Game 2016.158: Indians at Tigers

Okay friends, lots to watch for tonight.

First of all, the obvious one, we’re 1 game out of the Wild Card. It’s a crowded race, there is no margin for error. 5-0 doesn’t guarantee us in, but I think that 4-1 probably gets us to at least a (first) play-in game.

Secondly, Fulmer needs 6 1/3 to qualify for the ERA title. He’s got a decent lead, it would be great for him to win it to cinch ROY.

Third, Casty is back. This is a good looking lineup.

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. Nick Castellanos, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

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  3. Tony de Florida

    September 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    The ESPN crew picked up on the fact that Miggy was “coasting” into 2nd. That’s not like Miggy but unforgiveable unless he’s hurting.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Yep..this time of year it is all hands on deck and don’t admire your fly balls.

  4. William

    September 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I see Zimmerman slated to start Friday. I am fortunate enough to be playing East Lake Friday and have a chance to hit the game that night if I can work it in. Thinking about heading over Sudnay to see JV pitch of the game means anything.

  5. Tony de Florida

    September 28, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Fulmer not looking very sharp so far.

  6. Tony de Florida

    September 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    ESPN guys picked up on Miggy is playing on one leg. Nice recovery by Fulmer, kind of like we’ve seen JV do occasionally.

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    September 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Hello Friends. Do we have a timeline on the delay? I’d really like Fulmer to qualify.

    What would you think about sitting him if the delay is extended and letting him pitch 4 in 162?

    • Coleman

      September 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Tarp is off and Fulmer is warming up, but radar doesn’t look good.

      • Coleman

        September 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

        Actually things look dicey for tomorrow too. This could be interesting.

  8. Tony de Florida

    September 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Rain helped us out, got the starter out. Anderson is not missing our bats much.

  9. Coleman

    September 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Brad with the quick hook for a change.

    • Tony de Florida

      September 28, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Yes, but how do you feel about matching ball pens the rest of this game.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        September 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

        Not good. And the kid won’t qualify for the ERA title.

        • Coleman

          September 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

          I predict Verlander will have a lower ERA anyway.

        • Tony de Florida

          September 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

          Hot tonight, but I’d start him Sunday after we’re eliminated from the WC. If we still have a shot, JV’s the man.

          • Smoking Loon

            September 28, 2016 at 9:27 pm

            It’s up to the bats. No confidence in pen.

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    September 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Well, a hit and a walk from the pen to get two outs. Very frustrating.

    Can anyone tell that I really wanted Fulmer to win the ERA title as a rookie?

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Yes, we could tell. We wanted it, too, but pulling Fulmer out of the fire seems like the right thing to have done. He’s still Rookie of the Year.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    September 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Ausmus sees all these other pens putting together long stretches of brilliance (the Rangers pen has allowed 1 ER in their last 24 innings; yes, 24 innings; Indians pen beat us) and thinks we can do it. After 158 games you think he’d understand that our best available pitcher was on the mound.

    Just to make that point again, in the middle of a playoff race, Brad Ausmus willfully walked out to the mound and removed our best available pitcher b/c there was a guy on first base.

    • William

      September 28, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      And he is willfully starting a guy Friday who will likely have a shorter outing than Fulmer tonight.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Come on, be fair. It wasn’t just because there was a guy on first base. Fulmer was at 68 pitches after 3 innings, not exactly on top of his game, and there had been a delay.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm

        And now Hardy has established that it is someone else’s turn…

        • Kevin in Dallas

          September 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm

          Okay, I’m giving in to SL today. I’m following along intermittently and did not check the pitch count.

          I do believe we’d be about 5 games better with a good manager though, and 10 with a great one. Bullpens are impossible to predict, and nearly impossible to manage; though Ausmus is well compensated to do that.

          • Smoking Loon

            September 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

            Ausmus’s weather management is the key here. If he lets the rain stop, I’m with you.

