Game 2014: 138. Tigers at Indians

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers

Brad Ausmus is, no doubt, good at some things. Others, not so much. One of those others is nicknames: he referred to today’s starting pitcher as “The Lobber.” OK, I’m sorry, very bad nickname for a pitcher. I’m going with “Lobster.” You know I’m right.

At any rate, if the Tigers hit like they did last night, it won’t matter much who is pitching. If they don’t, it probably won’t matter much who is pitching.  Anyway, K-Lob is a pitch-to-contact type, and has Bozo’s Big Top behind him in the field (statistically speaking). So we’ll see.

Tonight’s Cabrera World Domination Tour Lineup:

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

Look for a healthy dose of bench substitutions tonight. Just a feeling.

 

 

88 Comments

  1. Coleman

    September 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Well, that did not start well.

  2. PHToy in HK

    September 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    That was rather unsatisfying.

    • Coleman

      September 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Runner on 3rd, Less Than Two Out Double Fail is NOT a good omen.

  3. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    The Lobber with 6Ks.

  4. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    One thing I missed when down at spring training is that area where the Tigers practice swinging and missing at pitches in the dirt or bouncing. They all absolutely have that stroke down pat.

  5. T Smith

    September 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Situational hitting is absolutely pathetic. I would wager the farm the Tigers are amid the bottom feeders when it comes to stranding runners at third with less than two outs.

    If you can’t put the bat on the ball, bunt it for God’s sake. The Indians were conceding the run.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      As you were saying?

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    September 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    4.44 runs? Ha! Try 1! Run Expectancy Matrix – you’re so dumb!

    http://www.tangotiger.net/re24.html

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    September 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Another chance…

    • Kevin in Dallas

      September 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      This is ridiculous. 6 Ks and a ground out in the last 8 ABs with RISP (bases juiced no out, 2&3 one out, 1&3 no out).

  8. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    This is pathetic!!!…swing swing swing.swing..swing…swing….at what!!!!

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    September 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I know you won’t believe me, but the Tigers lead the Majors in BA RISP.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sorta.....split=risp

    5th in OPS

    http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sorta.....split=risp

    • Vince in MN

      September 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      It’s all those singles with runners on 1st and 2nd that don’t score anybody.

  10. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Can you give up 20 hits and strikeout 27 in a game???…were lookin at it!

  11. Vince in MN

    September 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Coming up with good nicknames requires a good sense of humor in my estimation. And as we all know Ausmus’ sense of humor is suspect (wife beating anyone?).

    I got a late start on tonight’s game, but after last evenings gluttonous display of run scoring, I was going to suggest a mighty hangover for the boys tonight, with a final score of something in the neighborhood of 5-2 Indians. So far they are playing up to (down to?) expectations, despite the excellent showing by Lob-steen (not -stine).

    • Smoking Loon

      September 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      I liked the wife beating one. (The Tigers are now 10 over since Ausmus stopped or started beating his wife.) I favor the politically incorrect stuff. But “Lobber” is awful. It sounds dumb and unimaginative. Lobster? Meh. The lame and trendy K-Lob can be his interim nickname.

      Tigers are now 15-7 following blowout wins.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm

        Although K-Lob also happens to make a lot of sense to me now. He was really good.

  12. tbran

    September 2, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Avila: Why bother bringing a bat to the plate, man?? Avila is kryptonite to any and every rally. He doesn’t even swing.

    • Vince in MN

      September 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Well, to be fair, he has “knocked in” the only run.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

        There’s hope, he may have a concussion.

  13. T Smith

    September 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    The Tigers will have 20 hits at this rate and one run to show for it… 2 – 11 with runners in scoring position (which is misleading); no runs scored as a result of those two hits….

    If I were to draw one game at random out of the hat to judge this team, and suffered through the first five innings of this game, I would fire the hitting coach before the seventh inning stretch. This is the most neurotic hitting performance I have ever seen.

    • T Smith

      September 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I might also fire the manager at this point… The whole runners-on-third-less-than-two-outs obviously hasn’t been working for you THE ENTIRE GAME… why not mix it up? With Davis on 3rd and Kinsler on 1st, I would have put on a hit and run, a squeeze play (anything) other than the most predictable GIDP to end the inning.

