Game 2017.37: Orioles at Tigers

The Tigers have two quick 3-game series, before a long road trip, not the friendliest stretch of their schedule.

Today’s WAR What is it Good For? Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. JD Martinez RF
  7. Mikie Mahtook, CF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Pitching: Matthew Boyd vs Wade Miley Cyrus

Mikie Wait I’m Still on the Team Mahtook gets a rare start in center.

61 Comments

  1. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    is Upton going to be ‘the man’ today?

    • Coleman

      May 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      At least he got the memo about Miley’s control issues.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 17, 2017 at 12:39 am

        Stormin’, I’m going out on a limb and predicting retroactively that Upton will not be ‘the man.’

        • StorminNorman$

          May 17, 2017 at 8:30 am

          sadly, you are correct sir!

          glad i didn’t stay up for that drama and tragic (though w/KRod, a predictable) ending

  2. Smoking Loon

    May 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Tough day for Boyd. Any particular reason Ausmus was so slow with the hook? I mean, Bell and Sanchez are there to eat innings, and Boyd’s disintegration seemed pretty fast.

  3. Coleman

    May 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Well that one got away in a hurry.

  4. Smoking Loon

    May 16, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    OK, that was fun, glad I checked in. Give me a holler when Romine comes in to pitch.

    • Coleman

      May 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Might want to check back in.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm

        He he. I didn’t leave. Morbid fascination compelled to see how the batters would fold in the bottom half after the devastating blow. Glad I was wrong. McCann sucks, though. If he doesn’t get a hit on the first pitch (.333 AVG), he’s dead meat.

  5. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Bell did a nice job, will not be surprised to see him get a start later this month. AWillie kept it the same. Need bats to work.

  6. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I am truly shocked! Not that JD hit it out but that our previous 3 hitters didn’t swing out of the strike zone and walked!

  7. Coleman

    May 16, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Mmmm. Curly fries!

  8. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Personally, I would have put lettuce in CF even assuming I would have pinch hit for Mikie with the lead (I wouldn’t).

  9. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Can’t fault JWillie, that’s a tough lineup he faced. We need a hat trick from JD.

  10. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Alex is having a great year so far.

    • jud

      May 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      +1

  11. Tony de Florida

    May 16, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Fingers working on an 0 fer 29.

  12. StorminNorman$

    May 16, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Collins 0 for his last 30 AB’s

    guess Ausmus will have to use Sanchez or Krod… not a good choice to leave yourself with

    • StorminNorman$

      May 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      …or Hardy

      • StorminNorman$

        May 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm

        also a bad option

  13. jud

    May 16, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    JV has a better chance of getting a hit the 0 for May Collins

    • Smoking Loon

      May 16, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Check out Upton’s last AB. There’s yer bum. Him and Hardy. And Romine. Not that I’m bitter.

      • Coleman

        May 17, 2017 at 12:04 am

        The BOG (Bum of the Game) has a chance at redemption here.

        • Coleman

          May 17, 2017 at 12:07 am

          At least he busted it to first.

  14. Smoking Loon

    May 16, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    This game just won’t end, will it? All very dramatic and gutsy, nice try.

  15. jud

    May 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    With KRod.. Sanchez.. Collins taking up roster spots.. Tigers only have a 22 man roster… So who’s fault is that???

  16. jud

    May 17, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Battle!!!!… Keep Battling!!!… love this stuff… JUp is due!

  17. Coleman

    May 17, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Alex is The Man.

  18. jud

    May 17, 2017 at 12:08 am

    How and the hell can you bat Collins here.. Sanchez.. KRod.. Lamont… Kaline…. Anyone!!!!!

    • Smoking Loon

      May 17, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Who else was left? At least he hit the ball. To the outfield.

  19. Smoking Loon

    May 17, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Maybe Justin Upton could exercise his option right now and leave. The Tigers have signed Matt Den Dekker,
    after all.

    • Jim Eggers

      May 17, 2017 at 1:19 am

      In the who gives a rip department,Matt den Dekker is a cousin to Kevin Chapman, LHP who is now toiling in Rochester, after stops in Houston, Fresno and Gwinnet. Matt is leading all of baseball in electing free agency.

  20. Coleman

    May 17, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Ty “Abandon All Hope” Collins. On the bright side, he isn’t due up again for a while.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 17, 2017 at 12:12 am

      Francisco “Abandon All Hope” Rodriguez. Sanchez must be injured.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 17, 2017 at 12:13 am

        He is toast.

        • Smoking Loon

          May 17, 2017 at 12:16 am

          $25 million (or so) could not be better spent than to have those two pitching somewhere else.

          • Coleman

            May 17, 2017 at 12:19 am

            A clever GM would eat the salaries and unload them on someone in the Central Division.

            • Smoking Loon

              May 17, 2017 at 12:30 am

              If only. I can’t think of any team that would take them even for free, least of all Detroit’s AL Central rivals. Who’s having a horrible season? Miami, maybe? Then again…Pelfrey… White Sox… Avila last season… White Sox… hmmm.

