Pregame 3: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

Or is it Pre-Game? I’m never sure which way to go with that. At any rate, the Tigers will make another attempt at Game 3 of their perfect 162-0 season, which will include 81 walkoffs (or is it walk offs? walk-offs?), which is the max for that stat, as T Smith pointed out.

Yesterday’s rainout means that Drew “Can’t Buy A Start” Smyly will be skipped in the rotation, and the Tigers will hand the ball to Anibal this afternoon. At least it looks like him. It’s too foggy to tell for sure. In fact today’s game will likely be delayed; there is almost zero visibility at the moment.

If and when they do tee it up, Andrew Romine will get his first start at short as a Tiger, and oh-so-briefly-ex-Tiger Steve Lombardozzi will be starting at 2B for the Orioles. And this flew under my radar somehow, but on the bench for Baltimore is our old pal Delmon Young. Will be a pity not to watch him track down fly balls in the fog.

Today’s Thick-As-Pea-Soup Starting Lineup:

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

P. Sanchez

62 Comments

  1. Coleman

    April 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Apparently the rain and wind is chasing the fog. Start time has been officially delayed until 1:15. We shall see.

  2. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    There should be a new “Sadistic” catagory for runners Avila almost throws out stealing seeing that he doesn’t throw out any attempting the steal!

    • Vince in MN

      April 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      But on the positive side, he frames pitches really well.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 5, 2014 at 12:10 am

        I think the Tigers should give Avila a 15-year, $30M contract extension, and put us out of our misery of hope. Catcher For Life Alex Avila.

        As a hitter, great eye for the strike zone, great power in his bat, but not many pitches he can hit well. Three True Outcomes are strikeout, walk, and groundball to the right side. Defensively, he’s very good, even if he’s not throwing out runners like he used to. Pitchers love him, seems like a great guy and great teammate, one of a minority of ballplayers you could call articulate. I think we’d miss him.

  3. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    That could be a “Sub Stadistic” Catagory

  4. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    So far Kinsler batting 1st is looking good. If the BOOBs hold up their end (pun intended), he should see a lot of RBI possibilities.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      So Kinsler’s job is to pick up the BOOBs. Good work if you can get it.

  5. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Hey Romine..tge guy threw you 6 balls and one strike….and you K….no wonder you don’t play much

  6. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Hey Romine..the guy threw you 6 balls and one strike….and you K….no wonder you don’t play much

    • Vince in MN

      April 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      He definitely needs to work on strike zone recognition. Maybe nerves in first start? But still, that was a poor AB.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        It was an ok AB until the last pitch. Yeah, nerves, I’d say. Chance at RBI in a 3-2 count might make you pull the trigger if you weren’t quite sure it was a ball.

  7. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Good call Vince!

  8. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    As Ausmus said in relation to baserunning aggressiveness at the end of ST, “Some of these guys will have to be reined in”. Looks like Castellanos is going to be one of those guys.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Better reined in than rained out.

  9. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Hey Casstalanos we teach our high school runners to pick up the 3rd base coach before you get to third…another beyond rookie mistake

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      He’s making me wonder if his head is really in the game, besides at the plate. And where did he tag Davis (going from 2B to 3B), exactly? On the helmet? From the only angle I got to see, it didn’t even look like he made a tag.

  10. Coleman

    April 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Hey, Romine can bunt.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      He can throw from the hole in the outfield grass, too. That was a beauty.

      Nice 3-6-3 DP today. It’s only taken a few games to realize what an upgrade Cabrera over Fielder at 1B is. I didn’t think that was such a big deal, but I was wrong.

  11. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Davis!!! .no bunt here..WOW!..he didn’t need his speed trotting around those bases!

  12. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    The layoff seems to have affected Mr. Gonzalez’ effectiveness. Hope the same isn’t true for Sanchez.

  13. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Victor Martinez may be one of those guys not reined in.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      V-Mart (VMart?) steal was awesome. Someone tell me the odds of these 3 things ever happening in a single baseball game again:

      Victor Martinez steals a base
      Rajai Davis hits a 3-run HR
      Austin Jackson is thrown out by a mile trying for a double

      Throw in “Miggy gets hit #2,000″ and the odds get very long indeed.

  14. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    He “out slowed” them on the steal..he was running so slow they didn’t think that he was running…haha!

  15. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Victor “out slowed ” them while running to second. HE was running so slow they didn’t think he was stealing….haha!

  16. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Ausmus loses a challenge for the first time. Kind of good to get that one out of the way.

    • Coleman

      April 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      I was sure he was going to get it reversed.

      • Vince in MN

        April 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        So much for the improvement of instant replay.

        • Smoking Loon

          April 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

          Yeah, that looked like a sure reversal. What I understood of the ruling struck me as… obscure. “Involuntary transfer”? I count this as another correct challenge by Ausmus.

  17. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Why am I getting a double post??

