Game 2014.133: Tigers at White Sox

Detroit at CWS

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Justin Verlander vs. Scott Carroll

Detroit closes out August and begins their next to last road trip before a home-heavy September with four against the Sox in Chicago, including a Saturday makeup doubleheader (and so far the doubleheaders haven’t doubled our pleasure). The team has yet to put up a calendar month below .500 – let’s see if they can punctuate this one a little more emphatically. Let’s worry less about the Royals and more about how to correct going 17-19 against those other guys in this supposedly “weak” division.

…Evan Reed returns…. Imminent roster shuffle could leave someone on the 40-man to be DFA, or…  Sanchez might not be back, Tigers seem prepared to roll the dice with rookie fill-ins, but are they really?… Avila continues to be the terrible hitter with the knack for the big hit, thunder he stole from Kelly… Kinsler’s drawing ire with the bat and raves for the glove, team could really use both… #CastellanosInLeft2015… Hunter’s energy is energizing, gotta hand it to him. He’s our Derek Jeter, sort of…. There’s no problem with Miggy, except that there is, but really there isn’t, although there might be. 3 HR in 220 PA is a little unusual, that’s all, even with 400 doubles. He’s been great at 1B, though, no lie… Suarez plays with a lot of swagger, which is annoying when he swaggers something stupid (would someone teach him how to slide, please?), but enjoyable otherwise. He is as good as it gets for any homegrown middle infield talent you’ll ever see under current ownership, so enjoy it… Chambermaid! Brilliant, Stormin.’ Tuck or no tuck? Tuck, tuck! How much do you tip a Chamberlain?… You’ve gotta tip it (the cap) to Phil Coke – he never stopped shrugging. Violently. We all need to eat some crow and acknowledge what he’s done over the past couple months. I always wanted to keep him as bench coach, but now I think I might let him pitch once in a while, too… I wonder if Victor Martinez might get some consideration for MVP if the Tigers went all the way… I don’t know why I find it so hard to forgive J.D. Martinez when he grounds out to 3B. Again. Look at those numbers. Holy cats. Where would we be without him?

Oh, right. The other team, the White Somethings. Well, they’re really struggling of late and not that good, neither of which strikes me as good news (see Twins). We must not allow Jose Abreu to shame us again. Chicago plays better against Detroit, and that’s a natural fact. Recent memory suggests that this holds less true late in the season.

Irrelevant Factor Of The Day: Until the most recent Tampa Bay series, I hadn’t won a series since June and Texas. That’s got to bode well for this series and the stretch. Somehow. Doesn’t it?

20 Comments

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  2. jud

    August 29, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Good stuff Loon…it was as wacky as the season has been!..

  3. Smoking Loon

    August 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    No, really. Thanks, guys.

  4. TIGERS RULE

    August 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Assmus allowing Miggy with his gimpy ankle to play in the field has cost us another run and set the table for another loss ….. get rid of the idiot, he is no manager!

  5. tbran

    August 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    So far I have yet to see a swing and miss at JV’s pitches. Sigh …

    • TIGERS RULE

      August 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Looks like a possibility of an early call to the bullpen(6th or 7th) yet again.

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Ok Boys…my brother who flies for SWA is in Las Vegas and per my order I gave him yesterday has put down a $20 bet on this game that we pay $12.40 extra if the Tigers win tonight. This is getting personal!

  7. Smoking Loon

    August 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    It’s raining hard 40 miles from the ballpark. Get this one in, guys.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Never mind. More wind than rain. Might be some brief showers later, probably no more than that.

  8. jud

    August 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Wait I believe thats the first go on contact RO3 run scored I have ever seen work in 1000000000000 tries…way to go Tigers!I

  9. jud

    August 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    The bad news is we are seeing the 2013 Miggy all over again. Hope it isn’t going to last til Oct. That .299 is fast approaching!

    • TIGERS RULE

      August 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      ….. and no HR’s in the last 100 or so AB’s!

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    August 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Verlander really grinded tonight. Base runners in every inning but one. Lots of XBH. White Sox 0-7 RISP. Not vintage, but kudos for working through it.

  11. jud

    August 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Tigers made the mistake and a serious one of not shutting Miggy down for a few days last year and they paid for it. In true Tiger fashion it looks like they will make the exact same mistake again this year. One thing we all know about the Tigers is that when they do something stupid they will do it again, and again, and again and…….. No one player is bigger than your program. Right now he contributes nothing offensively. Don Kelly can give you that, and maybe Miggy can pull it together for what hopefully will be the playoffs.

  12. Jim EggersUSMC

    August 30, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Another quiet Friday night binge watching Weeds with the Queen of the ranchero, after I get her tucked in, Heidi stopped by with Chi-Sox Motown hi-lites. Who was that guy pitching in Verlander’s uni? He sure looked pretty good… M’s will be losing 3 or 4 more real soon, and the KC boys are starting to weaken… Is Hope Alive???

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    August 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

    First time all year that JV has given up fewer that 2 runs.

  14. Vince in MN

    August 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Kinsler since the AS break: .223/.259/.296/.555

  15. Vince in MN

    August 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Perhaps Sale is due for a Price kind of outing?

  16. jud

    August 31, 2014 at 12:08 am

    All even and here comes Cleveland…gonna be intetesting!