Game 2014.76: Astros 4, Tigers 3 (11 innings)


The Tigers ride into Houston on the back of a 7-game winning streak, without a scrap of Zubaz on, according to Torii Hunter (via Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi). Because you can’t be streaking, if you’re wearing Zubazzes.

Anyway, here are the scheduled times/starters for the series:

Detroit Tigers (43-32) at Houston Astros (34-46)

  • Fri 6/27   8:10 Justin Verlander (6-7 4.82) vs. Brad Peacock (2-4 4.50)
  • Sat 6/28  4:10 Max Scherzer (9-3 3.71) vs. Dallas Keuchel (L) (8-5 2.78)
  • Sun 6/29 2:10 Drew Smyly (4-6 3.19) vs. Scott Feldman (3-5 4.00)

Every game at a different time, so there’s something here for every time zone.

The Tigers have gone from a team struggling to stay out of last place to a team with an easy 4 1/2 game lead and the 2nd best record in the league, all in the time since my last turn in the Game Post rotation–primarily because of the Tiger rotation.

The last time the Tigers played Houston they took 3 of 4, all but the start of the dreaded Cy Keuchel, who turned out to be just starting a brilliant run which will likely land him in the All-Star game. 24-yr old Jose Altuve continues to develop into a legitimate star (.334, 30 stolen bases), and 24-yr old George Springer adds power (15 HR, 40 RBI). The Astros are giving the fans reason for optimism, despite their 34-46 record.

Today’s Streaking Lineup:

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


  1. StorminNorman$

    June 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Grilli back to the AL… and this swap (of two struggling “closers”) is another affirmation that along with Tommy John surgeries, ‘closer-itis’ is also going around the league…

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    June 27, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    SI’s cover this week says “2017 WS Champs – Houston Astros.”

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      June 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      They also picked Tampa Bay to win this year!

  3. jud

    June 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Hey Alex you only play because of your defense….nevermind!

  4. jud

    June 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Al Avila Sr on the JD Martinez deal……+2

  5. Coleman

    June 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    The aggressive base running is kind of jumping the shark right now

  6. jud

    June 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Hunter walked yesterday..that mean he is not due for another til August. Therefore a swing and miss in a pitch n the dirt was in order.

  7. jud

    June 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Well the new streak wasn’t gonna last forever. But we also knew it would be some bum off the street with 2 wins on the season! Cy Peacock doesn’t even sound like a baseball player!

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    June 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Can someone explain why the first inning run is earned?

    • jud

      June 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      No ball was put in play after the error that would have scored the runner. Seems it should be Unearned!

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        June 27, 2014 at 11:18 pm

        There was no error that inning.

        • Coleman

          June 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm

          Wild pitch which allowed Altuve to get to 3rd, and error on Avila allowing him to score.

          • Smoking Loon

            June 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

            This is only a guess, but I think the earned run has to do with play being WP+E, scoring play being set in motion with the WP rather than a batted ball.

    • Coleman

      June 27, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      I’m not getting that either. This game’s a bit clowny.

  9. jud

    June 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you!

  10. Coleman

    June 28, 2014 at 12:08 am

    How about we win this thing before Altuve is due up again.

  11. jud

    June 28, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Tigers put zero effort into winning this game…Houston deserved to win!

    • Smoking Loon

      June 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Tip of the cap to the Astros, no doubt about it. I have this theory that losing 4-3 in 11 innings requires *some* effort, but I’m probably wrong.

  12. jud

    June 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Hunter,Miggy,Jackson, Victor 0-17….at least Miggy hit it hard. The rest didn’t look like they wanted to be there. Worst 5 at bats for Victor all year…….but better than getting blowwn out to end the streak!

  13. Smoking Loon

    June 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Oberholtzer in, Keuchel out. There’s some good news.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Also Davis in, Jackson out, apparently.