Game 2015.137: Rays at Tigers

In years past I planned my Labor Day around the game.

Career numbers off Drew Smyly

  1. Rajai Davis, LF (0-for-1, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-7, HR, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Nick Castellanos, DH
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Dixon Machado, SS
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Anthony Gose, CF


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  3. Kaline fan

    September 7, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Removing Hardy now is foolhardy. Rondon’s been good, but I’m betting he gets touched here.
    (Hope I’m wrong)

    • StorminNorman$

      September 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Rondon channeling his inner T. Jones or F. Rodney…

      “walks” by a so-called closer should be a tell as to the type of pitcher he is …or isnt’

      • StorminNorman$

        September 7, 2015 at 4:03 pm

        …or J. Nathan or Valverde…

        • Smoking Loon

          September 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm

          Not sure what the Tigers see or ever saw in Rondon besides 100 MPH. Maybe his placid expression is seen as evidence of some mythical closer quality such as poise. I prefer a pitcher who emotes at least a little bit. Remember how Nathan was always sweating bullets? OK, bad example. But someone who both got it done and acted like it mattered would be nice. Imagine Alburquerque on a good day.

  4. jud

    September 7, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    We play against a lot of closers being behind all the time,,why do all the closers the Tigers have used in the past 10 years come in and walk batters (plural). Tigers face a closer, its strike, strike strike, one out two out, maybe a hit on there once in awhile, then three outs!…Rondon 100 mph and he throws it 25% of the time….wth!

  5. Jud

    September 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks Rajah for saving the day!

  6. Kaline fan

    September 7, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Since the question of “Root or boot” for our manager is in the forefront of our minds these days, I’ll bring it up again here:
    For those who are heavy in “Boot” mode, I don’t think you (we)should get (y)our hopes up. Just my guess, and not only because we won tonite, but hearing Mario and Gibby talk the other night, I get a sense of the mood of the organization. I think those guys have their finger on the pulse a bit more than others. Especially noting what jud was telling about things like teaching players how to bunt is a very low priority in our farm system, and nobody seeing any “Red Flags” about Ausmus is pretty telling.
    No matter what happens the rest of this month, I’m 70% sure Ausmus will start 2016 as Tigers skipper, even if he’s personally below .500.

  7. Coleman

    September 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    • Kaline fan

      September 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Well, so much for my fearless prediction!
      And this makes the Tigers’ broadcasters’ discussion on-air about seeing “no red flags” seem like a bunch of ridiculous banter.
      Me? —-First and foremost, I’m just relieved to hear that there will indeed be a replacement. As far as it being Ron Gardenhire? —-yeah, I can get behind that. He’s experienced, doesn’t think like Leyland or Ausmus in most key areas, and he’s “old school”, which to me, sounds like a welcome change from what we’ve been having.
      In short, gives me another reason to look forward to 2016.

      (And as far as my prediction, well,——— glad I’m not a betting man!).

      • Smoking Loon

        September 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

        I’ll believe this when I hear it from a credible news source. What is being described – deciding mid-season that a manager will certainly be let go but keeping him on until the end of the season – is just insane, even more so under the circumstances of the Detroit Tigers’ 2015. That would be the act of deranged ownership, and while approval of the season-destroying deadline trades might be evidence of this, I still find it more than difficult to believe. Would you trade away nearly all of your WAR over a few days, fire a legendary GM, and then… KEEP the manager you plan to can at season’s end for some reason? What reason? Really?

        • Coleman

          September 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm

          They’ve already done two of three.

          The most disturbing thing, if there’s anything to this at all, is the Illitch decided this, and Avila is ok with it. That would be a disastrous precedent in how to run a team.

          • Smoking Loon

            September 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm

            Yup. Detroit Sports Rag might be a fine source, what do I know (except that I hadn’t heard of it before)? Tigers have interest in Gardenhire? I can see that, no problem. But, as you say…

            My objection is more like a plea: Don’t let this (secretly “fire” the manager and let him and the team twist in the wind) be true. It’s too stupid, too weird. Whatever really happened between DD and Illitch leading up to the trade deadline is quite weird enough, I’m sure.

            • Coleman

              September 10, 2015 at 6:06 pm

              Whatever the quality of the source, the story was sure picked up by a lot of mainstream sources. Time for me to spread the fame of the DTW with my intriguing “All Signs Point to Jim Walewander as next Tiger Manager” post.

              • Coleman

                September 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm

                Already I can reveal that two unnamed sources have declined to say anything to the contrary.

          • Tony de Florida

            September 10, 2015 at 6:19 pm

            Let’s not forget he is the owner.

  8. StorminNorman$

    September 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  9. Kaline fan

    September 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    What does Management like about Ian Kroll?

    • jud

      September 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Tiger Management totally rates a player by how much money they are paying out…therefore Krol who might be the worst LH pitcher in baseball gets used because of $$$ spent. No consideration for how good or bad he is. Same with Gorzo. Name me two worse LH pitchers than Those two. And to add to this problem Assmus will use them both SIMPLY because he can get a LH-LH match up. The fact that both have an ERA around 9.00 means nothing to Assmus!!! The fwft that both fail time after time after time means nothing to Assmus

      • Kaline fan

        September 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

        That’s what I thought, jud. And the stubborn using after fail after fail is very Leyland-esque —–remember Ryan Perry? I think we got greatly bamboozled 2 yrs ago when Dombrowski promised, (paraphrasing) “Brad brings something new to the table”. ——-what? a different brand of pumpkin seeds?

  10. Kaline fan

    September 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Was the manager-related report bogus or real?