Game 2016.142: Orioles at Tigers

It’s a bad sign when you clear the bench in the middle of a playoff run game, although the subs did just as well as the starters had been. Signs were that Zimmermann was not ready to come back yet: in his rehab he had lost a couple of mph on his fastball, and was having trouble with location. But I assumed the coaching staff knew something we didn’t. Not so much I guess. I guess the plan was to cross their fingers and hope for the best.

The good news is we have Verlander on the mound today, although it seems the better he pitches, the fewer runs the offense scores, and the O’s have their ace on the mound also. Who will step up?

Today’s How About Some Run Support? Lineup:

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

25 thoughts on “Game 2016.142: Orioles at Tigers”

  1. Possible key to a good start for the Tigers. In his last start Tillman only lasted 2 innings against the Astros and walked 5. What do you think, a 10 pitch first inning against the Tigers today?

  2. Has anybody seen anything on why or why not Zimmermann did not make his start against the Twins on Monday? Such seems like an easier competitor than the O’s.

    1. Stupidity works for me but if you consider he didn’t look like he was ready anyway, might not have mattered. I’m wondering if he will start again in 5 days. It might be better to shut him down for the year.

    2. in light of the difficulties JV has had today against BAL, it only highlights the bad decision (by DET mngmt) to pitch Z in his first start back yesterday…BAL is a team who will put mistake/bad location pitches in the seats (226 team HR’s already)

  3. The bottom of the 4th will be an important inning. If we can not get to Tillman with the meat of the order it could be the last turning point this season.

  4. The Tigers game plan is if they don’t score again today the Twins will see that and be over confident going into the 4 game series. A split will be easier to get that way!

  5. JV breezed through first two innings, but 104 pitches thru 5 innings (2 bombs allowed)…but if DET offense doesn’t show up, its not going to matter much what JV or bullpen does from here on out.

  6. 3-4-5 are zip for 9 today. Upton 0 for 1 but had a walk and scored our only run. Tough to score that way.

  7. Thank goodness for the NFL…..I can’t watch the Pussycats bat any longer…go Lions!
    3 game series…no bunts…no steals…no hit and run…..Ausmus wheelin and dealin!

  8. McCann has batted in the 9 th, with the game on the line this year about 14 times with 14 K’s Brad…lets try the 15th…K…surprize!

  9. Brad Ausmus is right: It’s too early to cancel the season. But the point may be that it’s loo *late* to cancel the season.

    A nice finish puts the Tigers at 89-73. Unless the Indians utterly collapse, that’s not going to be good enough. I say it’s all over as far as playoff hopes go. Still want Detroit to win every game, but Justin Upton says that’s not going to happen. Rats.

      1. I’ll take all the Crunchberries I can get! What were those things, anyway? Let me guess. Sugar? Like the rest of the “cereal”? Ah, those were the days.

        Rank confusion. Sounds like a gathering of stoners.

  10. Brad says losing the last two series hasn’t hurt the Tigers chances at the olayoffs at all??????..lets see go from being IN the 2nd playoff spot to being 2 games out….hmmmm. Brad are you smokin those seeds?

    How bout those Lions!….wow!!

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