Game 2014.69: Royals at Tigers

So the Royals come into Comerica today with brooms in hand, as the Tigers try to get back that winning feeling. The Royals have actually already swept the series proper: today’s game is a makeup of an April rainout. Don’t you wish they’d played it then?

After today’s game the Tigers fly to Cleveland for a 3-game series. Brad Ausmus says “boy will our arms be tired!”

One guy who actually showed up for the Kansas City series is Julio Daniel Martinez, who has been banging it in the 5-spot. Here’s his cumulative line for the series:

11 AB 6 H 5 RBI .545 BA 1.564 OPS

With a lefty on the mound for KC, I don’t expect the JD Train to stop today.


There is talk, as StorminNorman posted, that Alex Avila has been tipping pitches, namely by smacking his glove once before a fastball, twice before a breaking ball.  I’m going to go back and watch all the games and pitches to sees if that checks out (no, I’m not). In addition, Ray Fosse (A’s broadcaster and former catcher) says that Avila puts his right hand behind his back before a fastball, but not before a curve.  Either way, we won’t get to look for that today, since Bryan “Don’t Get No Respect” Holaday gets a start.

Today’s Win One for the Quipper Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Jackson, CF
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. V Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez RF
  6. Castellanos, 3B
  7. Holaday, C
  8. Suarez, SS
  9. Davis, LF


  1. Coleman

    June 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Huge hit by Miggy, and a great time to break out of his slump, but I wish he hadn’t stood there admiring his not-a-home-run.

    • Coleman

      June 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      And then he gets lazy and gets picked off at 2nd. Rally kill.

  2. Coleman

    June 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    JD again!

  3. StorminNorman$

    June 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Sanchez 76 pitches through 5… which initiates my Nathan-anxiety already

    • Coleman

      June 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I’d be happy if it was still a save situation by the 9th.

      • StorminNorman$

        June 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

        …good point.

        Sanchez 95 pitches through 6 – like it or not, the bullpen will be a huge factor in today’s outcome

  4. Mark

    June 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    If Avila is really tipping his pitches how does every other team in base ball know it except for him? Maybe someone should go tell him.

  5. StorminNorman$

    June 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    even though Chamberlain is particularly sharp today, I’d bring him back out to start the 9th

    • StorminNorman$

      June 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      meant to write “not” particularly sharp…

  6. StorminNorman$

    June 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Holaday is a bunting machine!

  7. StorminNorman$

    June 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    another affirmation why DET has been losing so much – Davis up 1 out runner at 3rd, jumps on the first pitch popup to 2nd

  8. Coleman

    June 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    New rule: no more wasting outs sacrificing if Rajai’s on deck.

    • jud

      June 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Hey Brad your wife has a better chance of driving that run in from third than Davis!

  9. KW

    June 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Here comes Nathan. Hope everyone took their blood pressure meds today.

  10. Coleman

    June 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Who is this guy pitching the 9th?

    • KW

      June 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      That was…uncharacteristic.

  11. StorminNorman$

    June 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm



    June 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Excellent pitched game! And how we needed that!

  13. jud

    June 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Get those World Series tickets ordered!
    thats two weeks in a row with a win. Wow….
    Thanks Sanchez, we needed that.
    The sluggo offense now only hits pop ups so you only have to jog half way to first. Makes it a lot easier to get back to the dugout. 5 HITS and one of those hits from a guy who will get benched tomorrow. The three best games in the last 12 have now been caught by Holaday…but hey! Who pays attention that that stuff . …

  14. Vince in MN

    June 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    They won a game. Nathan retired the side in order. Everything is fine now. J-Mart and Holaday back to the bench tomorrow.