  21. Coleman

    May 17, 2017 at 12:13 am

    If only we had Mighty Jim Adduci!

    • Tony de Florida

      May 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

      I’ve always thought DD should be here and Fingers in Toledo. But I also believe Jones should be the starting CF full time.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 17, 2017 at 7:40 pm

        I’m with you, Tony. Get back to the original plan. Sink or swim, take your lumps, learn on the job. The Tigers put Jones on the fast track. Follow through! Nicholas Castellanos is no superstar and may not ever be, but he’s much better off for having been set to the task a few years back without too much hemming and hawing.

  22. Coleman

    May 17, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I have a great idea to speed up baseball games. This is way better than the automatic intentional walk. Instead of sending out Francisco Rodriguez, Brad could just wave a white flag and concede the game.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 17, 2017 at 12:19 am

      I thought F-Rod *was* the white flag.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 17, 2017 at 12:22 am

        Damn. I wanted Sanchez brought in just for spite.

      • Coleman

        May 17, 2017 at 12:22 am

        Yes but a very time-consuming one, much more so than the 4-pitchout walk.

        • Smoking Loon

          May 17, 2017 at 12:23 am

          Deluxe version of the white flag. Baseball is very ceremonial.

          • jud

            May 17, 2017 at 12:29 am

            Wait KRod only gave up 2 and got 3 outs… It’s one of his better games of the year…. My bad!

            • Smoking Loon

              May 17, 2017 at 12:33 am

              Yeah! Didn’t blow a save, either. Things are looking up. All a matter of perspective.

  23. jud

    May 17, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Why not just forfeit… Frickin bat Collins… Bring in KRod… Fire your GM for this mess… Forfeit games like this. this is BS……
    AlAvila.. Ausmus.. KRod.. Sanchez.. Collins can all go!

  24. Smoking Loon

    May 17, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Really, though, we’ll all have to admit eventually that this was an exciting game that wasted many hours of our time.

    • jud

      May 17, 2017 at 12:22 am

      A reluctant +1

  25. jud

    May 17, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Al Avila…. What are you actually paid to do??????… Nice gig!

  26. jud

    May 17, 2017 at 12:33 am

    For one time and one time only I will agree with Brad when he whines after the game about what was he supposed to do with the players he had…..
    This one’s on Al Avila!

  27. jud

    May 17, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Gee can hardly wait for Jimenez to make fools out of the Tigers hitters like he usually does… He will throw 25 strikes and 75 balls and O’s will beat the Tigers 4-1.not one pitch will be above 88……swing batter batter swing

  28. StorminNorman$

    May 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    there’s a big difference between wasting money on a player and wasting money AND a roster spot on a player.

    Ausmus/DET’s handling of KRod and Sanchez remind of the story of the guy who kept cutting the board, and each time it was still too short

  29. StorminNorman$

    May 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Collins starting in CF…umm, OK?
    1. 2B Ian Kinsler
    2. 3B Nick Castellanos
    3. 1B Miguel Cabrera
    4. DH Victor Martinez
    5. LF Justin Upton
    6. RF J.D. Martinez
    7. CF Tyler Collins
    8. C James McCann
    9. SS Jose Iglesias

    DET wins tonight, tomorrow…doubt it

  30. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Agree….Gonna be another Zimm struggle tomorrow.

  31. jud

    May 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Me: hey Brad why are you playing Collins?
    Brad: because he bats left handed
    Me: Brad he is 0 for 30
    Brad: he is due
    Me: It doesn’t work like that. There is a better chance that at the end of tonight he will be 0-34.
    Brad: But he’s a left handed batter!
    Me: I suppose you will use KRod tonight also?
    Brad: Ya!.. Why Wouldn’t I?
    Me: thanks Brad….. 😨

    • Smoking Loon

      May 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      I’m disappointed in Tyler Collins for not seizing in 2017 what is going to be his last opportunity with the Tigers, but let’s be reasonable. When a guy who can actually hit (in stretches, hot and cold) is 0 for 30, it’s not an empty cliche to say he is “due.” He really is. That’s not why he starts, though. Matchup + he is the closest thing the regular CF.

      There is also a fair chance F-Rod gets the call at some point (wow did they burn the pen last night). The bad move isn’t bringing him in, but having him still on the team if he can’t get it done any more. Can he? I don’t know. It’s easy for me to kick him off the team, but that’s not real world. I’m always more disappointed with results than with decisions. It’ll be a drag to an almost comical degree if F-Rod comes in and blows yet another ballgame, but I find no comfort in blaming the decision. I blame the performance. Not that this is any more comforting. Just easier and less futile.

  32. jud

    May 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Ubaldo threw exactly 6 strikes and 23 balls in the first inning..however the Tigers swung at 15 pitches in the inning… 0 runs 1 hit 2 BB…. Happens every time Jimenez pitches against the Pussycat batters

    • Smoking Loon

      May 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Actually, the Tigers have tended to clobber Ubaldo, especially Ubaldo as Oriole.