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.

26 thoughts on “Game 2015.100: Tigers at Rays”

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

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

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

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

  5. 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.

    1. …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

    2. 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?

    3. 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?

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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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

    1. 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!

  8. 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?

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

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