Game 2014.135: Tigers at White Sox

Detroit at CWS

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Kyle Ryan vs. Chris Bassitt

Ryan for DET and Bassitt for CHW will each be making their MLB debuts tonight.

I don’t have the patience to wait for the lineups, so I’ll throw out some guesses as to the changes. Avila will be back at C, of course. Romine at SS, Carrera in CF, Kelly at 3B, J.D. in RF, maybe? Something like that. Hunter might get rest tonight and Cabrera tomorrow, that’s what I’m thinking. We’ll see.

38 Comments

  1. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Two Greenhorn rookies making their debut..Big game for the Tigers …That means Sox 6—Tigs 2…this will be too much for the Sluggos. After all they swung and missed so much getting shutout for 8 innings in the first game, they are tired!

    • Vince in MN

      August 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Game two is where The Miracle begins. Have faith in our #10 starter.

  2. Coleman

    August 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    1 Rajai Davis, LF
    2 Ian Kinsler, 2B
    3 Miguel Cabrera, 1B
    4 Victor Martinez, DH
    5 J.D. Martinez, RF
    6 Alex Avila, C
    7 Don Kelly, 3B
    8 Andrew Romine, SS
    9 Ezequiel Carrera, CF

    Hunter gets a rest, Castellanos gets a rest, even Suarez gets a rest. But Ol’ Gimpy is still out there at first.

    • Smoking Loon

      August 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      I *totally* called that lineup! I wrote my guess right after Game 1 before they were up anywhere. Hurray for me.

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    August 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Verlander last night: 7 IP, 9 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 ER, 5 2B, CWS 0-7 RISP off of JV, JV had one inning w/o a base runner

    Scherzer today: 6 2/3, 9 H, 0 BB, 11 K, 5 ER, 1 2B, 2 HR, CWS 2-5 RISP off of Max, Max had 3 innings w/o a base runner

    Scherzer didn’t pitch that much worse, JV got a little lucky last night. So goes baseball.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Yeah, its a crazy game and you see something different every game.

  4. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Hmmm….Miguel hobbling at first for the second game?

  5. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    This dude has thrown 5-7 hanging curveballs, the Sluggos of course have taken every one of them including two to boy wonder Alex!

  6. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    This is exactly what should be happening to this rookie!

  7. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Why is Cabrerra playing??????????????

  8. Kevin in Dallas

    August 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Cabrera at .299.

    • Vince in MN

      August 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Well he is out now. I guess .299 was the magic number that tripped a buzzer in Ausmus’ head.

  9. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Hey Alex he got you last time with the same exact pitch that you took…he did it again….helllllooooo!

    I am not sure whats worse watching Miggy at 50% or Avila at 100%!!

  10. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Ryan is doing a great job of painting the outside corner. Comes inside once in awhile, but goes right back out there!

    • Vince in MN

      August 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Our #10 starter is better than their #10 starter. Encouraging, but we shouldn’t push our luck.

  11. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    The kid done good….!!!

  12. Vince in MN

    August 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    If Hardy can cut down on the BBs he could really be lights out.

  13. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hey Johnson..thanks for nothing..

    • tbran

      August 30, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Agreed but to me the real question is why the mis manager even gave him the ball to start the 8th?? Jaba is Mr. 8th and he was ready to pitch. This should make the bottom of the 9th quite interesting.

      • jud

        August 30, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        Agree…

  14. Vince in MN

    August 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Joba setting up a save situation for Nathan.

    • PHToy in HK

      August 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      I wonder if the batters will cooperate with Joba’s plan.

      • Vince in MN

        August 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        Damn that Don Kelly.

        • Coleman

          August 30, 2014 at 10:28 pm

          They don’t call him Savekill for nothing.

          • Smoking Loon

            August 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm

            Does he get a blown save for that?

            • Coleman

              August 30, 2014 at 11:55 pm

              I think so, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen “BS” written after his name before.

              • Smoking Loon

                August 31, 2014 at 12:09 am

                Meanwhile, Joba gets a “Hold.” I think he would have gotten that by virtue of the bases-loaded situation, but he might have been thinking he had to allow some runs first.

                Holds. Saves. Stats I don’t like. Wins (as a stat for pitchers) isn’t far behind.

  15. Coleman

    August 30, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    That was a very big run, thank you JD

  16. jud

    August 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    In his entire career Avila has never gotten a base hit in that spot of the field ….ever….cept today!…another big run!

    As I type Donkey rips one!

    • Coleman

      August 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Bad idea to send Avila home though. Big hits by Avila and Donkey.

      • Smoking Loon

        August 30, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        Romine was up next. Great idea to send Avila.

        • Coleman

          August 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm

          Yeah but the BOOBs were hot that inning.

          • Smoking Loon

            August 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

            I thought you were going to come back with “pinch hitter,” which I could have easily countered with how Ausmus wouldn’t pinch hit with the team up 8-4. Yes, BOOBs were hot, but my feeling about Romine with 2 outs and men on is that he is sub-BOOB. Less than buxom.

  17. Coleman

    August 30, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Piece of cake.

  18. Vince in MN

    August 30, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    When rosters expand on Monday how about sitting Cabrera, install Kelly at first v RH pitching with V-Mart there against lefties. Miggy’s been a real liability lately, at bat and in the field, and having a few more bench hands would lessen the need for him to play every day and they couldn’t do any worse. True, options are kind of limited in the hitting dept at the minor league level, but the guy needs some serious time off, it’s only getting worse.

  19. Coleman

    August 30, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Indians take a 2-1 lead over the Royals in the top of the 11th.

  20. Vince in MN

    August 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    CLE comes out on top, so we are tied for 1st. But you have to be a little wary of the Indians now too, who are only 3.5 back. Remember last year?

    • Smoking Loon

      August 30, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Very wary of the Indians, more so than KC, in fact.