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:
- Kinsler, 2B
- JD Martinez, LF
- Cabrera, 1B
- V Martinez, DH
- Upton, LF
- Castellanos, 3B
- McCann, C
- Gose, CF
- 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?).