Game 2014.13: LAA at Det

Tigers made a move today to replenish a worn out bullpen, by bringing up righty Justin Miller from Toledo and sending down Tyler Collins. Since they have 10 games left on this home stand, and Collins has to stay down for 10 days, Miller should get a nice audition before the Tigers have to think about making another move.

1. Kinsler, 2B
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 1B
4. Martinez, DH
5. Jackson, CF
6. Kelly, 3B
7. Avila, C
8. Romine, SS
9. Davis, LF

Castellanos gets the day off against the tough righty Weaver.

48 Comments

  1. Commerce Dave

    April 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Our old friend Brennan Boesch will be with the Angels in Detroit this weekend. In 13 games at Salt Lake City he had 20 K’s in 48 AB. Angels must be hard up for runs.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 2:54 am

      They seem harder up for Ks.

  2. KW

    April 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    So who do the Tigers have waiting in the wings to replace Avila?

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 2:53 am

      Holaday?

  3. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Miller up, Collins down. Who would have ever guessed?

  4. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Collins may have to stay down for 10 days, but Miller doesn’t have to stay up for 10 days. I expect there will be some more roster shifting during this homestand, possibly SS, since I can’t imagine Gonzo has much rope left. I don’t imagine they’ll go with a 8-man bullpen for long either, which means bringing back another bench guy. Maybe there is some kind if deal in the works, but if there is it is well below the radar.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 4:03 am

      I don’t see the 8-man bullpen for long, either. No sense to it.

  5. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Trout v. Cabrera….the series! Ok Friends, I predict that Cabrera awakes from his hitting slump in this series and puts on a nice hitting demo to Mr. Trout. Happy Easter all!

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 2:57 am

      Happy Easter. Trout wins. I’m already wishing this series was behind us.

      Few of us are old enough to remember the last time Detroit beat the Angels. Some say it’s never happened.

  6. Coleman

    April 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    If only we could get Carlos Guillen in the lineup.

    • Vince in MN

      April 18, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Even Ramon Santiago would be an improvement at this point.

  7. Vince in MN

    April 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Round one goes to Trout.

  8. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 18, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Remembering Carlos G. Brings back old memories of the Weaver v. Verlander game one Saturday. Guillen teased Dream Weaver after a homerun that caused him to pitch at the head of the next Tiger (Avila?). Then he had some b-time.

  9. Mark

    April 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    That was awesome. I pull that video up every now and then just for laughs.
    http://m.mlb.com/video/v17526209/

    • Coleman

      April 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you for that Mark!

      • Smoking Loon

        April 19, 2014 at 2:59 am

        That was good. Was there some history between Guillen and Weaver, that game or before, or did this confrontation just arise during the AB? Anyone remember? I hardly recognized Guillen, myself.

  10. TIGERS RULE

    April 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Time to switch to the Red Wing game!

  11. Coleman

    April 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Since we know Weaver’s skin can be gotten under, I’m sending Davis up looking for a bunt single if I’m Ausmus.

  12. Commerce Dave

    April 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Luke Putkonen emerges from the witness protection program.

    • Coleman

      April 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      He may want to re-enter.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 19, 2014 at 3:55 am

        Sign-up is in Toledo.

  13. Bill

    April 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Assmus must learn how to manage a bullpen. You cannot let smily & putkonen pitch so little and then expect them to perform. We couldnt get a guy with managerial experience?

    • Coleman

      April 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      I don’t really know what’s going on with Putkonen. Smyly is a tougher situation though–he was scheduled for 2 starts that were cancelled for weather.

  14. tbran

    April 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Weaver and that hair. Come on. I haven’t see that look since 1975. And it wasn’t all that back then.

  15. jud

    April 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Angels vs Tigers…like men playing against boys….again and…again

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Yup.

  16. tbran

    April 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Why take Putkonen out??? I’d let him continue with the mop up. It’s not like we have a luxury of arms in the blow pen. I don’t get that move.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 3:01 am

      Why take Putkonen out after 7 runs in 2 innings? I think I kind of get that move. The move I don’t get was bringing him back for another inning.

  17. Commerce Dave

    April 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Agree w/Bill: can’t pitch Putkonen virtually not at all and expect him to be competitive. Not realistic esp for less experienced player.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 3:04 am

      Don’t agree. It’s not like Putkonen came out of nowhere and made the team out of High A ball. He spent plenty of time with Detroit last season and can pitch better than that. You can probably pitch better than that.

  18. jud

    April 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I don’t tthink its fair that every team gets to pitch Cy Young against them every game..It must be a glitch in the schedule

  19. Kevin in Dallas

    April 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Gonna lose another 65 or so this year. Get used to it.

    It’s a long season.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 3:05 am

      You might want to revise that estimate upward.

  20. jud

    April 18, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I don’t mind 65 losses if you competitive…this is another story all together ….

  21. tbran

    April 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Tigers have life off young Grizzly Adams

  22. Kevin in Dallas

    April 18, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Following online. Is Hunter okay?

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 4:25 am

      Beck said just out early, a blowout thing.

  23. jud

    April 18, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Don’t frett John Walls there is a future for guys like you in the Tiger blowpen…

  24. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Plenty of game/season left. Also yea Wings on their win in Beantown!

  25. jud

    April 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Donkey is still playing hard!!!

  26. Kevin in Dallas

    April 18, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Man, a base knock by Avila there and we’re right back in it.

    Still got 6 outs to play with.

  27. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Phil Coke, a true master that gets the side out in 11 pitches! Our starters could learn something from Phil.

  28. jud

    April 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    How about that Coke inning..thats actuslly better than he can do…

  29. jud

    April 18, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Hey Miggy nice effort tonight!….

    • Smoking Loon

      April 19, 2014 at 4:00 am

      Only Tiger without a hit, I think. He did have another “2014 Big Blast,” though, the grounder to SS for the RBI. Woo-hoo.

  30. Smoking Loon

    April 19, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Putkonen 7, Tigers 6, Angels 4.

    Now I see why Luke hasn’t been pitching. He stinks. That explains it.

    I tried to pay attention to how Justin Miller was pitching, but I kept falling asleep in the 25 seconds between pitches.

    Smyly, no command. I’m trying to remember the last good start by a Tiger. You know, the kind with less than 20-30 pitches per inning.

  31. Smoking Loon

    April 19, 2014 at 2:52 am

    The bats came alive big time for one inning. I know Avila started it all with the double, but I was still disappointed when he grounded out to 2B on the first pitch, men on 2nd and 3rd, to end the big inning. I was actually starting to hope. Even had some hope in the 9th. So I guess it wasn’t all bad.

  32. Smoking Loon

    April 19, 2014 at 3:53 am

    The Tigers are currently the worst defensive team in the AL. The only other team that comes close is – you saw it, you guessed it – the Cleveland Indians.

    There have only been 15 RF putout chances in 2014. Lots of LHB faced and lots of hits to RF.

    Team batting line with score tied: 165/227/303/530. Underscores the woes v. opposing starters. Jackson, Hunter, and Cabrera are a combined 3 for 37 when the score is tied.

    Tigers pitching is 2nd in the AL in a number of good categories: Strike %, Strikes Put In Play % (less is good), and 0-2 counts. Oddly, they are decidedly at the bottom in Strikeout Looking %. No surprise that they lead the AL in Strikes Fouled Off %. It is a surprise that they aren’t much above league average in Pitches/PA.

    Anibal Sanchez leads the AL in Pitches/PA. Max Scherzer joins him in the top 10.