Game 2017.7: Twins at Tigers

If you like pitching duels, you must have loved yesterday’s Cy vs Cy contest. It was an exciting game and a great win. One thing is obvious: the Verlander train is still rolling down the same track it was on last season. The key moment of the game: with two on and nobody out Castellanos booted what should have been a double-play ball, and Verlander shrugged it off and got them out of the inning with only one run. A younger Verlander used to get visibly upset about things like that. It was all the sweeter that after costing the team a run (and about 20 more pitches for Verlander), Castellanos was the one who won the game. Great game, great win.

Next up is an early season surprise: the hot Minnesota Twins. Yes, the Twins. They are 5-1 and have been winning by blowout margins (they have a +17 run differential). They have three guys in the starting lineup with 1.000+ OPS: Jorge Polanco (1.117), Miguel Sano (1.308), and Jason Castro (1.165). Boyd, who struggled badly his first start, will have his work cut out for him.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. Castellanos, 3B
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. V Martinez, DH
  5. Upton, LF
  6. Mahtook, RF
  7. McCann, C
  8. Jones, CF
  9. Machado, SS

Matthew Boyd, P

Upton is back with his back intact, let’s see if his bat can match that which the Lettuce had. Dixon Machado cracks the lineup today, it will be nice to get a look at him.

11 Comments

  1. jud

    April 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Boyd seems to have straightened things out in a hurry.. Solid today!

  2. jud

    April 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    We have watched Miggy 1000 at bat…. He ain’t right!!!!

  3. jud

    April 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Going into the season raise your hand if you thought McCann and Casty would be carrying this team 😎🤚

  4. StorminNorman$

    April 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    another cardiac closer “save” for KRoid… embrace the stress

    • Tony de Florida

      April 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Some stress is Ok but I would have preferred nice clean 9th like yesterday. I will however accept another 38-45 of these this year if necessary.

  5. jud

    April 11, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Boyd.. Greene.. Ryan. JWilson… Frankie…. 1 run vs the hottest team in the AL…..

    When the pitching is right even Brad looks like he knows what he is doing! +1

    • Jim Eggers

      April 12, 2017 at 1:18 am

      Plus 1 for Jud

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

        April 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

        Because I recorded and watched the game,I listened to Mario and Rod. They mentioned how Boyd made a correction in his arm slot after the Chicago outing. It appears Rich Dubee’s tweak worked! Good for his confidence too.

  6. StorminNorman$

    April 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    JD’s rehab a bit ahead of schedule – took BP today

    Brennan Boesch (former Tiger) retired today at age 28

    • Coleman

      April 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Brennan Boesch, that seems forever ago. And he’s only 28!

  7. Tony de Florida

    April 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    That’s because you’re still young. When I hear some player names, I wonder how he can still be playing and then realize it’s someone’s son or grandson!