Game 2015.86: Tigers at Twins

A little technical difficulty tonight. Let’s hope Justin Verlander is over his technical difficulties. Is JD Martinez’ hand really OK? Maybe Ian Kinsler is really back to normal (the failed home run trot swagger seems normal, unfortunately. Gose, though, c’mon man, that’s not your game).

Tigers are 4-2 now post-Miggy. This one will need a good Verlander performance, not a “I had really great stuff for 2 innings, so I’m happy” Verlander.

Today’s Same Lineup Again Lineup:

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


  1. Kaline fan

    July 10, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I do believe Vic is getting back to normal. The other Martinez seems a bit off tho —–might be his hand.
    Like the way Casty is placing his hits lately. He & Kins —–can they keep up their current trends?

    • Coleman

      July 10, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      JD’s at bats have been horrible, for him. Hopefully he will feel better after the break.

  2. Coleman

    July 10, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Justin looking good, so far. How about, say, 3 or 4 more innings like this?

  3. Kaline fan

    July 10, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I was looking forward to another tirade by Torii after that K call…

    • Coleman

      July 10, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      He did swing, but I think his tirade has earned him a bit of…whatever the opposite of the benefit of the doubt is. Funny clip of the guys making fun or Torii. Everyone always says how much he was loved as a teammate, but you could really see it there.

      • Kaline fan

        July 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        Yeah, that was great. Torii was in stitches too. Hope that’s on YouTube; I want to watch it a few more times.

  4. Coleman

    July 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    This is for tbran. Castellanos’ new glove:

    • tbran

      July 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Now that is funny!

  5. tbran

    July 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Cespedes says: Take that All Star voters!

  6. Coleman

    July 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    The hand seems OK.

  7. tbran

    July 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    JD is sick. Thank you, Houston!

  8. Kaline fan

    July 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Well if JD’s hand is hurting him, other players ought to smash THEIR fingers with baseballs.

  9. Coleman

    July 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    The Marc Krauss signing is really interesting. So far he looks like what was expected: a guy who hits around .200, strikes out a lot, and has occasional good power. Which is exactly how JD Martinez looked in Houston. And they played together in Houston, and Dave Clark coached him in Houston and recommended the signing. Could it happen twice? the odds are minimal. But there’s not much risk in giving it a chance.

    • tbran

      July 10, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      The guy should be able to run into a few sooner or later.

  10. Kaline fan

    July 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    That is interesting. Didn’t know they played together.
    Need the same kind of weird lightning…..

    • Coleman

      July 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Yes, 2013.

  11. Kaline fan

    July 10, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Too soon to claim that JV’s got his mojo back?
    82 pitches thru 6; if nothing bad happens, he can have himself a CG.

    • Coleman

      July 10, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      7 shutout innings, he has earned a tip of the cap.

  12. Coleman

    July 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Good hustle by JD Martinez! The guy just does everything right.

  13. tbran

    July 10, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    That was a gem by JV. Nice.

  14. tbran

    July 10, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks blow pen. What a waste.

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    July 10, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I’m not even that upset. I mean, what are we really playing for?

  16. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    July 10, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Gut punch time!

  17. Jud

    July 10, 2015 at 11:53 pm


  18. Kaline fan

    July 11, 2015 at 6:24 am

    If we’re maintaining any sliver of a hope of salvaging this season (low percentage here), then the only thing that will take a little bite out of this stinging loss is to take the last 2, and thus win another road series. Of course, Sunday’s is that proverbial “throw-away” with our rookie hurler on the hill, so if we could somehow steal that one, and get a bounce-back performance from Alfredo today, AND the offense keeps its’ batteries charged, well………….

  19. StorminNorman$

    July 11, 2015 at 11:06 am

    although most DET fans have been vaccinated for ‘epic bullpen collapse syndrome’, last night’s game could signal the end of an era… KC keeps rolling and DET keeps finding new innovative ways to give wins away.

    For the past couple years, teams that took a 5 or more run lead into the 9th were 1057-0…

  20. StorminNorman$

    July 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

    In ’15 DET’s bullpen is 27th (ERA) in MLB, which seems to be on-par w/previous years:
    Regular season……. Playoffs
    2014…..27th (4.29)…..10th/10 (19.29)
    2013…..24th (4.01)…..9th/10 (4.07)
    2012…..18th (3.79)…..8th/10 (3.90)
    2011…..25th (3.93)…..8th/8 (8.01)
    2010…..14th (3.96)
    2009…..22th (4.34)
    2008…..27th (4.69)
    2007…..23th (4.40)
    2006…..4th (3.55)……2nd/8 (1.95)

    • Kaline fan

      July 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Hmmm, Stormin’ —–those are interesting stats.
      I guess we should be encouraged, then….

  21. Jud

    July 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Sure glad Avilas back..his 2 RBI and .202 BA in the 5 SPOT along 12 K’s….. with his superb pitch calling have solidified the struggling Tigers. Last night Mr 100 mph thru nothing but sliders and change ups. Whose calling these pitches.?.
    .1-4 batters for the Tigers got on base 10 times, but Daddys boy couldn’t manage an RBI……
    …..this team is as dysfunctunal as it gets. Read the post game stuff. The Tigers fron Assmus down blamed “baseball”…it couldn ‘t have possibly been their crappy playing!

  22. StorminNorman$

    July 11, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    front page of Freep provides a good metaphorical ‘visual’ of DET’s 9th inning last night –

    • Coleman

      July 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      I think I just found a Game Post picture.