Game 2016.136: Tigers at Royals

“Squander” is yesterday’s word of the day, as the Tigers left 12 on base, including 6 by Justin Upton, who picked an inopportune time to finally cool off.

Cleveland stayed hot, however, and now it’s 5 1/2. Norris pulls his van up to the mound for a big rubber game.

Today’s Let’s Try This Again Lineup:

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

Same lineup as last night, that hasn’t happened much lately.

50 Comments

  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 4, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    A good read about Dan Dickerson’s game prep. The 3×5 cards are awesome; Jim’s and Dan’s love and knowledge of the game is why I listen to the game with the TV sound down. I also keep a notebook on every season going back to 2000 when I got the Tigers on Direct. I keep score on every game plus include key comments. I love to hear how Dan and Jim keep score; I’ve heard them mention using highlighters while I share the exclamation point for good play. http://on.freep.com/2bYXvJ6

    • Tony de Florida

      September 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Nice article and perhaps explains why I think Dan is the Tiger’s best announcer (wish he were on TV). He doesn’t have to engage in conversations on moon phases or barking dogs.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        September 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm

        Our how the ball can get thermal uplifts while flying thru the outfield!

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  3. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    We must be slow learners.

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  5. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Mistakes like lettuce made are not made by championship caliber clubs.

  6. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Baserunning..Brad..”were gonna work on that in Spring Training”!

    • Tony de Florida

      September 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Yes but that goof should be instinctive. He is looking at the batter and where and how the ball is hit. Where does he think he is going.

      • jud

        September 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

        +1

  7. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Perez may be very good but our McCannon doesn’t take a back sat.

  8. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Norris is dealin!…

  9. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Lettuce comes through, gives Van Man a chance.

  10. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Ian is my Tiger MVP.

  11. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Too bad, Norris was very good.

  12. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Gee Brad lets leave him in a little longer….you have 13 pitchers and Wilson doesn”t have it today…Brad -2…no -3 still clueless and unprepared with pitchers

  13. Coleman

    September 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    The Blowpen rears its ugly head.

  14. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Brad is not 100% to blame. He does have limited options and Alex has been good. If JV had started, he would not have let Brad pull him.
    You all should realize this could be the season.

  15. Coleman

    September 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Hang on, Upton Time!!

  16. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    JUP..first of the month shipment must have arrived on time!…u kiddin me!!!….atta boy!

  17. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Earlier this year I said that if the Royals were using Soria they were really hurting. J-Up is making up for the lost months early this season.

  18. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    It’s nice that the KC fans are getting to know what it’s been like for the Tiger fans.

  19. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    In the end, guys, if he ends up with 25 dingers and 85 RBI..will it be worth it. Does One month of a tear make up for 5 months of nothing?…the career, yearly averages just might be there. Thats a tough one!…Maybe the answer is if it gets you in the playoffs thats enough, but if not earlier this year numbers could have..what do u guys think?

    • Coleman

      September 4, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      If it gets them in the playoffs, and he continues hitting like this in the postseason…worth it.

      • StorminNorman$

        September 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

        agreed

        • StorminNorman$

          September 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

          that’s been Upton’s MO the past few years, lot of K’s and a streaky hitter (a/o non-hitter) – probably never going to be a .300+ hitter, but he may find a way to get 20-25 HR’s and 80-100 RBI

          …pretty steady defensively, and decent baserunner – and Kirk Gibson (when asked by AAvila & DET mngmt) gave him a glowing endorsement… which from a guy who managed him, probably pushed DET to Upton rather than Cespedes in the FA market…and he’s a bit younger (than Cespedes)

  20. StorminNorman$

    September 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    DET w/5 player w/20 Hr’s or more and w/Castellanos w/18

    when is the last time DET had 5 guys w/20 or more HR’s on the same team? …how about 6 players?

  21. Coleman

    September 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Ian Kinsler may possibly be the most picked off human alive.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      But he is a fielder!

      • Coleman

        September 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

        And a gamer!

    • jud

      September 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Brad…”were gonna work on that pickoff stuff in Spring Training”!!!!

  22. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    My kinda player…just rub a little dirt on it…atta boy Kins!

    • StorminNorman$

      September 4, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      i agree w/all the Kinsler comments (fielding and picked-off specialist…and tough… a true “ball player”)

      …KRod now tied for 4th in all time saves…guess one could also assign ‘a save’ to Kinsler (in the field) and Upton @ the plate

  23. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Sweet home Alabama…lets go to Chicago!

  24. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    They are all huge!….this was HUGE!…and a DeathStar to KC!

    • Tony de Florida

      September 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Don’t forget we have 3 more with KC later this month right after they play 3 with the Indians.

      • jud

        September 4, 2016 at 5:49 pm

        KC will need sweeps not series wins though!

  25. Tony de Florida

    September 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Great weekend of baseball. This sure is a lot of fun when the games mean something. Is Ian a warrior? Go Miami!

  26. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Soria…once in the Tiger blowpen…always in the Tiger blowpen….just the way it is!

  27. StorminNorman$

    September 4, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    DET really needs HOU to take 3 of 4 from CLE this week (@ CLE) – fortunately HOU is still in the WC hunt, so they’ll be in ‘must win’ mode. CLE has the starting pitching edge in 3 of the 4 matchups…so we shall see.

  28. StorminNorman$

    September 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    i see where DET has Zimmerman slated to start against MIN on 9/12 – if DET could get April Zimmerman for 3 starts in Sept, that would be HUGE

  29. Coleman

    September 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    And…Rodney coughs it up to the Indians. That’s appropriate. Blowpen giveth, blowpen taketh away.

  30. jud

    September 4, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Fernano Rodney…once Tiger blowpen pitcher always a Tiger blowpen member….just the way it is!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 4, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      Must be Tiger Closer Reunion weekend with the outings by Soria and Rodney…both were ugly.

  31. Kevin in Dallas

    September 4, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    OTFiM – loved the article on Dickerson. Thank you for posting.

    This bullpen will be the end of us.

    For the first time in a long time, this team is playing like a team. Sept will be interesting.

  32. StorminNorman$

    September 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Pelfrey off DL and into the pen
    http://www.freep.com/story/spo...../89885636/

  33. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    JaCoby Jones in the lineup against his old pal Mr. Sale.

  34. StorminNorman$

    September 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    …that was Cabrera’s 30th of the year and 300th as a Tiger

  35. Tony de Florida

    September 5, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Up side is seeing Maybin and JJ in lineup. Downside is Mario and Gibby on TV. Woof-Woof.

  36. StorminNorman$

    September 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    the K’s (5 in 2 IN) are nice for JV, but it also drives up the pitch count (33 thru 2), and w/Sale pitching, we’ll likely need JV to go deep into this game, w/little margin of error

    …need to make Sale throw some pitches, get his pitch count up there – and get to CWS bullpen