Game 2016.104: Astros at Tigers

That’s four in a row for the guys with the D on their hats (I’ll take a moment to think how easily it could have been 7, if a couple of plays in Chicago had gone differently. OK, now I can move on). They didn’t gain any ground on Cleveland, because, hey, Oakland A’s, but they didn’t lose any either. And since this series and the last were against Wild Card contenders, they have moved up in the Wild Card standings (currently a half game behind Houston, and 2 out of a spot). I’m with Craig Monroe on that though, the heck with the Wild Card, these guys can win the division, as long as they can get over the idea that they can’t beat Cleveland–7 head-to-head left at the end of the season.

Jason Beck raises the possibility that Tyler Collins might stick around even after JD Martinez makes it back; the Tigers have been carrying an extra reliever for 2 months, and that doesn’t seem as necessary now—when Lowe and Molleken made an appearance last night it was kind of an “oh yeah, I forgot we had those guys” moment. I like the idea, especially since Maybin seems pretty fragile. With Romine as the best backup infielder and Collins as the best back up outfielder, what would the point of Aviles be?

Today’s good news: Justin Verlander is on the mound. In the month of July he is 3-0 with and ERA of 1.60 (4th best in the AL), and a WHIP of  0.950 (tied with Michael Fulmer for 4th best in the AL). His 37 strikeouts are 3rd best in the AL. If the season had started in July Verlander would be on the top of the list of Cy Young candidates.

Today’s Let’s Keep Streaking Lineup:

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


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  3. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Keep Collins…ditch Lowe!…I’m tired of the ” Lowes career numbers are great” arguement. Lowes career is not improving in Detroit. Collins gives us another solid guy off the bench.

  4. Tony de Florida

    July 30, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    My favorite shot of the diamond is when Altuve is on first standing next to Miggy. Good comes in many sizes. One of my not so good to see is line drives hit to the left of J-Up, he seems to take bad routes to them.

  5. Tony de Florida

    July 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Collins has looked a bunch better since he came back from Toledo. He must have been thinking, “How can I be here and they have Aviles playing right field up north?”

  6. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Victors jogging gets us a DP…he never runs hard and gets doubled up at third of all places because its ok for him to jog. 4 hits….no runs…only the Tigers!…..

  7. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Maybin….one of the few Tigers that always busts his butt and runs hard…steals a run….Great job!!!

  8. Coleman

    July 30, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    That was a gift run, and maybe all JV needs the way he’s going today. Maybin makes things happen.

  9. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm


  10. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Brad waits until trouble…then starts warming pitchers up..should have had both Greene and KRod ready!!!

  11. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Nice work Brad…2-1…thats it….. NOW what do I do…….??????????

    • William

      July 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      That’s really bad. Gotta pull him after first hit, IMO

  12. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Maybe you lose anyway..the point being Brad like always not prepared…story of his pitching decision making…not ready, whether you make the change or not. Be prepared

  13. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Big guns go 1-15 and pi*s away another great JV game….

    • William

      July 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      And really costly, given that we likely get Pelfried tomorrow

  14. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    McCann…you Kiddin!!!

  15. Coleman

    July 30, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    McCann could, for a change!

  16. Coleman

    July 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Oh my….(biting nails)

  17. William

    July 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    JV didn’t deserve an L. Glad he’s off the hook

  18. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    JV…winning Pitcher…only right…Iggy the other Tiger who busts his butt running

  19. Coleman

    July 30, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    That might be the best win of the season.

    • William

      July 30, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Agreed. Playoff caliber opponent. Gut-punch top of 9th blown lead after a gem. Rally back to win behind the bottom of the order. That’s got everything except a celebratory beer, which is coming up shortly.

      • Coleman

        July 30, 2016 at 10:37 pm

        That’s a done thing here!

  20. William

    July 30, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Wow. Great great win. That is freaking huge !!

  21. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Upton….Collins….McCann…Iggy…..who woud have called that one!!..Great job boys. Way to pick up the millionaires!..all after 2 outs!

  22. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    July 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Two out Mojo..this team has heart…buy your playoff tickets!

  23. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    56-48…starting to look respectable even!

  24. jud

    July 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    the best part is Brad does nothing +1 and they WIN!….haha!…thats the secret maybe……

  25. Coleman

    July 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    2 of the 3 runs courtesy of the Hustle Squad.

  26. Catherine Patrick

    July 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Congratulations for winning the game.

    • Coleman

      July 31, 2016 at 1:35 am

      It was quite a game!

  27. Kevin in Dallas

    July 31, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Is Catherine chiming in from Houston?

    I agree with Coleman, best win of the year. JV pitches like an ace, Hou scratches out two runs, would have been a devastating loss.

    That the rally came from the bottom of the order, was with two outs, McCann’s single was on a 1-2 count, was cinched on a hustle play, and pushes the win streak to 5 = best win of the season.

    • William

      July 31, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Indians just picked up Andrew Miller. That’s not good.

      • StorminNorman$

        July 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

        ‘if’ Lucroy waives his no-trade clause (to CLE), they’ll (CLE) will also get Lucroy – two very good acquisitions… DET has 7 games remaining w/CLE…all in the final two weeks of the season.

        DET will likely trade for a starting pitcher (Hellickson?) if the trade price is a minimal prospect(s) investment. Avila has confirmed he’s not going to trade any real good pitching prospects for any rental players – and i agree w/this strategy. DET ’16 has played too erratic to justify mortgaging the future (prospects) for a few rental players. August & September is time for existing DET roster to continue to ‘step it up’.

    • William

      July 31, 2016 at 9:35 am

      I wonder what the probable win % was with 2 out and Upton at the plate? I know I was about checked out.

      • StorminNorman$

        July 31, 2016 at 9:44 am

        …probably about the same % as with McCann up w/two outs and two strikes on him… very low

        • Tony de Florida

          July 31, 2016 at 12:18 pm

          About the same as Miggy up with the bases loaded and having him hit into a DP. We’ve probably seen that more this year than what happened last night. That’s why this game can be so much fun!

          Some folks have suggested we go after Lucroy. I say not no but HECK NO. Even though at my age I’m right after Mr. I as most likely to miss the next Tiger WS appearance, we need to not give away our youngsters. I still think McCann is an excellent young catcher whose hitting can improve with the right guidance. I would pair him with Al Kaline for a few days. Wouldn’t hurt to do the same with J-Up even though he shows remarkable patience in getting the walk last night. That is not the first time this year he’s started an important rally. It shows he has that brains to know that getting to first is never a bad play.

          I’ve taken too much of your time already, need tho get ready to watch Pelfrey pitch 7 one hit innings!

  28. StorminNorman$

    July 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Lucroy vetoed the CLE trade, which is probably a good thing for DET… i agree w/Tony, i wouldn’t go after Lucroy since it would require trading away at least one very good DET pitching prospect. I’m OK w/the McCann/Salty platoon @ C