Game 2014.34: Tigers 4, Orioles 1

Detroit (21-12, 1st place) is in Baltimore (20-15, 1st place) for three as the Tigers begin a season long 9-game trip that will even up the home/road games. Coming off of a disappointing conclusion in the series loss to Minnesota and with the 8-game winning streak a distant memory after dropping 3 of 4, and with much tougher teams to face than the Astros and Twins, you might fairly conclude that this road trip… is just another 9 games where we expect Detroit to win at least 6. 

These East Coast game times are going to make it impossible for me to sneak in the lineups in time for the games. I don’t anticipate any surprises for Monday night. The current “A team,” I suppose, with Castellanos back at 3B. 

Rick Porcello vs. Bud Norris. Orioles C Matt Wieters is on the DL. Porcello’s fine season began in fine fashion against the Orioles and Norris back in April. Be warned that this W, well in hand by the 9th inning, nearly fell to a bullpen disaster.

 

112 Comments

  1. Jim EggersUSMC

    May 12, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Bullpen Disaster: showing every Tiger game, watch if you can stand it!

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      I’ve never paid as much attention to the pitch counts of starters as I have this season. Where is torrential rain when (and where) you need it?

      • Smoking Loon

        May 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm

        Ah, so it is raining in Baltimore. Go away, rain. Come back in the 7th inning, check for Tigers lead. stick around, bring it on.

  2. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 2:44 am

    This has the makings of an ugly road trip…if you can barely beat Houston and the Twins at home, how can you expect to play well against real MLB teams….The Tigers don’t usually play at the level of their opponents on the road…seems like it just takes too much effort for them…lets see if its different under the new skipper or the same old thing. Personally I will take 5-4 or 4-5

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      I feel optimistic for no good reason.

  3. Vince in MN

    May 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    The most important road trip of the season so far. We’ll see what this team is made of – are they real Tigers or just pussycats in disguise? Was the 8-game winning streak just a fluke? Can they recover from their disastrous .250 winning percentage over the last four games? Will Cabrera break out of his season long slump, or is this the beginning of the end for the big guy? Should Smyly be forced back to the bullpen? Should Rick Porcello be named Closer (oh wait, that was last year)? Will Phil Coke pitch again? Will Joba shave his beard? So many questions, so few answers.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      I like the dramatic tone. I might have to pilfer that. Maybe I’ll change my name to Pillfer. Pillfer the Impostor.

  4. TIGERS RULE

    May 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Preliminary results indicate that we have the possibility of another top pitcher (R, Ray) in our hands, and a lefty at that. That gives us six better than average starters. Who do we trade and for what? Do we get any compensation if Max signs with another team when his contract is over at the end of the season?

    • Coleman

      May 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      I’d love to see another good start by Porcello, against a team that can hit.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm

        Ray is a bright spot. I guess we’re a step ahead there by comparison with Alvarez last season. Getting anxious to see Sanchez back in there, settling in, settling down for the long haul, though.

      • TIGERS RULE

        May 13, 2014 at 12:15 am

        Ask, and ye shall receive!

  5. TIGERS RULE

    May 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Today’s Tiger line-up:

    1. Kinsler, 2B
    2. Hunter, RF
    3. Miggy, 1B
    4. VMart, DH
    5. AJax, CF
    6. Casty, 3B
    7. AA, C
    8. Romine, SS
    9. Davis, LF

    Tigers kick some East coast butt!

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks, TIGERS RULE.

    • Coleman

      May 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      I don’t think birds have butts. Let’s kick some tail!

      • Smoking Loon

        May 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        They have rumps and pygostyles. I have real Baltimore Orioles in view as we speak.

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Does anyone know the time for Wednesday’s game?

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      12:35 PM Baltimore time, I think.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        May 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

        Thanks Loon.

  7. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I didn’ t like Joba making excuses for his outing yesterday. His whinning sounds like Coke…dude it wasn’t one bad pitch…I wasn’t one pitch to get out of it….you hit a guy..walked a guy and gave up two big hits….how bout shut up and get those guys out… .

    • Coleman

      May 12, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Time to shave.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 12, 2014 at 10:54 pm

        I don’t like bullpen guy excuses, either. Don’t they know how lame that sounds? Let other people make excuses for you.

  8. StorminNorman$

    May 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    7 pitch 3 up 3 down for DET in their half of the 1st, followed by a 9 pitch inning by BAL. Both pitchers happy with that start

    VMart will make Norris throw a few pitches

  9. Coleman

    May 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    3 batters, 3 ground outs. This is what we’re talking about.

  10. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Tough play…but right in his glove…about rhe 10th outfield error…followed by rhe road clown show….here we go!!!!

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Davis lost the ball looking out for the wall. Lousy play, coulda had it.

      • TIGERS RULE

        May 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm

        ….. shoulda had it!

        • Smoking Loon

          May 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

          Agree. Kelly woulda had it no sweat. Dirks, too. There’s going to be a bit of a tax on all that Davis speed.

  11. StorminNorman$

    May 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Avila now 77 ABs 31 K’s…

    • Vince in MN

      May 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      He’s improving, was at 50% earlier in the season.

