Perhaps he stayed up to watch the Tigers’ nail-biter last night; perhaps he was already asleep by then. Either way, Kyle Ryan couldn’t possibly have anticipated a call from the Big Club, especially one telling him that he was being called up. To start. Today. In Oakland.
Alfredo Simon, the scheduled starter, had to leave suddenly to be with his gravely ill father in the Dominican, and has been placed on the Bereavement List. Officially, today’s starter is still TBA, since the team isn’t sure Ryan’s plane will land in time to get him to the stadium in time to warm up and pitch. Ryan had hardly been impressing in Toledo: he was 0-5 with a 4.67 ERA, not to mention the jet-lag issue we discussed previously. Plus he has two first names.
If Ryan can’t make it there by game time, I’m guessing that Alex Wilson will get the start.
[Update: Alex Wilson has been named starting pitcher.]
Either way, 1 run probably won’t do it today. The pitching and defense carried the team last night though; does anyone cover more ground in centerfield than Anthony Gose? Not to mention his hitting and legs got Detroit their only run. Player of the game, followed by everyone who pitched (even Joba has quietly become reliable).
Apparently last night some signs were missed. Notably, Castellanos missed a hit-and-run that left Cespedes out to dry, then flailed at a 3rd strike a foot in front of the plate to make matters worse. I think Brad pulling him early for defensive purposes (his spot was still due to come up again) was sending a message.
Today’s Let’s Try For at Least 2 Runs Today Whether We Need Them or Not Lineup:
- Rajai Davis, RF
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF
- JD Martinez, DH
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Bryan Holaday, C
- Dixon Machado, SS
- Anthony Gose, CF