Game 2014.131: Yankees at Tigers

71-59, 1.5 games behind, .5 WC games back.

Last night’s win was a real, professional win. 5-2 is a score that seems like an appropriate margin for a good, but not obnoxious, team. If the San Antonio Spurs played baseball, they would win most games 5-2.

Ricky P was phenomenal, again, scattering 9 hits over 8 innings and walking none. He’s only allowed 8 walks in his last 10 starts, and none (NONE!) in his last 3 games, spanning 23 innings. Keep that in mind when a reliever walks the first guy he sees tonight.

If Porcello pitches like this over the final 5 weeks, he may be slotted as the 3rd pitcher in a playoff series, or the 3rd guy to hit in a Tigers foursome caddied by JV. Note, it just hit me that there is a real chance that we don’t get to see this rotation in the playoffs. Who knows if Illitch can afford to keep Scherzer around, or of Max even wants to stay. But what a shame it would be to not give this rotation a shot. I’m going to start a movement. #DoItForTheRotation We’ll see if this picks up more steam than my last movement #StopLettingQuasimodoMakeAirplaneSeats.

The Tigers crowd last night got a little emotional with Joe, chanting “Let’s Go Joe” as he got going in the 9th. Joe heard it, and I’m sure the team loved it. We’re stuck with him, might as well see if we can help him in anyway. The crowd at Comerica is the best.

David Price takes the mount tonight, looking to rebound from a one hit complete game blowout loss.


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



  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 27, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Good comment KiD. After last night’s game I was thinking “do they really want to send Little Ricky to the bullpen for the playoffs?” Meanwhile, do we think we are going to get Sanchez back in form in time for the playoffs?

    I gotta teach class tonight so keep the Boys on track. I will DVR the game but will miss Dan’s and Jim’s call. We are headed to Texas tomorrow so I will listen to that one while driving west and a sweep of the Yanks would be a very nice start for a holiday weekend.

  2. jud

    August 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Lets see what happens tonight..Greene embarrassed the Tigers in NY..lets see if the Tigers put in the effort tonight


    August 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Assmus is an idiot for playing Miggy on the field with his gimpy right ankle. He couldn’t get to the ball hit almost right to him and he was in pain limping around after that play. He should be DHing at the most. Who is running this team the players or the manager.


      August 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Miggy couldn’t even pivot to make the pick-off at second because his ankle is hurting him so much and ….. that runner that should have been out comes in to score! Clean up your act Assmus ….. switch him and Vmart!

      • John Demler

        August 27, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        I agree, but the worst that is happening is that Avilla is still a Tiger. Worst catcher in MLB!! Can’t throw anyone out & can’t hit!!! Just asking, who’s his daddy & who cares!!!

        • Smoking Loon

          August 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm

          Avila must be removed and destroyed for the good of all mankind. I designated him for assignment when he hit Ichiro in the back.

  4. Coleman

    August 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Price takes the mount. And delivers the sermon?

    • Smoking Loon

      August 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Turned out to be the squirmin’ on the mount.

  5. Coleman

    August 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Jeter with the RBI, after the bad Cabrera throw. Time out to build a statue.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Ceremonies between innings are all that’s missing. The idea that tomorrow is Jeter’s last game at Comerica has me tearing up already. It’s an emotional time for all of us, I know – together we’ll pull through it. Kevin is setting up a special DTW hotline for the occasion. Counselors will be standing by to help and support you.

      • Coleman

        August 28, 2014 at 12:20 am

        20 years from now we will all remember what we were doing the last time Derek Jeter hit a flare to right field in the state of Michigan.

      • Coleman

        August 28, 2014 at 12:21 am

        (BTW I like Jeter, I don’t blame all this nonsense on him).

  6. PHToy in HK

    August 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Seems like the blowpen will get a lot of work tonight. This could be very painful…

  7. Coleman

    August 27, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    The Price is wrong tonight. Kid Rick is now the staff ace.

  8. jud

    August 27, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Hey Dave just leave don’t wait til Asmus lets you give up 10-12-15…just walk off…..

  9. Coleman

    August 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    This is a Clown Game. ‘Nother game tomorrow.


    August 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Kiss this one goodbye ….. going to the strip club.

  11. KW

    August 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    • Smoking Loon

      August 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm


  12. jud

    August 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Rod,” Greene dominated the Tigers on Aug 8 in New York. He won’t be able to do that again tonight”……Hey Rod so far he isn’t dominating them he is embarrassing them….Pretty easy to do actually

    …Meanwhile does everyone on the infield have bad ankles. My gosh Suarez how about getting to one of these ground balls tonight!

  13. Coleman

    August 27, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    This is not a bad team, but very Not Ready For Prime Time.

  14. Coleman

    August 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Got to look at the bright side: we can only lose one game tonight.

    • Vince in MN

      August 27, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Even good teams have a game like this once in a while. That’s baseball.

      • Smoking Loon

        August 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        On the bright side, we can relax and watch this one completely analytically now. Pay no attention to that “8.” It’s an exhibition game and we’re not keeping score. It’s Bullpen Audition Night.

