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.


  1. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    “I just thought it was a good time to give him a day off”.
    A bit curious here, Brad: Cabrera ONLY hit Indians’ pitching for a .619 avg; in 9 games against The Sox this yr, his avg is .226.
    My Q: Skip, wouldn’t it seem like today would have been a better time to give Superman that rare day off? In Ausmus’ defense tho, he did say that Miggy looked tired after Tuesday’s game. Well after hitting the way he did in that series, it’s hard for me to imagine him being SO tired that you couldn’t postpone his idle day by 24 hrs.
    Anyone else’s thoughts on this?

    • StorminNorman$

      June 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      w/Buck Farmer starting yesterday, I’m OK with resting Cabrera – but by the same token; CLE was reeling and Cabrera has been slaying CLE pitching…and maybe they should have loaded up to complete the sweep, because a “win is a win”

      now they better sweep CWS or at least take 3 of 4 – to make yesterday’s lineup more acceptable

    • TB

      June 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Read another theory on this earlier today. Detroit fans definitely want to see Cabrera in action, thus eliminating half of the games to rest him. Plausible.

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    June 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    First of all, thank you to Coleman for picking me up on the post yesterday. I was traveling and completely lost site of the early game.

    Miguel just had a really bad strikeout. I feel like every time that happens he hits a bomb next time up.

    • Coleman

      June 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Or…another really bad strikeout.

  3. Coleman

    June 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    And they have Castellanos running on contact with the infield in. Any guess how that worked out? [sad trombone noise].

    • StorminNorman$

      June 25, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      NC of all people, WTF?!

  4. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    To make it even worse, NC’s “on contact” = wait 2 seconds, THEN start.
    Congrats on the 3b tho, Nick —-(tho we should have pulled you for a pinch runner right after it…..)

  5. Coleman

    June 25, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Alfredo Simon with some choice words for Rajai Davis.

    • StorminNorman$

      June 25, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      I’m not watching – did Davis turn an out into a 2-run “double”?

      • Coleman

        June 25, 2015 at 2:47 pm

        Gose would have had it, Rajai turned the wrong way and lost it.

  6. StorminNorman$

    June 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Rodon already at 86 pitches, Simon at 85 – setting the stage for dueling blowpens …with all the CWS lefties, may even see the Cheese-man (Gorgonzola) today.

  7. Coleman

    June 25, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    JD is still on a roll.

  8. Coleman

    June 25, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Too many missed chances. Kinsler with the lame pop-up bunt, followed by Miggy with the inevitable GIDP.

  9. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Feel sick —- again, Davis can’t get the bunt down in obvious bunt situation. But Tigers get lucky. Then Ian does his bit, and I feel like I’m watching Little League. Cabrera’s screamer doesn’t find a hole this time. Depressing….

  10. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Tigers & coaches: you want to have any hopes of making post-season again? SPEND NEXT 3 OFF DAYS TEACHING TEAM HOW TO BUNT!!!!

  11. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Rondon = a welcome “relief”?

    • StorminNorman$

      June 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      AMEN!! …for a friggin change!

  12. Coleman

    June 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    And there’s DP #24,000 for the year.

  13. jud

    June 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    11 hits 3 BB….no steals…no successful bunts…no hit and run….at least its a normal game…oh ya 25/25 getting your runner thrown out on go on contact!!!.. vintage Leyland, oops I meant Ausmus!

    • Kaline fan

      June 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Yogi would say, “It’s deja-vu all over again.”

    • Coleman

      June 25, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      And there’s failed bunt attempt #25.

  14. Coleman

    June 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Leadoff double by Casty–you gotta pinch-run now right?

    • Coleman

      June 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Yes! Thank you Brad.

      • jud

        June 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

        Who was wearing NC’uni today?…double…triple!!!

  15. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    And Gose can’t get it down either (tho he sometimes does). It is an art —-whole team needs more practice…

  16. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Hooray! My reliable man Iggy gets it done!
    Keep going now, Tigers!

  17. jud

    June 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Atta boy Iggy!!!!

  18. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    If Joba puts the 1st 2 men on (as he usually does), this one’s over for sure.

    • StorminNorman$

      June 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      walks (1 HBP) the bases loaded, then gives up a 3 run triple to the #9 hitter batting .169

      pretty sad

  19. jud

    June 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Joba was his razor sharp self!!!!!………Sox can’t score 8 in a week…but lucky they play the Tigers….meanwhile the Tigers put on 10000000000 runners and score 5….under .500 by Sunday!

