Game 2015.106: Royals at Tigers

Well today is the first day of the Al Avila era, wasn’t expecting to be saying that. It is also a chance for Justin Verlander to try for a third straight dominant outing. If he does it will be a pretty exciting sign that we have at least one dependable starter in the rotation. I wasn’t expecting that one guy to be ol’ JV.

The Tigers have also announced that LHP Matt Boyd has been called up from Toledo and will start Wednesday’s game.

And congratulations to Med Hen Mike Hessman, who has set the record for most minor league home runs with his 433rd.

More on the Dombrowski story can be found here and here. Of note is the information that Avila was offered the job the day after the trading deadline.

Today’s Aw, C’mon Dad Lineup:

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


  1. jud

    August 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    The Tigers return to the comforts of Comerica where they cannot hit a lick. How can you build a team that can’t hut in its own ball park???

  2. jud

    August 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Along the way can we try and get Castallanos his GED…there cannot be a dumber MLB player alive today. Already the worst baserunner in the MLB, does yet another utterly stupid thing, on the bases, again just to solidify that ranking!

  3. Tony de Florida

    August 4, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    We are still playing for this year? You’re kidding. JV didn’t pitch that poorly but he didn’t stand a chance of overcoming the offensive offense.

    Bases loaded one out, guy in front of him walks so Gose goes hacking. Couldn’t even take the first pitch. We get NOTHING! A run or two at that point would have been big. Gose needs to be benched for about a week.

    How about a fine for first pitch swinging? Double if it was a ball.

    Then the keystone kops on the bases kill another potential run producing situation.


    The Tigers are a demoralized bunch. Miggy should not come back into this. He’s too good and cares too much too much to survive this without damage. I suspect part of Victor’s hitting problems may be pressing too hard trying to overcome all the BS around him. The Tigers have a major leadership problem that can not wait until the end of the year to be fixed.

    AL: Si las tropas no confian en el general, nunca pueden ganar las batallas!

    • Kaline fan

      August 5, 2015 at 1:10 am

      You can tell that for the last month or so, the players, like Gose, are not THINKING. But of course, their skipper sets the tone. Surprisingly, about the only one (besides JD) who IS showing signs of possessing grey matter, is good ol’ Ian Kinsler of late. Note the way he has just been sticking his bat out to go the other way, and get base hits to right field, to drive in runs many times. Kudos to him; I hope he keeps it up! (And maybe teaches the others).
      I also agree that Victor must just be pressing too hard. He’s a great player who concentrates on what he’s doing —–I would never give up on him, but just be patient.

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  5. StorminNorman$

    August 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    one of a few interesting quotes: “It is very unique, and it’s actually very awkward,” Al Avila said of his son. “As of late, he hasn’t hit very well. That’s obviously a burden. As awkward as it’s been, it’s also a blessing. Sometimes, it runs its course. I don’t know.”

    “as of late” — father’s sugar-coated translation for, ‘about 3 years’

    • Coleman

      August 5, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      “It is very unique, and it’s actually very awkward.” Was that referring to Alex’s swing?

      • Kaline fan

        August 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Maybe the way baby-boy Alex grimaces as he walks back to the dugout after every strikeout?

  6. StorminNorman$

    August 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    per DD, this was all Illitch’s call…

    nobody like to get fired, but DD handled it well… though, I think he knows he won’t be out of work for very long

  7. tbran

    August 5, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    So far DD has taken the “high road” with his comments which, in my view, causes the silence from Team I to be very suspect. There is clearly much more to this story than we know and more will like bubble up to the surface in the next few days. Whatever the real story is, none of this is good for Tiger fans. In the span of about 5 days we’ve seen top players and one of the best GM’s leave town. The “prospects” that have been come in behind them are nothing but a distraction from deeper issues.

  8. Kaline fan

    August 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Be interesting to see what facts surface, when the best GM in baseball gets the axe.