Game 2015.81: Blue Jays at Tigers

The Tiger bats boomed again yesterday afternoon, which means that today they have a chance to be on the right end of the broom, which would be more than welcome after getting the business from Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jays are not exactly known for their pitching, but they can score a lot of runs in a hurry, so another offensive outburst today would be useful. Especially as the Tigers are sending out Justin Verlander, who may or may not be back to normal, whatever normal is for him now.

Did anyone else notice a strange encounter during the celebration following yesterday’s victory? Iglesias approached Kinsler and reached out to grab his arm and Kinsler turned on him and seemed to get in his face. What in the world could that have been about? Perhaps they were just clowning around, but nobody’s smiling.

Here is a clip, but these things don’t tend to stay up long.

Today’s Can I Borrow a Broom? Lineup:

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

Pretty much the same lineup as yesterday, with Iglesias stepping back in at SS. Although I’m not sure why Josh Wilson got to bat 8th, and Jose has to bat 9th.

14 Comments

  1. Kevin in Dallas

    July 5, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I guess Ausmus is gonna just save the pen.

    Verlander is stealing from the Tigers with this sh*t.

  2. Coleman

    July 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Clown show.

    • StorminNorman$

      July 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      if he doesn’t miss another start this year, he’ll make about $1.5M per start this year…

      i’m sure he can turn it around and be an effective (top 3 SP) pitcher at some point – possibly even this year; but the prospect of having to pay him $28M per yr through ’19 can’t give ownership/mngmt the ‘warm fuzzies’

      …and to me, JV and Sabathia (etc) are glowing examples why a team should not commit $200M+ and 6-8 yrs to any pitcher – and certainly not another one, if you already have one

      • StorminNorman$

        July 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

        breaking down JV’s 5 IP, 7 H, 7 ER outing; from a financial standpoint, DET paid him $100K for each out he was able to get today

  3. KW

    July 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Well, JV is certainly living up to his initials.

  4. Coleman

    July 5, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    “JD” is short for “Babe.”

  5. Kaline fan

    July 5, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    JD one of few bright spots left now.
    Nick up, 1 on, 0 out = GIDP. 1st time that’s ever happened!

  6. StorminNorman$

    July 5, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    after the game, VerHagen sent down, Krol called back up

    • Kaline fan

      July 5, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Oh, no —–not Krol again! I’d rather give VerHagen another chance. At least we don’t have to pay him what we pay VerLander. Often Krol can’t get anyone out; let’s hope he learned some pitches (or something) while he was down.

  7. StorminNorman$

    July 6, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    yesterday’s game represented the midpoint of the season – so 81 games left…and they’re one game over .500

    Based on the current roster and how they’ve played thus far, i have no idea where they’ll end up…DET could finish 20 games over .500 or 20 games under – and at this point, neither would surprise me.

  8. jud

    July 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    81-81

    • StorminNorman$

      July 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      …based on what i’ve seen thus far, i agree Jud …w/a +/- 5 games on either side

      • Jud

        July 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

        Ya..no more than +/-5…but Verlander said he’s pitching great, so he might end up 0-12 and throw off our numbers ..In fact Ausmus agreed with JV “great stuff yesterday”….The 7 runs were probably luck!

        • StorminNorman$

          July 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

          http://nypost.com/2015/07/05/5.....n-lagares/

          bottom of Sherman (NY Post) article draws a not-so-flattering comparison to Sabathia & JV

          Long-term huge contracts are a twin-edged sword – for both the player and the team