Game 2014.99: Tigers at Angels

56-42, 1st place, 6.5 games up.

The Tigers fly into Anaheim to take on the white hot LAAoA. If you haven’t been paying attention, the Angels are twenty games over .500, and have moved up to the #2 spot in the AL power rankings. Since starting the season 13-13, the Angels are 47 and 27, and are 13-5 this month. The Angels are 35-18 (.660) at home. The Tigers are the AL’s best road team at 30-13 (.638), but are 2-10 in their last 12 vs. the Angels.

Baseball Reference game preview.

Game 1 tonight, 10:05 PM ET – Max Scherzer v. Garrett Richards

Game 2 tomorrow, 10:05 PM ET – Drew Smyly v. Tyler Skaggs (L)

Game 3 Saturday, 9:05 PM ET – Justin Verlander v. Matt Shoemaker

Game 4 Sunday, 3:35 PM ET – Rick Porcello v. Hector Santiago (L)

J.D. Martinez has shaken the minor injury for the back to the AL lineup:

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. J.D. Martinez, LF
6. Torii Hunter, RF
7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Eugenio Suarez, SS


  1. jud

    July 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    This series never goes good. We usually attend every game and I think we are about 2-20..we are going tomorrow night and maybe Sunday.We are staying away because maybe we are the jinx…And then again maybe the night life after each game is the jinx cause the Tigers seem to play worse after each of the games..just my observation

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      July 24, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Just go, have a cold one or seven and we will not blame you win or lose. If you get a chance, tell Trout to pound sand and wipe that smirk of his off his fat face.

  2. jud

    July 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    One year we stopped by ESPN Zone before the game and the Tigers, Pistons( when they were good) and the Wings were all on TV at the same time… We had several cold ones and never made it to the game!

  3. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 12:03 am

    That inning shows a big difference in the Angels program and the Tigers thru the years…Tigers get lead off double.. Davis swings and misses at three pitches no where near the strike zone…Jackson grounds weakly to Ss….Angels get a double and immediately move him to third…next three batter at the bottom of the order cause havoc…Fundementals have never been a Tiger priority. Fundementals have Always been an Angel priority…results 3-1

  4. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 12:08 am

    And meanwhile Tori remains Hot Hot Hot!

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    July 25, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Lots of game left.

    Was JD a late scratch?

    • Coleman

      July 25, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Yeah, late scratch, he’s still day-to-day

  6. Coleman

    July 25, 2014 at 12:10 am


  7. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 12:15 am

    AND meanwhile where he must pull the ball to advance the runner..Avila….nevermind! His 100000000 useless AB

  8. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 12:26 am


    • Coleman

      July 25, 2014 at 12:39 am

      Like old times!

  9. Coleman

    July 25, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Max looks like he could go 8.

  10. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Well this is why we have Soria now…Scherzer dealing and Soria and Joba and Natan to get us thru 7 outs!!!

  11. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Awe —-some!!!!! Jackson

    • Coleman

      July 25, 2014 at 12:45 am

      If Trout had made that catch we’d be seeing highlights of it thousands of times on ESPN, let’s hope Austin gets a little coverage.

  12. PHToy in HK

    July 25, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I hope Scherzer is allowed back out for the 8th and New Guy gets a shot to show what he can do in the 9th.

  13. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Scherzer easily had an 8th in him…i hope this works!

    • Coleman

      July 25, 2014 at 1:06 am

      So far, not so much.

      • Coleman

        July 25, 2014 at 1:10 am

        But the double-play ball makes everything better.

        • jud

          July 25, 2014 at 1:18 am

          That DP is evan sweeter from Aybar who along with Kendricks are the Tiger killers

  14. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Ok breathe jud…we will take that inning…..and let the real game begin!!!

  15. Coleman

    July 25, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Hey, look at that! It’s No-blow Joe looking like a closer!

    • PHToy in HK

      July 25, 2014 at 1:30 am

      Maybe trading for The New Guy is putting some pressure on Joe Blow.

  16. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Hell ya Joe!….having Soria on board has paid off already!!!… Maad Max was tough tonight…..Casty with a game changer!

  17. jud

    July 25, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Research dept might have to verify but this might be the first — first game of a series win out here in 10 years……..

  18. Coleman

    July 25, 2014 at 1:36 am

    It was a well-pitched, well-played game against an incredibly good team, one of those nights where the Tigers look like a playoff team.

    • jud

      July 25, 2014 at 1:50 am


  19. StorminNorman$

    July 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    …your Rugburn moment of Zen

    • Coleman

      July 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Hmm, I’m still not sure if it tops this one:;c_id=mlb

      • StorminNorman$

        July 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        classic Rugburn… you’re right Rburn’s LF-assisted HR is only surpassed by the HR that bounced off Conseco’s gourd

        • Coleman

          July 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

          That one will never be surpassed. Raburn’s had more distance though–that didn’t even make it to the warning track without him.