Game 2015.59: Cubs at Tigers

Have the Tigers turned some sort of corner? Their season was beginning to unravel when they headed into Chicago: swept by LA in LA without much of a challenge, then swept by Oakland at home. When the White Sox took the opener in extra innings on Friday, it looked like maybe David Price would be all that was standing between them and another series sweep.,

Price came through in brilliant fashion to stop the bleeding, and, even more heartening, the Tigers came back from an early 4-1 deficit on Sunday to take the series and their 2nd in a row. The comeback was fueled by power, something the Tigers have seen very little of this season. And while the home runs by Cespedes and JD Martinez won the game, perhaps even more encouraging was the 2-for-4 game by Ian Kinsler, following up on Saturday’s 2-for-5 performance. You could almost hear the sighs of relief from the dugout. Is Kinsler finally out of his funk? If so, that will change the whole look of the Detroit offense.

In a rare treat the Cubbies head into town for a quick two. These aren’t your father’s Cubs though: with a lineup featuring Anthony Rizzo (1.057 OPS) and rookie phenom Kris Bryant (7 HR, 34 RBI), and a brilliant year from Jason Hammel (2.76 ERA, 0.89 WHIP), and run by old Tiger nemesis Joe Maddon, the Cubs look poised to make a run at at least a Wild Card spot this season.

Draft note: in the 5th round, the Tigers take Cam Gibson (MSU), son of Kirk.

Tonight’s More or Lester Lineup:

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, DH
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Josh Wilson, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Josh Wilson cracks the lineup again with his 5-for-9 as a Tiger (Hernan Perez is still looking for his 4th hit of the year). Before you get too excited about Wilson tonight, I should mention he is 0-for-14 with 6 K’s against Lester in his career.

Cabrera is the only Tiger who has a good record of hitting Lester, but boy does he hit him: 14-for-27 (.519).


  1. jud

    June 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Time for Sanchez to step back up with the big boys!…

    • Coleman

      June 9, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      So far it’s a Cy vs Cy type of game.

  2. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Despite our nemesis for two short games, Joe Madden is a hoot and is a manager that many would want to play for. See the following link about Madden’s Cousin Eddie RV:

    • Coleman

      June 9, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      My favorite thing about Maddon is how he just kind of shrugs at the idea of a closer.

      • Kaline fan

        June 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

        Agree totally. Stepping outside of the “modern box”; more old-school.

      • jud

        June 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

        I love listening to Maddens post games. He does not pull any punches, he does not sugar coat it…he tells it like it is including when he thinks he screws up.

        • Kaline fan

          June 10, 2015 at 3:01 am

          Yeah, we could use a little of that in the Motown clubhouse. Your point is valid = losing & various on or off-field struggles are easier to take, and more importantly, —-correct—– if they’re faced head-on, without any BS, cover-ups, or illusions. Part of the recipe for success, I would say.

  3. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 9, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Rajai….awesome! Well done Papa!

    • Coleman

      June 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      That was a thing of beauty.

  4. Coleman

    June 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Raj Daddy’s doing it all.

  5. Kaline fan

    June 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Starting to look a bit like April Tigers?

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      June 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Yeah, and Verlander pitches this Saturday against the Tribe.

      • Kaline fan

        June 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

        Can’t wait to see JV on the hill again; hope he’s at his top form….

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 9, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    It appears Sanchez is with the big boys tonight.

  7. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Heston of the Giants has a no-no going into the 8th in NYC.

  8. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Another multi-hit game for Kinsler. gel-on.

  9. jud

    June 9, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Ok so the question is …how can Sanchez be this good and then that bad at any time,,,,any game!!!

    • Kaline fan

      June 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      That is a bit strange —–wish Anibal could always plug in his mojo.

  10. Kaline fan

    June 9, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Hate to say it, but that’s the wrong move again, Brad. You DON’T bring in Chamberlain with bases full —–he always puts 1st man he faces on base.
    I hope I eat my words here…..

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    June 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Thank goodness Ausmus actually went to get him. I thought for sure there we’d leave him in for 1 batter too long again.

    • Kaline fan

      June 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Good, I’m eating my words. But I was just considering past history with Joba…..

  12. Kaline fan

    June 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    ‘Nuther nice V. Now Shane will need his mojo workin’ too, tomorrow. Can he do it?

  13. jud

    June 9, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Good win..sometimes against the Tigs its Cy Lester, like all the other Cy’s the Tigers make!!!!….not tonight!!

  14. StorminNorman$

    June 10, 2015 at 8:26 am

    new respect for Derek Holland