Game 2016.35: Tigers at Orioles

Verlander pitching tonight. Watch the location of his slider.

Baseball-Reference game preview here.

1. 2B Ian Kinsler

2. RF J.D. Martinez

3. 1B Miguel Cabrera

4. DH Victor Martinez

5. 3B Nick Castellanos

6. CF Justin Upton

7. LF Steven Moya

8. C James McCann

9. SS Jose Iglesias

11 thoughts on “Game 2016.35: Tigers at Orioles”

  1. Good article but JV has been nearly unhittable lately.His team can’t score even 1 run in the last 15 innings he’s pitched. Very sad to watch this team’s downward swoon despite JV’s best efforts.

    1. I agree Doug, JV has pitched very well his past two starts, but in his previous 6 starts (6.49 ERA) he wasn’t very good. Let’s hope the past two starts are an indication of how he’s going to pitch the rest of the year. Lastly, since he’s getting paid $28M per year, one could suggest that he’s ‘supposed to’ pitch well.

      I give JV credit for being a competitor and stepping it up – DET has several other players that need to take the same approach, or we’ll see a repeat of ’15 (which is what we’ve seen so far: poor pitching, erratic hitting and a team finding new way to lose games). I’m still cautiously hopeful, despite what i’ve seen thus far.

      1. after the game: Verlander said. “When we hit, we don’t pitch. When we pitch, we don’t hit. Just kind of one of those team downward spirals. It’s testing us. I think we have the personnel, we have the guys to turn this around, but we have to do this in a hurry, we have to start playing well.”

        we stated Mr V

  2. “When we hit, we don’t pitch. When we pitch, we don’t hit.”
    Quote takes the pressure off of fhe manager… who should be attemping to manufacture runs…when his team is slumping….

    1. It does. But it also sets a good “we’re in this together” tone. Team leader stuff, which you absolutely need, especially if you have a week manager.


    some good news and some not so good news from the DET farm system – with as bad as DET bullpen has been lately, look for them to add Toledo RHP Preston Guilmet: Hasn’t allowed a run over 10 appearances. Has eight strikeouts over 11.2 innings in that stretch. Has a 0.56 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 16 innings and 14 appearances.

  4. If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that in mid-May we would be 2 games behind the Royals, I would have been very happy. No way would have I believed that the Royals would be under 500. So the Tigers are not the only team facing misfortune so far this year. Meanwhile, the White Sox are keeping the hopes of an all Chicago series alive, and doing it convincingly. The Cubs are unreal. There is still a long way to go, but for now I’m worried about the Tiger’s ability to keep the Twinkies behind them. The window may have indeed closed.

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