      For the love of God this isn’t complicated.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 3, 2014 at 12:26 am

        Relax, T. It was all part of a bigger plan.

  14. tbran

    September 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Well, I think by now it should be clear that neither the Lobstein kid nor the Corasco guy has had anything to do with the Upton girl.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Did you see the comment from the Braves fan about the photos? Hilarious.

  15. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Rock the Lobster with 10 Ks

    • Smoking Loon

      September 3, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Rock Lobster wouldn’t be a bad nickname. There’s music to go with it, too.

  16. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Once again Cabrera will lead off.

  17. Vince in MN

    September 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks Torii, that pitch was a foot outside.

  18. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Hunter…king of the two hop ground out!

  19. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Of the 6 third outs so far only 1 was on a actual strike. That 1 was Avilas K and you can’t really count him!!!!

  20. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Hey Lobster great job. Once again we would like to get you that first MLB win, but that would require actually scoring!!!

  21. Vince in MN

    September 2, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Why AlAl, didn’t he pitch last night?

    • Smoking Loon

      September 2, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Why AlAl, hasn’t he already pitched (in Cleveland, yikes!) this season?

  22. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Hey Al…thanks for nothing!

  23. tbran

    September 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    If I’m correct in thinking that this is a contract year for Victor, he is “going to get paid” after this year. And he deserves it.

  24. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Bunt time for Holaday.

  25. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    This just in..from the MBL STAT Dept. Tigers still lead the MLB in hitting…however they are hitting .583 in meaningless hits. They are also hitting .467 in RISP that don’t score any runs. AND FINALLY they are hitting.612 when it doesn’t matter….these are official!!!

    • tbran

      September 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Simply put: No clutch hitting. Today’s game is Exhibit A. This has been going in for years.

      • Vince in MN

        September 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        And the base running still ain’t so hot either.

        • Smoking Loon

          September 2, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          Jud’s stats are right on the money. I checked.

  26. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    LOB this game..
    Kinsler..5
    Hunter…4
    J Mart..3
    Suarez…3
    Casty ..4
    Davis…3

    Various others 2 each

  27. Kevin in Dallas

    September 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Rally time friends.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      September 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Goodness. Davis slips trying to steal 2nd. This is not our night.

      • Vince in MN

        September 2, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        Funny.

  28. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Collins is warming up in the tunnel for a PH appearance in the 9th.

    • Vince in MN

      September 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Collins should have PH for Suarez. Then Carrera could have been used as a PR in the 9th if one of our plod-footers get on.

  29. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Davis slips on his first step and keeps running…frickin brilliant out by 6 feet!!!!..at least Kinsler didn’t strand his 6th runner on yet another pitch out if he zone

    • Smoking Loon

      September 2, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Davis knows how to stay out of the DP.

  30. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    From 12 runs to 1 run in one day. What a difference a good night’s sleep makes.

  31. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    No PR for Torii?

  32. tbran

    September 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Come on Cabrera. Time for a clutch hit. Can you do it??

  33. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Can’t believe the pitch!!!!!!…you could here the crack outside here in Grand Rapids!!!!!!!!! Wow…JD…….!!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Sweet home Alabama!

  34. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Can’t believe the pitch!!!!!!…you could here the crack outside here in Grand Rapids!!!!!!!!! Wow…JD…….!!!

  35. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Can’t believe where the pitch was!!!!!!…you could here the crack outside here in Grand Rapids!!!!!!!!! Wow…JD…….!!!

  36. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I’m studdering!

  37. Angus

    September 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Break out the scotch.

  38. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    You know what mistake Cleveland pitchers made that inning…they threw strikes….big mistake. Been getting Tigers out all game throwing balls!

  39. Kevin in Dallas

    September 2, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you Michael Bourn!

  40. Kevin in Dallas

    September 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    KC just took a 2-1 lead on Texas. Derek Holland went 7, allowed 6 hits and 1 ER in his first start of the season. In case you missed it, he’s been out all year after “tripping over his dog” in the off-season.

    • Vince in MN

      September 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Yeah sure, blame it on the dog. Reminds me of Joel Zumaya.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 2, 2014 at 11:16 pm

        Also Chris Perez.

