Game 2015.19: Indians at Tigers

last minute Trevor Bauer scratch worked out to the Tigers advantage as they jumped on a wild T.J. House for 3 runs, 4 hits and 4 walks in 3 innings, and then rode another outstanding performance from Alfredo Simon to a 4-1 win. Poor House, he’s now allowed 9 runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 against the Tigers this year.

Simon allowed 8 baserunners in 6 2/3, and then turned the ball over to what is becoming a formidable bullpen, anchored by Joaquin Soria. Four starts into the season Simon is 4-0 with a minuscule .95 WHIP and .559 OPS against.

Lobstein takes the mound in the rubber match today; he’s in JV’s spot. Speaking of JV, is anyone else concerned about the lack of news? JV is still not pain free, but he’s still throwing and will go with the Tigers on their 10 game road trip, presumably so he can get some work in. If he’s not going to start I think I’d rather have him rehabbing with doctors at home. Once he does get to “pain free” it’s going to take a while to build up arm strength, so I really don’t see him pitching anytime in the next 2-3 weeks.

Baseball Reference Game Preview here.

1. Davis, CF
2. Kinsler, 2B
3. Cabrera, 1B
4. Martinez V, DH
5. Martinez J.D. RF
6. Cespedes, LF
7. Castellanos, 3B
8. McCann, C
9. Iglesias, SS


  1. Coleman

    April 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Got to enjoy the great Simon pitching while it lasts. He got off to a great start last year also, then tanked:

    1st half: 12-3, 2.70 ERA, 1.046 WHIP
    2nd half: 3-7, 4.52 ERA, 1.444 WHIP

    • StorminNorman$

      April 26, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      JV’s ’14 1st half vs 2nd half
      1st: 8-8; 4.88 ERA, 1.457 WHIP
      2nd: 7-4; 3.97 ERA, 1.299 WHIP

      JV Salary: ’14 = $20M; ’15 = $28M
      Simon paid:’14 = $1.5M; ’15 = $5.5M

      …for perspective

  2. Jud

    April 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Casty we teach our high school kids not to reach for a thrown ball but let it come all the way to the bag because the throw is moving faster than you can move it. He has been a 3rd baseman his whole life and he is scary bad defensively!

    • Jud

      April 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Plus you never line up that far in front of the bag for the same reason. The swipe takes too long..


      April 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      His offense ain’t much to write home about, either!

      • Coleman

        April 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm

        Might as well bring in Romine as an offensive replacement also.

  3. Jud

    April 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Lobster, another decent job.!. Has done better than a fill in both last year and this year. Might as well be in the rotation.

    • tbran

      April 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      The kid is steady and consistent. He may be close to earning a spot in the rotation. He’s earned a look at least.

      Unrelated question: Am I the only who has tired of Ump J. Joyce’s louder (and stranger) the necessary strike call? Does this guy really need to draw attention to himself in this odd way?

  4. Coleman

    April 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Hopefully Rajai is OK, he has been a real spark in the lineup. It’s nice to have a guy like Gose ready to takeover though.

  5. Jud

    April 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    53 degrees out in Detroit again today means the Tigets will actually play hard….results in 2 wins. Lets keep winning.

  6. Jud

    April 26, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Good team effort again today.
    No Scherzer, no Verlander, no Porcello in the rotation and this 2015 rotation might be better!?!

  7. Jud

    April 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Oh ya! Hey Scherzer hows that Nationals gig working out for you so far????

    • StorminNorman$

      April 26, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      maybe Max can use some of his $220M to buy himself a DH-exemption… welcome to the NL.

      This week Wainwright (likely gone for the year) and Scherzer injured while batting…just saying

  8. Jud

    April 27, 2015 at 12:36 am

    I did my rant about how useless pitchers batting is in the National League, the only league in the world using it….now Wainright and Scherzer get hurt batting. Two mote examples of how useless it is!

  9. StorminNorman$

    April 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    a Castellanos free, slightly realigned lineup tonight against Twinkies

    1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
    2. Jose Iglesias, SS
    3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
    4. Victor Martinez, DH
    5. J.D. Martinez, RF
    6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
    7. Alex Avila, C
    8. Hernan Perez, 3B
    9. Anthony Gose, CF
    Starting pitcher: David Price