Game 2015.16: Yankees at Tigers

Well, there is one good thing about last night’s game. But what it is I couldn’t tell you. I guess if you were at the game, the beer stayed cold, we’ll go with that.

The Tigers turn to Anibal Sanchez to stop their first losing streak of the season, and hope to see the old Anibal, or at least not the one from the past two games. Over his last start Sanchez has only managed a combined 9.2 innings pitched, and given up 14 earned runs, including 5 long balls (he only gave up 4 HRs all of 2014).

If Sanchez struggles again this time out, the well-worked bullpen will be severely tested. The Tigers brought up a fresh arm today to help out: Ian Krol, who would be unavailable today anyway, was sent to Toledo and swapped out for right-hander Alex Wilson, who came to Detroit from Boston in the Rick Porcello trade. Wilson has yet to give up a run this season in Toledo, and is 3 for 3 in saves.

And speaking of saves, today the Tigers announced the sad news that Joe Nathan will be having season-ending Tommy John surgery. I wasn’t in any particular hurry to see Joe take the closer role back from Soria, but nonetheless this is a tough break for Nathan, and it’s hard to not see this as the end of his very good career.

Today’s Chilled-Out Lineup:

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  9. Hernan Perez, SS

Castellanos takes a step back in the order, and Iglesias gets a day off.


  1. jud

    April 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I hope the surgery for Nathan goes well so that he can pitch to the grandkids in the backyard. As far as the MLB goes he is officially done at 40+. …thats life…He had a very long and Very successful career, but its time to move on Joe. With your knowledge I hope you coach somewhere in the near future.


    April 23, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    The Tigers have two ugly loses (13-4 & 12-3) at home in less than the last week! Is this an anomaly or a sign of things to come?

  3. Jud

    April 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    The way Asmus handles these kind of games by leaving his starting pitcher in until he has his brains beat out tells me these kind of losses will continue. There will never be an ERA champion on a team Asmus manages because at some point he will make you stay in there for 7-8-10 runs whether you have it or not. Last night Price said he couldn’t feel his fingers, Asmus said he left him in anyway to save his precious horsecrap bullpen. Then he uses 6 pitchers anyway

  4. Coleman

    April 23, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Anibal is impressive today.

  5. Jud

    April 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    It must be in the Tigers hitters contracts that if its under 50 degrees we don’t have to try very hard. There aren’t even any hard hit outs!

    • Coleman

      April 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Maybe we’ll get 4 walks in an inning again.

    • Jerrry The Tiger Fan

      April 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      It does seem that way, doesn’t it? I would like to see Dombrowski lobby the schedule maker to have us play more road games in April in places like Texas, Houston, Anaheim, and Oakland in future years. There is no good reason to have this many home games every April when the weather here is so sketchy. I’d be okay with only 8 or 9 home games in the month of April versus the 15 we had last year and the 13 we have this year. The schedule maker could easily balance out the schedule by Memorial Day so that we have played roughly the same amount of home and road games by the end of May. Playing and spectating in this type of weather is no fun for the players or the fans.

  6. Jerrry The Tiger Fan

    April 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    If there is one Yankee on their current roster that would be a great fit here, Betances would have to be it. That kid has filthy stuff. He is the heir apparent to Rivera for the Yankees. That kid is going to be a stud reliever if he stays healthy.

  7. Jud

    April 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Gee I really thought it would be impossible to put in less effort than the Tigers have the past two days…Boy was I wrong. This was pathetic ..led by Cabrerra who just didn’t want to be here at all….$200 million but its too cold so I don’t need to play hard!

  8. Coleman

    April 23, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    These guys with their baseball hoodies crack me up. Although nobody could match that dude on the Cubs with the blue Spiderman mask.