  12. Coleman

    September 28, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Tigers all flailing trying to hit 4th inning walkiffs now. We’ve seen this before.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      The 5th inning limp-off washout is new, though.

  13. Tony de Florida

    September 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Here’s the game plan. Get a run in the bottom of 5th, complete the 5th and pray for a 3 hour torrential downpour.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      You read my mind, Tony.

  14. Kevin in Dallas

    September 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I’m still frustrated about Fulmer.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Clears the way for JV, as Coleman pointed out. Cheer up.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        September 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

        If JV pitches 8 innings of shutout ball, he’ll end up at 2.99.

        • Smoking Loon

          September 28, 2016 at 10:24 pm

          So he’s got a pretty good shot, right?

  15. Smoking Loon

    September 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    He’s a monster!

    Will the bullpen hold it? Um.

  16. Tony de Florida

    September 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Miggy is limping so he worked out a way not to hurry. 3 Run lead, raining hard, love it. Hurry make 3rd out.

  17. Kevin in Dallas

    September 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Well, that worked.

  18. Kevin in Dallas

    September 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Filling to Tor/Bal. Top of the 9th, man on 2nd, Blue Jays need 2 outs.

  19. Doug of Troy

    September 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Don’t need the 3rd out if the home team is ahead. Doesn’t matter now. Time to call game so our bullpen can go home early!

  20. Kevin in Dallas

    September 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Oh fudge. Hyun Soo Kim hit his 6th HR of the year; Baltimore up 3-2.

    • William

      September 28, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Final 3-2 BAL. that stinks

  21. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Looks like Britton sealed the deal too…rats! BTW it was Grilli that gave up the dinger!

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      That’s not all bad if it knocks Toronto down a peg. Right?

      • Tony de Florida

        September 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm

        Especially since Team Canada plays the last 3 at Fenway and say goodbye to Big Papi.

        • Smoking Loon

          September 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

          So, all things considered, the Orioles taking the next one as well is good for us (and the Seattle Mariners). Right?

    • Smoking Loon

      September 28, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      It was Osuna, not Grilli.

  22. Smoking Loon

    September 28, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    So I wonder what’s up with limping Miggy. It’s clear enough that he’d be missed greatly any of the next 4 games.

  23. Coleman

    September 28, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Tigers win!!

  24. StorminNorman$

    September 28, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    the game just went “final” DET 6- 3 CLE …after 5 complete innings…saved both teams’ bullpens or blowpens…depending on your take

  25. Tony de Florida

    September 28, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Game is official. And in time to watch Perry Mason!

    Imagine if tomorrow is rained out and by some miracle we need to play Monday, how the Indians will feel having to come to DTW to play a meaningless game for them 3 days before the playoffs.

    • StorminNorman$

      September 29, 2016 at 8:11 am

      good point Tony!

      the forecast for DET looks like rain most of the day on Thurs – especially during the day (game time 1pm EST). The CLE playing a makeup game would be advantageous for DET, but i suspect at this point in the season, MLB will find a way to get the game in at some point today, which if its not until tonight, will be a disadvantage for DET who has to fly to ATL today for a game tomorrow

  26. Tony de Florida

    September 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Smoking had a great question about Miggy. Do you think we should take a chance on his health in order to make a WC that we probably would lose anyway. I would fit him in a straight jacket and only release him to pinch hit and only on advise of a non-Tiger connected doctor.

  27. Jud

    September 28, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Had to work tonight…good win..thanks for helping, rain!!!….just win, baby!

  28. StorminNorman$

    September 29, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Jimenez pitching for BAL today against Stroman (TOR) – Jimenez has been pitching pretty well lately, but is due for a meltdown-type of game

  29. StorminNorman$

    September 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    http://www.freep.com/story/spo...../91270002/

    saying it could rain until 5pm today – whereas if the game went off as scheduled, DET would likely be on a plane to ATL around 5pm…