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 Comments

  1. jud

    September 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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

  2. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    And we need Raburn to be Raburn! 92% of the season is done.

  3. tbran

    September 12, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Raburn giveth. Raburn giveth away.

  4. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 12, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    That’s the Raburn we know.

  5. StorminNorman$

    September 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    rugburn bein rugburn

  6. jud

    September 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    If Rayburn played in our outfield he would elevate it to the worst outfield in the history of baseball…has ha!

  7. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Chris Davis sharing the juice with Raburn?

    • jud

      September 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      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!!!

      • Coleman

        September 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        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.

        • Vince in MN

          September 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm

          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.

      • Coleman

        September 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        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.

        • jud

          September 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

          Some of the banned stuff was perfectly legal in the Mantle, Mays era. But banned today!

        • PHToy in HK

          September 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

          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.

  8. tbran

    September 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    J.D.!!

    • Coleman

      September 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Tigers without JD Martinez is like a day without sunshine.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        September 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

        Jim is saying JD is a gift from the baseball gods to the Tigers.

  9. jud

    September 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    My kinda SAC…amazing sound to it!

  10. tbran

    September 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    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.

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Fine, but let’s not bat him higher than 8th.

      • tbran

        September 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        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.

  11. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Red Sox beating the Royals 3-0 in the third.

  12. jud

    September 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Rugburn coulda used a little juice on that one…just sayin!

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    September 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    9 pitches in the 7th. Fantastic work Price. He may go the distance.

  14. tbran

    September 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    The other Martinez adds even more sunshine

  15. tbran

    September 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Even more Martinez — 2 Martinez wrecking crew.

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      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.

  16. jud

    September 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Where would this team be without JD Martinez????

  17. jud

    September 12, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Victors little kid crushes the ball…I think hes 10 though!

  18. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    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.

    • KW

      September 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      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.

      • Vince in MN

        September 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        Much more in the 2nd half though?

  19. Vince in MN

    September 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    No more Jim Johnson please.

  20. Angus

    September 12, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Indian announcers are trying to bypass JD now. With AA batting next I tend to agree.

  21. StorminNorman$

    September 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    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

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      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.

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      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.

  22. StorminNorman$

    September 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    man, I am coveting KC’s bullpen

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Yup, with Herrera, Davis and Holland it is generally a 6-inning game against KC.

  23. StorminNorman$

    September 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    KC just lost to BOS

  24. StorminNorman$

    September 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    BOS really helping DET in KC…so far – w/a AAA (AA?) lineup

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      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.

  25. jud

    September 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    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.

    • Vince in MN

      September 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Tightening the screws on CLE and KC isn’t a problem. Tightening the screws on MN and CHI is.

  26. Coleman

    September 13, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Apparently there are screws everywhere, and they are loose. One must tighten them, and all will be good.