Game 2015.32: Royals at Tigers

Tonight the Tigers look to bounce back after a lackluster loss in the rubber game of the three-game series against the division-leading Kansas City Royals.

That is if the weather permits–there is a 68% chance of rain predicted for game time. A rainout might not be the worst thing that ever happened: a perplexing and perhaps perplexed Shane Greene will have to keep the Royals under control since the Tigers are facing Chris “Cy” Young tonight.

How bad have the Tigers done against Young? Well the combined career average of tonight’s lineup against Young is .115 (that is not a typo, 7-for-61), with only Andrew Romine with more than 1 hit (2-for-4).

Cabrera is 5-for-16 against Young–in striking out. Not to mention it’s a night game, and Cabrera is for some reason putting up bizarrely bad numbers at night this season:

Miguel Cabrera Day:

76 PA .460 BA 1.381 OPS

Miguel Cabrera Night:

57 PA .167 BA .465 OPS

What’s the opposite of a vampire? We may have one in our midst.

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If you recall (well, even if you don’t, I suppose), I pointed out yesterday that Anthony Gose was the 3rd most valuable player on the team, ranked by WAR, which is incredible since he is only a platoon player. Today I thought to add the WAR of Gose and Davis to see how much our two-headed center fielder is worth, and he’s the most valuable player on the team with a WAR of 1.5 (Cabrera comes in 2nd with 1.4). Not only that, with a WAR of 1.5 our Gose-Davis guy would be 8th most valuable player in the league, although well behind Lorenzo Cain with his ridiculous 2.6 WAR. It’s a bit early in the season to care about stats like that, but still, the Gose-Davis combination has worked brilliantly so far.

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I’m currently wearing a Tigers t-shirt that was a gift from my mom. Happy Mother’s Day to her, and all the moms out there!

Today’s Win-One-For-Mom Lineup:

  1. Anthony Gose, 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. Andrew Romine, SS

Iglesias due to return on Tuesday.

68 Comments

  1. Kevin in Dallas

    May 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Good stuff on Gose/Davis. Who knows how long it lasts, but Gose/Davis is what we always hoped AJax could be.

  2. jud

    May 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I got my pink Tiger Moms day bat out for good luck tonight!

  3. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 10, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Tigers will be on the next three ESPN Sunday night games. I will be at next Sunday’s game when I attend the three game series in St. Louis.

  4. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Great outing Shane. We will need to get a new photo of you for the DTW.

    • Coleman

      May 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Tip ‘o the cap to Mr. Greene!

  5. Jud

    May 10, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Excellent job…and on a day we finally can use 2 from the Sluggos……..we get 1

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 10, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Soria gets 5 outs in the ninth!

  7. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 10, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Did KC have Hochevar on the mound when the rains came?

    • Coleman

      May 10, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Yes he had come out.

    • Coleman

      May 11, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Hochevar was announced, and now has been replaced by Frasor–so they burnt Hochevar without a pitch. Yost -1.

  8. Coleman

    May 10, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Tarp is coming off!

  9. jud

    May 10, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    We have the heart of the order coming up. Heres what that means…..last 10 games
    Miggy 1 HR..4 rbi
    Victor 1 Hr…6 rbi
    Cespedes..0 HR…0 rbi
    JD……0 HR…0 rbi
    Casty…0 Hr…3 rbi

    Not that much heart there!!!!!!

  10. Coleman

    May 10, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Tarp back on.

  11. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Hey, wait…if this delay lasts much longer they may finish the game after dawn, at which point Cabrera might get a hit (see above).

  12. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 12:07 am

    If anyone’s still awake, they said the game will restart at 12:15.

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    May 11, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I’m on it.

  14. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Yes this is definately a Monday morning game now!!!!

  15. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 11, 2015 at 12:16 am

    As Kevin says, “plenty of game left!”

    • Coleman

      May 11, 2015 at 12:28 am

      Let’s hope not.

  16. Kevin in Dallas

    May 11, 2015 at 12:32 am

    If you’re not going to run Rajai why pull Cabrera?

    • Coleman

      May 11, 2015 at 12:32 am

      Makes no sense.

      • Jud

        May 11, 2015 at 12:41 am

        Agreed…

        • Jud

          May 11, 2015 at 12:46 am

          This game ended when Asmus didn’t run Davis!!!!

  17. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 12:35 am

    I think it’s time for one of those walk off walks.

