Game 2014.63: Twins 2, Tigers 0

Minnesota at Detroit

34-28, 1st place, 2.5 games up, 3-7 last 10, 1-0 last 1.

Tigers return home from a quick rain shortened three game set in Chicago to face the Twinkies for three.

I’ll be honest. Last night’s Scherzer shutout wasn’t as enjoyable as it should have been, mostly because we still need 10 more of those in a row to get back to where we were mid-May. Couple that with my new Pavlovian response to “closer situation”, and I could barely listen to good ol’ Dan D. But the Tigers win as they are inclined to do every third day, and hope re-springs.

Smyly v. Kyle Gibson tonight

Sanchez v. Deduno tomorrow at 4:08

Porcello v. Nolasco Sunday at 1:08

Bryan Holaday has been doing everything right as of late – hitting, calling good games, not throwing the ball into left field, but unfortunately he bats right handed, so we may not see him until Monday. I know that it’s easy to point heavy blame at Ausmus right now, so I’ll go ahead and do it. Where is the creativity and reason? Where’s the fire? Where’s the rational thinking? Yes, we’re running more, but that’s b/c we have those assets now. I’m still seeing rather traditional managing – not what I was expecting.

Tonight’s [insert name here]’s Due Lineup:

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


  1. Coleman

    June 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    It’s Smyly’s birthday today. I think the lineup was a prank gift.

    • 80HD

      June 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      I wondered about that, too. I guess the exploding golf balls and fake dog turds were sold out.

    • Vince in MN

      June 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Ya gotta play your reserves. To keep ’em fresh don’t ya know.

  2. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Jam out Mr. Smyly!

    • Coleman

      June 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Good thing too, we couldn’t afford any more runs considering we’re facing Cy Gibson.

  3. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Twins have drawn 246 base on balls…The Tigers have drawn about 10…….”we don’t need no stinkin walks!!!!”

    In order to walk yohave to not swing 4 times and that ain’t gonna happen much!

  4. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Su….sits just to sit….what does a 22 year old need to “rest”.for especially when he is going good.
    Replacing Holaday and Suarez with Romine and Avila is just plain cruel!!!

    • tbran

      June 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      no kidding. that call is baffling to me. 22 y.o. needs to rest so we can play the guy belongs in A ball.

      • Vince in MN

        June 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

        Seems like there was another Tiger manager a while back that did this. Who was that now, hmmmm?

  5. Coleman

    June 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hunter doesn’t make that catch that JD just made.

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Smyly and Little Ricky Porcello are the same age but they took different routes to the MLB. Smyly to college and Little Ricky quickly thru the minors. While both are different types of pitchers, which do you think is the better route?

    • jud

      June 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      College isn’t for everyone…and it takes great discipline to make it thru the low minors on your own…so I think it depends on the individual player

  7. tbran

    June 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Blind squirrel alert.

    • tbran

      June 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      double alert

  8. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    We finally get something from the slug offense an Miggy kills BOTH rallys….time to watch hockey!

  9. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Cy Gibson, the latest bum off the street isn’t giving us much of a chance!!…maybe if he threw a few ubderhand!

    • Vince in MN

      June 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Gibson is actually pretty good and projected s a top of the rotation starter for the twins. 4 times this season (now 5) he has allowed 0 runs in 6 innings or more. Other times not so much, but when he is on, he is very good.

      • Coleman

        June 13, 2014 at 9:47 pm

        Cap tipping +1

  10. tbran

    June 13, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    The squirrel had his glasses on tonight.

  11. Coleman

    June 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Kinsler has been useless at the plate the last two weeks, maybe he needs a day off.

  12. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Hey Kinsler do you even remember the last time you dud something with the bat????

  13. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Gee, I can hardly wait for Smarty to tell us how great the Tigers played tonight…..

  14. tbran

    June 13, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Good to see Joe N is back in top form. Stick a fork in this one.

    • Coleman

      June 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Fork was almost the same word I used.

  15. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Whats harder to watch.. Nathan pitch or the Tigers bat????

    The best part of this inning is Joe won’t be available tomorrow!!!

  16. Vince in MN

    June 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I think I figured out what is wrong with Nathan: he has Verlanderitis.

  17. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Asmus -2
    this line up stunk

    and putting Joe in at all

  18. Coleman

    June 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Nice tune up for Nathan, he looks ready to blow a real save.

  19. Kevin in Dallas

    June 13, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    At Bat app says “Phil Coke replaces Phil Coke”. Just our luck.

