Game 2016.42: Rays at Tigers

Smyly on the mound for the Rays this afternoon.

Fulmer brings his winning record and staff pacing 6.52 ERA to the hill.

Should be interesting. I’m lining up my lawn mowing/Skoal time with opening pitch. This hasn’t worked that well for me yet this year.

Baseball Reference game preview here.

Today’s lineup (career numbers vs. Drew Smyly):

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-10, HR, walk, K)
  2. J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (0-for-3)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-3, double, K)
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Cameron Maybin, CF
  8. James McCann, C (2-for-2, HR)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-3, K)

37 Comments

  1. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Its probably just me but does Gibby feel the need to talk non stop between every single pitch. I want to yell out..Gibby take a breath!

    • Tony de Florida

      May 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      +1-2-3

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  4. Tony de Florida

    May 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    This guy is a ringer, can’t be Cameron Maybin.

  5. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Maybin…wow!…keep adding life to this team…

  6. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    as Coleman suggested a few days ago, Cameron Maybin should be batting either #1 or #2, moving JDMart down to 6th or 7th

  7. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Maybin bats between Upton and McCann..that alone can’t be any more depressing!!!!.

  8. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Pitch right down the middle..Iggy can’t bunt it…Not a fundemental in the Tigers instructional book!..

    ..no wonder they don’t bunt…they can’t!…..sad actually!

  9. Doug of Troy

    May 21, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I guess Ausmus skipped Baseball 101.

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    May 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    A few notes about today’s pitchers. The common stats don’t tell the whole story.

    Fulmer’s ERA may have been in the 6s coming into the game, but his BABIP was over .400, and his xFIP for the year is currently sitting at 3.29 (including today’s innings). He’s striking out over 11 per 9 this year. the BABIP will come down (.350 or so is very high), and a K rate like that is VERY encouraging.

    Smyly is striking out over 10 per 9 and walking just over 2 per 9, so with a 2-4 record, he’s not getting much support.

    We’re seeing two very good young pitchers this afternoon.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    May 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I don’t fault Maybin there. Iglesias missed the bunt.

    McCann and Iglesias are both ++ D, so I can handle the weak offense (McCann getting that guy at 1st yesterday was sick). But you would think that Iglesias can at least get the bat on the ball there. Oh well, the D is nice.

    • Tony de Florida

      May 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      See Iggy earns his keep. But on the bunt, it happens and the players you’re talking about are 7-8-9. Maybin has produced the only run, so what have our highly paid stars contributed today?

  12. Tony de Florida

    May 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Every once in a while we should listen to our elders and not assume they are senile. Today in the TV booth, Al Kaline (#6) said that J-Up’s problem is the outside pitches and that standing closer to the plate or leaning over might help. He said he hoped Joyner has worked with him on this. As I look at J-Up he does look like he can’t reach a strike on the outer edge.

  13. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    7 innings of 1 run ball, can’t expect much better from your SP…nice outing for Fulmer… sure TAM is not an offensive juggernaut, but the way Sanchez has been pitching over the past year and two months, when (if) Greene gets healthy and can be reliable, DET may keep Fulmer in the rotation and put Sanchez on the DL for 15 days, to see if that helps…the team and Sanchez

    • StorminNorman$

      May 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      …BTW, other than a few starts by JV & Zimmerman, the ‘other’ starters have only made it through the 7th once before today (Sanchez on 5/4)

      Smyly could be out of gas, time to score

      • StorminNorman$

        May 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        …and that BTW was McCann’s first extra base hit of the year… out of 9 total.

        …couldn’t have come at a much better time

  14. Doug of Troy

    May 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Maybin is trying to make up for Upton.

  15. Tony de Florida

    May 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Still want to dump McCann?

    • StorminNorman$

      May 21, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      BTW, McCann was Smyly’s teammate and catcher at AR

  16. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Wait…who hit for McCann????

  17. Doug of Troy

    May 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    What was that comment about 7, 8, 9 hitters?

  18. Coleman

    May 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Dear Brad: don’t you dare rest Maybin tomorrow!

  19. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Funny that Brads butt is on the line and suddenly the Tigs have 6 steals this week….hmmmm!

  20. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Who are these guys!!!….5 more and this will be “pen proof”!

    • StorminNorman$

      May 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      JWilson walks the #9 hitter who was batting .183…who consequently scores… mind-numbing

      • Tony de Florida

        May 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm

        It’s crazy and with a 4 run lead. It should be here it is, hit it.

  21. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Thats it…leave him in Brad he hasn’t given up 10 yet…Brad hasn’t a frickin clue!!!!!!

    • StorminNorman$

      May 21, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      …but, but, but Wilson is my 8th inning guy…and its still the 8th inning

  22. Jud

    May 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    13 pitchers on the team…..this is your only option Brad!!..

  23. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Justin Wilson initially had 11 scoreless innings as of May 1st, but in his last 8 outings = he’s given up 10 runs on 11 hits

  24. Tony de Florida

    May 21, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    He did his job, we still have the lead. He just wants K-Rod to have a challenge for the save.

    • StorminNorman$

      May 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      KRod walks the #7 hitter batting .172 on 4 straight pitches…i’m not seeing the logic here

      • StorminNorman$

        May 21, 2016 at 7:09 pm

        …i guess just keeping it exciting for the fans

  25. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Upton is starting to wear on Maybin..how would you like to bat behind a guy who K.K..K..K…K…Kkk.Kk..K…Kkkk….every time up. Then casually crawl back to the dugout!…then you have to bat!

  26. StorminNorman$

    May 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm

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

    speaking of bullpen concerns

  27. jud

    May 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    That last play Romine makes is how he earns the little $$ they pay hime..big time throw..Casty doesn’t come close …