Game 2016.10: Tigers at Astros

Well, we’re one inning (1/9th) into the season, and we’re 3 games over. I’ll take it. Play anywhere close to like this for the remainder of the season, and there will be October baseball.

Now, it’s early, but let’s take a look at a few of the key concerns coming into the season:

1) The bullpen – the bullpen has been less than stellar. The pen ERA is 3.34, but the WHIP is 1.48 and BAA is .301. Those peripheral stats are cause for concern. We’ll revisit after another 9 games.

2) Verlander – JV has been downright awful. It’s only 2 starts, but 7 Ks to 4 BBs in 10.1 IPs is a concern. WAAAAAY too many flyballs (.38 GO/AO). Today is important.

3) VMart – VMart could use a few more hits, but the power looks to be there. So far so good.

4) Bottom of the rotation – Pelfrey was fantastic yesterday, and about what we expected in his first start. Greene was solid in his only start thus far. Too early to tell.

The DTW faithful generally find it easier to complain than to praise, but that’s what the site is here for. There are going to be many worse “innings” than 6-3, so I’m thrilled with the start.

Alex Wilson back up, Farmer down.

JV climbs the hill shortly. Baseball Reference Game Preview here.

1. 2B Ian Kinsler

2. LF Justin Upton

3. 1B Miguel Cabrera

4. DH Victor Martinez

5. RF J.D. Martinez

6. 3B Nick Castellanos

7. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

8. CF Anthony Gose

9. SS Jose Iglesias




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  2. Jud

    April 16, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Hey JV..Spring training is over!!!!

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  4. Jud

    April 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    For as much as Casty has been doing just averages out with how bad he is on defense and the fact that he is STILL the worst baserunner in the MLB….

    • Tony de Florida

      April 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Two runners thrown out at 3rd in two days. Perhaps bad base running but does the 3rd base coach bear any responsibility for these. Seems to me he has the best look and perhaps could put up the stop sign. One of you guys that has done some coaching: Am I all wet on this?

      Nice 2nd for JV.

      • Jud

        April 16, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        Casty both times


      April 16, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Shouldn’t players rounding second be picking up the third base coach ….. so maybe last nights base running SNAFU along with today’s be partially Clark’s fault.

  5. Jud

    April 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    When you talk Base runners don’t include Casty.
    1 he is slow
    2. He has poor instincts
    3. He is slow to react
    4. Should never take a chance with him taking an extra base.
    5.he has poor co-ordination

    Thats me as a third base coach..

    In a race he might be faster than Cabrera,but Cabrera is a great base runner.
    he has
    1 great instincts
    2.he is fast to react
    3 yet he is slow.
    4. Has excellent co-ordination


    April 16, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    This team continues to make costly mistakes at crucial times in games.

  7. Tony de Florida

    April 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Let me trot to 1st, that balls into center field. OH, there’s some kid cutting it off. I’d better hurry. Crap, too late.

    I KNOW WHO I WOULD REST TOMMORROW. I suspect Brad will rest Salty and Casty.

  8. Jud

    April 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Salty!…hell ya!

  9. Jud

    April 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    The fact that Assmus doeS not require “hustle at all times” will bite them in a bunch of games. To me as a coach nothing is worse then dogging out balls that are hit, and I don’t care where they are hit!!! Or how hard or soft.and I don’t care who you are..learn something from Prince Fielder!

  10. StorminNorman$

    April 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Salty hasn’t had many hits w/DET, but the ones he’s had have almost all been big

    • Jud

      April 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm


  11. Tony de Florida

    April 16, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Not vintage JV tonight, but at my age I’m never vintage Tony. What I have learned is that good enough is good enough!

  12. Kevin in Dallas

    April 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Lots of base hits tonight. We’ve certainly squandered some chances. An insurance run would be huge.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Attaboy VMart!

  13. Kevin in Dallas

    April 16, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Great work pen!

  14. jud

    April 17, 2016 at 1:10 am

    KRod…..0….isn’t that the way its supposed to go!
    Great pen work, I amwith Kevin on that one!
    Good to see Cabrerra and Victor contribute ..its been awhile!
    Casty our future DH makes a case for DH with another big night!
    JV nice recovery after that 3 spot in the first!
    Brad even had Iggy steal….wow!. Maybe Iggy mised a sign. I will give Brad benifit of the doubt!
    Salty continues to go big!

  15. KW

    April 17, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Not to be that guy, but aren’t we only half an inning, or 1/18th, into the season?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Oh hell. You guys and your math.

      I take back everything I wrote up there, except for the analysis; redo coming in 7+ games.

      • KW

        April 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm


  16. Jud

    April 17, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Speaking of 1/18. I’m not sure if I can take Upton striking out 350 this season. I mean we just got rid of Avila!