Game 2015.79: Blue Jays at Tigers

Well, us fans aren’t the only ones who feel like something has to be done with this team. The front office started off by shaking up the bullpen. It couldn’t hurt, right? The Tigers brought up converted starters John Ferrell from Toledo and Drew VerHagen from AA Erie, and gave the boot to Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzellany (which leaves Hardy as the only lefty in the bullpen). I’ll miss Joba–I’ve been missing him all season, he just never really came back after falling apart in the postseason last year.

Brad did a little shake of his own, his with the lineup. Kinsler will be leading off, and Cespedes will be taking over the 2nd spot. Gose was certainly not cutting it as a leadoff hitter, but why not move the very consistent Iglesias into the 2nd spot? Or the hot JD Martinez in the 4th spot?

Even Miguel Cabrera has seemed to be a problem lately. The air has seemingly gone out of him like he’s a football in New England. I checked the team hitting numbers over the last 7 days, and there he is a mere 8th on the team with a .200 avg. and .600 OPS, and he’s made some uncharacteristic and costly blunders in the field.

Topping the list by the way is young James McCann (.500, 1.500), who is back on the bench now that Alex Avila is back (Bryan Holaday back to Toledo).  And the bottom of the list? With a cringe-worthy .056 BA and .111 OPS I present to you your new #2 hitter, Yoenis Cespedes.

Tonight’s All Shook Up Lineup:

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

13 Comments

  1. jud

    July 3, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I first want to apolgize for all my rants lately. I appreciate you boys hanging in there with me. I am taking a break after watching 90% of all the games so far this year. I just can’take this any more. I am too old for this crappy baseball. Will check back with you guys hopefully after the All Star break IF things change….good luck!

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      July 4, 2015 at 1:43 am

      Brother- we hope things do change for the better, I am also checking out for a week, going to camp, so you all hang with em and lets hope for better days ahead. Stay safe and quiet on the 4th, there are lots of folks out there who can do without the fireworks! Have some cold ones for me!

  2. Coleman

    July 3, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I guess Cespedes likes batting 2nd.

  3. PHT in HK

    July 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    What happened to Miggy?

    • Kaline fan

      July 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      He was clutching back of his leg. Guessing = hamstring? At least it doesn’t look like ankle.

      • StorminNorman$

        July 3, 2015 at 8:50 pm

        they say a ‘left calf strain’…will have an MRI

  4. Coleman

    July 3, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Nice standing ovation for Anibal.

  5. Kaline fan

    July 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Great performance, Anibal! What to speak of, encouraging for this temporarily struggling team.

  6. Kaline fan

    July 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Whew, that was too close! We certainly couldn’t let that one slip away…
    Hope Miggy’s not bad.

    • Coleman

      July 4, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Ausmus on Cabrera after the game: “I’m not optimistic he’s gonna avoid the DL.”

      If this team is made of anything–of which I am dubious–we are about to find out.

      • Kaline fan

        July 4, 2015 at 6:18 am

        I think you’re right, Coleman, about our meddle to be tested while the big guy’s out. I see a few positive points: 1) Sanchez’ performance last night. If he remembers all subtle things he did, and duplicates it the rest of the way (minus his pooping-out segment after 110 pitches), he’ll regain his ERA-best of MLB form of 2 yrs ago. 2) Kinsler is starting to look like he knows how to hit again, 3) Nick’s bat is waking up, 4) Victor had a couple of off-games, but looks like he’s back to being Victor, 5) No more Gorzy, no Joba to worry about, 6) JD continues his reign as hottest hitter in A.L., 7) Avila didn’t hit, but his stellar work behind the plate nearly earned his battery-mate a no-hitter!, and 8) Starting ace Price hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, his last several starts.
        I’d like to add this for 9) Ausmus & coaches working with batters on sac bunts, and then employing same, in-game ——-but I can’t, until I see this actually happen.

      • StorminNorman$

        July 4, 2015 at 8:50 am

        …they say the MRI indicates no damage to the Achilles, which is good news – but having Cabrera on DL a/o having him play injured (like last season) for any length of time is far from ‘good news’

        …DET was a .500 team when he went down, its anybody’s guess what they’ll be when he gets back

  7. StorminNorman$

    July 4, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Cabrera has played in more games than any MLB player since ’04 – and its official, today DET placed him on the 15-day DL with “a left calf strain” – first time on DL in his career.

    With the years/dollars pledged to Cabrera, DET has to hope injuries aren’t going to be a perennial thing – though as players age, the probabilities (of injuries) tend to increase