Offseason News

With the big news coming out today, it seemed as good a time as any to get a new post up here where we can discuss offseason moves and the like.

In case you haven’t heard yet, the Tigers have signed 29-year old starter Jordan Zimmerman to a deal reported to be for 5 years at 110 million. I had heard a rumor on Saturday that the Tigers were talking to Zimmerman; today it’s supposedly a done deal. That was quick.

Game 2015: 159-161

Well, here we are, the last handful of games.  This season certainly didn’t turn out the way anyone expected, but that’s baseball.

In other parts of the baseball universe, there is still a playoff race going on. Houston has pulled back into the 2nd wild card spot, and still has an outside chance at the division. And the Angels and Twins (Twins!) are both within one game of Houston. I may have to tune in that Rangers-Angels series this weekend.

 

 

 

Game 2015.156-158: Tigers at Rangers

If you need a reminder of how a manager can galvanize a team and what that can mean to a W-L record, look no further that the Texas Rangers. This team was written off by everyone, trust me, everyone, in May.

Now the Rangers are strong favorites to win the division.

And on the other side of the diamond the Tigers are bringing back Brad Ausmus.

Goodness.

Here’s a picture of Verlander in a Rangers hat.

Also, has anyone noticed what a slump Miggy is in? .202 with 0 HR and 8 RBI over the last month. This has been a trend…last few years it was the injuries. Hopefully he will still win the batting title.

Say What??

Al Avila says Ausmus is back.

Lynn Henning tweet 3:46 pm.

Followed shortly by the official club statement from Al Avila:

Avila

Beck’s post, which also includes the statement, in case the twitter picture is too small to read.

 

Game 2015.153-155: Twins at Tigers

It’s the home stretch, and the last home series. 9 left to go. The Twins can stay alive for a wild card with a sweep. The next series, at Texas, could be very big…for Texas. There is a game 162 that will not be played this season.

It would be nice to see JD make it to #40.

Jim Leyland with some nice words about Yogi Berra.

Game 2015.149-152: White Sox at Tigers

Iglesias may be done for the season. I’d shut him down. Slow down Miggy as well.

Game 2015.146-148: Royals at Tigers

There was a point this season where many of us might have had this three-game home series pencilled in as a huge series. Luckily, it was in pencil.

Games 2015.143-145: Tigers at Twins

Key Series for the Twins as they are 1 game behind Texas for the 2nd wild card spot. Texas starts a 4 game set with the Astros, only 2 games behind the ‘Stros for the division. September baseball is fun for other teams.

Tonight’s lineup:

1. CF Anthony Gose

2. 2B Ian Kinsler

3. 1B Miguel Cabrera

4. RF J.D. Martinez

5. DH Victor Martinez

6. 3B Nick Castellanos

7. LF Steven Moya

8. C James McCann

9. SS Andrew Romine

Game 2015.142: Tigers at Indians

Today’s Let’s Play Two Lineup:

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Tyler Collins, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Victor Martinez, 1B
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Dixon Machado, SS
  9. Andrew Romine, 2B

Game 2015.141: Tigers at Indians

Update: We will try again tonight, same lineup. Yesterday’s game has been re-scheduled as a double-header on Sunday (an old school double-header, not the day/night variety).

Jason Beck has a bunch of quotes from Brad Ausmus about the premature reports of his demise.

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It looked like it was time for this season to quietly fade away, then start something different for next season. It got a little noisier yesterday though, with multiple reports that the decision has already been made to fire Brad Ausmus. He is pre-fired, in other words. Which makes the last few weeks of the season rather awkward.

Chris McCosky (Detroit News) tweeted that the planned firing was leaked by the Illitch camp. It has also been made known in other sources that Illitch was not sold on hiring Ausmus in the first place. There are other explanations for the rumors I suppose, but it sounds like a public owner tantrum.

Poor Al Avila, left scrambling at damage control, says that no decisions have been made, and that “It’s unfortunate this happened the way it happened, Puts us all of us in a very awkward position.”

There may be a game today, a rainy one. Steven Moya gets another look in left. Why not? No word on when Iglesias can return, but nothing wrong with seeing some more Dixon Machado. The Staff Ace takes the soggy mound.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Steven Moya, LF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

Game 2015.140: Tigers at Indians

OK Alfredo, we’re going to give you a little more sauce every scoreless inning you pitch (yes, I know that’s not Alfredo sauce. Don’t be so pedantic).

I seem to get all the Alfredo Simon starts. I’ll try the lucky pasta picture again. It is likely that tonight Simon will throw a shutout. it is also likely he will give up 6 runs in the first 3 innings. A solid, 3-4 run start? Highly unlikely, which is why that is my prediction.

Hmm. That’s actually making me hungry. The picture, not the anticipation of the game.

Reason to watch: Rajai Davis is hot right now. Also I am appreciating the professionalism that Andrew Romine brings to his backup role.

As mentioned in my comments on yesterdays threads multiple inside sources have yet to deny my rumor that Jim Walewander will be the new Tiger manager. Other unnamed sources are also silent.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Rajai Davis, LF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Andrew Romine, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

Game 2015.139: Rays at Tigers

1. Anthony Gose, CF

2. Ian Kinsler, 2B

3. Miguel Cabrera, DH

4. J.D. Martinez, RF

5. Nick Castellanos, 3B

6. Tyler Collins, LF

7. Jefry Marte, 1B

8. Alex Avila, C

9. Dixon Machado, SS