Game 2014.147: Indians at Tigers

The Tigers welcome Cleveland for a three-game set, and hope to pick up where the left off in Cleveland last week when they took 3-of-4 from the Indians. Detroit is in a virtual tie for first with the Royals right now; the Royals still have 2-runs to make up in the bottom of the 10th of the game to be resumed on the 22nd, which will give Cleveland one last chance to hurt Detroit this season.

If the playoff were held today, the Tigers would be playing Oakland in the one-game wild card game, with the winner going to LA to play the Angels. Here is the MLB playoff schedule.

Tonight the Tigers give the ball to David Price, who won a 12-1 Labor Day laugher against the Tribe on the 1st. Price has had a little bit of an on-again, off-again stint in Detroit so far this season, which bodes well for tonight’s game.

Detroit goes up against the suddenly stubborn Carlos Carrasco. Since August 10 Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA, the lowest in baseball over that time frame. Detroit did hit Carrasco on September 2–they got 10 hits–but only scored 1 run, thanks to Carrasco’s annoying ability to ring up a strike out every time the Tigers got a runner on 3rd and less than 2 out. Stay awake when Torii’s at the plate: Hunter against Carrasco is a career 6-for-15 (.400), with a double, a triple and 2 home runs.

Tonight’s R3L2O-Redemption Lineup:

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



44 thoughts on “Game 2014.147: Indians at Tigers”

  1. Every game is a must game..starting today…we need Price to be Price and we need the Sluggos to grind out some runs!!!!

    1. Did that juice cost Miggy back to back triple crowns???..its not like Davis just started it with a Sudden 53 dingers two years ago!!!

      1. I don’t really see how amphetamines are going to jack up your home run numbers. A lot of guys used them back in the day (Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, etc), but it was mostly to stay awake after long bus/ train trips/late nights out. It’s not going to turn an Andrew Romine into a Cecil Fielder.

        1. The amphetamines were apparently for ADD. At least that is the excuse. Davis has used them before with permission, called a therapeutic use permit (TUE) which is fairly common I guess), but why he wouldn’t get another permit is beyond me.

      2. One of the smartest things I ever heard in my life was from someone I worked with in my first job after college: “when there’s something wrong, there’s probably something else wrong.” It is advice that has served me well. Just putting that out there.

        1. Agree with Coleman. Another way to look at it is to ask how many people are so unlucky that they get busted the first time they ever do something wrong? Very, very few.

  2. Well, I’ve got to give credit when it’s due. My posts re AA are usually critical but he’s a +2 today on defense. Nice catch.

      1. No disagreement from me there. And even with the +2 credit I gave him tonight, he’s he’s still a -152 on the season.

    1. DD needs to go out and sign more Martinezes in the off-season. We tried loading the team up with the Joneses once, but that didn’t work too well. I think there is more promise with the Martinezes though.

  3. Kinsler won’t have to wait to become an old man to be called “Pops”. Any of our master stat guys know what his line drive rate is? Seems like it must be pretty low.

    1. 19.6% according to Fangraphs, which is .4% below his career average. His fly ball percentage is 44%, which is .7% lower than his career average. However, 12.5% of his flyballs (30/240) have been infield pop ups, and that’s .5% higher than his career average. So he is popping up more often that normal, but not that much.

  4. it appears there’s only been two teams to win the World Series and the following year finish in last place in their division, the ’97 Marlins (after the salary/player dump) and the ’12 SF Giants

    the Bosox appear to be heading for that same distinction

    1. The Marlins win the prize from ‘first to worst’ as they had the worst record in baseball in ’98, going from 92-70 in ’97 to 54-108. I don’t know if any team will ever beat that kind of one-year decline.

    2. And the Red Sox were 69-93 finishing last in ’12 too. Pretty much a total house cleaning after that season. I wonder what will happen this winter.

    1. The Red Sox have what is known as a farm system, the purpose of which is to produce ready-to-go talent for the major league team. What a novel idea.

  5. Lets keep tightening the screws on KC and Cleveland. The Tigets have bee thru this soooo many times . The pressure of must win is starting to get to Both KC and Cleveland. What each team is trying to do is difficult enough. It sure is nice to have 20 guys on the roster who have been thru this several times.

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