  15. Vince in MN

    August 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    And why Hardy? He’s been a rare bright spot in the late innings, so he is going to be a long man tonight in a blowout, making him unavailable tomorrow?

    • Coleman

      August 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Clown Game. Don’t overthink it.

    • jud

      August 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I agree using Hardy instead of all those losers in the bullpen is stupid stupid stupid!

  16. Smoking Loon

    August 27, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Coupla less obvious things about the most horrid David Price inning ever:

    Even a halfway decent throw from Avila gets Ellsbury on the SB attempt. Ugh.

    Check out Castellanos on the Gardner IF RBI single. Dumb as a box of rocks. Stands there watching the play. No attempt to get back over to 3B. Following chess rules as a pawn, apparently. Ugh.

    This is crazy bad. Totally unexpected. If it’s a Clown Game, it’s another new twist on the theme.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Maybe we’ll get the season-ending no-hitter early this season.

  17. StorminNorman$

    August 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    not to sound cynical, but with the matchup tomorrow (Lobstein vs Kuroda), this series looks like it was lost in the 3rd inning tonight… really needed Price to be the opposite of how he was tonight.

    DET moves on to series w/CWS, CLE then SF before their first of two series w/KC – while KC plays CLE, TEX then NYY before the DET series – the math (and KC’s remaining schedule does not bode well for DET)

  18. tbraniga

    August 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Was Ausmus sleeping during that melt down??

    • Coleman

      August 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Hard to blame him. I was.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Except that it wasn’t quite a meltdown. It was more like the famous Porcello Inning of 2013 vs. the Angels. Pulling Price early to go with 7 innings of Detroit bullpen is an easy decision to make only in retrospect.

      • Smoking Loon

        August 27, 2014 at 10:34 pm

        To be fair, Porcello actually pitched better that game than Price did tonight.

  19. Vince in MN

    August 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Well at least Ausmus didn’t leave in Hardy to eat up pointless innings.

    • Coleman

      August 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Well, since there is nothing else to appreciate tonight…I’m appreciating that in an 8-0 game Phil Cole comes in all amped up. He puts it all out there. No matter what he gets on the talent score, he has always gotten an A on attitude.

      • jud

        August 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        Plus he never just goes thru the motion on those shoulder shrugs…He goes 100% on all shrugs!!!

        • Smoking Loon

          August 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm

          Heh. It’s true.

          • Smoking Loon

            August 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm

            He’s the Atlas of Shrugging.

  20. Smoking Loon

    August 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Poor AB by Golden Boy there, him and the next guy. I see that the plan with a man on 3rd is to ground out to 3B. J.D. and Nick must be taking Hitting With A Purpose lessons from Ian Kinsler.

    • Coleman

      August 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Nah. They’d be popping up.

      • Vince in MN

        August 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Or striking out on pitches in the dirt. Oh wait, they already are.

        • Smoking Loon

          August 27, 2014 at 10:37 pm

          Good (albeit easy) observations on both counts. One gets the sense that Kinsler likes the physical act of swinging at a pitch as an end in itself, though it often takes him two called strikes to warm up to it.

  21. Vince in MN

    August 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I read someplace last week (can’t remember where) that umps are calling the low pitches strikes more often this year. If so (and the players must be clued in), maybe that is why there seems to be such an epidemic of lousy ABs.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Might tie in with your link below, eh?

  22. Vince in MN

    August 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    This article is about the lengthening of ballgames, but another interesting stat (RPG) is noted in the second paragraph after the chart.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 27, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Interesting, thanks. What a spike over the past 3 seasons, had no idea.

  23. Coleman

    August 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Victor is still awake.

  24. jud

    August 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I see the Twins scored 2 runs in 2 days against the Royals.. The Twins need to get back to the Tigers so they can score 7 a game

  25. jud

    August 27, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Shawn Greene about the 100th pitcher it seems like with 1 or 2 wins that shuts down the great Sluggo offense again and again and again and again and again and again and…………

    • Smoking Loon

      August 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Some teams have actual young pitching talent.

  26. Smoking Loon

    August 27, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Well. Aside from a couple inherited from and charged to Price scoring on sac flies, that was 7 scoreless from the Tigers bullpen. It’s like a game from earlier in the season in reverse. Plus a great leaping catch from Suarez. Plus a somewhat respectable 4 runs in the end. Put it all together… and it’s an 8-4 loss. Doesn’t seem fair. Ended rather fittingly, though.

  27. Smoking Loon

    August 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    “David Price takes the mount tonight, looking to rebound from a one hit complete game blowout loss.”

    Well-crafted, Kevin, but you might have put the hex on Price.

  28. Coleman

    August 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

    One thing I am wondering about: Betances nails Hunter on the hand (miraculously, not breaking it) last time out. This time out, he misses his face by a few inches. Torii was seriously displeased. Next batter, he makes Cabrera do a backflip with an inside pitch. No warnings were issued. Maybe it’s because I started watching baseball back in the old days, but I’m thinking it’s not a question of if, but who on the Yankees gets nailed tomorrow.

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      August 28, 2014 at 3:21 am

      I would like to see that Cervelli guy get plunked; I anticipate an aria of emotion and some serious angst, Italian style.