  20. StorminNorman$

    June 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    DET has had 3 GIDPs today…hope not a 4th

  21. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Too bad Kinsler is no longer a productive force at the plate. Zero scare factor. I mean, I know he had a 2-run knock earlier, but he no longer looks like any kind of a “force” at the plate, like he did last yr & 1st portion of this season.
    Does this make sense?

  22. KW

    June 25, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Ausmus is not a smart man. This is the second time this year he’s sent in a pinch runner for one of our good hitters in the 9th trying to win it, only to have it come back and bite him in the aus in extras.

  23. jud

    June 25, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Come on Victor!…oh hes out of the game!!! Good job Brad…!!! You have done it again and again and again!…Kinsler should be batting 10 th anyway!

    • StorminNorman$

      June 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      …when he pulled VMart for a pinch runner (9th), it was after a single, and there were two outs!… at the time, I said to myself, oh you think you’ll need VMart in case this goes extras

      Ausmus will say ‘had Cespedes got a double or hit one in the gap, VMart probably wouldn’t have scored…’

      • jud

        June 25, 2015 at 6:17 pm

        Yaddayaddayadda…..if Cespedes hits a home run he could walk around the bases .Assmus -2 second time ye has done this…in fact Assmus -25 for the 25 th time he had a runnet thrown out on the go on fact -27 cause it was the worst baserunner in the MBL…”when will he ever learn”……

      • Coleman

        June 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm

        That’s not exactly a far-fetched scenario–Cesoedes is 3rd in MLB in doubles.

  24. StorminNorman$

    June 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    have no fear Tiger fans, help (Avila) is on its way!! Unless VMart was injured how/why would they ever DH Avila (as this article asserts)?

    …OK now I’m really depressed

  25. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I wasn’t following closely —-why did Bruce Rondon get only 1 inning, since he was lights out?
    And Joba Chamberlain is NOT the solution for “set-up man” OR extra-innings work (unless he’s the last man standing), since the records show that invariably, he puts 1 on with a BB, 1 on with a 1B, or 2 BBs, and no need to imagine too hard what happens from there. One in fifteen outings, he gets lucky and looks good.

    • Coleman

      June 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Why did Soria only get 1 inning when he was lights out?

  26. KW

    June 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Sorry, couldn’t resist:

  27. Kaline fan

    June 25, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Yeah, Soria and Rondon could have carried us thru, but they get jerked after 1 short inning each (especially Rondon’s) ———WHY???
    Oh, I know! Because Chamberlain is a great relief pitcher!
    And Ausmus always pulls crap like this when extra innings are looming. What is he expecting? —-to rely on Romine to pitch the 16th or 17th? (Leyland clone….)
    @KW: Great pic!

  28. Kevin in Dallas

    June 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I don’t have much problem with the bullpen rotation, those guys are really just 1 inning guys, and Rondon needs to ease in.

    I think I’m with him on VMart this time. We would have ROASTED him had VMart been thrown out at home. It’s different than the Cabrera pull. VMart is not Cabrera.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      And I hate to admit that.

      • KW

        June 26, 2015 at 10:34 am

        Yeah, but that’s assuming Cespedes hits a double, or hits a single and then the next batter hits a single. But Cespedes popped up and the substitution was pointless. Even if Victor was somehow thrown out at home, at least you go to extras with him instead of without.

        Are there other managers out there who would actually pinch run for one of their better hitters in a tie game with two outs when he’s not even in scoring position? I doubt it.

        • Kaline fan

          June 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm

          I think I would agree with you there, KW. But to be fair, this wasn’t one of Brad’s WORST in-game decisions. Had there been a gapper hit, bang-bang play at the plate and we score, it would have made Ausmus look genius-like ——(note the careful wording here).

          • KW

            June 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm

            How many times has Ausmus looked like a genius? I can’t think of any. You either don’t notice him at all, or notice that he made a boneheaded move. He’s the Castellanos of managing.

  29. jud

    June 25, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    When you take out VMart you lose Miggys bat also…who takes out their 3 or 4 hitter….EVER!!!!

  30. jud

    June 26, 2015 at 12:16 am

    If you read about the Tigers in the Free Press, Detroit News, or MLive you would think the Tigers were 50-25 with a 10 game lead!!!!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      June 26, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Man are you right about this. There is that one guy, Tony Paul, who is usually pretty blunt.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      June 26, 2015 at 3:55 pm

  31. jud

    June 26, 2015 at 1:51 am

    In case you are wondering whats wrong with the offense…last 10 games:
    Kinsler .146/.463…..1R…3RBI
    Casty.. 207/.637……OR…2RBI
    Gose… .171/.437…..6R…ORBI
    McCann.. .147/.472….1R…1RBI
    Theres one half of the batting order…..