Game 2015.30: Royals at Tigers

Well, here we are, the 2nd big Tigers-Royals series of the season. The last time they played the Royals crushed the Tigers the first two games, then the Tigers valiantly saved a series split behind great pitching by Price and Sanchez. And guess what? The way the rotation lines up the Tigers lead off with Price and Sanchez, so I’m looking for a better start to this series.

It’s hard to say enough about what Kyle Lobstein did last night. For a #6 starter for the team, he has been far beyond what anyone could have realistically expected. Most importantly, he has pitched efficiently, logging 7-plus innings for 3 consecutive starts now, and sparing us for the horror of the Blowpen attack. Thumbs up for the Lobster.

Right-handed Victor Martinez is in full Dr. Jekyll mode now, banging out hits while the left-handed Mr. Hyde, well, makes you want to hide. So tonight he will try batting right-handed against the right-handed Ventura. Just kidding! Because, you know, he’s a switch-hitter.

In other news, the JD Martinez bat has been seen displayed on milk cartons in the Detroit area.

Tonight’s Royal Pain Lineup:

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

Jose Iglesias is still all groinish. Moustakas is out for KC with family issues; let’s wish him well.

Avila was announced as the catcher in the official lineup, and yet…that guy behind the plate is McCann. Hmm.

I did not know that: Anthony Gose is the 4th most valuable Tiger in terms of WAR, after Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, and Jose Iglesias. Pretty impressive for a platoon player!

30 Comments

  1. Coleman

    May 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Lettuce score some runs!!

  2. Coleman

    May 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    This is what happens when you give a leadoff 4-pitch walk to a guy who hasn’t had a hit in about a month.

  3. tbran

    May 8, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Kinsler is due for a homer.

    • tbran

      May 8, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Still due.

      • tbran

        May 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

        Ok a double will do for now.

  4. Coleman

    May 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Hey I know, let’s run on contact, that always works, right?

  5. Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

    May 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Maybe we will see our first extra innings game of the year? KC’s bullpen is stretched.

  6. tbran

    May 8, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Come on Romine. Bush league!

    • tbran

      May 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      That bone head play could force Price to make an early exit.

  7. tbran

    May 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Allow me to state the obvious: miggy needs to come through here.

  8. Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

    May 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Does anybody know why the flag is flying half-staffed at Comerica?

    • Coleman

      May 8, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Mourning for JD’s bat? No, I actually don’t know, haven’t heard anything.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

        May 8, 2015 at 10:02 pm

        I set myself up for that one!

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      May 8, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Governor ordered it for a Navy Seal from Livonia, who died in a training accident.

  9. Coleman

    May 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    This is a great game. I hate great games. Why couldn’t this have been a blowout win?

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Price had a strange line: 4ER, 13 hits, 0 BB, 1K

  10. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 8, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    No drama with Soria. But these Royals v. Tiger games are beginning to follow the Red Sox v. Yankees template for time of play.

  11. Coleman

    May 8, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Gose + Kinsler for the win!!!!

  12. Coleman

    May 8, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Nothing quite like a walk off bunt.

  13. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Sweet! Makes up for that Chicago debacle. Back in first place!

  14. tbran

    May 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    A wouldn’t call it pretty but a win is win!

  15. TIGERS RULE

    May 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    We pulled one out of the fire tonight! A good start to the home stand.

  16. TIGERS RULE

    May 8, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Does anyone know the extent of DP’s injury?

  17. Coleman

    May 9, 2015 at 1:07 am

    If I had to guess, I’d say Price will probably miss a start, which will be taken by Buck Farmer.

    • Coleman

      May 9, 2015 at 1:11 am

      Which also just emphasizes what a godsend Kyle Lobstein has been–try to picture this rotation without him and with Price getting hurt.

  18. jud

    May 9, 2015 at 1:30 am

    There are no bad wins!

  19. jud

    May 9, 2015 at 1:37 am

    JD is chasing the MLB record for going 0 for the month and still staying in the line up. I Mean you can’t play Goss and Davis at the same time can you !!!!

  20. Jud

    May 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

    0-25…unbelievable really!!!

  21. StorminNorman$

    May 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    http://www.freep.com/story/spo...../27036457/

    Avila out indefinitely – i suspect Alex will be working as a coach or front office guy within the next two years.

    Guess we’ll see what McCann is made of over the next month