Game 2014.68 Postgame: Royals 2, Tigers 1


“Ball keeps bouncing Royals’ way as Tigers fall. Unlucky ricochets, former Tiger Infante spoil Smyly’s solid seven-plus.”

Yeah, that’s the headline, more of the same. Just stop it. The Tigers are NOT on an extended unlucky streak right now, they just are not playing well. Their pitching has been failing hard and often, and when it isn’t, they can’t buy a hit.

Smyly’s outing was, actually, more than solid: 2 runs (and I don’t get how they were both earned) over 7 innings. More good news: JD Martinez had another good game, going 2 for 4. He now has an 8-game hitting streak, and has raised his average to .299. All for naught though: the rest of the Tiger lineup could do nothing against the Mighty Guthrie, fanning 9 times as Miguel Cabrera continued to look uninspiring and Victor Martinez (et tu, Victor?) joined the party with 2 strikeouts (there’s one for the Research Department: last time V-Mart struck out twice in a game).  I’m going to go all Lloyd McClendon here and say sometimes you have to stop tipping your cap and accept the fact that you were beaten by some pretty average stuff.

It would be pretty hard to top the story line of the Tigers’ rapid plummet down the Central standings, but Ol’ Smarty somehow managed to make himself the story today. Which is to say he really stepped in it. To recap: Ausmus was explaining how he tries to keep a positive attitude when dealing with the frustrations of the current Tiger skid. Then he was asked: “How are you when you go home?”

“I beat my wife,” Ausmus responded.

Oh my. Not funny.

Look, he obviously was joking, as he immediately pointed out, and repeated in his post-interview apology, and I can’t imagine anybody thinks otherwise. But that was just wrong in so many ways. This wasn’t a bar or locker room conversation. Ausmus is the face of the organization, in a professional setting which requires professional behavior. If this were, say, the NFL, he’d be hammered with a big fine. It’s MLB, so who knows. Either way, it’s disappointing and spoils the package we were sold of the intellectual, urbane young New School guy. The honeymoon was already over for Ausmus, this was the last thing he, or we, needed.



  1. Bill

    June 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I said from the beginning he did not have the experience necessary to be Tigers manager

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    June 19, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Well written, Coleman.

  3. jud

    June 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

    …I cannot hardly wait for todays flogging!

    wheres all that rain when you need it most!!!
    I will tune in later. Fortunately I haven’t watched any Tigerball tues or wed and at my age my heart won’t take watching today. I will check in later!

  4. Vince in MN

    June 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Later, in a more serious vein, Assbutt said “Take my Wife. Please.”

    • Coleman

      June 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Meanwhile, Dombrowski is on the phone saying “Take my Ace. Please.”

  5. StorminNorman$

    June 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Considering the way his (Ausmus) seemingly uninspired team has been playing over the past month, maybe it would be a good time for his wife to start beating him 😉

    Advice to new managers: there’s only one thing that slows down the onslaught of scrutiny and second-guessing when a team is losing and playing poorly, and its NOT humor or clever quotes – its winning. Today would be a good day to begin employing that strategy.

  6. StorminNorman$

    June 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    article implies Avila is tipping pitches (just the type of excuse some DET struggling pitchers have been looking for) – if true, he might be the league leader in tipping & framing… and on the other side of the ledger, he’s on pace to strike-out 200+ times this year (so far 65 K’s in 166 AB – 40% of his AB’s)

    • Coleman

      June 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      True, on the offensive side of the field he has been tipping that an out is coming by stepping into the batter’s box with a bat. Opposing teams have picked up on this.

  7. jud

    June 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Avila..need someone to tip pitches to him…and Hunter…and Jackson…and Cabrerra…and VMart…and….and