Game 2016.130: Angels at Tigers

The Tigers lost a very winnable ejection-fest of a game, but still have a change to take the series, with the New Anibal Sanchez on the mound. Hopefully the strike zone won’t be the player of the game for the Angels again.

Today’s Striking Back Lineup:

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

16 thoughts on “Game 2016.130: Angels at Tigers”

  1. Another outstanding 6th inning for Sanchez. Since the Tiger offense is once again being cheated by the home plate umpire, doesn’t look good. Go Rangers?

  2. Ah, baseball is so random, for lack of a better word. Part of the appeal. You can never be that confident or that despondent. Unless you’re a Twins fan, maybe.

    Catch Cleveland or go home. That’s all that’s left.

  3. Well, the Angels should enjoy their flight to the left coast, won 2 in Toronto and 2 here.

  4. Zero sense of urgency…. even with the schedule in their favor. It will hit them with 10 games left and Indians only need 5-5 and Tigers will need 10-0 …these are the games that make it impossible!..

  5. Indians 16-16 very do-able. Be shocking if they only win the 16
    Tigers have to go 21-11 just as impossible as it was a week ago

    1. DET blew an enormous opportunity against a mediocre-to-bad LAA team. Prior to the weekend games in DET, LAA had lost 16 of their last 21 games…and DET faced two SP’s that had struggled pretty much all year.

      Big difference between trailing CLE by 2 1/2 vs 4 1/2 going into Sept – and that ‘difference’ will become more evident as September unwinds.

      1. Amen. What’s also possible is that the way KC is playing I can see them sneaking in and passing both Cleveland and Detroit. Not likely but certainly possible.

  6. One thing I forgot to mention is that the Indians have 5 games in hand on both KC and Detroit. In the end that may be what decides the race.

  7. for DET to win the AL Central, I’m pretty certain CLE will have to play sub-.500 from here on out…something along the lines of 15-18 (or worse) – which doesn’t seem likely w/CLE’s remaining schedule (33 games):

    3 vs MIN, 3 vs MIA, 4 vs HOU, 3 @ MIN, 4 @ CWS, 3 vs DET, 3 vs KC, 3 vs CWS, 4 @ DET, 3 @ KC

  8. Norman you are correct. I missed my math classes and had the number of games Cleveland has remaining wrong. I agree, I can’t see the Indians going under .500. Also, even if they do play poorly, we would have to win about 21 of our remaining 32 games. I can’t image both things happening. But it is baseball and if they make any kind of a run, we can enjoy the rest of the year. A good start would be to hammer Shields tonight like everyone else has recently.

    1. Tony,
      yes DET should roll over CWS (except against Sale on Wed), but conventional thinking and expectations often don’t seem to apply to DET…

      …we shall see

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