2016 World Series

Well, since everyone seems to be having such a high-quality postseason conversation here, I figured the least I could do was put up a new post. And I always strive to do the least I can do.

What are your predictions?

I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate our own Michael Fulmer, your 2016 AL Rookie of the Year.

 

Game 2016.161: Tigers at Braves

All of MLB tees off at about 3:00 today. Did that happen last season too? Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention last season. These season there are three games going that will demand our attention.

I’d normally say there is too much at stake to worry about individual numbers today, but Detroit’s chances at a postseason game are going to be directly related to the ERA title. Verlander ERA sits at 3.10, Toronto’s Sanchez sits at 3.06, and both start today, with Detroit needing either Toronto or Baltimore to lose to have a chance to play Monday for a tie. If the do play Monday, it’s Fulmer’s turn to start, so Verlander could also give the rookie a shot at the ERA title by pitching well today.

This one won’t be easy: the Braves start their ace, Tehran, and the team and the fans will have an emotional rush as they say goodbye to Turner Field today, with a ceremony before the game.

Today’s Stayin’ Alive Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Maybin, CF
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Upton, LF
  6. Castellanos, 3B
  7. McCann, C
  8. Iglesias, SS
  9. Verlander, P

Game 2016.160: Tigers at Braves

Here we go, three left, we need to win at least two. I think this is the game, the one that will determine things. If the Tigers win this one, they go into tomorrow with Verlander on the mound.

And what can you say about Cabrera? “Locked in” is an understatement; I can’t think of the last time I saw anyone dead-center two balls in the same game, much less in a must-win game. I have a feeling they will need a few runs tonight, with “No, Really, I’m Ready Now Zimmermann on the mound.

Oh, and the Orioles just lost.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Maybin, CF
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Upton, LF
  6. Castellanos, 3B
  7. Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Iglesias, SS
  9. Zimmermann, P

Game 2016.159: Tigers at Braves

This is turning out to be a strange, if not strangely exciting end to the season, as the Tigers finish out, once again, with an interleague series on the road (Detroit finished 2013 at the Marlins). That means, oh boy! the pitchers get to bat, which I guess is one advantage to having long-time NL’er Zimmermann in the rotation. Norris is no slouch though, he hit a 2-run HR last season.

The team formerly known as The Worst Team in Baseball seems to have found themselves, and is actually the hottest team in baseball–the Braves have won 10 of the last 11.

Game time for the makeup game with Cleveland is set for 1:10 Monday, if necessary, which it likely will be if Detroit takes 2-of-3. One scenario no one has mentioned: if the Tigers are eliminated from the wild card, but Cleveland is within a game of anyone for playoff seeding, the makeup game will be necessary. And quite a drag.

Daniel Norris has motored on down to Hotlanta to start this off. There’s a great little documentary on Van Norrison on YouTube, check it out:

Tonight’s Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Maybin, CF
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Upton, LF
  6. Castellanos, 3B
  7. McCann, C
  8. Iglesias, SS
  9. Norris, P

Victor on the bench looking for his 4th PH home run of the season. Gates Brown, eat your heart out.

Game 2016.159: Indians at Tigers

I don’t think there’s an option other than to wait out the rain. Otherwise Cle would likely have to come back here on Monday.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Nick Castellanos, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Game 2016.158: Indians at Tigers

Okay friends, lots to watch for tonight.

First of all, the obvious one, we’re 1 game out of the Wild Card. It’s a crowded race, there is no margin for error. 5-0 doesn’t guarantee us in, but I think that 4-1 probably gets us to at least a (first) play-in game.

Secondly, Fulmer needs 6 1/3 to qualify for the ERA title. He’s got a decent lead, it would be great for him to win it to cinch ROY.

Third, Casty is back. This is a good looking lineup.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Nick Castellanos, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Game 2016.157: Indians at Tigers

A three game skid has put us 2 games back of the WC. Still a lot of baseball left to play. We really need JV to be the ace he has come to be again and pick up 2 Ws over the last 6 games.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Erick Aybar, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Game 2016.156: Indians at Tigers

Kevin is apparently undergoing concussion protocol. Let’s hope Farmer is a man out standing in his field.

Game 2016.155: Royals at Tigers

That was an inopportune time for the blowpen monster to rear its ugly head, not to mention its ugly rear. It seems ol’ Frankie just didn’t have it, alternating between completely losing the strike zone and serving up batting practice. I called for him to be yanked before the home run, but in reality closets are almost never pulled; you kind of go down with the ship there.

Need to win this one.

Today’s Salty Lettuce Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Maybin, CF
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. V Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Upton, LF
  7. Aybar, 3B
  8. Saltalamacchia, c
  9. Romine, SS

Game 2016.154: Royals at Tigers

This Wild Card thing is looking like a thing. Let’s hope the Van Man can keep this thing rolling.

Great outing by Fulmer last night. He is now 6.1 innings short of qualifying for the ERA title. Could that explain leaving him in longer than we thought last night?

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Maybin, CF
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. V Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Upton, LF
  7. McCann, C
  8. Romine, 3B
  9. Iglesias, SS

Game 2016.153: Royals at Tigers

The Tigers are back home, and yet probably feeling a bit homesick, as they leave Sweeptown. How about that? The Tigers did what they needed to do, and now the Wild Card is a thing again.

Hopefully vintage Fulmer shows up tonight, and not the recent version, which may have been a blip, or may have been a rookie arm boarding the fatigue boat.

KC sends out Cy Duffy tonight, who has stymied Kinsler (.208, but welcome back!), Cabrera (.182), and JD (.150). Hopefully we get something from Salty (2-for-3, oh, that’s why he’s playing!), Aybar (3-for-6), and Upton (not that good, but stats do not apply to him at the moment).

Game 2016.152: Tigers at Twins

Second of a day/night doubleheader. Did anyone watch? There couldn’t have been more than 1,000 people at the game.

JV’s last three games: 19 IP, 1.21 WHIP, 25 Ks, 2.37 ERA, 0-1 record. He’ll be lucky to get to 15 wins with the run support he’s been getting as of late.

Headed out and lineup isn’t out yet, someone please post.