Game 2014: 29 Tigers 3, Astros 2

Well Robbie Ray’s debut was a roaring success, with Tigers knocking Astro pitching all over the place to back him up, and the Tigers now have a 7-game win streak, and at 19-9 the best record in baseball. What a great start, right? Now to match the start of the 1984 team, they only have to win…17 more in a row (that puts 1984 in perspective!)

Rick Porcello tries to build on his great start last out, and a solid 4-1, 3.66 2014 campaign. They will face Brad Peacock, who is struggling a bit (0-2, 5.26). Peacock’s biggest problem is his control (7.01 walks per 9 innings, worst in baseball), but we know those kinds of pitchers sometimes skate by against the aggressive Detroit lineup.

I’ll go with Don Kelly as the player of the game, since he’ll have to be if they pitch around Cabrera and Martinez.

Tonight’s Donkey-For-The-Win Lineup:

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

Don Kelly gets a start, and bats 5th (naturally). What’s the over/under on intentional walks for Victor Martinez?

37 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    May 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Well, it’s only Houston, right, but Don Kelly batting 5th? Seriously?

    • Smoking Loon

      May 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      V-Mart is striking out like crazy lately. Gotta get a reliable RBI guy in there. That’s my guess.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        Seriously, I don’t have a problem where Kelly is hitting. Also, CF has to bat #5.

  2. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Another way to beat the shift.

  3. Vince in MN

    May 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Miggy!

  4. Vince in MN

    May 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Peacock had walked 20 in 25 IP before tonight, so we might be in for some easy extra baserunners.

    • Vince in MN

      May 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Of course, if they thrown out stealing, that kind of negates it.

  5. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Cabrera is in another 0 for 1 slump. The inconsistency is troubling.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 7, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Hilarious.

  6. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I’m watching this game closely to see if George Springer ever blinks.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      OK, he does. Think he held up on the strikeout, too.

  7. Coleman

    May 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    How long can Kelly keep carrying these guys.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      At least until Miggy busts out of the slump, hopefully.

  8. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Kinsler looking very sharp on that double play.

  9. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    The power of the double play. Look at Porcello’s pitch count.

    Am I the only one who finds it amazing that the Tigers bullpen was 1 for 75 in GIDP opportunities prior to Reed last night (now they are 3 for 77)? Is this normal for bullpens?

  10. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Oh yeah. You know why Victor is getting good pitches to hit.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 7, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      They call him “The Insurance Agent.”

  11. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I wonder what Avila’s time to 1B is. 9.5 or so?

    • Vince in MN

      May 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Throwing or running?

      • Smoking Loon

        May 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

        Either way. I don’t think he could throw himself there any faster.

  12. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Allowing the double now does save time for the bullpen.

  13. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Nice play to prevent the run, Mr. Hunter. Cool. Maybe Rick gets out of this one unscathed.

  14. Vince in MN

    May 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Hopefully Ausmus soon learns that pushing Porcello much past 90 pitches is asking fro trouble.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I don’t know. He’s looking more and more like he can do 7. Also, is a tired Porcello worse than a fresh bullpen?

      • Vince in MN

        May 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

        OK, 95 pitches might get him through the 7th if he is on.
        Yes.

  15. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Very good, Joba. Now Porcello can go back in and finish the win, right?

  16. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Add that weird foul ball to the growing list of Kinsler’s WDYDTs. (Why Did You Do That?)

  17. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    This would be a good test for Coke here. I know he’s been bothered by elbow or shoulder soreness or dead arm or something, but I’m pretty sure he’s full strength now.

  18. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    The expanded strike zone on Castro works for me.

  19. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    What was the deal on the steal of 3B by Villar? Castellanos asleep, or…? I saw it, still not sure what to make of it.

    • Vince in MN

      May 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Charge him with an error ;)

      • Smoking Loon

        May 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm

        Do you think I’m a harsh official scorekeeper? Now that you mention it, i think I might have charged him with an error.

        How would you score a perfect throw (into the outfield, ultimately) from a catcher that a baseman didn’t cover the base for on time? Would it still be the catcher’s error for an assumption?

        • Vince in MN

          May 8, 2014 at 7:17 am

          E-2

          • Smoking Loon

            May 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

            I thought so. I wonder how the more advanced defensive metrics treat these situations, where the official scorekeeping doesn’t tell the whole story.

            Speaking of catchers, and, to be fair about it, pitchers, Detroit is lowest in the AL in PB + WP (2 + 5) and now among the leaders in CS% (31%), allowing more than avg. SB (24) but also throwing out the most (11).

  20. Smoking Loon

    May 7, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Tight game, another fine win.

  21. jud

    May 8, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Lets continue to stay on that 9 in the loss column….now that number in the win column is starting to look impressive…

  22. StorminNorman$

    May 8, 2014 at 7:57 am

    sure wish the AAAstros were in the AL Central and DET ‘had to play them’ 19 times per season.

    a 9-game road trip (BAL, BOS & CLE) will be a good test for this team

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