Game 2015.100: Tigers at Rays

Here we are at game 100. The first 80 went by fast; the last 20 seem to have taken all summer.

David Price should feel right at home on the Tampa mound, in his last start before the trade deadline. The word now is that the Tigers are not going to be selling off anything, and may be buyers. Of course that may just mean that Dave Dombrowski is holding out for better offers. We shall see.

Today’s Price-Is-Pitching-Who-Needs-Runs Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  3. Victor Martinez, DH
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Alex Avila, 1B
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

Iglesias batting 7th only lasted a day; he is bumped back down to 8th to make way for Avila.


  1. PHT in HK

    July 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I think the time has past to say goodbye to Avila and let McCann take over behind the plate fulltime.

    • PHT in HK

      July 28, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      He is past his sell-by date.

      • StorminNorman$

        July 28, 2015 at 10:06 pm

        …yes, by about 2 1/2 years

        • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

          July 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

          I picked Avila in my Beat the Streak Contest where they are having a special contest where you pick 9 players who won’t get a hit on Thursday. Hmmm…come to think about it, maybe I should pick the entire Tiger line up for Thursday!

  2. Jud

    July 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Avila strands 4 in 2AB…can we just give hime away!!!!!!!!

  3. Jud

    July 28, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    If daddys boy is still on he team after friday then you know this buy to win is a farce……

  4. Coleman

    July 28, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Victor’s back to being a black hole in the lineup. .217 over last week (not counting today).

  5. Tony de Florida

    July 28, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Have you noticed that after tonight’s games the White Sox will probably be in front of us in the standings?

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    July 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I can’t believe DD is really thinking we are going to be buyers. Only way I could get behind that is with a new manager.

    Maybe he’s planning on retiring, but the moves we make this week could affect the competitiveness of this franchise for years to come.

    • StorminNorman$

      July 28, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      …at the end of the season, DD could also be a ‘FA’ since this is the last yr of his contract… so THAT may be a factor in him running the tank to empty while chasing a hope and a dream

      to me, not trading Price a/o Cespedes for valid/quality (if there have been or will be any such) offers is very shortsighted

      …and by the same token, if DET can get any value in return for Soria, Avila, Simon and/or Davis (not likely for Avila or Simon, but maybe Davis & Soria)…I’d move them tomorrow

    • KW

      July 29, 2015 at 12:59 am

      DD is also the same guy who said Scott Sizemore was the second baseman of the future, and Cameron Maybin was the center fielder of the future, and Robbie Ray was the #1 starter of the future. Point is, DD has frequently been full of you-know-what. He’s the biggest politician in baseball, and I don’t believe anything he says until all the cards are down.

      If I’m going with my gut, they make *some* moves, but nothing huge. It all comes from Ilitch, and he’s in it to win it no matter what the team’s record is. He could be dead in a year—what’s it matter to him?

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      July 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Good point…I also wonder if the Tigers trade Cespedes and Price before the deadline and get some players and cash, what impact the planning for 2016 plan that would have on 2015 home game attendance and revenue?

  7. PHToy in HK

    July 28, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    The fact that Krauss and Feliz were on this team summarizes the season.

    • StorminNorman$

      July 28, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Feliz ERA since joining DET = 21.94 …you think maybe TEX knew something?

      …so much for Ausmus’ latest version of his “8th inning guy”

  8. Jud

    July 28, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    More books by Ausmus
    ” How to make the playoffs from last place.”
    ” Winning games by only scoring 1 run”.
    “If I keep Al Avila happy I mght keep my job.
    ” It’s just baseball”.
    “How to make the playoffs losing 2 or 3 games every series”.

    More to follow

  9. StorminNorman$

    July 28, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    apparently DET is banking on riding the obscure “Ausmusis mathematical theory” to the ’15 playoffs; that being, DET will multiply their remaining victories by Pi – which seems appropriate since Pi is an ‘irrational’ number

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    July 28, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    If this is what it takes to get to sell, then so be it.

    • Jud

      July 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Agree, Kevin!

    • Jud

      July 28, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      Casali now has 7 dingers after hitting 4 in two days…hey Jeff Jones your scouting report on him, just like on practically everyone else in the MLB…….sucks!

  11. tbran

    July 29, 2015 at 12:07 am


    • KW

      July 29, 2015 at 1:05 am

      Haha, Ausmess. Pretty much.

  12. KW

    July 29, 2015 at 1:06 am

    How about this: instead of any major trades, Ausmus gets the boot and Leyland comes back to manage the rest of the year. I never thought I’d say this, but maybe that’d be awesome. Any takers?

    • Coleman

      July 29, 2015 at 1:46 am

      Trammell. Or Vizquel. Or Jud. Or Rod Allen. Anybody.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        July 29, 2015 at 7:34 am

        Ron Gardenhire please!

  13. Kaline fan

    July 29, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Looks like we kept the wrong young Italian player whose last name begins with C-a-s……