Game 2015.101: Tigers at Rays

Despite long balls from Cespy and JD, both of which should have been home runs, the Tigers were again lackluster at the plate, this time matched by bad pitching, even from the normally stellar Price. That’s just how it’s going right now.

Will today feature another good outing from Justin Verlander, with no hitting? Or will the bats come alive, only to be done in by an implosion on the mound? The suspense is killing me.

Today’s They’re Due! Lineup:

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

Now that Iglesias is having a little cold streak, Brad Ausmus finally moves him to the top of the order. Romine rides the bench in favor of the potent bat of Alex Avila.


  1. Coleman

    July 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    These 12:10 starts kind of sneak up on you.

  2. jud

    July 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Isin’t this series a message that the Tigers have quit on Smarty!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Jud

    July 29, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I just turned the TV on in the 7 th to see if Archer could throw that perfect game!!!…..Surprize!

  4. Coleman

    July 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Vintage Verlander. Was not expecting this today, but it’s fun to watch.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Very fun. I’m already sucked back in to the season. That 8th inning was something fierce.

      • Coleman

        July 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm

        Think he comes back out for the 9th?

  5. Jud

    July 29, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Win or lose in the 9th….thanks JV…we all really needed to see that!!!

  6. Jud

    July 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Led by the continued fruitile offense of Victor and Alex the Tigers cruise to yet another 2 run surge to WIN!….WHAT??????… buy buy!!!….just kidding!

  7. Coleman

    July 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    What a pitching duel. Now that the game is over and we won, I can feel for Archer. Tampa probably wins this 1-0 if not for Asdrubal the Clown.

  8. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    July 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Hmmm…..only six Tigers run scored during this series….on to Camden “Homer Town” Yards!

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    July 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Rumor coming down – Tigers are going to “reboot”, Price, Cespedes, Soria, others are avail.

    • Jud

      July 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      I still look at this as a positive. Get prospects or better for the 3 of them and reload. You get nothing for the 3 of them your screwed. IGGY, JD, McCann, and Gose are something to build from. All is not lost in 2016 if they are traded and Avila, Krauss, Krol, Ausmus and staff, are dumped!

      • Coleman

        July 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm

        Best scenario: they trade Cespedes for a solid prospect, then re-sign him next season (he has said he wants to come back).

        • Kaline fan

          July 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm

          And how about doing the same thing with Price? He likes Detroit too, doesn’t he?

          • KW

            July 30, 2015 at 10:25 am

            Regardless of what he’s said, Price can go anywhere—why would he want to play in Detroit? Never mind that the Tigers can’t afford another massive 10-year contract.

      • PHT in HK

        July 29, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        Avila, Krauss and Krol have trade value? Avila may have a bit, but why would teams give up anything for the other two?

        • PHT in HK

          July 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

          Krauss and Krol should just be cut loose so Skipper doesn’t have the opportunity to let them play.

        • Jud

          July 29, 2015 at 5:40 pm

          If you read my sentece correctly it reads Avila, Krauss, And Krol with the coaching staff are dumped. Says nothing about traded. Unless we can get a case of sunflower seeds for them….

          • PHT in HK

            July 29, 2015 at 5:44 pm

            Sorry about that!

            • Jud

              July 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm

              Thats ok. Sometimes when I am ranting I do say crazy stuff…

  10. KW

    July 29, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I didn’t see any of the game. How was Verlander’s velocity? Was he getting swings and misses on his fastball or another pitch?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      He was brilliant. Working the zone, getting swings and misses and called strikes. Hate to use it…but the art of pitching was in full effect. I saw a few 95s late in the game. Not sure about earlier in the game. Much more command today, even than the good games he has had to date.

      • Coleman

        July 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm

        It’s also fair to say McCann calls a good game for a rookie. One of the Detroit writers pointed out yesterday that all of the big hits against Price were on pitches that Price shook off McCann’s call.

    • Coleman

      July 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      He was mostly using his curve as his strikeout pitch early, but he had a lot of swings and misses on his fastball later. He got up to 95 in the 8th.

    • Jud

      July 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      The best part of JV was the strikeout in the 7th and 8th to get out of a jam. Both were off speed curve balls when the batteres knew he would try and dial 95..both batters almost fell on their face!

  11. Jud

    July 29, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Iggy bats 2 and gets that extra AB he doesn’t get in the 8-9 spot. With that extra AB he gets a single and eventually scores the run to tie the game…….what an amazing idea batting Iggy 2….Ausmus brilliance at work. Maybe he is starting to figure out ways to save his job!…..#stay tuned for more…

  12. Jud

    July 29, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Yankees made an offer for Price and AVILA!!!!

  13. Coleman

    July 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Jon Heyman says Tigers have agreed to send Price to the Blue Jays. We get lefty pitching prospect Daniel Norris.;sid=milb

  14. Kevin in Dallas

    July 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Guys, this is a haul.