Game 2016.157: Indians at Tigers

A three game skid has put us 2 games back of the WC. Still a lot of baseball left to play. We really need JV to be the ace he has come to be again and pick up 2 Ws over the last 6 games.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Erick Aybar, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS


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  3. Coleman

    September 27, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Miggy and Verlander aren’t ready to be done yet. Plus, some comic relief in Victor trying to leg out a double, good stuff.

  4. Jud

    September 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Hey Miggy where have those 5 rbi been the past two weeks?

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      A bit too much is made of Cabrera’s “inconsistency.” Dude is still a machine. He’s having a career-average season that would be a pinnacle for a lot of really good players. You could probably say the same for Verlander, now that I think of it. Consistent would be an understatement in this case.

      • Tony de Florida

        September 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm

        As Jack Morris likes to remind us, in baseball the very best players still fail (on average) almost 7 out of 10 times. Miggy is still a stud although his age and having to play with bumps and bruises may have slowed him a bit. Oh if only I could be that slow!

  5. Tony de Florida

    September 27, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Fulmer goes tomorrow, hope we don’t stick him with a 2-1 loss.

  6. William

    September 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I assume Tribe had hangover tonight.

  7. Tony de Florida

    September 27, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    It was good to see Casty back and get a hit. Since he left, no Tiger 3B player has hit a HR.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 27, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Cabrera failed to take advantage of the opportunity to get his old job back. And he’s in trouble, too, now that Romine has conclusively demonstrated that he has the power for the 1B position. Miggy may be riding the pines in 2017, and he can only blame himself. He’ll be out of baseball in a couple years anyway.

      • Coleman

        September 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm

        Ha! What was that guy’s name?

        • Smoking Loon

          September 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm

          I think it was Chris in San Diego. Billfer was always threatening to ban him. An early version of, well, you know who. Maybe not quite that bad, because he was kind of a one-trick pony. Anyway, there were two guys named Chris. One sensible (and very funny), one less so. I think the good Chris was Chris in Dallas.

          • Coleman

            September 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm

            Chris in Dallas I used to call Bloodthirsty Chris–he was always upset the Tigers didn’t throw at more batters.

            • Smoking Loon

              September 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

              Ha. I don’t remember that about him. I do remember him introducing us (or at least me) to the concept of crap taco versus turd sandwich. I’d look in the archives more often – actually quite fun – except for the embarrassment of having to see my own posts there.

  8. Jud

    September 27, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Well the Tgers win one in a row. That leads to the biggest problem of the year… winnng 2 in a row over someone not named the Twins

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      You know, people… there’s no one the Indians can want more in the playoffs than the Tigers. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

      • Tony de Florida

        September 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

        Not for a NY Minute. The Indians and Francona want to get ready for the playoffs. While they may rest some players while they play us and the Royals, they still have a shot at first overall. The sad part is that even if the Tigers win 2 against Cleveland they are fully capable (and have the track record to support it) of losing the series in Atlanta.

        • Smoking Loon

          September 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

          Agree with track record on final series. Remember disaster against KC, backing into the playoffs, getting no-hit and swept by Miami…

          Cleveland could safely take a dive for the next two, don’t you think? Come on, Indians. We’re your buddies. Forget what the Tigers did to you in, what was it, 2013 or 2014? 2012?

  9. StorminNorman$

    September 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Z going to start on Friday

    …classic line at the bottom of this article: “I’ve learned to take forecasts with a grain of salt,” Ausmus said. “It’s an inexact science. Much like bullpen usage.”