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

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  3. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm

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

  4. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Brad must feel pretty good about now.

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    May 16, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Great. Now the Twins are gonna save Ausmus’ job.

    • Tony de Florida

      May 16, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Yes, for perhaps this week but I really feel sorry for Paul Molitor.

    • StorminNorman$

      May 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Ausmus’ favorite snack while at Dartmouth: twinkies…

    • StorminNorman$

      May 16, 2016 at 8:32 pm

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

  6. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    If he can hit .250, Maybin is a keeper.

  7. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm

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

    …not even a full moon

    • Tony de Florida

      May 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Norman, something to look forward to!

  8. PHT in HK

    May 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    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 .

  9. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    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.

  10. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Hold the phone, maybe Thursday is the day.

  11. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    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

  12. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    2004 Tigers blew a 10 run lead…in one inning
    http://www.baseball-reference......5080.shtml

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      I was at that game.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        May 17, 2016 at 8:36 am

        Me too…sat in the right field upper deck!

  13. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2016 at 8:56 pm

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

  14. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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

    • Tony de Florida

      May 16, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Not bad, bet he gets a start soon.

  15. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    • StorminNorman$

      May 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm

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

  16. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    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.

  17. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

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

    this game may have sealed his fate

  18. Doug of Troy

    May 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    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!

  19. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2016 at 9:32 pm

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

  20. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    JUD, DID YOU SEE THAT! A BUNT!

    • jud

      May 17, 2016 at 12:14 am

      I bet he did that on his own. No way the management called for that!

  21. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    …kind of a train wreck, but a W

    • Coleman

      May 16, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      They should just run with this. Detroit Tigers: We Win Ugly.

  22. jud

    May 17, 2016 at 1:31 am

    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!

  23. StorminNorman$

    May 17, 2016 at 8:10 am

    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

  24. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 17, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Sadly we lost the Coyote. I remember growing up and imitating McAuliffe’s batting style during neighborhood pick-up games. http://www.freep.com/story/spo...../84462170/

  25. StorminNorman$

    May 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....zalez.html

    …with that ATL roster, they’re probably doing Gonzalez a favor – and he’s getting paid to simply go away

  26. StorminNorman$

    May 17, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    http://www.freep.com/story/spo...../84500318/

    Cubs sign Joe Nathan…for league minimum, which coincidentally is about what he “earned” for DET (though they paid him $20M for 2 yrs, plus another $1M to go away).