Game 2016.80: Tigers at Rays

I admit…I did not see that one last night coming. Nor learn about it until this morning. Baseball is a funny game.

Would be nice to get a quality start from Zimmermann or Verlander sometime soon.

Fulmer v. Smyly today. Remember last year when Smyly was on his way to being an ace before an injury? He’s got some ugly numbers this year, but don’t be fooled. His WHIP is only 1.24, and he’s actually improved his K/BB rate pretty significantly (it’s at 5/1 right now, versus 3.67 career). He’s suffering from a slightly high BABIP this year (.312), and he’s given up .8 HR more per 9 than his career average. Thus, a few outliers are pushing up his ERA and loss total. Baseball is a funny game.

Fulmer has had 8 days off. Tigers going for 4 in a row.

Baseball-Reference game preview here.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Nick Castellanos, 3B

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Mike Aviles, RF

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

 

19 Comments

  1. Coleman

    July 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Maybin career 3-for-3 with a HR off of Smyly. My pick for Player of the Game. Again.

    • Coleman

      July 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Wait, what, I might be right for a change.

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  3. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Be interesting today.Most of the time the Tigers put in that much effort,like yesterday, they take a couple days off to rest..thus the .500….we will see soon!

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  5. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Indians aren’t exactly folding on that winning streak….19 innings so far today!!!!

  6. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Bauer comes in on short rest in the 15th throws 5 shutout innings.He was scheduled to pitch tomorrow…Ausmus would never ever ever think of doing something like that.In fact his commputer would blow up processing that kind of cybernetics!…results Indians 2 Jays 1..13 in a row…good bye Indians..

  7. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Groundball deep short…oh the throw pulls the first baseman off the bag…oh! nevermind Victor is walking to first like usual!

  8. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Casty!…All Star worthy so far!!!

  9. Coleman

    July 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Obviously the extra rest hasn’t hurt Fulmer.

  10. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    McCann pitch in his eyes…swing strike one
    Pitch two…6 inches outside…swing strike two…pitch three..bounces up there swing ..K
    …….wow!

  11. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Mabin saves the day…again!

  12. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Well this is going good again!…Victor just hit one to St Petersburgh Beach!

  13. Coleman

    July 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Another 10 spot! I guess Victor is the Player of the Game, Fulmer was amazing too, and Maybin was no slouch.

    • Tony de Florida

      July 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      I give it to Fulmer who might have won with just 1 run. He was awesome.

  14. Tony de Florida

    July 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Should be safe to let Lowe pitch the 9th.

  15. Tony de Florida

    July 1, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    It’s safe depending on how long they leave him in.

  16. PHT in HK

    July 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Longball Lowe makes another appearance

  17. jud

    July 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    At least Lowe wasn’t any worse than usual!…..i wonder how long he thinks he can throw the ball right down the middle at 90-92 mph and it won’t fly out over the fence?….just me wondering!….on the plus side he did keep it in the building!……
    Lets keep winning!…