  20. Coleman

    June 13, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Right now Phil Coke is better than Joe Nathan, he just is.

  21. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    How bad can your pitching life be when you need Phil Coke to come in and save you!!!

  22. Vince in MN

    June 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I think after tonight’s game Ausmus makes the radical move (to shake the team up and get them going) of naming Phil Coke the new Closer.

  23. Vince in MN

    June 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    And just like that you have to tip your cap. that’s baseball. Yawn.

  24. tbran

    June 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    In a word, pathetic!

  25. jud

    June 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    3.5 games from last place….been around a lot of ball in my life and there is no life in this team!!!! 2009!

  26. Vince in MN

    June 13, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Despite the nice effort by Gibson, the Tigers flat out stink. From the top down.

  27. 80HD

    June 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    What a putrid game. I want the two and a half hours back.

  28. Vince in MN

    June 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Start tomorrow: go on a hike, visit a museum, do something creative, etc. Enjoy.

  29. Smoking Loon

    June 14, 2014 at 12:02 am

    It’s funny, but I noticed that the 4-0 win over the White Sox had a lot in common (event-wise) with a number of Tigers losses:

    Opposing starter better than Tigers starter most of the game
    Tigers hitters swinging and missing badly and not doing much of anything against opposing starter
    Error by Cabrera
    Davis picked off on SB attempt
    Holaday/Suarez clown show on the SB attempt
    Minus the luck, a two-on, none-out sequence in a crucial juncture as follows: Davis (bad), Kinsler (worse), Cabrera (weak 3rd out)

    I find it useful to bear in mind how we gloss over, simplify, and generalize in our hurry to summarize. 7-17 and 17-7 both seem miles away from 12-12. But they’re not. Aside from Scherzer/Porcello, I think the Tigers were better in the 6-5 loss than they were in the 4-0 win. Sometimes that’s how it goes.

    A good start from a Tigers pitcher is where “good game” begins for me. So I’m not so down about this one.

    The Tigers have lost 29 times now, but I think I could count on less than two hands how many have really bothered me. I don’t know how it happened, but I find myself in the unfamiliar position of resident optimist, it seems. I still like this team and its chances.

    • StorminNorman$

      June 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I’m still on the optimist side of the ledger, but the JV-regression thing is starting to worry me almost as much as the losing to mediocre AL Central teams (CLE, MIN, CWS & KC)

      …so on second thought, maybe I’m really in the ‘cautiously optimistic’ camp – which is familiar territory for Tiger fans

    • Vince in MN

      June 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      9 for 29 = 31%

  30. Smoking Loon

    June 14, 2014 at 12:05 am

  31. jud

    June 14, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Apparentl the “mindset that we are not going to lose tonight” was too much to expect two whole days in arow…the mindset of “lets just go thru the motions of just playing” mindset is one we see very often. If you simply watched Kinsler and Cabrerras at bats you will see very little effort…Swing just to swing..its almost a joke watching Hunter pinch hit…this has happened 3-4 times now…hack at the first strike routine GB right to the SS…jog towards first……only Martinez grindsout at bats.
    This team can win the AL Central….big deal!!!!!!!! Oakland puts more energy into each game than the Tigers put in in a week of games…

  32. 80HD

    June 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hmm, I could always watch the games as a form of penance.

  33. 80HD

    June 14, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Interesting info on Brooks Baseball on their Pitch Fx tool re: Joe Nathan last night. Velocity on the fastball was good, 92 – 95, with nice movement. Sitting at 92 – 95 should be plenty for him.

    But he couldn’t throw the 2-seamer for a strike 7 pitches, one strike. Better than had the velocity simply not been there at all. One straw to grasp at.

    BTW, if you’ve never seen the Brooks Baseball site and the pitch Fx tool you won’t believe it.

    • StorminNorman$

      June 14, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I would concur 80HD, pretty amazing site… the amount of detailed data that is now available would suggest teams should have pretty amazing scouting reports on opposing teams/players/tendencies…to the extent that a team wouldn’t get shutout by a middle-of-the-road pitcher/staff.

      …maybe DET can blame it on the full moon/Friday the 13th?

      • 80HD

        June 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        Just looking at some Verlander data. He’s throwing 2 mph harder now than he was this time last season. He has a history in recent years of increasing velocity 2-3 mph over the course of the season. I’d love to know what it all means.

        Also, love to know what Jeff Jones drinks – maybe send him a case. I bet MLB pitching coaches drink bourbon. From beer mugs.

        This Tiger fan stuff is not for the faint of heart.