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Game 154: Twins at Tigers, 7:05 p.m.


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Minnesota Twins
@ Detroit Tigers

Saturday, Sep 25, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT
Comerica Park

Carl Pavano vs Jeremy Bonderman

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 20-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Carl Pavano

#48 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-5

250

R

R

Jan 08, 1976



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Carl Pavano 17-11 29 30 7 2 0 0 210.0 207 86 84 21 36 112 3.60 1.16

VS.


Jeremy Bonderman

#38 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers

6-2

220

R

R

Oct 28, 1982



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jeremy Bonderman 8-9 28 27 0 0 0 0 162.2 172 97 89 22 54 109 4.92 1.39


It's a pair of soon to be free agents on the mound, as long time Tiger killer Carl Pavano takes on long time Tiger Jeremy Bonderman, who may be pitching his last home game with the team tonight.

The odds are good Bonderman may move on after this season. Despite putting up respectable numbers in September, his post All-Star break ERA of 5.12 pretty much says it all about Bonderman's chances of returning in 2011, and it's not good.

He may have peaked as a starting pitcher, and the Tigers will be looking for someone better, and quite likely, much cheaper. Bonderman himself has talked of retirement if he doesn't remain in Detroit, not wanting to bounce around baseball chasing money and his former top shelf stuff, dragging his family along for the ride.

But it was a pretty damn good ride in Detroit...until injuries took their toll, causing him to lose a foot off his fastball and take the snap out of his best pitch, the slider.

The Tigers rushed him to the big leagues in 2003, and it showed, losing 19 games. He was forced to mature into a big league starter on the fly, always dealing with the expectations he would become the Tigers' ace. It looked as if Bonderman had figured it all out by the 2006 season.

In 2006, Bondo seemed to be on the verge of becoming the ace the Tigers had long claimed he would become. He posted career best numbers in most every stat category, forming an excellent top of the rotation with veteran Kenny Rogers and then rookie Justin Verlander. I know I'll never forget Bonderman's 8.1 innings of dominance against the Yankees in the '06 ALDS, walking off the field to a rousing standing ovation from the Tigers faithful.

The Tigers signed Bonderman to four year, $38 million extension after the World Series, and for a few months, it looked like a bargain.

In the first half of the 2007 season, Bonderman continued from where he left off in the World Series season. it seemed he had made the leap to ace status, with a 10-1 record and a 3.50 ERA on 7/13/07.

That was as good as it ever got with Bonderman.

Since that career peak, it's been nothing but injuries (and not telling the team about their extent) and struggling to recover from them...and never fully doing so. For every performance like his 8 inning, 3 hit victory over the White Sox two weeks ago, there's several more like his next start, struggling to make it through five ineffective innings against the Rangers.

If this is the final home appearance for Jeremy Bonderman, I hope he gets a nice send off from the Comerica Park crowd, and in the BYB game thread.

Bondo deserves it.