  12. StorminNorman$

    May 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    this Norris guy showed a lot of promise while pitching for HOU, but consistency was a hurdle he couldn’t get over (in HOU). Good acquisition for BAL.

    • Coleman

      May 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Cy Norris.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        May 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        Tigers spanked in game 4 for 5 er’s

        • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

          May 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

          Meant to say spanked Norris for 5 ERs.

          • Smoking Loon

            May 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

            We knew what you meant.

  13. TIGERS RULE

    May 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    This year the umps wrong calls on balls and strikes is the worst I have seen!

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Yeah, but we say that every year.

  14. Smoking Loon

    May 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Porcello’s pitching pretty well. Won’t hold that 2nd inning against him.

    The called 3rd on Romine was a joke, glad to see Machado get the payback call.

    2nd time through… it’s all over, Norris. Get ready.

  15. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    You dont have to be consistent against rhe Tigers you just have to be in the Baltimore zip code and the Tigs will swing!!

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Actually, the Tigers are good at making contact and getting hits, very good. They don’t draw a lot of walks, but then they are very good at avoiding the strikeout. It seems hard to believe any time they don’t score 5 or more runs, but Detroit is hard to beat for all-around at the plate goodness so far this season.

      • Coleman

        May 12, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        Most of the avoiding the strikeout is Victor Martinez. Well, Ian “First Pitch Hacker” Kinsler is pretty low too, for obvious reasons. That’s not a complaint, by the way. Kinsler is hitting over .300. It works for him. V-Mart is one of the rare guys who sees a lot of pitches and rarely strikes out. On the other hand, I don’t expect Cabrera to continue to hover around league average on strikeout %.

  16. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Good AB by Hunter

  17. Vince in MN

    May 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Jackson has only 1 rbi in his last ten games.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      But his sac fly fu is strong.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm

        I haven’t looked it up, but I believe Jackson has a pretty miserable RISP thing happening. Let’s see… yeah. Way down there, jamming bad with Donkey and Romine and the Tigers from Pluto. 5 of his 9 (RISP) RBI are on sac flys, lotsa RISP strikeouts.

        • Coleman

          May 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm

          Jackson had 3 sac flies last year; this year he already has 5.

  18. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I am digging this fly ball sac stuff..!!!

  19. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Wait Jackson had one yesterday and one today ..!!

  20. Vince in MN

    May 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I guess Avila’s hot streak is over.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      You spoke too soon. The walk was hot.

  21. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Why is it when Avila gets his second strike he might as well just head for the bench. He could be the worst two strike hitter in baseball….oh I forgot about Inge

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Sometimes Davis has his own little clown show.

    • tbran

      May 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thus the “Ingvila” moniker. He is what he is — a .235 ish hitter who occasionally “runs into one” and on the team for his glove and arm.

  22. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I have noticed that we are not hearing from those posters that come on cyring about how bad Porceello is. I wonder what happened to those guys…???

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Oh, they’ll be back if Porcello lets them. Maybe as soon as next inning.

      I was a bit worried when Porcello had Machado and lost him on one wrong pitch. Nice recovery against Jones, nice grab from the mound also.

    • William

      May 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

      He has looked great, obviously, thus far. May it continue indefinitely.

  23. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Is Inge on someones roster???. Research dept!!!

    • StorminNorman$

      May 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      MLB or some slow-pitch league?

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Nowhere to be found, as far as I can tell.

  24. Smoking Loon

    May 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Interference. Stupid play by Castellanos. Really stupid. He’s got a little clown show reel going himself.

  25. Smoking Loon

    May 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Krol. Bullpen. Game over. Rain, please.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Krol has been looking an awful lot like Coke for some time. Unimpressive.

    • Vince in MN

      May 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      So much for pre-game optimism.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

        Always a mistake.

  26. TIGERS RULE

    May 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Why is Ricky P. taken out after only 83 pitches….. and pitching well?

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Don’t know, but he went into the clubhouse for a while between 5th and 6th, and then there was some sort of consultation going on in the dugout around him.

      • Vince in MN

        May 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm

        Blister developing?

        • Smoking Loon

          May 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

          Don’t say that.

        • Coleman

          May 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm

          He said he had a sinking feeling. They misinterpreted it.

  27. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Gee why don’t I think that 2 run 4 hit offense of the Tigers is enough????

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      A 1-run lead at Camden Yards is pretty safe, isn’t it?

  28. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Great play…Nick……

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Yeah, knack for the barehand.

  29. Smoking Loon

    May 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    avila walks, Tigers win…

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Yup. It’s in the bag. Have no fear.

    • jud

      May 12, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      AA walks…play of the game!!

  30. Vince in MN

    May 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    The one thing you have to say about Avila is that he does get to see a lot of pitches before he strikes out or walks.

  31. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Hey Romine we arent expecting you to hit .275…but we arent expecting you to be completely useless at bat either…

  32. Vince in MN

    May 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I’d like to see a little more Danny Worth at SS.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Or at least at the plate.