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      New feature. We told you changes were coming. We couldn’t afford the edit button (you wouldn’t believe how expensive they are), but double-posting was 50% off.

  18. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Romine never bobbled the ball til he was trying to pull it out to throw…kind of a strange one to lose. You could even see the secure catch…oh well!

  19. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Nice recovery by Smyly in what could have been an ugly inning.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Yeah. He wouldn’t have deserved it.

  20. judpma

    April 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Howd U like to be a SS and have Cabrerra hit a one hopper At about 600 mph at you….no thanks

  21. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Funniest part of that replay review is Joe West one of the worst umpires in the history of baseball IS in charge …might as well use Stevie Wonder!

    • TIGERS RULE

      April 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      What’s the use of having replay ……. if the Magoo’s in NY still can’t get it right!
      This replay stuff just shows how often the umps are wrong!

      • Smoking Loon

        April 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        Country Joe is really in charge?

  22. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I’d go with Smyly for the 8th and then have Coke try to mop up.

  23. Coleman

    April 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    They are making it awfully hard on themselves to continue the Walkoff Win streak.

  24. Coleman

    April 4, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Ian Krol sighting.

  25. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Krol: 10 pitches, 9 for strikes. Leyland must be psed.

  26. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Not many of Miggies 2000 are of the “cheap” variety!…

  27. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Another pitching change for BAL. It’s always nice when you can burn through some of the opposition’s bullpen in the first game of a series.

  28. StorminNorman$

    April 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Cabrera just became the 9th player in MLB history to reach 2000 hits before age 31

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Did anyone else have a strong feeling, a by-God premonition – I’m serious – that Cabrera was gonna hit it out there for #2,000? And it just flew off his bat. I wonder what the speed of the ball leaving the bat on that one was. That would have *killed* the SS, jud.

  29. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Chamberlain throwing BP. All those surprised raise your hand.

    • Coleman

      April 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      They brought him in as a last ditch effort to get that 3rd straight walk off.

      • Smoking Loon

        April 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm

        That’s what I’m talkin’ about. It’s like watching Cabrera get the pitch he knows is coming.

        • Smoking Loon

          April 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm

          I felt bad for Chamberlain. Throwing strikes and getting hammered. I’d like to see him turn it around in Detroit.

          • TIGERS RULE

            April 5, 2014 at 11:04 am

            His slider was wicked …… all swings and misses.

            • Smoking Loon

              April 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

              Good call. It wasn’t all bad.

  30. jud

    April 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Hey Jobo.Spring Training BP is over..these are real games!!

  31. Vince in MN

    April 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    10 runs – not bad for our new pop gun offense.

  32. Kevin in Dallas

    April 4, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Wanted to get this out earlier – props to Castellanos for his first big league RBI.

    • Smoking Loon

      April 4, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Props to Castellanos for a nice first few games at the plate. He looks like he belongs already.

  33. judpma

    April 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Is it a bit strange that the bullpen savior , accoarding to the Tigers hasn’t thrown one pitch yet in 2014….Phil Coke 0.00

    • Coleman

      April 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Speaking of bullpen saviors, Valverde now has more saves than Nathan.

  34. Smoking Loon

    April 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    T Smith’s “81 walk-offs” went right over my head. I owe him some valuable coupons redeemable toward valuable prizes.

    Pre-game, pregame, etc.: I struggle with it myself. I’ve started to lean away from the hyphen. Pre and post are prefixes (pre-fixes?), no need. I think the hyphen is called for in “walk-off.” A disparate words kind of thing. Walkoff looks like an anglicized Russian name (Smirn-off?). There was a time when I was careful to write “e-mail.” It’s “email” these days.

    Should I have capitalized “anglicized”? Ah, the complications of language.

  35. Smoking Loon

    April 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Looks like there might be a problem with Rajai Davis’s arm in LF, eh? Well, I’m anxious to see him start getting on base and stealing some bases.

    • TIGERS RULE

      April 5, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Who cares about the arm …… as long as the 3 run dingers keep coming!

  36. Kevin in Dallas

    April 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

    So Prince Fielder had a pretty bad baserunning blunder in the Rangers 8-1 loss last night. He missed a go sign from 3B coach Gary Pettis (on a pretty clear run scoring single), and then hesitated, stuttered, went back and forth, well, you know. He didn’t dive and then fall 8 feet from the bag…you can watch last night’s gaffe yourself here. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....mode=video.

    After the game he told reporters “I didn’t get a good jump and I didn’t pick up Gary in time. It was one of those days. We played hard, but we made a couple of mistakes. We just have to come back and be sharper [Saturday].”

    He either ignores or fails to understand the importance of certain situations.I mentioned this a few days ago, but I believe that Fielder is playing under much greater expectations down here than Kinsler is up there.

  37. jud

    April 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    At $20 mil Prince doesn’t really care. After all he is just as he puts it “taking care of my family”..