Game 2015.123: Rangers at Tigers

Ian Kinsler continued to be hot, and hit a 2-out, 9th inning home run to save the Tigers from being shut out in back-to-back games. Randy Wolf really did quite a decent job, only giving up 3 earned runs in 7 innings. They could hardly have expected more. Wolf said he used his experience to keep the Tigers in the game.

Scratch one tool off the list of things Ty Collns brings to the game: two nights in a row he has made absolutely awful throws home. Makes me miss that Cespedes guy; that and that 5-for-5, 3 HR, 7 RBI night he put up while the Tigers were in the process of being shut out.

Collins was swinging a hot bat, but moving up to 2nd in the lineup seemed to cure that (8 at bats, .000 OPS in the 2nd spot), so Brad gives up and moves him down to 9th.

More bad pitching news: as StorminNorman posted, Shane Greene has an artery problem and has been shut down for the year.

Today’s Boyd in the Hood Lineup:

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B
  5. Julio Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Ty Collins, LF

Note: Victor swaps with Miggy at 1st

31 Comments

  1. Jud

    August 23, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Hope its something with Greene that can be fixed! He will be needed in 2016

  2. Coleman

    August 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    So Rajai flied out to center his first two times up, his 3rd time up he had a runner on 3rd with 1 out, so he flew out to center again and got the run in. Oh wait, no, he whiffed swinging.

    • Kaline fan

      August 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Yeah, whole team has a way of never getting that fly ball sac. Have to take into account tho, that Hamels is a smart pitcher, and can make a batter work to get a ball in the air ——damage control.

  3. Kaline fan

    August 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Whoever replaces ejected Beltre probably goes 3 for 3 now. (Seems like Tigers have that kind of luck)….

  4. Jud

    August 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Assmus went out to see if its legal to just tap the ball like that and run fast to first base…Lamont swears its not legal…………..

    • Kaline fan

      August 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      In hockey, the word is, “If you put the puck on net, good things will happen”. In my eyes, if a manager tries bunt with runners on, and especially 0 out, it shows me that he’s THINKING ABOUT THE GAME, trying to give his team better chances to score runs, WIN games. He’s putting the puck on net. All sorts of things can happen; you don’t always have to give up an out either, but even if you do (which is most times), you don’t HIDP, & runners move up a base.
      Why is our manager so #$%^&^%$%$ stubborn?

      • Coleman

        August 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        On the other hand, have you seen our guys when they do try to bunt?

        • Kaline fan

          August 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm

          Right, and that’s probably the saddest part.
          They’re major leaguers, with MLB coaches, manager. Can’t they friggin’ PRACTICE this “art” until they friggin’ get it???

      • Jud

        August 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm

        I have been to about 15 Spring trainings in Lakeland. I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen serious bunt work. Also watch the Tigers take BP. The guys who drop a couple of bunts do it half heartedly, only because its requirred. Gose and Davis who would benifit the most hardly ever PB bunt. Very low priority if its a priority at all. Fundementals of any kind aren’t much of a priority!. Under Ausmus they do work their Defensive work more seriously. Under Leyland not much!

  5. Jud

    August 23, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    3-2….its over….2-45 trailing after 6…..took much work and effort after they already reached their 2 quota!…Assmus will blame Boyd!

  6. Kaline fan

    August 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Justin Verhagen.

  7. Jud

    August 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    The Martinez Bros are 5-28 in this series…..1 RBI…4 games

  8. Kaline fan

    August 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    JD & home plate umpire = JD just got mugged, didn’t he?

    • Coleman

      August 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Yep, 2nd day in a row.

  9. Coleman

    August 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    James McCann just single-handedly made that inning worth watching.

  10. Jud

    August 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Friday night two bunts..2 steals.8 runs…win
    Since then …3 games…24 hits….no bunts…no steals…no hit and run…5 runs ..3 losses…Brad says I have no ideas!..hey AlAv..you watching???

    • Kaline fan

      August 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Many glaring reasons why Ausmus isn’t cut out to manage a team, IMO. But we’ll probably hear AlAv say at end of season, “Well, it was a struggle this year, but Brad’s done the best he possibly could…..”
      SUUUUUURE.

  11. Jud

    August 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Rondon..2016 Closer…(√)
    Boyd….2016 Starter..(√)
    JV ..ok for 2016..(√)
    McCann..catcher 2016…(√)
    At LEAST SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED

    • Kaline fan

      August 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      And I hope, in the coming weeks, we’ll be able to add these checks:

      Wolf….2016 Starter
      Norris….2016 Starter

  12. Jud

    August 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Texas using its closer three days in a row….Assmus protested this activity!!!!..Jones seconded!

    52 magic number games 2 or less…I barely missed yesterday. My 2-12 prediction is looking like 3-11….. so close there!

  13. Kaline fan

    August 23, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    We talk about “getting enough appearances to qualify”. Does “plate appearances” in the matter of batting titles equate with “official At-Bats”? IOW, if Miggy walks 4 times out of 4, does he get no credit for plate appearances that day?

    • Coleman

      August 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      No, just plate appearances, so walks count. But just to be safe, let’s bat Kinsler first, Miggy second. Why not?

      • Kaline fan

        August 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        I was thinking same thing. And try JD in his vacated 3-hole. Miggy gets his appearances, and hell, would be interesting to see what would happen, JD batting behind him.

    • Coleman

      August 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      The tricky part: for purposes of determining the official batting champion, if a player doesn’t have enough official plate appearances, he can still win the title if no hits in those appearances means that he would have won the batting title.

      In other words, if Miggy were to end up 20 plate appearances short, they would slap an 0-for-20 on his totals and recalculate his average. You could add an 0-for-20 today and he would still be leading, so I think he’s good for the title.

      • Kaline fan

        August 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm

        Yay, Coleman! That’s great news; I didn’t know that! As of now, 45 points ahead of nearest, Cruz, at .322.
        He’s amazing —-he’s hitting .350, goes on DL for 6 wks, which cooled him off, right?
        No, all he does is come back, jettisons his rehab assignment, and just raises his avg 17 points, to .367! In the span of how many games?
        Incredible!

        • storminNorman$

          August 24, 2015 at 9:36 am

          VMart, or who’s ever hitting behind Cabrera, will have a lot to do with how pitchers pitch Cabrera for the rest of the season, especially teams that are still in the playoff hunt, and need victories…

          Along those same lines, once the realization sinks in that DET is not going to make the post-season, Cabrera may cadillac a bit during these ‘dog days’

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  16. jud

    August 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    This just in:…finally some answers from our great leader Capt Smarty…and I quote, ” sometimes there aren’t any reasons. It is just the way it is”……..?……WTH???????

    • StorminNorman$

      August 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      one has to wonder if Ausmus would accept that same explanation from GM Avila as to the reason why Ausmus was fired at year’s end…I doubt it

  17. StorminNorman$

    August 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    BFarmer starting for DET, so DET (no VMart) hitters better have on their big boy pants and score a bunch. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not seeing a ‘bunch’ of runs in this lineup:

    1. Anthony Gose, CF
    2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
    3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
    4. J.D. Martinez, RF
    5. Tyler Collins, LF
    6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
    7. Alex Avila, C
    8. Andrew Romine, SS
    9. Buck Farmer, P