Game 2014.128: Tigers at Twins

DET at MIN

Well, we got to see most of the Mud Hen pitching staff that first game, so that saves a drive to Toledo. Lobstein wasn’t bad, really: 3 runs over 5 2/3 innings. Not that it mattered by that point.

Tonight, Justin Verlander returns after missing a start with a not-damaged shoulder. It will be interesting to see if they’ve got him on a short pitch count. On the one hand, that would make sense after missing a start with a sore shoulder; on the other hand, you have the bullpen.

Tonight’s Saving-Romine-For-The-Bullpen Lineup:

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

44 Comments

  1. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Even if JV pitches the greatest game in MLB history. Even if JV throws a perfect game of only 81 pitches without throwing a ball. If he strikes out all 27 Twins…………….so what!!!!!!!

    • tbran

      August 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      it’s a place to start. Things look bleak for sure given what has occurred over the last 24 hours (and last 6 weeks) but there is still a month to go. The Royals will cool off.

  2. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    A 13 pitch first inning is a start, but I will hold my comments until we get thru the 2nd inning.

  3. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Why is it that all these teams being up their scrub pitchers with 0 or 1 win and the completely shut the Sluggos down…..the Tigers bring up their scrub pitchers and they give up 5-10-15 or 20

  4. PHToy in HK

    August 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Let’s see if JV can hold them to a field goal here. Got to stop giving up touchdowns!

  5. PHToy in HK

    August 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    At least he struck out the side.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Yeah, what were those post-game comments about Verlander about one month ago….velocity was up and my arm felt good, gonna be a good next game start…zzzzz

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Did y’all here the fan Verlander comment on the radio? Jim called him a leather tongue. Made my day/night.

  7. Coleman

    August 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Miggy the Rally Killer. Sigh.

  8. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    In the past month Cabrerra faces minor league pitchers almost every night….no doubles… no home runs…hitting a whopping .308 …nice gig for $22+ mil……..big deal!

  9. Stephen

    August 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Could the Verlander contact be worse than the Fielder contract? Who would have known!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 23, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Kate luvs that contract!

  10. Coleman

    August 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Holaday came to play.

  11. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Good job Rookie!..plates 2

  12. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    0-2 on Plough….hang a curve ball..boy that will get it done!…

  13. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    JV..wasn’t pretty..but better than you have been doing…so we will take it!

  14. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Let the real game begin!!!!

  15. tbran

    August 23, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    It looked to me like JV had quite the look for Brad the Boy Blunder when he walked off the mound. Or is it just me?

    • Coleman

      August 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      It was pretty easy to do the lip-reading when the saw Brad come out for him.

  16. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Blaine Hardy, only 24, has been a bright light in a very no lights on bullpen!!!

  17. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Hey Miggy…..nevermind!!!

  18. Coleman

    August 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Not again Miggy!

  19. Coleman

    August 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    3 hits for Torii hitting 2nd, 3 hits for Victor hitting 4th, but there is a black hole in the 3 spot.

    • Coleman

      August 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      And now 3 for JD.

  20. jud

    August 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Atta boy..other rookie!!!..plate two..

  21. Coleman

    August 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Now we’re talking!! The ever-elusive add-on runs, good job rookie!

  22. tbran

    August 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    But the question is: Are we Blow Pen proof yet?

    • Coleman

      August 23, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      We aren’t even Closer-Proof

  23. tbran

    August 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    You just know that the Twinkies are dying to see “Sloppy Joe” on the mound tonight.

    • Coleman

      August 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      I think that’s my favorite name for him right now.

  24. Coleman

    August 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Gardenhire left his rookie in an inning too long. Ausmus pulled Verlander at just the right time. Smarty +1 (it’s about time).

    • tbran

      August 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      I’ll agree that smarty gets one back for the move re JV tonight but I think his tally is still close to the negative.

      • Coleman

        August 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm

        He got an F-word for his trouble, but Santana had been killing Verlander, and his pitch count was high, and his curve wasn’t curving. It was the right move.

  25. tbran

    August 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Very un-Miggy like but we’ll take it.

    • Coleman

      August 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Hey, in the box score it’s an RBI single, we’ll take it.

  26. Coleman

    August 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    OK, Smarty, send Joba back out for the 9th and I’ll give you a +5. Yeah, I know there’s no chance, but a guy can dream.

    • StorminNorman$

      August 23, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      …and miss out on all that drama?

  27. tbran

    August 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    And his Sloppiness has entered the fray.

  28. StorminNorman$

    August 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    all kidding and AAA pitchers aside, I never imagined winning “a game” against the Twinkies would be such a tall order

  29. StorminNorman$

    August 23, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    sure a win is ‘a win’, but that game has the after-taste of a loss

    • Smoking Loon

      August 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      I’m satisfied with it. A game that looked like another going down the tubes got turned around by some good plays, good calls, big hits, and good (enough) bullpen. Feels great, in fact, after the humiliation and then the annihilation of the past three.

  30. jud

    August 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

    How far have we sunk when all we can hope for is a split with the AAA Twins

    • Smoking Loon

      August 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Second place in the AL Central, maybe? 6th in the AL? 10th in MLB? Those are my guesses.

  31. Smoking Loon

    August 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/ot23cgk

    Sounded like good news, Not really. I’m done with mlb.tv immediately following Game 162.