Game 2015.76: Pirates at Tigers

Let’s go JV, show us you’ve still got it.

 

TIGERS (career numbers off Gerrit Cole)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-6, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-3, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (2-for-6)
  6. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-2, walk, K)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-2)
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2)

Game 2015.75: White Sox at Tigers

It seems to be finished raining all over Detroit, so we resume what is now a three-game series against the White Sox, with what should turn out to be a pitcher’s duel type of affair. If Samardzija vs. Price sounds familiar, it’s because they faced each other in Detroit on April 17th. In that one Samardzija went 8, and gave up only 1 run, while striking out 7 (no walks). Price himself only gave up 1 run on 4 hits and struck out nine. Detroit ended up winning that one 2-1, although neither starter got a decision.

Hopefully the rainout didn’t damage the efficacy of the lucky JD Martinez game post picture.

Today’s 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. Jose Iglesias, SS

The Tiger who has hit Samardzija best, in limited opportunities, is Yoenis Cespedes, who is 4-for-10 with 2 HRs.

Game 2015.75: Postponed

It’s going to be a deluge tonight in Detroit. Accordingly, tonight’s game has already been postponed. It will be made up as a double-header on September 21.

It is too bad, really; I was hoping the momentum from last night’s win would carry over tonight (although it has been said that momentum in baseball is only as good as your next starting pitcher, which was to be Kyle Ryan and his sideburns).

Everyone got a hit last night, and Ian Kinsler got 2, after working on his swing with the Skipper. Boy would it help the lineup a lot if he could get back to being even reasonable productive. And what can you say about JD Martinez, who over the last 7 days has 6 home runs and an OPS of 1.554.

 

 

Game 2015.74: White Sox at Tigers

Last night’s loss was a frustrating and disappointing one, and and there seem to be some holes wearing through the team unity fabric. Alfredo Simon reacted angrily when Rajai Davis missed the long fly to deep center, and I’d be shocked if what he shouted after didn’t contain some sort of profanity. After the game Simon mentioned Davis’ “bad jump” at least four times. Rajai, meet bus.

Ian Kinsler decided to take issue with the fans. From the Free Press: “When told that fans can’t figure out the team’s uneven performance, he said: “They’re entitled to their opinion. If they want to root for someone else they think is more consistent, that is fine.”

And it turns out that the dreadful Castellanos attempt to go home on contact wasn’t an “on contact” play at all: “Nick wasn’t supposed to go. We were holding,” Ausmus said. “I just talked to him, to make sure that everyone was on the same page. I think he thought he could beat it because it was a slower hit grounder.”

I guess add last night’s game to the list of games where they found a way to lose. What made it so frustrating was that they kept putting themselves in position to win.

Tonight’s 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. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Game 2015.73: White Sox at Tigers

Yesterday was a bit of a throwaway game, what with Buck Farmer on the mound and Miguel Cabrera on the bench. Still, It was nice to see JD Martinez and Andrew Romine stay hot. When Romine led off the 3rd with a double and then stole 3rd, I thought maybe the Tigers had a chance to take this one. Alas, he was left there at 3rd, and that was that. Still, the Tigers won two-of-three on the road, so you have to call it a successful series.

After the game Brad Ausmus engaged in a bit of hat-tipping: “Carrasco was good. as much as you guys want to blame someone in this clubhouse, sometimes you’ve just gotta give them credit.”

Also after the game the Tigers passed the Buck back to Toledo. Farmer’s spot was taken by the much-anticipated Bruce Rondon, of whom I don’t expect much. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Today’s Let’s Start a New Win Streak 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

Romine is left to cool in this one. Hopefully he can stay crisp.

Game 2015.72: Tigers at Indians

Well I guess the odd 12 noon start time snuck up on us here. So far we have missed Buck Farmer giving up a few runs and Romine being stranded on 3rd with nobody out. Can we start over?

Today Cabrera gets the rare rest; Ty Romine will be filling in at first.

This afternoon’s lineup:

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. Yoenes Cespedes, LF
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Andrew Romine, 1B
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

 

Game 2015.71: Tigers at Indians

Still traveling, so I’m gonna make it short. Seems to be working.

Game 2015.70: Tigers at Indians

My fault guys. Very limited picture options via mobile.

Game 2015.69: Tigers at Yankees

Well, here we are, all that early season winning has been squandered and we’re back where the season started, neither winners nor losers. Although that could change today, facing a tough pitcher and a Yankee team that’s as hot as Detroit is cold.

After the game Victor Martinez stated the obvious: “If we keep playing like this, we’re going nowhere.” One thing the team definitely has been missing is Victor’s leadership and focus, and hopefully his return will help in that respect. I don’t expect much help from his bat in the near future: before his DL stint he was the worst left-handed hitter on the team, and it’s unlikely that he will be instantly better in that respect. So for the short-term, we are likely to actually have a drop off in production from DH and the cleanup spot.

As far as Brad Ausmus goes, he held a team meeting after last night’s game, but no word on what was said or the tone of the meeting.

Tonight’s In Lettuce We Trust 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. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Another start for Romine. They must be saving Josh Wilson for the bullpen.

Game 2015.68: Tigers at Yankees

Well, at least all that Alex Rodriguez stuff is over, which is the best thing I have to say about last night’s game. In other news, there have been murmurings about the Tigers and Reds and Johnny Cueto. Why would the Reds trade Cueto? Because his contract is up after this season, and the Reds have no intention of paying a Kershaw/Scherzer salary, no matter how deserved. I have no sense of what the Tigers would have to give up for a one-season rental, but Jason Beck said that the Reds had scouts checking out Detroit’s AA Erie team.

Cueto would fit right in with the 1-2 Runs-a-Game Tigers: he has had some of the worst run support in the NL, which is why he is only 4-4 despite a 2.98 ERA.

Tonight’s Still Over .500 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. James McCann, C
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Well, at least we get a night off from gnashing our teeth about Castellanos .

Game 2015.67: Tigers at Yankees

After a whole lot of rain in Cincinnati, some of which I wore personally, the Tigers should have a dry evening in New York. Justin Verlander will be pushed back after the rainout last night and get the start. The game will be broadcast on the MLB Network, but don’t think that ESPN won’t be cutting in each time Alex Rodriguez comes up to the plate, since A-Rod now has 2,999 base hits.

The big news for us Detroit fans though will be the return of Victor Martinez, who is back in his accustomed clean-up spot in the lineup. The activation of Martinez means the return of Tyler Collins to Toledo. Collins did a reasonable job filling in, leaving with a .275 BA / .805 OPS, and will probably be seen again at some point this season. I expect it to take a little while for V-Mart to get up to speed (OK, maybe that is a bad phrase to use with him), but with V-Mart back and Verlander on the mound tonight’s Tigers lineup is back to looking like the one we expected to be watching this season.

Tonight’s Biting the Big Apple 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. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Game 2015.67: Tigers at Reds

Well, that was a kick in the n*ts. I mean, do all the runs have to count?

The Tigers run the risk of a very bad 4 game series unless they can pick up a win tonight.

Report from our DTWer on the scene, Coleman, is that there is a lot of hail and rain in Cincy right now, so this thing may not get going for a while.

Bryan Holaday spells McCann after yesterday’s marathon.

TIGERS (career numbers off of Mike Leake)

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-4)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (1-for-3)
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF (2-for-6, walk)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Justin Verlander, P