Game 2016.160: Tigers at Braves

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Here we go, three left, we need to win at least two. I think this is the game, the one that will determine things. If the Tigers win this one, they go into tomorrow with Verlander on the mound.

And what can you say about Cabrera? “Locked in” is an understatement; I can’t think of the last time I saw anyone dead-center two balls in the same game, much less in a must-win game. I have a feeling they will need a few runs tonight, with “No, Really, I’m Ready Now Zimmermann on the mound.

Oh, and the Orioles just lost.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Maybin, CF
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Upton, LF
  6. Castellanos, 3B
  7. Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Iglesias, SS
  9. Zimmermann, P

20 Comments

  1. Jud

    October 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Lamont called MLB Headquarters……reported to Ausmus that Zimmerman bunting was legal….gee! and a run. Can you imagine that!!!

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    October 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    My Longhorns looked awful, but UM won a tough one. The Big 10 is stacked this year. Looking forward to Louisville/Clemson.

    Watching the Tigers now and monitoring the other games. Good start so far. Other than the kids eating up our bandwidth with silly Youtube videos, no complaints.

  3. Doug of Troy

    October 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Do the Tigers have to be somewhere at 10 o’clock?They’re swinging at anything!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 1, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      I think the kid’s stuff is just that nasty.

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  5. Coleman

    October 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Zimmermann’s stuff is nasty too, but not in a good way.

    • William

      October 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      I’ve seen enough Shane Greene to last 5 lifetimes.

      • Smoking Loon

        October 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

        Yeah, I’m off the fence. He’s got to go. I’m sure he’ll come back around, but not in Detroit.

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  7. Tony de Florida

    October 1, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Love small ball, ball pen not effective tonight. That and having Blair pitch probably the best game of his career, makes it difficult. Jud may be right, hard to do 2 in a row.

  8. Tony de Florida

    October 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t know who the new Atlanta pitcher will be but it has to be a thrill to come in with bases full, no outs and be facing Miggy.

  9. Tony de Florida

    October 1, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Jud, it’s not like we’ve haven’t seen this before. Bags full, less than 2 out (none tonight) and we get nothing. JD is 0 for Atlanta so far.

    • Smoking Loon

      October 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      It’s like J.D. is channeling Prince Fielder this series. Except for being nonchalant about it.

      Could merely one of those statistical anomalies, but the 2016 Tigers have been outstandingly bad hitting with the bases loaded. There’s a lot of runs not scored and some games not won.

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    October 1, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Still in the hunt, but that certainly felt like the end of things.

    • Smoking Loon

      October 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      It’s astonishing to me that the Tigers are still technically alive. I thought you could have stuck a fork in it September 6, and I more or less did, but hey, here we are. Verlander on the hill for all the… wait… *some* of the marbles, which might not actually be there after all. That’s something. They’ve certainly kept September interesting.

      Coleman’s hidden scenario – the meaningless makeup game – would, at least, give Fulmer another start and the Tigers another chance to do something against the Indians, and presumably against the Indians’ A team.

  11. Jud

    October 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Unfortunately the real 2016 Tigers reared their ugly heads.. SWING SWING SWING…11 RUNNERS 2 RUNS. …..12 frickin K’s……Another crap pitcher shuts them down…..absolutely the story of 2016. And they got schooled in small ball also…oh well!

  12. Tony de Florida

    October 1, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Team Canada just beat Boston 4-3. Their winning run displayed their awesome power: walk, sac bunt, WP, Sac Fly. Oh well.

  13. Jud

    October 1, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Aaron Blair…8.02 ERA…1 win in 2016……shuts down the Pussycats with 10ks….story of 2016

  14. Tony de Florida

    October 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

    The Tigers must win today or it is over. If Team Canada and/or the O’s win they are in. If we lose today, then we are done. If Team Canada and/or the O’s lose then we will play the Indians on Monday (they should be thrilled). We must beat the Indians (we’re due aren’t we?) in order to set up a playoff game (or 2) for the WC. We have JV going so I think we have a chance to win depending on our pen and offense. It could wind up a 3 way tie for the WC, Norman I wish you well! No matter what happens it has been a fun year. If you do not think so, think back to what the Tigers were playing for this time last year. More important, with JV and the macho trio of young starters (Fulmer, Norris, Boyd) there is real hope for next year!

  15. Tony de Florida

    October 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Another bonus if we have to play tomorrow is that Fulmer should start. Triple play, he blanks the Indians, gets us to the WC or game 163 and wins ERA title. Hope springs eternal.