Game 2016.38: Twins at Tigers

The Tigers may have gotten lucky on a checked swing call, but for a change they jumped on their break, putting the next two pitches over the fence, leaving the Orioles rather bitter about the whole thing.

The ongoing saga of the recovery of Cameron Maybin has finally ended with Maybin landing in tonight’s lineup. To make room for Maybin the Tigers have shipped out Anthony Gose. This seems like the right move: Gose has been contributing very little, even, frustratingly, on the base paths, while Moya’s bat has added some spark to the lineup, enough to make up for a bit of shakiness with the glove. Because it seems like the right move, I was mildly surprised. I was also ready to give the Upton/Moyà combo another spin, but apparently it is an unwritten rule or something that a guy has to start his first day back.

Good news for the home stand: the Tigers get the 10-26 Twins. More good news: the rotation has come back around to Zimmerman’s spot.

Today’s Lineup:

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

36 thoughts on “Game 2016.38: Twins at Tigers”

  1. I like Maybin already. 1st at bat and he doesn’t chase out of the strike zone!

    1. if DET were to blow this lead and lose this game, Ausmus may not make it to Thursday

  2. …the Ray put up 9 runs on punch-drunk TOR in 3 innings (Happ)…

    …not even a full moon

  3. I was going to post something about how it was too bad that the 8-run 1st inning didn’t happen during a start by Pelfry, Fulmer or Sanchez, but it seems that J-Z might need all the support he can get tonight .

  4. Salty’s throw was not good but Casty tried to avoid blocking it with his body. Meanwhile, the Twinkies keep closing the gap. Maybe a rain out would be best.

  5. 8-0 game, now just 3 innings later, its 8-7… that my friends is textbook ’16 Detroit Tigers… sad, especially with your “ace” on the mound

  6. …so Zimmerman finishes his 5 IN to qualify for the win (giving up 7 along the way), but will it matter? …w/DET bullpen

  7. MIN relief pitcher Dean has already thrown 70 pitches, and we’re still in the 5th

    1. God i only hope Lamont does not get to “play mgr” for more than a few innings

  8. Nice play. Any chance they don’t want Brad to stay? 3 errors but still a couple of innings to go. We are in deep trouble.

  9. …apparently this team’s “rally around our beleaguered manager” ended in the 1st inning…

    this game may have sealed his fate

  10. This isn’t baseball but a 3 ring circus with Brad’s outburst, the blind ump and our clueless RF. Sit back and enjoy the clown show!

  11. If the score stays 9-8, Dean would get the loss There is something wrong with that.

  12. Mabin did more in that game than Gose has done all year…..now lets bring up someone to try that in the Upton spot…it won’t take much, actually!

  13. http://www.freep.com/story/spo...../84476686/

    can’t really read too much into players’ post-game comments, but there are indications (when things aren’t going your way) they might be more responsive to a bit more fire than the usual two ice cubes (Ausmus & Lamont) melting on the dugout steps …that’s my takeaway anyway

    …playing against bad pitching/teams can also help slumping teams/players

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