Game 2016.97: Tigers at White Sox

Rain, rain, go away. But we like that thing you did yesterday.

Tonight we get Fulmer, the serious Rookie of the Year candidate, and best Tiger rookie pitcher since Mark Fidrych, unless I’m forgetting somebody. The two couldn’t be more different though; Fulmer doesn’t even have a nickname yet. I was trying to find a new picture of Fulmer for the game post, something more exciting, and…there’s not much there. He doesn’t even show up in the top results in Google image search for “Mike Fulmer.” He only has two expressions, and he’s saving the second one for later. Still, where would the Tigers be without him this season?

If you believe in WARcraft, here are the most valuable Tigers this season:

  • 4.1 Ian Kinsler
  • 3.6 Michael Fulmer
  • 2.7 Justin Verlander

Today’s Glass Half Fulmer Lineup:

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

Collins is back.

18 thoughts on “Game 2016.97: Tigers at White Sox”

  1. Hey Upton you’d improve your Batting average 15 points if you didn’t swing at pitches that bounce. You’d improve another 30 points if you just swung at strikes!…

    1. To be fair, neither called strike was close to the strike zone. Can’t blame a guy for thinking the strike zone is infinite at that point. Dugout is already chirping, Good chance this game doesn’t finish without an ejection.

  2. The hit-giving gods are paying back the Tigers from the Twins series.

  3. Fullmer has been down in the strikezone all year. A big part of his success. Today he is paying a big price for being up in the strikezone!

  4. That gets our Fulmer off the hook. Looked like fingers was jogging to 3rd which allowed them to throw him out.

  5. The Sox this year reminds me of the Tigers last year. Won the division by the 2nd week in May and looking to sell by the end of July.

  6. Good to see Miggy coming around.. Then Victor with a horrible month of July has his worst at bat of the month…guesses Fastball takes a curve ball right down the middle..K

  7. I love how Brad and the other experts predict Upton will have an amazing second half to get his career averages up there…..
    Since All Star break:
    4 for 17…1 run….1 rbi…….the experts musta forgot to remind him!

  8. Good win. Picked up Fulmer who wasn’t at his best. Thanks Miggy for earning your paycheck the past two days……now lets package Macado and McCann and one other, and go get that Milwaukee catcher…

    1. As Kenny used to say, you’ve got to know when to hold them. A catcher will not get us anywhere. McCann is an excellent young catcher who is struggling at the plate, but we can’t give up on him yet. Especially for more offense. We can not score enough runs to cover what our present pitching staff is capable of giving up. Perhaps for a great pitcher, but I don’t think we should mortgage the future for this year. I still do not believe we can overtake the Indians and a wild card is about 100 to 1. Now if we can get a big package for one of our “super stars” we should consider it. Money makes that improbable also. Let’s concentrate on better coaches and hope a first class manager becomes available. There is some hope with Fulmer, Boyd and Norris on the starting pitcher front, the back end of the pen is acceptable with Greene, J. Wilson and K-Rod. Biggest problem there is managing them. Last night was a good sign when Brad brought J. Wilson in for 4 outs. We really need a manager who isn’t afraid to make the players accountable (Fingers strolling to 3rd last night). I also wonder about our hitting coach, base running (certainly not Gibby)and team leader (we have none). I’d better stop as I have another life and so do you folks!

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