Game 2016.26: Tigers at Indians

If you tuned in late yesterday expecting a 7:00 start, you saw the Tigers already in a 3-0 hole that they never got back out of. You did miss an exciting play at the plate, where it initially looked like JD Martinez was out at home, but was overturned. You didn’t miss much from Verlarnder. The Indians certainly didn’t. If you like those win probability chart things, but the time the Tigers came to bat in the top of the second they only had an 18% chance to win the game.

Verlander put on his Captain Obvious cap after the game: “I need to pitch better. And I’m going to.” Well, OK, he took off the cap halfway through that one.

We did get to see Andrew Romine in center. He has now played every position other than right field and catcher.

Tonight is another 6:10 start, theoretically. But get out your virtual umbrellas; rain is in the forecast. The 6:10 starts are school night deals, to get the kids home earlier. I’m all for new ideas to get younger crowds.

Today’s Tarp-Covered 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

Tonight’s pitching match: Corey Kluber vs. Anibal Sanchez. Ol’ Sanchy is looking pretty serious in that photo, I’m expecting a good outing (I wonder if Brad Ausmus still uses those nicknames for everybody?).


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  3. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 4, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Cabrera and V-Mart own Kluber so I expecting something good before the rains!

  4. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 4, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    It’s the 3rd inning and Sanchez is well below JV’s pitch count from his first inning. It must be Sanchez’s stare and focus?


    May 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    We should have plated some runs in the 2nd and 4th innings to back Sanchez! How many more chances will we get tonight?


    May 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    We are now down at least 2 runs and we don’t do very well when they have to come back!


    May 4, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Now down 4 ….. might as well put this one to bed.


      May 4, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Looks like a replay of last night!

  8. Tony de Florida

    May 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I’d like to pin this on Sanchez, but I can’t. Our offense is only scary to our starting pitchers. How does the game change if we had managed just two runs early? Sanchez went seven for pete’s sake.

    I do not understand why (since Maybin isn’t ready) we don’t bring up some minor league outfielders? Gose has been ready for a couple of days off in a row for about 3 weeks. Now it also looks like JD needs a day off.

  9. Jud

    May 4, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I just wonder if you lose all 19 games in a season to one team, if you can still make the playoffs?

  10. StorminNorman$

    May 5, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Apparently DET’s efforts on the field matched CLE’s attendance (23.8% of capacity) last night…

  11. StorminNorman$

    May 5, 2016 at 7:57 am

    a couple ways to view Ausmus’ quotes; a) he didn’t throw his player under the bus for (another) base running blunder, b) when does he start calling out players for boneheaded base running?… or c) guess DET needs to sign a few ‘robots’… likely a lot cheaper, and much easier to program 😉

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      We must give Upton the benefit of the doubt as he rarely gets to third base so this is unfamiliar territory for him.

      • StorminNorman$

        May 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm

        …great point

      • Tony de Florida

        May 5, 2016 at 6:24 pm

        And the 3rd base coach was doing what?

  12. StorminNorman$

    May 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    DET lineup – Fulmer on the mound for DET
    1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
    2. J.D. Martinez, RF
    3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
    4. Victor Martinez, DH
    5. Justin Upton, LF
    6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
    7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
    8. Mike Aviles, SS
    9. Andrew Romine, CF

  13. Tony de Florida

    May 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Happy to see Gose get a day or week off but I don’t understand why one of the kid outfielders from Toledo can’t be used. Also, I’m thinking that JD could use a day off, he seems to be pressing. (Or, is it the 2 hole curse?)

  14. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 5, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Well, I guess instead of recently dropping soon to be six games to the Indians, we could of have to had play the White Sox six games?

  15. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I sure hope Castellanos makes the All Star team this year!

    • Coleman

      May 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      If he keeps hitting .380, he’ll…win a Gold Glove

  16. Coleman

    May 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    It’s very Tigers. 3 runs on 2 hits.