Game 2016.65: Tigers at White Sox

The Tigers held on last night, and now we have a rubber-game rematch between Sale and Pelfrey to decide the series. The last time the two faced Pelfrey won his first game as a Tiger, and Cameron Maybin and the Martinezes did the damage at the plate. I wonder what kind of odds you could get on Pelfrey beating Sale back-to-back?

I’m with those wondering why we are still carrying an extra pitcher and a short bench, with a few guys banged up. Aviles is back in the lineup again, sore wrist and all.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Victor is out again, which really hurts—Victor is one of the few guys that has consistently had Sales number, which makes me think his “knee issues” might be more serious than we are being led to believe.



  1. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Coleman, which of those magnificent arms would you send down. Must be a really tough decision. Also agree about Victor.

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  3. PHToy in HK

    June 15, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Why is Pelfrey still in the rotation? It seems that Sanchez is owed about twice what Pelfrey is, and he was sent to the pen. Is Pelfrey really that much better?

    • StorminNorman$

      June 15, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      DET obviously doesn’t have a lot of confidence in Sanchez over Pelfrey, or Pelfrey would be in the pen… and i tend to agree w/that lesser-of-two-evils choice

      plus, they’re trying to build Sanchez’ confidence and effectiveness back up (an inning or two at a time), to get him back in the rotation or to increase his trade value, which is pretty close to nothing due to this year and last year’s performance and his contract (DET is on the hook for $16.8M this year and in ’17)

      i was hoping Boyd and Norris would fill the Sanchez & Pelfrey rotation spots, but that’s not going to happen…for a while anyway

      • PHToy in HK

        June 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

        I get what you are saying, but there must be some negative value to having a significant percentage of your fan base tune out every 5th game.

        To me being predictably bad (5-6 innings, 10-12 base runners, 4-5 run allowed) is in some ways worse than giving up big innings and blowing 7-8 run leads. The later are more comical/interesting to me. Pelfrey is just boring and uninteresting.

  4. StorminNorman$

    June 15, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    how about that bottom 1/3 of the order…and against Sale, no less!

  5. StorminNorman$

    June 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Royals DFA Infante

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  7. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Pelfrey wouldn’t look as bad as he has if he had gotten some better run support and (more important) if he had been better managed. Do you think he’ll start the 7th? Sanchez needs to build his confidence and improve his pitching. He is the big disappointment, not Pelfrey.

  8. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Too late, now comes Hardy. Best of luck to you.

  9. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    There you go! Brilliance by Brad, did you see the splits on Eaton?

    More likely than not Pelfrey gets the loss. Can you really blame him?

  10. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Speak of the devil. What a spot to come into.

  11. jud

    June 15, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Hardy one of the Kings of inherited runners score!

  12. jud

    June 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Brad ..your advance scouting report on Anderson and Eaton……sucks!….14 for 26 so far..

  13. Tony de Florida

    June 15, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Another missed opportunity. If a home run ties or even wins it, why wouldn’t you let Salty bat for Aviles or even Iggy? We lost 2 of 3 to the White Sox. Both losses can be laid squarely on the Brilliance of Brad. He has mismanaged almost every opportunity he had to win the two losses. Tonight, he let Pelfrey start the 7th and the lead off hitter got a ground single up the middle. Then he brings in Hardy to pitch to Eaton who is batting .348 against lefthanders. Luckily his double landed in the seats and we loaded the bases. Sanchez came in and got the two outs but one was a sac fly putting Pelfrey in for the loss. Sanchez was Sanchez in the 8th, and luckily only gave up one run. But, too late, we were done. We stand an excellent chance of being swept by the Royals.

  14. jud

    June 16, 2016 at 8:27 am

    These games cannot land in Brads decision making lap. His desision making or lack thereof is the difference between 87-75 and 75-87………a winnable game yet Greene..J Wilson..A Wilson …KRod…. all sat!

  15. StorminNorman$

    June 16, 2016 at 11:23 am

    good point(s) Jud… and actually game 1 of this series, which began w/a 7-0 lead was the game DET/Ausmus let slip through their hands – and a “W” (if they continue to contend for a playoff spot) they may regret at season’s end

  16. StorminNorman$

    June 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Gerald Laird signs with the Tijuana Toros, which seems oddly appropriate seeing as he usually hit south of the ‘Mendoza line’ when he was w/DET