Game 2017.21: Mariners at Tigers

Jose Iglesias is back from the concussion DL, Blaine “Ball Four” Hardy sent back down. The Tigers send out their ace to the deciding game of the Blowpen Bowl. Then again, Seattle started with their ace, and we see how that worked out for them.

Unless the rain says otherwise. As of 12:30 there is a tarp on the field.

Today’s Blowpen Rubber Game Lineup:

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

Pitching: Justin Verlander vs Hisashi Iwakumi


  1. jud

    April 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    2 on 1 out.. 4 and 5 up.. victor takes a pitch exactly in the middle of Foxtrack then fouls out on a pitch high and out of the strike zone. Upton takes a pitch exactly in the middle of the Foxtrack at 91. Then throws his bat at a pitch in the LH batters box. Easy ground out.. I was hoping for a Tuesday like game.. But have a better feeling for a Wednesday like game

  2. jud

    April 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Gee what could possibly go wrong here… O runs…. 60 pitches after 3…hmmmm!

  3. Tony de Florida

    April 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    60+ for JV in the 3rd inning not a good sign. Although I’ve never figured out why he lets JV get hammered like in Cleveland and runs his ERA up but won’t let him pitch 130 in a game we’re still in. My own opinion based on nothing solid, is that Brad really dislikes JV.

    • StorminNorman$

      April 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      61 pitches (2 BB’s) for JV through 3 IN, is not the way you’d draw it up on the chalk board

  4. Tony de Florida

    April 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    A 5 spot now would come in handy.

  5. Tony de Florida

    April 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Collins makes Moya look like Trout.

  6. jud

    April 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    OK raise your hand if you knew this is exactly what would happen after Tuesday’s 19….0….0…

  7. StorminNorman$

    April 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    the realization that the DET bullpen will be called upon in a tight game, has got to give Ausmus some anxiety

  8. jud

    April 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Collins not only can’t field.. He makes sure others can’t also.. 😲

    • Coleman

      April 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      How was that ruled a double??

      • Coleman

        April 27, 2017 at 4:08 pm

        Ah, I see it’s on the board as an E now.

  9. StorminNorman$

    April 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Cano returns the Collins favor (error) – both teams w/1 unearned run on the board

  10. Tony de Florida

    April 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Another reason for Jones to play CF no matter what he hits.

  11. jud

    April 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    JV… 120 pretty strong pitches… Still a Horse…. Be nice if we could occasionally win a game for him!

  12. StorminNorman$

    April 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    7 IN only 5 H and 0 ER – overall a good outing for JV

  13. Tony de Florida

    April 27, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Nice inning for JWillie. Hope we can get some runs because I’m already having nightmares about what Cruz could do to F-Rods 86 MPH fastball.

  14. StorminNorman$

    April 27, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    JWilson has not given up a hit or run this year. His last 5 outings: 4 1/3 IN, 0 H, 0 BB, 9 K’s

    …and KRod is ‘the closer’…what am I missing?

  15. jud

    April 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I vote no.. Tie game KRod!

  16. Coleman

    April 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Frankie Buzzkill

  17. jud

    April 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    FIRE.. Brad.. Fire… Sanchez… And Fire.. KROD…. The end..
    Brad only idiots do the same thing over and over and over and over and… Never mind!

    • StorminNorman$

      April 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Ausmus will say “we only had 4 hits and scored only 1 run – and you don’t win many games with that offense” –and he’s right, but its also correct to challenge his insistence on pitching KRod in the 9th in a close game, when the results have been primarily bad (6.23 ERA, 1.85 WHIP) and his last 6 outings: 5 1/3 IN, 10H, 6 ER

      Brad is a former Ivy Leaguer, don’t numbers mean anything to him?

  18. Tony de Florida

    April 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Sad, and it’s still early in the season.

  19. Tony de Florida

    April 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    All we need now is for Mike Pelfrey to toss a shutout tomorrow night.

  20. Doug of Troy

    April 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Since KRod ERA is over 6.00, 2/3 of the time he’ll give up a run. In a tie game, the 9th was predictable. Too bad the mgr. and GM can’t see the obvious.

    • StorminNorman$

      April 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      good point Doug…yes, “predictability” is normally a trait a manager yearns for from his bullpen…unless of course its predictably “bad”

    • jud

      April 28, 2017 at 12:03 am


  21. Jim Eggers

    April 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Was able to actually watch a game live today, the rain made it all possible, since the ant guy was early ( don’t ask!) I’ve said it, several of you all have said it, ” baseball is a funny game”… 19-9, 8-0, 2-1 two blowouts and then a pitchers duel, with some bad fielding to boot. I am always amazed at how the little things make a big difference in the outcome of a game. I agree with Jud,something has to change……

  22. StorminNorman$

    April 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    …apparently DET has no choice but to keep running KRod out in the 9th …lunacy if you ask me

    Leyland was the same w/Valverde at the end – applying the logic “he used to be good, so certainly he’ll find a way to get good again”. History usually shows that 35+ year old pitchers that lose their velocity, confidence and effectiveness, usually don’t get it back… but i guess we’ll see how the KRod-thing works out

  23. jud

    April 28, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Using Brads logic.. He should have played Al Kaline yesterday.. Because he used to be really good!

    • StorminNorman$

      April 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      logic and basis physics seem to be squarely on the wrong side of justification to keep KRod as ‘the closer’ in close games

      I hope KRod and Ausmus prove me wrong, but I can’t believe he’s still on a MLB roster, much less as a team’s “closer”…w/a fastball that tops out at about 88 mph – with little or no movement… yes, he still has a good change-up but if all your primary pitches are coming in between 82-88 mph, hitters dig in and know what to expect (speed-wise) and can adapt even if they’re “fooled”

      • Tony de Florida

        April 28, 2017 at 4:08 pm

        I agree. Even if you thought that K-Rod loss of stuff was temporary you would not put him in situations that could lose you ball games. Most managers would let him pitch in less stressful situations until he could “right the ship” as it were. If we have learned anything about Brad is that he doesn’t think “out of the box”. Yesterday’s game didn’t bother me as much as others this year. We went into the 9th tied so no win was snatched from us. The way we were hitting, probably would have lost anyway. So far, JWillie should be the closer although it shouldn’t prevent his use in other situations where we are ahead and could secure the game in the 7th or 8th inning.
        If Pelfrey doesn’t wake up the offense tonight,that will really worry me.