Game 2015.28: Tigers at White Sox

The Tigers wasted a chance to jump on a struggling White Sox team last night, as a leadoff run and a fielder-assisted home run by Alex Avila was all the offense they could muster. Shane Greene struggled again, but the bullpen picked him up with 5 sharp scoreless innings; however, the Tigers never really offered a threat. They say hitting is contagious; apparently slumping is also, and the infectious zone is the middle of the lineup: the 3–6 hitters were a combined 0-for-15.

Which brings us to Victor Martinez, the leader of the slump-pack. Actually “slump” is a bad word for where Victor is at right now, he’s just not able to drive the ball, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. I know the poor guy is trying his best out there, but hey, I’m trying my best to write a good post today and still this is all you get.

I mentioned a week or so ago that Victor Martinez was the worst #4 hitter in the league, and it’s gotten worse, to the point where he is now pushing for League’s Least Valuable Player:  going by WAR, Victor is more valuable than all of *2* players in the entire American League, Rene Rivera on the Rays, and Matt Joyce on LA (Matt Joyce? How’d that happen?). I know it’s early to be looking at WAR, but I’d be shocked if Victor’s is any better at the end of the month.

So what to do? One solution would be to at least get him out of the 4th spot. Replacing him is harder now that JD is in a huge slump, but I’d go with Cespedes. It doesn’t matter though; moving a guy like Victor to the bottom of the order is never going to happen, too many Respect issues involved. Which leaves giving him an extended rest, and replacing him at DH (I’d go with Rajai or even Romine, and make it a speed lineup). Victor doesn’t want the rest though, and in fact says he needs the at bats. And those that know these things say 15 days off isn’t going to help his knee much anyway. So we are where we are.

The Tigers went through this with Victor in 2013 also, when he was coming back from a previous injury. He stood out a bit less then, batting 5th between Prince Fielder and a hot Jhonny Peralta, but as of June 30, 2013, he was hitting .232 with a .627 OPS, which beats this season’s .203 /.531, but still isn’t acceptable DH work. The second half of the season he hit .361 with a .940 OPS, including a ridiculous .390 in July. So I guess the plan is to just suck it up and hope history repeats itself.

In other news, Green means go!!! Thus tweets Justin Verlander, who has begun throwing again, and it sounds like he can’t wait to get back to it. And speaking of getting back to it, earning a promotion to Toledo is none other than Ryan Perry, who last appeared in a MLB game in 2012.

Today’s Can Victor Stay Above the Inge Line? Lineup:

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

Jose has loosened up groin-wise, and returns, as the struggling JD Martinez slides down a spot in the lineup. McCann takes over for the hot bat of Alex Avila with a lefty on the mound.

23 Comments

  1. PHToy in HK

    May 6, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I hope Pasta Grande has it tonight!

  2. Coleman

    May 6, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    A first inning run again, Gose and Raj have been doing their job.

  3. Coleman

    May 6, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Coleman with the reverse jinx today. You’re welcome.

    • PHToy in HK

      May 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      You are thanked!

  4. Coleman

    May 6, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    We have been incredibly lucky so far this season with the guys in the 9 and 1 spots, Raj especially.

  5. Jud

    May 6, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Do you think Smokey Jr knows you don’,t have to bat Iggy 9th and that no team in MLB bats a guy hitting 364.. 9th

  6. Jud

    May 6, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Cecpedes singles and JD. Walks (thanks) then Petzaki (sp). Doesn’t throw one more pitch in that inning in the strike zone but strikes out both Casty and McCann…..hmmmm!

  7. Jud

    May 6, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Victor…..a weeks worth of hits in one day…and 4 rbi….atta boy!!

  8. tbran

    May 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Nice job blow pen. What a mess.

    • tbran

      May 6, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      So glad we brought Joba back.

  9. Jud

    May 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks Casty…can’t field and can’t hit and the blowpen takes care of the rest of it!!!!

  10. tbran

    May 6, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Hey Brad, time for a Pitching change!

    • Coleman

      May 6, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      He needs to be Joba the Cut.

  11. Jud

    May 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Someone wake Assmus up…get him the hell out of there!!!!!!!!!!!

    Joba pitched like this the entire second half..he pitched like this in spring trainibg…so the Tigers bring him back …thats on you DD

  12. Angus

    May 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Reminds of when Ol Smokey would leave Jones out there getting gassed.

  13. tbran

    May 6, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I just don’t get Ausmus (aka genius). He let’s a reliever give up 6 consecutive hits. WTF?

  14. Jud

    May 6, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Fire Ass-mus…how frickin dumb are you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6 straight bombs…when Asmus has to actually manage…we are toast. After the gane he will whine how good Joba pitched….no frickin excuse for this !!!!!!!

  15. Jud

    May 6, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Its one thing to give up the three run dinger….but to leave him in or three more hits….I am embarrassed with that stupidity!!!!!

  16. tbran

    May 6, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    McCann = clown show. WTF x2?

  17. Jud

    May 6, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Nice game Coach….can’t wait to see who you blame for your piss poor decision making!!!!

  18. Kevin in Dallas

    May 6, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Just killer man. Ausmus put us in a nice position to lose that one.

  19. StorminNorman$

    May 7, 2015 at 7:54 am

    In honor of NHL’s postgame ritual (assigning the 3 ‘stars’), we’ll give out the ‘black hole’ awards for last night’s collapse:

    3 – Castellanos for missing a very “catchable” line drive that would have been 3rd out in the 8th – and allowed DET to take a 3-run lead into the 9th
    2 – Chamberlain for pitching batting practice (6 straight hits)
    1 – Ausmus for allowing Chamberlain’s extended BP session

    i also understand McCann receives an honorable mention for over-running 1st in the 9th, getting picked off.

    At the end of September, DET may look back and regret giving away last night’s game…

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 7, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Ouch…however one silver lining as Brad did save Soria for Thursday’s game?!? It appears Asmus was looking to save the bullpen for Thursday and the upcoming KC series and it fell apart. (At least there were no extra innings that the BP had to pitch.) Meanwhile it was also a chance to move ahead of KC as they got pounded by Cleveland. Stormin, I fear you may be right about this loss haunting us in Sept. I try to keep track of these as there are also wins we shouldn’t have got. Usually they balance out about 5-5, however right now the score is 0-1.