Game 2016.14: Tigers at Royals

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:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Upton, LF
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. V Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, LF
  6. Castellanos, 3B
  7. Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Collins, CF
  9. 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.

14 Comments

  1. TIGERS RULE

    April 21, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    The guys making the big bucks on this team are far from earning their keep so far this season ….. JUp, Miggy, VMart, JV. When do we start asking for refunds? So far it looks like signing JUp might be a mistake, especially when we could have gotten Cespedes for a few dollars more per season and for a fewer season contract than 6 seasons.

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  3. Tony de Florida

    April 21, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I don’t get it. I can’t believe it is all the fault of the runners. I honestly think our 3rd base coach is missing something. That’s Alex Gordon in left and you attempt to go to 3rd on a ball hit right to him?

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  5. Tony de Florida

    April 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Another chance for Salty!

    • Coleman

      April 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Is Gene Lamont filling in at 3rd?

  6. Tony de Florida

    April 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    How many weak ground balls to short does Miggy have to hit before we become concerned?

  7. Tony de Florida

    April 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Does the fact that Salty has almost as many home runs as our 2-3-4 and 5 hitters combined tell you something is seriously wrong?

  8. Coleman

    April 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Castellanos is afraid of the ball, and afraid of runners, and no amount of coaching will fix that.

    • StorminNorman$

      April 21, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      i turned on tonight’s game just in time to notice that also… the 3-run 4th inning for KC, Castellanos gave them at least two of those runs, w/ Infante’s leadoff ‘double’, should have been a cleanly fielded out…and then the SB by Cain… as Coleman pointed out, Castellanos turned a easy catch & tag into an E2 run scored, and other runner advance to 3rd

      …as it turned out, DET’s offense only managed 5 hits and 0 runs

      a lot of positives so far this year, but also a lot of concerns… the next 13 games against beatable teams CLE – 6, OAK – 4, MIN – 3… great time to string some W’s together

  9. Tony de Florida

    April 21, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    At least we’ll get a chance to watch Jake get a no-no.

  10. Jud

    April 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    1. Miggy plays like hes 80 years old
    2. Upton would get cut from a teeball team…between the two of them they make $3 million a MONTH
    3. Our 2 and 3 hitters in the lineup have 2 home runs and 6 rbi ADDED together…..we are the ones getting screwed….

    • StorminNorman$

      April 21, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      i watch Pujols (and that albatross of a contract) play this year and last few years – and wonder how many years before DET fans view Miggy (& his contract) in the same light as LAA fans view Pujols – and up until this year i always thought that wouldn’t be for another 4-5 years. DET owes Cabrera $240M over the next 8 years, with 2 add’l ‘vesting option’ years in year’s 9 & 10 (if he finishes in the top 10 in MVP voting)

      Cabrera recent April stats:
      ’16 BA: 232 HR: 1 RBI: 06 OPS: .657 *DET still has 9 games left in April…to improve his underwhelming stats
      ’15 BA: 373 HR: 5 RBI: 17 OPS: 1.091
      ’14 BA: 277 HR: 2 RBI: 15 OPS: .735
      ’13 BA: 363 HR: 4 RBI: 28 OPS: .995
      ’12 BA: 298 HR: 7 RBI: 20 OPS: .940
      ’11 BA: 333 HR: 7 RBI: 19 OPS:1.089

  11. Jud

    April 22, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Casty auditions for that DH spot every single day…how in the world can you make it to the MLB when you are absolutely afraid of the ball.