  41. Vince in MN

    September 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Th…th…th…th…that’s all folks!

  42. Angus

    September 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Good win. Hopefully we can steal one more before we head home.

  43. Smoking Loon

    September 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Phew! For a while there it was Lobstein supported only by LOBstein (the monster). Phew!

    Unsung hero: Phil Coke.

    Yay Golden Boy! He’s my gut.

  44. jud

    September 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    How about Lobstein!!!!!…

    • Smoking Loon

      September 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      As good as advertised.

  45. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    That game was a microcosm of this Tiger season.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      That would be a good thing, ultimately.

  46. Coleman

    September 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    That, my friends, is called stealing one. Didn’t deserve that one, not after stranding about 20 guys on 3rd. But we’ll take it. No W for the Lobster though, that goes to Coke, because…that’s baseball.

    • PHToy in HK

      September 2, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Agree. That would have been a very painful loss.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm

        Stealing one is good. They totally deserve it. Turning point, maybe. Maybe.

  47. Smoking Loon

    September 2, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Beck likes his Lobstein Day so much he posted it three times.

    • Coleman

      September 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Wait…Beck is Jud, isn’t he?

      • Smoking Loon

        September 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

        Hey… I think you’re onto something that I completely missed. It’s true that I never see them in the same place… “both” were at Spring Training… hmmm…

  48. Kevin in Dallas

    September 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Great win. Let’s give credit where it’s due. Three stars:

    1) Lobstein.
    2) Bullpen.
    3) JD Martinez

    Rangers lose to KC 2-1, 10 Texas hits produce 1 run, 0-7 RISP…

    • Smoking Loon

      September 2, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Yeah man. After 8 agonizing innings of “almost,” I’m not gonna complain when they come through.

      Hardy wasn’t good. Alburquerque wasn’t good. Chamberlain was warming up, and I was sore afraid. Coke was good, Nathan was good.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        September 3, 2014 at 12:10 am

        3 2/3 scoreless is pretty good in my book. Yes, 4 BB, but the Lobstein/bullpen combo was better than I could have hoped.

        Gotta get 1 of the next 2.

        • Smoking Loon

          September 3, 2014 at 12:22 am

          The scoreless was good, but some of the pitching wasn’t. Bit on the edge there.

          Gotta get 2 of the next 2! Already one blowout, then one game for the taking finally took. Or “tuck,” as they say in…

  49. Kevin in Dallas

    September 2, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Has anyone looked at Doug Fister’s #s as of late?

    • Smoking Loon

      September 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      He sucks. Batting .079 with no power. Fielding % of .968 without a single OF assist.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 3, 2014 at 12:18 am

        Oh, he’s a pitcher. I forgot. He was up in the majors with the Tigers once, wasn’t he? I think they sent him to their AAAA Washington affiliate for seasoning. He might get a look next spring, but for now the Tigers are stuck with David Price. Mwah ha ha ha.

        Just kidding, Doug. No, I don’t want to die. Maybe some day, but not today. I have to work tomorrow.

  50. StorminNorman$

    September 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

    thrilling win last night – now the big money guys (JV & Scherzer) need to hold down their end.

    I see where there was less than 10K fans at CLE last night…pretty sad after they just swept KC and are still in the playoff hunt

  51. StorminNorman$

    September 3, 2014 at 8:40 am

    CLE “closer” (Allen) has given up a HR in his last two outings for his 2nd and 3rd BS

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      I hope the Indians don’t use Allen to finish their game with the Royals. Would there be any situations that the Indians would want the Royals to win that game?

  52. StorminNorman$

    September 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    http://espn.go.com/blog/statsi.....eep-coming

    …apparently the secret to JMart’s success is ‘put the ball in play’ (.432). Even though he’s struggled at times (if he could just lay-off the breaking balls or sinkers in the dirt), JMart has been an absolute steal (gift from HOU) for DET. He’s hit 29 HR’s (19 for DET, 10 for TOL) in just 419 AB’s, and 85 RBI (63 + 22)!! In comparison: Cabrera has 19 HR’s in 518 AB’s w/94 RBI