Game 2014.72: Tigers at Indians

CLE at Detroit

The number that pleased me most from last night’s game is “1″.

Not because Nathan only gave up 1 run, though that may be cause to celebrate.

Not because in what is being regarded as Coke’s finest outing all season he only gave up 1 hit.

But the number I’m thinking of is 1 walk issued by Verlander. After talking about Verlander’s location issues in yesterday’s pregame, he was a sniper last night, walking only 1 against 8 Ks in 7 innings. I too was initially perplexed as to why he didn’t go 8, but I think that Ausmus was protecting Verlander a bit, which I don’t have a problem with. Highlights here.

Scherzer climbs the hill looking for the sweep this afternoon against righty Josh Tomlin.

A few notes:

- Ian Krol was sent to the DL last night with “shoulder inflammation” which is otherwise known as “crappy pitching.”

- Hunter is available to pinch hit today, and is expected to start on Tuesday.

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

34 Comments

  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Jackson, Cabrera, and even Avila with two homeruns have spanked Tomlin. Meanwhile, V-Mart is 0-5 against him. Scherzer has controlled most of the Indians expect Swisher so this will be interesting to watch. Let’s get 4 in a row!

  2. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Kevin, your assumption that Ausmus was protecting Verlander by taking him out after 7 innings and ONLY (for JV) 100 pitches with only 4 hits and only 1 walk(!), may well be correct. The question is what was he protecting him from? I think it more likely Smokey Jr. was simply falling back on the old automatic 8th-inning Guy/9th-inning Guy routine.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Goodness I pray that Ausmus hasn’t already committed to the 8th inning guy 9th inning guy non-sense, though what we’ve seen certainly supports that.

      Hopefully I’m right and Ausmus saw pulling JV early as an opportunity to give Verlander, the starters, and the whole team an emotional boost.

      • Vince in MN

        June 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        But the bullpen. Those guys need a rest, which would also provide an emotional boost, for them at least. Goodness, they’ve called up 3 new relievers in the last week or so. And remember, it’s not just the appearances that contribute to tired arm, shoulder fatigue, etc., but how many times do they get up and throw without entering the game.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          June 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

          Good point.

          Though it may be such a carousel for a while that rest won’t really matter.

  3. StorminNorman$

    June 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Miguel Cabrera HR in the 1st makes it 31 HR vs CLE since joining Tigers in ’08, which is 11 more than any other player over span

  4. Coleman

    June 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I think it’s safe to say Cabrera is out of his little slump.

    • Vince in MN

      June 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Let’hope so, because we need to get Miggy going (too).

  5. jud

    June 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I agree with Kevin that if Asmus pulled JV to “protect” him, it was one of the few good decisions Smarty has made. JV did not deserve to lose a game where the Sluggos pounded out 2 whole runs for him. Especially after all the beatings Asmus has let JV take “for the team”. I thought it was a good decision at the tiime.

  6. jud

    June 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    How can Avila swing and miss at sooooooo many pitches. Hitting is essentially catching the ball with the bat. And he catches Jv and Scherzer who have great stuff. Meanwhile anyone can make him swing and miss…just sayin

    • Coleman

      June 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Maybe he’s trying to “frame” the pitches with his bat.

  7. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Do Smith and/or McCoy get to make their debut today?

  8. Coleman

    June 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Avila looking sad.

  9. jud

    June 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Can we just forfeit the Avila and Romine spots for the sake of moving them game along.

    • Coleman

      June 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Romine actually got screwed on his strikeout. Avila earned his though.

      • Vince in MN

        June 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        Alekks needs one of those huge whiffle ball bats, at least it would cut down on his strikeouts.

  10. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Alekks is 12th in AL in Ks (68 in 202 PA before today). Surprisingly the league leader is WS Tyler Flowers (one would have expected Dunn) with 82 in 216 PA. And although Avila could catch him up with a triple golden sombrero effort (a plutonium sombrero?), it isn’t likely. So take heart Tigers fans, it could be worse. And Flowers is a catcher too, hmmm.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    June 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Atta boy JD. Nice to take advantage of a clown show.

  12. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    CLE clown show. J-Mart comes through. I was beginning to worry he was going into a slump, he didn’t have any rbis yesterday.

  13. TIGERS RULE

    June 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Are we bullpen safe yet?

  14. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Francona stuck with Tomlin a wee bit too long. Yup, other managers do it too, not just Ausmus, but that doesn’t make it right.

    • jud

      June 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      +1

  15. jud

    June 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    The Martinez Bros continue to Bash!!!

  16. Smoking Loon

    June 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    - Ian Krol was sent to the DL last night with “shoulder inflammation” which is otherwise known as “crappy pitching.”

    I’m lovin’ it. So true. I’ve never seen the truth behind this ruse put better.

  17. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    It would be nice to see Castellanos’ OBP go up (.300 now), but projecting forward, if he finishes @.270 with 60 RBI, I think that would be a fine rookie campaign.

  18. tbran

    June 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Ingvila batting .133 over the last 7 days. Evidently, he now has the Upton girl’s phone number.

    • jud

      June 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Ingvila is back to taking the first strike, fouling off the second….then he is toast…..as my old college baseball coach used to say all the time…” what we have here is a failure to learn”…..

  19. jud

    June 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Nothing like a 3 game set with rhe Indians to cure whats wrong with you!!!

  20. jud

    June 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    That dude hit Avila right in the bat!….amazing accuracy!!

  21. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Ausmus decides to “protect” Scherzer after 6 IP and 114 pitches.

  22. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Looks like Tigers will go 7 and 6 in this stint against AL Central teams. More important is how they finished this stint.

  23. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    POG: Ausmus for protecting Scherzer at just the right moment, judicious use of the bullpen (only 3 relievers and letting the newbies play) and bench, and morale building.

  24. Vince in MN

    June 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Seattle sweeps KC. No we are up by 2.5 again. I knew those guys wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure of being in 1st place.

  25. jud

    June 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    The rest of KC month isn’t exactly a cake walk either…I am rooting for 90-82..Tigers…everyone else in the Central 80-82

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