Game 2015.58: Tigers at White Sox

One win shouldn’t “shake the proverbial monkey on the Tigers’ back”, but that seemed to be a recurring theme in the post-game. I’ve only picked up what I’ve read, but I am not reassured or inspired in the least.

I mean, this team just lost 8 games in a row. EIGHT. Let’s not act like all is well in the world. If they lose today they’ll have lost 9/10 going into an off-day. But win today…and we have a winning streak heading into a home series.

Jerry Green, of the Detroit News, wrote an article defending Brad Ausmus this morning, instead seemingly shifting the blame for the team’s woes to Victor Martinez, and the Tigers’ decision to pick VMart over Scherzer. Green is conveniently forgetting that the Tigers offered Scherzer an outrageous sum last March which would have likely prevented them from re-signing VMart. He also neglects to mention that Scherzer’s contract is for $142M dollars MORE than VMart’s. This is just the beginning. He then goes on to shift whatever blame is left to injuries for VMart, JV, and Avila. I honestly have no idea what he’s watching, or which editor thought it would be a good idea to give him a forum. He could not be more wrong in his analysis or conclusions. He does, however, get roasted in the comments, where most of the people posting agree with my notion that other than Tony Gage, every tier 1 beat writer is scared of the Tigers’ front office.

If you haven’t been watching the rest of the AL b/c this Tigers’ train wreck is so encompassing, the Royals have lost 9/11, and are averaging less than 3 runs per game over their last 18. And your second WC team is the Texas Rangers. One month ago I read/heard some local guys whom I really respect beg the organization to trade Choo, Beltre, and Fielder, with the understanding that a bag of chips would be good return for Choo.

What a difference a month can make.


  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Bottom three in last night’s line up were,10-15. How about some more of that?

  2. StorminNorman$

    June 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    another good ‘write-up’ Kevin – agree on all points.

    Today, DET/Cabrera has error that gives CWS another AB – result 3-R HR, and in the 2nd, Simon walks the #9 hitter (batting .155) w/2 outs, only to give up a triple (and RBI) to leadoff hitter Eaton.

    Whether they win today or not, the above snapshot of this game is indicative of how a team w/talent can lose 8 games in a row.

    Another stat – Gose during losing streak 2 for 25, in the prior two wins 3 for 7… apparently as Gose goes, DET goes

  3. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    JD Martinez 1 RBI in 17 games!.batting 5 or 6

  4. Kaline fan

    June 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I just cannot believe it when Tigers baserunners “bonehead up” like this last one by JD!
    Jeez guys, let’s start another losing streak…………….

  5. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Cespedes in the last 20 games….5 RBI…3 came on one swing!!!

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 7, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Signing Martinez was a no-brainier, while nobody, not even the smart members of the DTW, could have predicted Verlander would not make a start until June. BTW, Verlander had a good start last night and is headed home. Meanwhile, Soto sure has a strange throw to the pitcher?

  7. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Gose has 0 RBI in 15 games

    • KW

      June 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      To be fair, leadoff guys generally don’t end up with a lot of RBIs since, you know, there’s not usually anyone on base in front of them.

      • jud

        June 9, 2015 at 10:12 am

        Iggy is on base more than any other Tiger hitting 9

  8. Coleman

    June 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    This one is gonna be tough, facing both Cy Samardzija and Babe Eaton.

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    June 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Rally time.

  10. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Is this really happening!!!…our two O RBI guys come thru…glad now I pointed them out!!

  11. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 7, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    On the south side of Chicago,
    In the baddest part of town.
    There’s a Tiger player, who’s a hitting the ball
    But he doesn’t know how many outs.

    And it’s Bad, Bad, J D Martinez,
    The baddest player on the ole darn field.
    Badder than ole Miguel
    And one that never listens to Omar.

    Now J D, he’s a hitter
    And he likes to go to right center deep.
    But when the Chicago hawk is a blowin
    He will even drop a deep one in the center heap.


    Now Sunday afternoon
    At ole Cominsky Park
    well Ian Kinsler is a hitting again
    And those White Sox ought to beware
    As old Simon is a thrown darts!


    Now a hitter, named Eaton
    Came a proudly walking to the plate.
    He had triple, had a double
    And felt it was his game.
    But friend you better beware of a
    Tiger hurler named Simon!

    Chorus again
    (Apologies to Jim Croce.)

  12. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Now don’t get tired of scoring all these runs…keep em comin!

  13. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Yesterday and today I have listened to Dickerson and Price, cause I can’t take Mario, and Rod..and Craig Monroe,Sugar coating this mess. If this scoring keeps up like the past two days I may never watch them again…just sayin!

  14. Coleman

    June 7, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    That could have really been a blowout inning if it didn’t start with the thousandth DP of the season. Nice to see a little power though!