  18. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Cespedes and Martinez 0 rbi in two frickin weeks. Then Casty!………we would have had a better chance having Davis steal third and home!!!!!…

  19. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 12:43 am

    When Asmus has to manage…we are basically screwed…!

  20. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 12:47 am

    We’re gonna lose on a phantom hit by pitch.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 11, 2015 at 12:49 am

      I can’t believe he didn’t challenge that. What do you have to lose. Man does he get outmanaged on the reg.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        May 11, 2015 at 12:56 am

        Remember the Inge hit in the 163 game in the Twinkie Dome?

  21. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 11, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Lettuce got a hit of Holland last night too.

  22. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Can’t wait for Perez batting in Miggy spot with game on the line….Asmus -4

  23. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 1:00 am

    That was a balk by Holland.

  24. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 1:02 am

    That was the Sanchez balk no doubt!!!

  25. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Kinsler’s bunting to bring Hernan to the plate?

  26. Kevin in Dallas

    May 11, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Raise your hand if you’d rather see Cabrera batting now.

  27. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Bases loaded for…Hernan Perez. Thanks Brad.

  28. Kevin in Dallas

    May 11, 2015 at 1:06 am

    A Perez K wouldn’t be a bad thing.

    • Coleman

      May 11, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Good call, I was thinking the same thing. We could have used Avila there with his standard ground ball to 2nd into the shift, the DP would have brought the tying run home.

  29. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 11, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Victor on deck.

  30. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Who couldn’t see that coming?

  31. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Wheres Miggy? …-5

    Dp..Ass-mus -6

  32. Kevin in Dallas

    May 11, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Players are gonna slump. Managers never should. Ausmus lost that game. I remember saying last year “well, he’s new, he’ll learn.”

    I wonder when.

    • Coleman

      May 11, 2015 at 1:20 am

      Brad was trying to play Royals Baseball, and failed. Davis should have been stealing 2nd, and then 3rd. Or, should have never come into the game.

  33. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 1:17 am

    7 runners in 2 innings and the Sluggos led by their great manager fail to attempt any way of winning…Assmus -7

  34. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 1:19 am

    What a waste of good pitching. Worst loss of the season.

  35. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Ned Yost did nothing and out managed Brad!…Brad make one move by replacing Miggy and it was the dumbest baseball move he could have possibly made…..Davis could have batted for Perez…he didn’t need to run for Miggy if he wasn’t going to run…. Assmus will say..”.thats baseball”…bring back Smokey!

    • Coleman

      May 11, 2015 at 1:30 am

      And Miggy can actually run OK! He can’t steal, but he can run. Pinch-runners should be saved for Victor, who runs like he has wooden legs that were left out in the rain. Plus that would have left Rajai batting in Victor’s spot, and I’m OK with that.

  36. Jud

    May 11, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Asmus is so far over his head its amazing.
    No challenge on HBP!
    No one caught the balk!
    Takes out the best hitter on the planet!
    Puts in fastest guy on team to stand on the bases!
    Has 7 base runners in 2 innings and can’t figure out how to get one in!
    Best thing he could come up with us Hernan Perez with the bases loaded!
    Was hoping for a walk to win in the 9th!
    Was hoping for a walk to win in the 10th!

    He should have gone to managers school instead of some Ivy League school!!

    • Coleman

      May 11, 2015 at 1:40 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw the balk! At least the TV crew were all over the phantom HBP. And it wasn’t even a Brandon Inge uniform HBP, it was a few inches away from the longest loose thread.

      As far as Rajai, it will be interesting to hear if anyone says anything. Maybe he had the green light and didn’t take it. I find that hard to believe though considering how jacked up he looked out there.

      • Coleman

        May 11, 2015 at 1:49 am

        Since they didn’t replay it it’s impossible to tell, but the only way that wasn’t a balk is if time was called before he tapped his foot.

  37. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 1:43 am

    And it might be a subtle thing, but JD has passed the Slump Baton to Cespedes. JD had some good swings today, and took a good walk (as Jud pointed out, part of his slump was from swinging at pitches that no bat could reach). Cespedes though…well, hey, maybe he’ll win the Home Run Derby!

  38. jud

    May 11, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Cespedes has been 2 weeks of brutal!!!! To go with most everyone else…

  39. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 2:12 am

    From post game:

    McCann said the pitch hit the jersey. Ausmus looked at replay and it looked like the ball hit the jersey from some angles. If a look at a replay is inconclusive and the catcher indicates he thinks the call is right, you don’t challenge…unless it’s the 10th inning!! What are you saving it for?!

