Game 2016.25: Tigers at Indians

The Tigers are riding a five-game winning streak after a sweep of the struggling Twins. The big news though is that Kate Upton is engaged to tonight’s starting pitcher, as E! News scoops ESPN with the exclusive leak.

Of course now we will all be treated to various theories blaming/crediting the engagement for Verlander’s woes/success on the mound, if what happened when it first came out that they were dating is any guide (that version was the “blaming” one). Upton’s net worth is estimated at a measly $20 million, so she may be in it for the money.

I know what you are all thinking…where is the picture of the ring? OK, here you go.

On a frivolously baseball-specific note, Verlander last beat the Indians on April 17, 2014.

The Cannon returns: James McCann has been recalled from the DL and is in tonight’s starting lineup. To make room for McCann, the Tigers trade Bobby “The Rental” Wilson back to Texas (he came from there in the Holaday trade) and got 27 year old minor league left-hander Chad Bell from the Rangers.

Tonight’s game will be starting at the unfashionably early time of 6:10.

Today’s Five-And-Counting Lineup:

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

I guess it’s nice to get McCann back into the lineup. But it’s worth noting that Saltalamacchia is a career 4-for-5 against tonight’s pitcher Josh Tomlin, with a home run, a double, and an OPS of 2.433. Hmm, maybe McCann could have waited until tomorrow?

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  3. Kevin in Dallas

    May 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Freaking Verlander again.

  4. Tony de Florida

    May 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Can he take marital leave. We are really thin on starting pitching and Brantley’s back, oh joy.

  5. Coleman

    May 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I blame the 6:10 start time.

  6. Jim Eggers USMC

    May 3, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Should we get them some candlesticks, maybe a place setting, find out where they are registered?

  7. StorminNorman$

    May 4, 2016 at 6:03 am

    DET starters have combined for a 4.43 ERA, but that number jumps to 5.75 (worst in AL) when Zimmermann’s starts are removed.

    Getting about that time for DET to start exploring (SP) options…

  8. StorminNorman$

    May 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    JV’s ’16 stats …so far

    6 Games: 34.2 IN; 37 Hits; 7 HR’s; ERA = 6.69; WHIP = 1.44; 13 BB’s; BAA .278

    If he starts 28 games this year, and unless he gets injured he should start 28-31 games… at $28M, its pretty easy math to see he gets about $1M per start… i could be wrong, but out of his 6 starts thus far, i haven’t seen a ‘million dollar start’…maybe we’ll see it in his next start against TEX