    • jud

      June 7, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Watch Miggys body languge, i know he had the big hit yesterday but for the most part the past weeks, not just a few games he looks totally out of it!!!

    • jud

      June 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Simon…..excellent inning!

  15. Kaline fan

    June 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I’m glad to see Ausmus let Alfredo start the 8th.

  16. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Simon excellent job today..Miggy fields that ball and Simon has a shutout…Great job when we needed it most!!!!

  17. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Isn’t this the way these games are supposed to go!!!!

  18. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 7, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Ballgame, Series, Home, Off tomorrow!

  19. Kaline fan

    June 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Nice win! Simon: 8 IP, just 1 ER. And JD cancels out his baserunning blunder by pushing winning run across very next inning.
    But I also see something in what jud’s saying about Miggy’s body language. He doesn’t have that fierce look at the plate, and he’s chasing some terrible pitches. Let’s not be too worried about it tho, since even a “completely-out-of-it” Cabrera can smash HRs to dead center, like last night.

  20. jud

    June 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Collins has done more this weekend than Perez did in 2 months, should be noted!! Hopefully some of it will continue. And the 8 hits and 6 RBI by the Tigers 4-5-6 hitters hasn’t happened in a long long time!

  21. Jim EggersUSMC

    June 8, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Off day discussion topic; now that I have been to Fenway, I am curious what other ball parks are must see types. I do want to go to Comerica, Wrigley, Busch, PNC, Target,etc. Any go/no go comments?

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      June 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Jim…let me suggest The Rangers’ ballpark in Arlington as a stop as their right field architecture will bring back memories. Meanwhile the All Star votes update was posted and Prince Fielder is a far back 3rd place to Cabrera and Hosmer. Something is wrong with the voting for 1st base.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        June 8, 2015 at 3:52 pm

        For current vote results see:

      • StorminNorman$

        June 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

        I agree, the Ranger’s ballpark is very nice. Comerica are PNC great parks.

        Wrigley, great neighborhood and surroundings, but the park isn’t “all that” – though I haven’t been since the upgrades. Fenway rates higher on my list.

        Minute Maid, nice park, but most games are played indoors (due to heat/humidity), and don’t bother to go to Rogers Centre in TOR its like being at a mall, and Anaheim stadium is rather underwhelming.

        I’d like to get to AT&T (SF) and Busch (STL) some day.

        • Coleman

          June 9, 2015 at 1:28 am

          I second SF and STL. Also, old Tiger Stadium (hoping you made it before it was too late!)

          And if you’re going to SF…Oakland Coliseum, or whatever it’s called now. Probably the worst stadium in baseball. But…you can get seats in the first couple of rows, between the dugouts and and the outfield, for almost nothing. And when you are sitting there, you can watch the relief pitchers warm up, because that’s where their bullpens are, and you are close enough to hear the players talk to each other. I must have seen the Tigers there at least 6 or 7 times, it’s a great experience. I remember watching Bryan Villarreal warm up once; he had such a violent pitching motion that even in warmups his hand or wrist or something would make a popping noise when he released the ball.

          • Jim EggersUSMC

            June 9, 2015 at 1:38 am

            I have been to SF multiple times, not ever Oakland, even their fans are not crazy about it. I have been to every park on the west coast ( including three that are gone: the Stick, the KIngdome and Qualcomm). OTFIM: no can do Texas, was there once and we took a solemn vow to never return. ( Apologies to K in D.) So,St. Louis & Motown is it, and it is funny no one mentioned the ball park in the Bronx.

  22. StorminNorman$

    June 8, 2015 at 7:43 am

    let’s hope JV quickly works his way back to a #1 or #2 starter instead of the #5 or #6-type starter of last year.

  23. Kaline fan

    June 9, 2015 at 3:26 am

    I’ve been outside the States for ages, and haven’t seen a live baseball game in 40 yrs(!), But since there’s been some mention of old parks here, I thought I’d chime in.
    Of course, old Tiger Stadium, one of the best, and memories are there of Games 4 & 5 of ’68 Series, which I attended and will never forget. (Embarrassingly, I even attended a few Briggs Stadium games, none when it was Navin Field tho!).
    Wrigley, one of my favs too, old Oakland Coliseum = was there at wrong time; no games, just peeked in from the roof or whatever.
    Another one I liked was Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Caught a 4-game Tigers set there, when Frank and Brooks Robinson were playing.
    Comiskey Park, Chicago, and Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, = both not bad, but probably the most unusual, altho NL of course, was old Crosley Field in Cincinnati. I sat high in upper deck, right field, and the experience was like being at a little league park. But it was nice actually, real homey (another side note: Reds played Braves, and ol’ Sparky managed the home team).