Game 2015.22: Tigers at Twins

It wasn’t cold last night, and the Tigers didn’t hit into a bunch of double plays or leave a dozen men on base. The latest winning streak came to an end because last night Cy Pelfrey baffled the Tigers to the tune of only 3 hits and 6 total base runners. Was this the first “tip your cap” game of the season? Although with no Jim Leyland around there was nobody to literally say “you have to tip your cap to him,” although Victor Martinez came close with “you have to give him credit and move on.” OK, we’ll go with that.

Speaking of Victor Martinez, there is a hole in the Tigers lineup which is like the elephant in the room. The Tigers are close to having the weakest cleanup hitter in baseball; in the American League only Minnesota is worse. The prime 4th spot in the lineup has given the Tigers this so far: .247 BA .654 OPS (which includes a paltry .301 slugging percentage) and more double plays grounded into (4) than extra base hits (2). The Tigers have been lucky so far to get surprisingly good production from their 9th and leadoff hitters, and that won’t last, which will only make the hole look bigger, and lead to more games like the game last week in Cleveland where Miguel Cabrera only got one swing in the entire game.

Things that will never happen: moving Yoenis Cespedes up to the cleanup spot until Victor gets his legs back would put a bat behind Cabrera that would actually scare pitchers now and then.

Today’s Bag O’ Lettuce Lineup:

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

Rajai is back today to try out his rested groin, James McCann replaces The Walkman, and Andrew Romine gets his first start since April 11, when he had a hit, 3 walks, and 2 stolen bases.

12 Comments

  1. Coleman

    April 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    This game is starting out like another cap-tipper.

    • StorminNorman$

      April 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      …strange game indeed.

      Samardzija who held DET to 1R over 8IN recently, just got lit up for 6 runs on 6 hits in the 1st inning against BAL

      …and Hughes who was pretty bad in his first 3 outings (5.30 ERA – 6 HR’s in 4 outings)…

  2. jud

    April 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    The runner on third go on contact never never never never works….hey Smokey jr….NEVER

    • StorminNorman$

      April 29, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      …’especially’ if its your catcher

  3. Coleman

    April 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Way to run yourselves out of an inning.

    • TIGERS RULE

      April 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      ….. and the possibility of a big inning!

  4. jud

    April 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    The runner on third go on contact never never never never works….hey Smokey jr….NEVER

    And the Tigers who are the worst base running team in all of baseball get two guys thrown out running the bases….Assmus-2…with Cabrerra on deck….Assmus -3

  5. Jud

    April 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Despite Asmus…the Tigers battle back!

  6. Jim EggersUSMC

    April 29, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Back up catcher gets an inside the parker! That is rare! Miggy is having an OK day too…

  7. TIGERS RULE

    April 29, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    What a comeback win by the Tigers!!!!!

  8. Jud

    April 29, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Good one to win after trying to give it away….there are no bad wins!

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    April 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Holy cow did Miggy tag those balls.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....mode=video