It’s the 9th inning, 3 run lead, time to bring in the closer. After 1 quick out, there is a single, then a home run. The fans have seen this before this season, is this another late-inning collapse? Luckily, the team still manages to sqeak out a 1-run lead.
No, this is not the Tigers and Francisco Rodriguez, it’s the Reds and closer JJ Hoover. The difference between the Tigers and the Reds though is that the Reds are used to having a Closer, the lights-out Aroldis Chapman. The Tigers are used to…well, Soria, Nathan, Benoit, Valverde, Rodney, Jones, etc. They seem to have a knack for signing very good closers exactly one year past their prime (except for Valverde, from whom they got one very good year). So, Reds manager Bryan Price had seen enough, and Hoover is out as the closer. Rodriguez will be the Detroit closer until…when? Until he retires from baseball? Last night was about the 3rd time he has had absolutely nothing out there, not even the strike zone. Two home runs and two walks in the 9th inning? Even Papa Grande is shaking his head.
Not to take away from what Jordan Zimmerman did. He is now sitting on a cool 3-0, 0.00 stat line, and quietly thumbing his nose at the Nationals.
The Tigers are national again, on FS1. If this one goes bad, the Red Wings are on. Fox Sports Detroit.
Today’s When Doves Cry Lineup:
- Kinsler, 2B
- Upton, LF
- Cabrera, 1B
- V Martinez, DH
- JD Martinez, LF
- Castellanos, 3B
- Saltalamacchia, C
- Collins, CF
- Iglesias, SS
Collins gets a start in center, because, why not? Oh, because Gose is 5-for-11 off of Volquez. But hey, it was a scheduled day off and whatnot. Watch out for Upton, who is 8-for-17 against Volquez.