  33. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Frickin Kinsler hacks at a terrible pitch….and BOOM!!!!…

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      His pitch. I’m told he’s an outstanding high ball hitter. Would appear to be the case.

  34. joe z

    May 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    what info does the tigers front office have that we dont? why does rick throw 83 pitches and leave?

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      He either felt sick or pulled something on one of the couple-three strenuous defensive plays he made. Something was going on there between the 5th and 6th.

  35. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Glad the benches emptied that gives Coke some work jogging into the infield!!!

  36. Smoking Loon

    May 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Ha ha ha. Silly business. Show business.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Pure theater by Hunter. He was practically laughing. Norris played it a little more dramatically.

  37. TIGERS RULE

    May 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I would bring AlAl back out for the 9th. I would have left him in last night against the lefty and then brought him back out for the 8th ….. and we would have had a W.

    • Vince in MN

      May 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Save situation. Nathan HAS to pitch.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

        That and he needed the work.

      • TIGERS RULE

        May 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

        That’s bull, as far as I’m concerned. When a guy is pitching lights out baseball, you stick with him. You don’t know how a guy is going to pitch coming in, you hope he will be good.

        • Smoking Loon

          May 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

          I’m satisfied with one good inning from any late-inning reliever under the current circumstances. And it’s no bull that they need to get everyone not named Putkonen out there on a fairly regular basis. That’s baseball and 7-man bullpens. OK, maybe it is bull.

          • TIGERS RULE

            May 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

            The goal is to win games ….. not to get guy’s work! How many games are thrown away using the “he needs some playing time” and not using your best player?

  38. Vince in MN

    May 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Castellanos seems to be having trouble with off-speed stuff.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      And also the other stuff. Have you seen his OBP? Ouch.

      • Vince in MN

        May 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm

        Walks aren’t a high priority for this team, but 4 is pretty pathetic. He flails I guess. Almost makes one pine for the Delmon Young days.

        • Smoking Loon

          May 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

          He looked so good early, too. Lotsa nice takes, classic swing. I guess that’s what happens. MLB pitching figures you out pretty fast.

    • TIGERS RULE

      May 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Especially on the outside off the plate. I think the opposition have figured that out.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 12, 2014 at 11:03 pm

        And now it’s up to him to figure it out. I think he will.

  39. jud

    May 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    All wins are nice wins….this was a nice win desides!!!…Ricky P…..6-1

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      A bit tense for me. I like ‘em a tad more comfortable when it’s the Orioles at Camden Yards.

  40. Vince in MN

    May 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Nice 6 pitch 9th by Nathan. That is how it is supposed to be done.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Yup. Here, here. This is why they signed him.

      I need a bullpen guy to believe in. I think I’ll do an about-face and join the cult of Alburquerque. Nice job there.

      • Coleman

        May 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm

        Al has a strikeout pitch…actually, it’s a Strikeout Pitch. When he gets behind in the count, he’s toast, because guys can look for the fastball, but if he gets 2 strikes, it’s pretty much game over.

        • Coleman

          May 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

          OK, I just got off the phone with the Research Department. For his career, once he gets two strikes he has given up a .108 batting average and .310 OPS, with a 56% strikeout rate. So yes, two strikes is Game Over (this year’s numbers are pretty much right in line with career numbers).

          • Smoking Loon

            May 13, 2014 at 12:23 am

            Good research.

  41. Coleman

    May 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I asked for a good game by Kid Rick and I got one, so no complaints here. By the way, we traded the right guy (at the time I admit I wasn’t so sure…I think the key factor was that they offered Fister an extension and he declined. Dombrowski is very aggressive about getting the starting pitchers into long-term contracts. Look for Porcello to be the next).

    • Coleman

      May 13, 2014 at 12:07 am

      Looking at Nationals blogs, it looks like they offered him an extension also and he declined…apparently he wants to be on the West Coast. This puts the trade in a different light for me.

      Also there are conspiracy theory grumbles (the Tigers knew he had physical problems), but I guess Tiger fans did the same with Boston about Iglesias.

  42. jud

    May 13, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I will take 6 innings like tonight for the next 5 years. He is first or second in every pitching area on the team except innings. We get so hung up on the fact that he pitches 6 innings and outher starters are fantastic because they can pitch 7….. Big frickin deal….he is 26 years old. If he wins 20 games are we going to say it doesn’t count because he only pitches 6 great innings…..GET OVER IT!!!!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Little Ricky is only 25 years old….11 days older than my daughter and the only guy she is eligible to date…unfortunately she hasn’t read the memo!

  43. Jim EggersUSMC

    May 13, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Spending some quality alone time with Heidi…. they played Tori’s post game comments; he suggests one should go to a pitching machine and take one in the ribs and see how it feels! don’t know about you all but that just sounds like the worst idea ever!

    • Coleman

      May 13, 2014 at 1:35 am

      Dangnabit, I wish you had told me that before I went and took his advice.

  44. jud

    May 17, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Accoarding to Asmus if Ortiz would have batted in the 8th with a man on base He would have brought in Coke to face him………………………apparently we might be giving Asmus a bit too much crwdit for how smart he is supposed to be!!!!!

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