    Ausmus said on pinch-running for Cabrera: “It didn’t work out this time, but to me it’s a move you have to make at that point in the game.” Well, OK, if he had to. But who was making him? And hopefully they won’t be skulking around making him do similar things in the future.

    Rajai had green light at 1st but didn;t take it (why?). He had a stop sign at 2nd (why?).

  40. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 2:17 am

    This is for Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi: suddenly that Shane Greene picture looks more appropriate, doesn’t it?

    In fact a selfie of me at the end of the game would have shown a very similar pose.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 11, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Well said Coleman….you could also put in a selfie photo of me snoozing in the recliner during the 1 and 3/4 hour rain delay too. However some silver linings amongst the dark clouds including a good Greene performance. Also a hint that JD is going back to his JD ways and Lettuce Romine is a reliable ballplayer when you need his help.

      BTW, in the bio book on Billy Martin that I just read, when he became Oakland A’s manager he told the team that they would steal home 8 times in the upcoming season and that Ricky Henderson would get 100 steals. They accomplished both. Years later Henderson got a $1M bonus for a similar accomplishment but at the end of the season the A’s accounting dept showed they still had the $1M. It seems Ricky had framed the check and hung it on his apartment wall for all to see. I guess they didn’t have photocopiers back then!

      • Coleman

        May 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

        Ricky Henderson and Pete Rose were my two favorite non-Tigers. Ricky continued playing in the minor leagues until, what, 46? in un-affiliated A-level ball. And still stealing bases. I remember reading an article about him and some young punk reporter had said something like “do you ever think you’ll get back into baseball” and he said “what do you mean, this is baseball.”

        He did get a gig coaching runners for the A’s, and coached a young guy they had named Rajai Davis. I remember watching Raj on 2nd base last night in the 9th and thinking how much like Ricky Henderson he looked. Rajai knows how to get in pitchers’ heads. He had Frasor all messed up–even though, as we now know, he had the red light.

        • Coleman

          May 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm

          Ricky stole 371 bases from the age of 35 on, which would put him in the top 100 all-time, if that’s all he had ever done.

          • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

            May 12, 2015 at 8:06 am

            My brother was at the game on 01MAY91 in Oakland when Ricky “The Man of Steal” Henderson passed Lou Brock’s for the all time leader in stolen bases.

  41. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 2:21 am

    And I’m still baffled by having Kinsler bunt with nobody out and 2 guys on–he’s our best hitter right now! Best case scenario he moves guys to 2nd and 3rd for Hernan “Strike Out Bait” Perez. Heck, I wouldn’t even have him bunt with Miguel on deck, because then they’d just walk him.

    • Coleman

      May 11, 2015 at 2:28 am

      Well, one more gripe and then I can go to bed. By having Kinsler bunt, you’re playing for the tie. And if we had tied, we’d go to the 11th with…Joba Chamberlain. Got to play to win there.

  42. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I don’t want to make Jud’s head hurt, but Leyland would have managed this game better. OK, maybe not–he would have pulled Greene in the 7th and put in Chamberlain. But anyway, Jim needs to text Brad and explain the rule: Cabrera needs days off now and then, give him a few. If you put him in the lineup, never, ever, take him out for any reason other than injury. No pinch runners, no defensive replacements.

    • jud

      May 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Amen!

  43. alyce

    May 11, 2015 at 3:50 am

    long time tiger fan, tonight game against the ROYALS WAS A POOR EXCUSE FOR PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL.TELL THE PLAYER TO START EARNING THERE PAY.

  44. alyce

    May 11, 2015 at 3:56 am

    LAST COMMENT CUT OFF. START EARNING YOU PAY. I DON’T CARE HOW MANY MORE GAMES YOU HAVE TO PLAY. STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND PLAY SOME WORTH WHILE BALL.

  45. Jim EggersUSMC

    May 11, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    That was tough to watch. Asmus (or Assmus) if you prefer, has to get Lamont out of his ear, and take some risks. Way too many chances, and nothing good in the outcome.

  46. Coleman

    May 11, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Well, there is a bright side to this debacle…Kevin is doing the next write-up!

  47. Jud

    May 12, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Texas in one game does what it takes the Tigers to do on a whole series against the Royals this year….score 8 …win a game….score on their pen……amazing!!!!!

  48. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 12, 2015 at 8:10 am

    You win a few, lose a few, and others are rained out!