserunners in six innings.

But here are two reasons for the Tigers to be encouraged by Willis's first big league start since June:

1. Willis didn't fall apart after a terrible first few batters. At one point in the first inning, his pitch count was 16 pitches, 4 strikes. But from that point on, he threw 72 pitches, 50 of them for strikes.

2. Willis's fastball, unimpressive early on, got better as the game went on. He was 85-88 mph early, then threw several pitches at 93 mph later, according to mlb.com's Gameday.

Nate Robertson, the guy Willis beat out for the final spot in the Tiger rotation, said yesterday that the big difference he noticed in Willis this spring was an ability to keep innings and games from quickly unraveling. He showed that today against the Royals.

Robertson starts for Florida against the Mets tonight, and the Marlins seem overjoyed to have him.

"He's a left-handed presence in the rotation," owner Jeffrey Loria said. "He's a guy who knows how to win ballgames."

You can bet that Tiger fans will be comparing Robertson to Willis all year, just as Phillies fans will compare Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, and just as Yankees fans will compare the output of Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson with the output of Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui.

Willis's final line today was 6 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, and no decision in the Tigers' 7-3 win. Robertson takes the mound in about an hour and a half.

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Since: Jan 5, 2009
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To be honest as a Royals fan untill they get their collective heads out of their backsides and actually play the better players at each position based on talent and not the check they cash they will make a lot of pitchers look very very good. When all you hit are singles and bunt your 2nd best hitter on the team with a guy on second with 0 outs one cannot expect to score a lot of runs.


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