Game 2015.61: Indians at Tigers

Winning 3 of 4 ain’t bad, unless you consider that we’d have to do that over 16 games, just to get back to 8 over.

A bunch of roster moves today, or coming soon.

First of all, Shane Greene has been optioned to Toledo. Greene has been getting drilled over the past two months and some time down on the farm could be useful. Jason Beck reminds us that the Tigers sent down Scherzer in 2010 for two starts, so expect Greene to be a leading Cy Young candidate for some other team in 2020.

Ian Krol back up. Meh.

More excitingly, Justin Verlander is slated to start tomorrow, which most likely means that Angel Nesbitt will be sitting around the campfire next to Shane Greene telling all the kids about the good ‘ole days soon.

Tonight’s Lineup with career #s off of Salazar:

  1. Rajai Davis, DH (2-for-7, walk, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-12, HR, 2 walks, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-17, double, HR, 8 K’s)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (0-for-3, K)
  5. Tyler Collins, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-11, 2 doubles, HR, 3 K’s)
  7. James McCann, C (0-for-1)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-7, walk, K)
  9. Anthony Gose, CF (1-for-4, walk, 3 K’s)



  1. jud

    June 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Great pitching matchups for the weekend. I actually like ours better than the Indians….IF we can get JV off and running….lets continue to be Indian killers!

  2. jud

    June 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    How does Dr Strangeglove actually catch Kinslers shot there. We always count on Rayburn to mess uo!!!!

  3. jud

    June 12, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Gee the worst baserunning team in the MBL strikes early!…first A horrible swing by Cespedes to start with. But I liked Davis aggressiveness…. almost worked.

  4. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Coleman….since you always post the great photo of Bill Freehand blocking the plate against Brock with your posts, there is a good article in the Free Press about Freehand’s grandson getting drafted by the Tigers. An emotional read!

    • Coleman

      June 13, 2015 at 12:48 am

      I didn’t see that, I’ll check it out, thanks! The ’68 WS was the first baseball game I ever watched, as a little Colemanella. My brother and I got Tiger t-shirts the next year; he got Norm Cash, I got Bill Freehan. I think I won that one, but Stormin’ Norman might have a different take.

  5. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    June 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Jose is awesome!

  6. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Jose is definitely a treat to watch!
    And Price at 58 pitches thru 6 —–THAT’S efficient!

  7. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Now —–BUNT!!!

  8. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Nope! Ian swinging for fences —–natch…………

  9. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Another brilliant piece of late-innings management, Brad…

    • jud

      June 12, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Asmus -1…Kinsler -1…Miggy bails them out!

      • jud

        June 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm

        In fact Asmus -2 for batting Casty 6th! Instead of 8-9 or 10

        • Kevin in Dallas

          June 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

          If you bunt Kins there Miggy gets an IBB.

          • Kaline fan

            June 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm

            That’s a good point there, Kevin; I had actually forgotten Cabrera was up next. So I take that one back against Ausmus. Just lucky that Kins missed and struck out, so he couldn’t take away one of Mig’s RBIs.

  10. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    But nice shot by #24!
    Another of Miggy’s straight-away CF BOMBS!!
    Miggy having a tough time with Cleveland pitching —- he’s only hitting .640 now….

  11. jud

    June 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Kinsler sets the Indians up by swinging at 3 pitches no where near the strikezone. So the Indians relax a little then a frickin BOMB!!!! By Miggy…….wow!!!

    • Kaline fan

      June 12, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      You’re right, jud. So maybe that was a smart move by Ausmus after all —–utilizing Kinsler for the goat that he is lately!

      • jud

        June 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm

        Asmus…brilliant!…sometimes we just miss his brilliance!

      • jud

        June 12, 2015 at 9:05 pm

        Clark -1

        • Kaline fan

          June 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm

          @jud —- you mean you think he should have tried to score him on Iggy’s grounder? I don’t know —-could have been a X-out at the plate…..

          • jud

            June 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm

            100% of the time the Tigers try that “go on contact”. Well it would have actually worked there. So I gave Clark the -1…

            • Kaline fan

              June 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm

              OK, going on contact —-I guess you’re right. Clark’s usually sharper than that.

            • Coleman

              June 13, 2015 at 12:50 am

              GOC never works! I just watched a Reds game recently where the GOC guy was literally less than halfway to home when the ball got there. There must be metrics for this?

              • Kaline fan

                June 13, 2015 at 6:21 am

                I’m going back to what I’d thought originally. Their SS fielded the ball, spun, and immediately looked to home. Even with GOC, he prob would have had us dead to rights.

  12. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Indians pulled off a nice D stop on that grounder by Iggy. Against a good pitcher like Salazar, it’s not that easy to get that sac fly ball.

  13. jud

    June 12, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    McCann gonna be here for a long time…unfortunately for him Ausmus can’t wait for his man love Avila to come back. And Ausmus will announce he will platoon them….then he won’t…..

    • Kaline fan

      June 12, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Yeah, Tigers fans, get ready to be Ausmus-ed!

    • Coleman

      June 13, 2015 at 12:52 am

      I don’t think Ausmus himself loves Avila. But Leyland told him to, and Lamont is there whispering in his ear “love Avila.” OK, maybe that is too creepy a version.

      • Kaline fan

        June 13, 2015 at 6:27 am

        (A little creepy perhaps, but does get the point across!)
        I must admit tho, I would like to see Alex get some games in. And just before he DL’ed, he was actually starting to see the ball better, from batter’s box. Maybe surprise us all and become a true .255 hitter?

        • KW

          June 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

          Haha, he’s 28 and has hit over .250 twice in seven seasons. I think the odds are against that.

          • Kaline fan

            June 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

            Correct, but even if he’s .220, I still like to see him behind the plate calling some games; he’s done a lot over the years for this club……

  14. tbran

    June 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Price = ACE, HORSE, etc…

  15. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Look at David roll. Great D on infield behind him sure, but his last few outings have been absolute gems! —–including the one that Soria lost for him.

  16. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Ausmus ought to take Miggy out of the lineup whenever we play Cleveland —–anyone with me?

  17. tbran

    June 12, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Price = ALL-STAR!

    • StorminNorman$

      June 12, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      93 pitch SO…very nice! …and needed.

  18. Kaline fan

    June 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Nice! Lot of positives to take away from this one = Cabrera, infield D, but #1 Plus is of course the continuing string of HI-quality starts by Price. This another CG (2nd consec) on less than 100 pitches —-impressive.
    Can JV keep it rolling tomorrow? I have good feelings about it.

  19. jud

    June 12, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Nice Win…but I guess all wins are nice wins!….JV we are all pulling for you tomorrow!!!

  20. jud

    June 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I hope Wilson or Romine plays third tomorrow, we can’t afford to have Casty there if JV needs that Defensive help!

    • Kaline fan

      June 12, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Yeah, and it would help too, to get Nick’s “non-bat” out of the line-up.

  21. tbran

    June 12, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    If the Tigers let Price go they are just nuts. Guys like him just aren’t available anytime and anywhere.

    • Kaline fan

      June 12, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Ditto. But I think they’ll hold him.

  22. jud

    June 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Price…$200 mil……..Boston and the Cubs will offer $220 mil….

    • Coleman

      June 13, 2015 at 12:54 am

      Price would be a fool to go to Boston. Chicago with Maddon though…

  23. Coleman

    June 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Angel Nesbitt sent down to make room for Verlander.