Game 2014.24: Tigers at Royals

The Royals sure did assert themselves early and often last night, as the back two of the Tigers rotation has now taken successive beatings for the first time all season. Key words there being first time. There is a reason why Greene and Simon are at the back of our rotation, so games like yesterday will happen from time to time.

I’m curious to see how the Tigers respond tonight after being pounded in the first big hype game of the year.

The Lobster gets the start tonight against fill-in Chris Young. Young has been a starter most of his career, but this will be his first start of the season for the Royals.

Baseball Reference game preview here.

1. Gose, CF
2. Kinsler, 2B
3. Cabrera, 1B
4. Martinez V, DH
5. Martinez J.D., RF
6. Cespedes, LF
7. Avila, C
8. Castellanos, 3B
9. Igleseias, SS (he happens to lead the team in BA, by the way)


  1. Coleman

    May 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    This team is looking very Not Ready For Prime Time this series.


    May 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    By the way the first inning has unfolded it doesn’t look good for the Tigers tonight! We can’t afford to let KC get too far ahead in the standings or we will be playing for a wild card spot.

  3. Jud

    May 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    3 runs will require way more effort than the Sluggos will be willing to put out….see you tomorrow. Cy Young ( get it) will take care of them!


    May 1, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Did you see VMarts last swing ….. he’s still hurting physically! Get him the hell out of there and put in Coleman’s killer line-up! Hey Assmus ….. do your job properly or get the hell out of there. The players should be taught to bunt to beat the shift ….. just like KC has done to us.

  5. Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

    May 1, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Mad Max is in a pitching dual tonight against the Mets.


    May 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Assmus falls flat on his face when it comes to games and situations that require some real managing skills!

  7. Coleman

    May 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Now there’s an inning you don’t see too often: 3 walks, 3 strikeouts. This guy has a pretty good shot at no-hitting us.

    • Coleman

      May 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Make that a combined no-hitter.

  8. Jud

    May 1, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I was watching the NFL draft and scanned over to watch VMart hit a ground ball to 2b and walk towards first base. Pathetic…just like this game….i am gone again

    • Coleman

      May 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      V-Mart is hurting the team. We are on pace to have the worst clean-up hitter in years. It seems obvious he needs to rest and get his legs back; Victor says he needs the at bats. At some point Ausmus will have to make a decision.

  9. Coleman

    May 1, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    It’s bad enough being spanked to the tune of 12-1, but listening to Rod Allen ramble on about how dangerous the Tiger offense while it’s happening is downright unpleasant.

  10. Coleman

    May 2, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Lobster with the loss, but when you look at it, he had one bad inning. This was quality start for a 5th starter guy. The Tiger offense, on the other hand. was pathetic, which I think will be the theme of this season–a bunch of games with with 6+ runs, and a bunch of games with 3- runs, and not enough games where they score the extra run or two that makes the difference.

    • Coleman

      May 2, 2015 at 1:32 am

      And it does not help, not at all, to have the guy with THE LOWEST OPS ON THE TEAM batting cleanup. The Tigers would actually have scored more runs this season swapping Alex Avila into the cleanup spot and batting Victor Maritinez 8th, which sounds like crazy talk, but stats don’t lie.

  11. Jud

    May 2, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Lobstein pitched ok again but the games he pitches are give away games. The Tigers have played the same in the last three games he has pitched. They just go thru the motions.. And if you name is Martinez you are the worst 4 and 5 hitters in baseball lately. I wonder if a pitcher pitched a ball into the dugout id JD would swing at it. 9:k’s this week…Assmus says Victor is getting better. Better than what. You can’t be any worse…..
    2 whole runs against your number one competition and your manager says we are really swinging the bats well….hey Assmus swinging doesn’t do it. You actually have to hit the ball!!!! Cy young never hit 90 once in that game…no hit the Sluggos