You can’t tell anything about a baseball team until 40 games have been played.
Well, after today’s game it looks like we will be able to tell a thing or two about the 2016 Tigers.
Last night was the first time in a while that all parts of the game seemed to be clicking at that same time: the Tigers were hitting, fielding, running the bases; the bullpen did its job, and Mike Pelfrey finally picked up that elusive first W. Just kidding! Kyle Ryan got the W in relief, and Pelfrey’s last win is still August 12th, 2015.
Hit of the game has to be the Iglesias hit in the 7th. With the game tied, one out, and runners on the corners, James McCann whiffed, leaving two outs. Maybin steals second (that’s legal?) and Iglesias brings them both hone with a clutch single. The wheels fell off for the Twins after that, but I think if the Tigers had left that inning with a 2-2 ties, the game would have finished very differently.
Brad Ausmus is back today, looking to broom the lowly Twins out of town.
- Kinsler, 2B
- JD Martinez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Castellanos, 3B
- Upton, LF
- Moya, DH
- Maybin, CF
- Saltalamacchia, C
- Iglesias, SS
With the series ending with the day game after the night game, I thought we might see some lineup foolery (Aviles, anyone?), but other than giving McCann a much-needed rest, Brad’s giving us the full-strength regular mix.
Update: the original lineup that was released had Martinez at DH; now it’s Moya.