Game 2017.10: Tigers at Indians

There were some good things about yesterday’s game—the middle of the lineup showed up, with long balls from Cabrera and Upton, and Jimenez had a good debut out of the bullpen (and is now back in Toledo). Then there was Anibal Sanchez, who for some reason was brought in in a crucial situation to replace Zimmermann, and who made all future game situations, well, non-crucial. What to do? It seems like their choices are to dump Sanchez and pay him, or pay him and use him as a human surrender flag. Or, I suppose, fix whatever is wrong, but that is looking less and less likely.

Today the Tigers start a series in Cleveland that is being called critical, which is sort of silly at this point in the season. But then again, after what happened against Cleveland last season…a series win would sure be nice and help us all forget last year.

Today’s Announced Way Early Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Tyler Collins, RF
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. JaCoby Jones, CF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Pitching: Daniel Norris vs Trevor Bauer

Alex Avila? Well hey he is batting .600 so far this year, so there’s that.

The lineups used to be announced about an hour before game time; this year they have come out much sooner than that—today’s at about 2:45. I wonder if this is a MLB thing, or a Tigers thing, or a media thing. Are they submitting them sooner, or publishing them sooner. It makes putting up the posts much easier though.

28 Comments

  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Everyday and The Boss’ Son both have good numbers against Bauer. Meanwhile good points about Sanchez. Like LBJ said “you can’t polish manure!” And Austin Jackson in CF for the Tribe.

  2. jud

    April 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Here’s how strange Indians Vs Tigers lately.. Runners on 1 and 2..2 out and Bauer throws 7 straight pitches out of the strike zone to Kinsler.. Results. K!!!!

  3. jud

    April 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Bauer now has 5K.. Thru 4..not one of the strike threes was in the strike zone…. Or actually near it.
    Swing Batter Batter Batter.. Swing….
    Hopefully Norris keeps up his fine work so far!..

  4. jud

    April 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Bauer now has 5K.. Thru 4..not one of the strike threes was in the strike zone…. Or actually near it.
    Swing Batter Batter Batter.. Swing….
    Hopefully Norris keeps up his fine work so far!.. …

  5. jud

    April 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    My favorite kind of Sac Fly… 3rd row RF bleachers…. Miggy coming around!

  6. Coleman

    April 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Norris is looking very good.

  7. Coleman

    April 14, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Junior goes yard!! (+1 Brad)

  8. Tony de Florida

    April 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Wow! GM’s son delivers. Is the game pen proof yet?

    • Coleman

      April 14, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Yes. Because Sanchez is not available.

      • Tony de Florida

        April 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        +1

  9. Tony de Florida

    April 14, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    With a 6 run lead AWillie needs to pitch to more contact.

  10. Tony de Florida

    April 14, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Last batter for Ryan?

  11. Tony de Florida

    April 14, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Anyone think Jimenez might have done better for one inning?

  12. jud

    April 14, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Someone named Cueves is here as a long man.. But Brilliant Brad throws him in the 9th inning.. You tell me Jimenez couldn’t pitch today…. Oh that’s right relievers aren’t allowed to pitch two whole days in a row with Brilliant Brad… You know one of the biggest reasons the Tigers pen is so bad…. Easy answer.. Brad Ausmus!

    • Coleman

      April 14, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Yes, but he made the 9th inning long, so in a way it makes sense.

  13. Coleman

    April 14, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    OK, bring in Romine, what the hell. And bring up Gose.

  14. jud

    April 14, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Still Clueless after three years!

  15. Tony de Florida

    April 14, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Norman, does F-rod get a save for that brilliant performance?

    • StorminNorman$

      April 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Yes Tony KRoid “earns a save” for…that mess…partially created by cuevas

      Sad

      A W is a W, especially against CLE, even that one

  16. Tony de Florida

    April 14, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Well if JV can pitch 9 scoreless innings tomorrow, we’ll have a shot. I don’t think F-Rod will survive this season as our closer.

  17. jud

    April 14, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Hey Brad how bout Cueves in the 7th then he has time to go back to selling hot dogs.. Then you have The two Willie’s…. Oh no use up the two Willie’s, who you basically rely on.. THEN put in the hot dog vendor… Please help us get thru this baseball god’s!!!!! =

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 14, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      This made me laugh.

  18. Jim Eggers

    April 15, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Jud- Are you sure that Cuevas was selling hot dogs? I’m thinking BEER! Can you hear it? ” get your Cervazas from Cuevas”?

    • Tony de Florida

      April 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      +1 Cervezas de Cuevas! You’ve got to admit he fits in with our pen!

    • jud

      April 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      +1

  19. StorminNorman$

    April 15, 2017 at 10:33 am

    i know its VERY early in the season, but the talent laden CLE Indians starting pitchers are 1-6 thus far, with an AL-worst 6.58 ERA…just sayin

    …unfortunately for DET, their bullpen also boasts some scary stats

  20. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Pat Caputo weighs in on how Jose Jiminez is being treated: http://www.theoaklandpress.com.....oe-jimenez

    • Tony de Florida

      April 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Ole Miss, Pat used the one word that sums it up perfectly: ABSURD! I think F-Rod is super suspect as the closer so far. If Jimenez were here, and continued to throw strikes, he could be the new closer in training.