Game 2014.79: Athletics at Tigers

44-34, 1st place, 3.5 up on KC.

Tough series over the weekend. The Tigers led for what, 1 inning out of 27? The Astros are playing some good baseball these days. They are going to be fun to watch over the next few years. They really played well against the Tigers, excelling in all facets of the game. Altuve just tied a major league record with four consecutive games of multiple stolen bases, the last three against the noodle armed Avila/Holaday combo. Did we ever get Altuve out?

Despite all of that, the Tigers had plenty of opportunity to sweep the series. I’m not sure how to calculate BABIP over three games, but I am certain that we were way low from a balls in play stand-point. The Tigers were ripping the ball left and right.

So in comes the MLB best Oakland Athletics. There’s lots of talk about post-season history and a face-off of the AL’s best, but in all reality, this series isn’t that big. Sure, it could be seen as a measuring stick, but we live in the AL Central, and a ruler will suffice where most divisions need yardsticks.

Kazmir v. Sanchez today.

VMart scratched with “soreness.”

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


  1. Coleman

    June 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    V-Mart didn’t seem right against Houston. The real question is: is anything wrong with Cabrera? JD Martinez from Mudhen to Cleanup hitter is a great story.

    • Coleman

      June 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Maybe nothing (Cabrera).

  2. Coleman

    June 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Dave Bergman just looks wrong without a moustache.

  3. jud

    June 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I can’t believe I just saw Austin Jackson leave his feet and catch a ball!!..

  4. Coleman

    June 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Fox Sports Detroit -1, Dan Petry talking all inning with his mic off and nobody noticing.

    • Coleman

      June 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Now Mickey York doing play-by-play. FSD Clown Show!

  5. Vince in MN

    June 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Tonight’s Tiger starting OF this month (June 1-29):
    AJ: .244/.315/.293/.608
    RD: .221/.254/.338/.592
    TH: .206/.224/.294/.516

    • jud

      June 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      The worst defensive outfield in baseball now BATS like the worst OF in baseball…..

  6. jud

    June 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Are the Tigers ever ahead?? they ever score in more than 1 or maybe In 2 innings a game….they are so hard to watch!!!…I thought this team was supposed to manufacture runs… when???

    • Vince in MN

      June 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Oakland does have the best pitching staff in the league.

      • jud

        June 30, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        Not only pitching…this team is so much better than the Tigers , its scary!!”..they pitch, they slug it, they manufacture, they play D, they run…just their energy level compared to the Tigers makes the Tigers look 100 years old!

        • Vince in MN

          June 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm

          The A’s look like the real deal. Despite the Tigers pulling this one out tonight, I think come playoff time (and they gotta be there right?), even if they don’t blow the opposition away, I think in a long series they will grind you down.

  7. Coleman

    June 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Bad time for Euclownio to appear.

  8. tbran

    June 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Oh boy. CFDC is on the mound.

    • Coleman

      June 30, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Coke to the rescue!

    • tbran

      June 30, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      I am promoting CFDC to full blown “TAB” after that outing. A few more like that one, and he will be back up to Diet Coke, in my book.

  9. jud

    June 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Coke..nice job…again….who would have thunk it???.

  10. jud

    June 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    There is no way I saw what I just saw!!!!!!…no way!!!

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    June 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Dan’s call gave me goose bumps.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      June 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Ditto. Sweet home Alabama!

  12. jud

    June 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Davis¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…and Avila and Jackson actually got on base…more amazing!!!!!

  13. Vince in MN

    June 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Dead in the water and all of a sudden…

  14. jud

    June 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Hardy gets his first Major League win. What a story to tell your grandkids someday!!!!

    • Coleman

      June 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Coke deserves a co-win for that one.

      • jud

        June 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm