Game 2015.92: Mariners at Tigers

Justin “Yeah But The First Couple Innings Were Good” Verlander got bombed, the Tigers dropped under .500, and now we have an Alfredo Simon start to look forward to.

There’s not much more to say about Verlander’s pitching, so Steve Shrader reports that Kate Upton has been turning down Justin Verlander proposals, and things have gotten rocky there as a result. Looks like Kate may be selling also.

Castellanos, who has had more than his share of fielding woes, took a ricochet off of his hand then face, but both appear to be OK. Although if he were ball-shy before, as it seems he was, he should be positively ball-freaked out there now.

Of course Castellanos was supposed to have the day off, and was only out there because Ian Kinsler had a bat-breaking meltdown and had himself thrown out of the game. I must say though, between the Kinsler meltdown and Victor Martinez looking like he wanted to bite an umpire’s head off, I think it isn’t fair to say that these guys don’t care out there. They are obviously frustrated also.

Today’s It’s All Right Lineup:

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Jefrey Marte, 1B
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

No lefties today; Iglesias back down to 9th to make sure he doesn’t get enough bats to go 5-for-5. Since Kinsler batting leadoff was working, he’s randomly bumped back to the #2 spot.

11 Comments

  1. Coleman

    July 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    McCann is one of the few highlights of this season (Iglesias is another). Too bad Avila wasn’t out longer so we could see more of him.

  2. Kaline fan

    July 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    How do we let their .161 hitter (Zunino) push home 3 runs?

  3. Vince

    July 20, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Money isn’t everything. Supermodel Kate has to think of her celebrity reputation. Being saddled with a fizzled out comet like Verlander isn’t helping her cred. There are lots of gazillionaire rising stars in the entertainment field she can hang with. Expect a change soon.

    • Kaline fan

      July 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Maybe it’s what the doc ordered for Verly….

  4. Coleman

    July 20, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I guess I was right about Kinsler breaking his bat being a good sign.

  5. Kaline fan

    July 20, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Whoaa! Can you believe Ian Kinsler these days? Watching him at the plate, this doesn’t look like a flukey streak. I think the guy has found his stroke!

  6. Kaline fan

    July 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Should the entire Tigers lineup break a bat?
    Nice win tonite for our ‘pen.

  7. jud

    July 20, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    My only comment is how dumb do you have to be to PH Avila for McCann simply because he is left handed..you went to college and somehow you learned that…unbelievable!!!!!

    • Kaline fan

      July 21, 2015 at 6:02 am

      Easy to understand, jud. On Seattle broadcast, they flashed Avila’s avg as a PH at .172. That’s 61 points higher than Mariners’ Zunino’s avg of .111 at start of game, and he knocked in 3 runs. So Brad’s actually working his sabermetrics to a “T”!
      Good ol’ college knowledge!
      And also you could say that Ausmus is now a P.H.D. (Pinch Hitting Dummy).

  8. jud

    July 21, 2015 at 1:54 am

    AlAl, Soria, and Hardy since May first all rank in the top ten in lowest ERA in the AL….hard to believe

  9. jud

    July 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    African Proverb:…
    An army of sheep led be a lion will defeat an Army of lions led by a sheep!