Game 2016.127: Tigers at Twins

Nothing like the Twins to get your post-season hopes up. The Indians start a four game set here in Arlington, so they’ll have their hands full. Tigers are 5.5 behind the Indians, and 3 games behind the 2nd Wild Card spot, tied with Seattle. The WC race is crowded (good work MLB), post-season hopes are alive, but not great.

Boyd was solid again yesterday and Miggy was a triple short of the cycle. Pull out your brooms today.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Tyler Collins, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Casey McGehee, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Andrew Romine, SS

19 thoughts on “Game 2016.127: Tigers at Twins”

  1. Hi Kevin…good write up as usual…however I may add the Rangers have one of the better wins and loss records at home (except when they play the Tigers).

    Sweep on!

  2. I actually think it might be easier to Catch the Indians then securing a WC spot. Indians , with their schedule and lack of playoff experience could fold. The Tigers biggest problem isn’t the Indians, its the Tigers!

      1. agreed Tony, though TOR, BOS & BAL play each other a bunch down the stretch, which will hang some “L’s” on the ‘wild card’ contenders

        Go Rangers!

  3. I have also thought…ok, we make the playoffs..what’s next? Please give us the Rangers in an ALDS instead of Baltimore or Boston? That would help get some mo for the ALCS.

  4. I am not accusing JUp of anything, but, When I look at Upton this week..theres only one way to go fron dud to superstar…….and when you get caught it costs you 50 games!…just sayin!

  5. when is the last time McCann had a 4-hit game? college? L-League?

    …doesn’t matter, let’s hope the offensive production continues from the bottom half of the lineup

    1. Norman, it appears he may be laying off the out of zone pitches much better. I hope so because he is so good behind the plate and actually puts a halt to most running games. If we get to the post season, that can be so important and if he is hitting, what a bonus!

      1. I agree, I’m an advocate for McCann – defensively superior to any C DET has had since maybe Pudge

        …just wish he could figure out how to become a .260 – .280 hitter – and being more selective would be a good start… as frustrating as A.Avila was at the plate, the man had a pretty good grasp of the strike zone, and usually laid off anything close to being a ball – including many ‘called 3rd strikes’

      2. I never couldfigure out Alex Avila that way..he sees great pitches day in and day out from JV, Price, Scherzer. Then he bats against lesser pitchers and can’t hit the broad side of the barn. Same with McCann his swing zone is way different than his catching, framing zone. Castys biggest improvement this year easily is laying off down and away. McCann still is unable to do that.
        Sure is fun to watch when most guys are clicking..and Maybin makes everything go!

  6. I guess Jud has gotten to me about the Halos. I am starting to do some hand wringing. JV is 6-4 in his last 10 and in the 4 losses he has only given up a total of 7 runs combined. That indicates that when JV is on the mound our offense goes on vacation. Part of that is that JV is usually going against the other teams best pitchers. Nolasco (ex-Twinkie) has lost 4 in a row but has two decent starts in the 4. My hope is that the boys bring their bats to this game.

    1. Is there a team that DET struggles against more than the Angels? Surely not in last 4-5 years. Thank God they aren’t in the Central.

  7. BTW for what its worth, J-Up is 9 for 22 against Ricky Nolasco that includes a dinger while JV has had strong control over the Rally Monkies’ bats. That compounded by a home field winning advantage should help entice Mr. Mojo to hang out in the Tiger dugout!

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