It was nice to see a win for a change. Kinsler smashed a bat Sunday then swung a mean bat Monday, with the under-used James McCann providing the rest of the firepower needed. Alfredo Simon wasn’t good, but he wasn’t a disaster (sell high! well, relatively high), and the bullpen was, dare I say, good.
Fangraphs says not so fast: with the current roster the Tigers are projected to be within a game of a wild card spot, and should upgrade the team and not sell.
[Update: via Jason Beck tweet, Tigers have closed their clubhouse for a team meeting.]
[Update 2: Iglesias scratched with “illness.”]
Today’s Grouse ‘Bout Krauss Lineup:
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Yoenis Cespedes, LF
- Victor Martinez, DH
- JD Martinez, RF
- Marc Krauss, 1B
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Alex Avila, C
Jose Iglesias, SS Andrew Romine
- Gose, CF
And…we get Krauss batting 5th again. That’s worse than Avila batting 5th, at least Avila gets some walks. But he’s left-handed, you say.
2015 BA/OPS vs RHP
.143/.468 Marc Krauss
.297/.733 Andrew Romine
.221/.732 Alex Avila
.265/.686 James McCann
Not to mention James McCann had one of the big hits of the game last night. But hey, keep trotting Krauss and Avila out there, eventually it might work. But if you have to have one of them batting 5th, I’d go with the guy with the OPS .264 points higher. But that’s just me.