Game 2016.98: Tigers at White Sox

The Tigers take the first two of four, and now go for the creosote game of the four-game series.

As frustrating as this season has been as a Tiger fan, how would you like to be a White Sox fan? In the offseason the team added a bona fide home run crown threat in Todd Frazier (he is currently 2nd in the majors with 28), and added Mat Latos and James Shields to a rotation that already included Jose Quintana and bona fide Cy Young contender Chris Sale, who takes the mound tonight (currently 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.01 WHIP). Then in the first 30 or so games they run out to a 6 game lead on the division. Then…it all fell apart. They lost 11 of their last 14 in May, and haven’t recovered.

They seem to be hexed in this series as well: Mike Pelfrey somehow managed to crawl through 5 1/3 with only 1 run, despite giving up 8 hits and a walk. The Tigers had to hit the bullpen early, but the rain bailed them out and gave Pelfrey the W. Then last night, after being the first team to really hit Fulmer and taking a 5-4 lead, Cabrera came out of a month long slump and the Tigers pulled out a 2nd one. Now the word “sell” can be heard murmured in Chicago, even in conjunction with the word “Sale.”

As for the Tigers, If Victor Martinez can break his slump also, the team will have a rather formidable 1-5 in the lineup. Victor and his binoculars are a ridiculous 18-for-36 lifetime with a 1.453 OPS against Sale. If I were a White Sox fan I would have a bad feeling where this is going.

UPDATE: The Sox snakebite continues (or, perhaps, something else is up). Sale scratched for Albers, with “flu-like symptoms.” throwback uniform rage.

Today’s Miggy’s Back Lineup:

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

45 thoughts on “Game 2016.98: Tigers at White Sox”

  1. Should be a great game if Boyd pitches like he has been… Tigers have hit Sale before so lets do it again today…

  2. Gee No Sale….what a shame!!.haha!..I agree with William…he is gone!!!!…they sho uld get big prospects!

  3. White Sox bloggers say “clubhouse incedent!”..team sent Sale home……he prolly called them out cause they suck!…send him to Detroit..they have a pretty good clubhouse at least!!!…I willbuy more pizza if it will help. DD will get him I bet!

  4. As Coleman said, how would you like to be a White Sox fan? As far as trading for Sale, out of the question for the Tigers. We are in the situation we are (floundering between mediocre and not so good) because we mortgaged the future too many times. Depending on what happened in the clubhouse, perhaps even DD may lose interest in him.

  5. I know Casty range is way better…but that 5 hole shot!…I don’t know!..then a full clown show inning!

  6. FS1 reports that Coleman was right! Sale did not want to wear the throwback jersey and cut it up!

    1. If that isn’t true, then it’s the worst made up story Ive ever heard. If it IS true, then it’s the dumbest story I’ve ever heard.

  7. Maybe I was being hasty about Cabrera being over his slump; another strike out with bases loaded and one out.

  8. Clark..-1
    Miggy hitting .091 with bases loaded
    Victor hitting .133 with bases loaded…..0 runs….thats our Tigers!!!!

  9. For those of you who had Miggy first ballot HOF after last night..he is back to what he has done this entire month….nothing…along with his Tag Team partner hitting behind him!…nothing!

      1. I’m having a hard time summoning up any bad feelings about this game, because I’m just too amused by the whole Chris Sale saga.

        1. Coleman, take credit! You scooped ESPN, Fox Sports and even MLB baseball on a great story.

          1. I was definitely first! Imagine how amused I was to find out that was the actual explanation. Maybe Sale is a pioneer, a Curt Flood. Players everywhere, rise up against horrible alternate jerseys!!

        2. Day in and day out when things are going right I post as many positives as negatives…I don’t think you like my sarcasm though!..Bill

  10. Hey Boyd when Brad comes out like that to take you out after two scrungy hits like that…tell him to “get lost”!…..

  11. That’s what I like about Maybin. Half the Tiger team would have been trotting out of the box on a comebacker. Then he steals 2nd. All set for our “big guns”. Miggy K’s for the 3rd time.

  12. I’m guessing the uniform issue runs much deeper. Sale is gonna get dealt soon, and that clubhouse is gonna go into a tailspin. Williams has lost this team.

    I had to lookup what “creasote” means. It’s always good to “work” with people smarter than you.

    I know a lot of us like to look at things through dirt-colored glasses, but are you guys watching what’s going on down here with the Rangers? People are freaking out.

  13. Isn’t that the great thing abut baseball? No matter who you are it can humble you in a second. Sorry Kevin, don’t have time to feel sorry for the Rangers, used all mine with the Tigers the past 3 years.

    As fat as Chris Sale goes I can only say I would not want him on the Tigers if he is that much of a loose cannon, no matter how good he is. This is not about a slave laborer rebelling but about an overpaid prima donna who thinks he can do whatever he wants. Screw him!

  14. Game to be resumed tomorrow at 2:15. Ventura says Sale will not pitch tomorrow.

    Because tomorrow will be the completion of today’s game, the team will be required to take the field in the alternate throwback jerseys, then change to play the regularly scheduled game.

    OK, I just made that up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not true.

    1. Kinda like the ole Sunday double hitters we used to have. Advantage Tigers with all the bullpen pitchers the White Sox have had to use in game 1 and perhaps in game 2?

  15. Another chance to make up ground on the Indians, squandered. I wonder if the Sox will change uniforms?

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