Game 2014.118: Pirates at Tigers

DET at PIT

Tonight it’s young Buck Farmer who takes the mound and tries to stop the bleeding.  Farmer began the season with the West Michigan Whitecaps (A) and put together a 10-5 record with 2.60 ERA and a 1.109 WHIP. He was moved up to Erie recently and had two starts there (1-0, 3.00, 1.167). Farmer throws strikes: he has struck out 127 this season against only 28 walks.

The news on Justin Verlander is tentatively good. His MRIs showed no damage, although they are being sent to specialists for a second opinion. He may miss as little as one start.

Here are today’s roster moves:

  • Kevin “Way Over His Head” Whelan was optioned back to Toledo.
  • The Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Buck Farmer from AA Erie.
  • Eric catcher Ramon Cabrera was designated for assignment by Detroit to make room for Farmer on the 40-man roster, and was claimed off waivers by the Pirates.

In the meantime, Torii Hunter thinks that maybe having to fight for first will be good for the team in the long run.

Tonight’s Carrera-Leads-Off Lineup:

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

48 Comments

  1. TIGERS RULE

    August 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Has DD or anyone else running the team given Assmus a “vote of confidence?
    Will the Buck stop here?

    • Coleman

      August 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Buck Farmer is a great baseball name. Although his given name (George Farmer) is redundant.

    • KW

      August 13, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      If this losing streak continues much longer, it’ll be time for the media to ask those questions. Maybe this is why DD kept Lamont around after all–if they need to can Ausmus, an experienced manager is sitting right next to him.

      • Vince

        August 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        I thought Lamont was the manager.

  2. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    An 11 pitch inning…well done Buckmaster!

    • Vince

      August 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Buckmaster Farmer, I like it!

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        August 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        He seems very comfortable on the mound.

  3. Coleman

    August 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Does the buck stop here?

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Sweet!

  4. Vince

    August 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I’m mystified how Avila can get called out on strikes so often on pitches right down the middle of the plate.

    • KW

      August 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      It’s because he guesses at pitches and outsmarts himself. That’s why he’s a BOOB.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        August 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        Remember Magglio’s saying that you don’t need to think when you are batting.

      • Vince

        August 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        On a 3-2 count how hard is it to guess?

    • tbran

      August 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      I want to know why he even brings a bat w/ him to the batter’s box??

  5. TIGERS RULE

    August 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    The Statue watches another strike sail by for a K!

    • Coleman

      August 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Just for fun, type in “Avila struck out looking” in Google. Plenty of hits! On Google, that is, not for Avila. Guy seems to rarely strike out swinging. No, he saves the swinging for the GIDP to 2nd.

      • Coleman

        August 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        I just scored the Reverse Jinx. You’re welcome.

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Buck looks like Mike Maroth. I hope he pitches better.

  7. Vince

    August 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Well, Farmer was good for one inning. Maybe they should make him the Closer.

  8. jud

    August 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    This one is over. You can’t expect the Sluggos to make up 4 runs to possibly win all in one day. That would take at least two days…Nice try Buck. Get back to Erie where you have a chance cause they can score!

  9. Coleman

    August 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Buck Farmer, a man outstanding in his field.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      That’s a tuff row to hoe!

      • Coleman

        August 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        Hey, I could do these until the cows come home.

        • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

          August 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

          Green Acres is the place for me!

          • Coleman

            August 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm

            I’m scanning through old episodes now to see if Gene Lamont was ever on that show.

            • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

              August 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm

              Didn’t he play Ebb?

              • Coleman

                August 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

                Mr. Kimball.

  10. Coleman

    August 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Clownsler.

  11. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Avlia…smarty at the plate!

  12. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Buck’s night appears to be over and he is headed for the corral.

    • Coleman

      August 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Or The Dell.

  13. Coleman

    August 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Money doesn’t grow on trees. But if it did, a Buck Farmer would be useful to have around.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      August 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      It’s a shame that this comment got lost. Well done, Coleman.

      • Coleman

        August 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm

        Why, thank you! Hate to let a good name go to waste. He might turn out to be a pretty decent pitcher also.

  14. Coleman

    August 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    B-Hard is having another good night.

  15. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Una palona Polanco!!!

  16. Angus

    August 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    That’s one, not so good.

  17. Angus

    August 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Wow, we won one.

  18. jud

    August 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I am speechless!

    • Smoking Loon

      August 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Castellanos tagged out Mercer. The only reason the call stood was the replay’s failure to satisfy the “conclusive” requirement. No big deal, but it did cost Farmer (not that impressed, don’t see a lot of buck farming in his future based on this short look) a cleaner outing. Young and possibly curious George didn’t really buck the trend of so-so outings from Tigers pitching “debutantes,” but then again, he didn’t buy the farm, either.

      Ezequiel Carrera was the real debutante. (The word comes from “leading off.”)

  19. Smoking Loon

    August 13, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Castellanos tagged out Mercer. The only reason the call stood was the replay’s failure to satisfy the “conclusive” requirement. No big deal, but it did cost Farmer (not that impressed, don’t see a lot of buck farming in his future based on this short look) a cleaner outing. Young and possibly curious George didn’t really buck the trend of so-so outings from Tigers pitching “debutantes,” but then again, he didn’t buy the farm, either.

    Ezequiel Carrera was the real debutante. (Apparently, the word comes from “leading off.”)

  20. jud

    August 14, 2014 at 2:13 am

    The Pirates some nice uni’s. I couldn’t help though but think…. I wonder when some group will protest the Pirates use of Pirates as mascots!!!…I mean Pirates, Redskins, Patriots, 49ers all seem about the same to me. You pay a billion bucks you can name them whatever you want!

  21. Jim EggersUSMC

    August 14, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Heidi just showed the highlights ( and that’s not all she was showing, if you get my drift) and I was happy to see some situational hitting w/ RISP. Loved all the farmer jokes… we have farms around these parts… favorite farmer joke: What is the difference between a puppy and a wheat farmer? Puppies are cute when they whine…

    MASH LIne: I played left drift in high school.. who said it and what was the episode about???

    • Coleman

      August 14, 2014 at 3:26 am

      Hmm, got me on that one.

  22. Coleman

    August 14, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Beck’s headline sounds like a lost episode of Green Acres: Farmer Swapped for Mercedes
    http://beck.mlblogs.com/2014/0.....-mercedes/

    • Vince

      August 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      My first reaction before reading the article was “WTF, the guy pitches one game and they trade him already?”

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