A 1-hitter by Mr. Eephus, the Big Pasta? I did not see that coming. What it means is that the Tigers are now on a 3-game winning streak for the first time in 2 months, when David Price picked up a win on June 23. It sure would be nice to have a David Price to send out there every 5 days right now, wouldn’t it?
The last time the Tigers won 4 or more in a row? The first week of the season.
The Tigers do at least have their ace on the mound tonight, as Justin Verlander looks for his 3rd strong start in a row. His last start he got through 7 innings with no runs and only 3 hits and 2 walks, against 7 strikeouts.
Verlander started the season off injured, then was a shaky 5th starter, then turned into a decent enough starter, then a good starter, then staff ace, if not the only reliable starter at all (with all due respect to Simon’s performance last night). It’s been quite a season’s journey for Justin.
In other Tiger-related news, the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame has named its class of 2016, and it includes Pudge Rodriguez and Omar Vizquel. Vizquel, incidentally, will be coaching 3rd tonight (with Trammell at 1st), with Dave Clark off to attend his daughter’s wedding. Omar promises Clark he will do his best to send Castellanos home at some inappropriate time.
Today’s Let’s Make it Four Lineup:
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Ty Collins, LF
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Julio Martinez, RF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Alex Avila, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS
- Anthony Gose, CF
Kinsler continues to smoke the ball, although his success at bat seems to be having and adverse effect on his fielding. No matter, we need Kinsler to keep getting on base.