The Tigers had a very exciting game last night. In different circumstances, that JD Martinez grand slam could have ended up on the season-end highlights of the year.
Justin Wilson was and has been awesome, but when he gave up that dinger to Trumbo (who happens to be one of the hottest hitters in MLB at the moment) in a two-inning save attempt…well, certain wheels were set in motion.
Maybe I only thought that because of exhaustion and tequilas. I’m kidding! (I wasn’t really that tired). I do admit I chuckled when Gibson pointed out that the Tigers had an advantage because they had more available arms in their bullpen. Those arms being Frankie and Anibal. Oh, stop!
In a better world, Frankie would gather his dignity together and retire, which the Tigers would love. But correct me if I am wrong, but I think if you retire, you don’t get paid the rest of your contract. I have thrown this out there before with no takers, but…
I agree that a wasted salary is not as bad as a wasted salary AND a wasted roster spot. BUT, because of the new CBA, and Illitch’s contracts, that spot will cost them at minimum a minimum salary PLUS a 30% penalty. I have thrown this out there before (and I will again), but I don’t think our new owners are up to paying the Illitch tax.
Good news for today’s game though: their bullpen is depleted, and Anibal is still fresh!
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- JD Martinez RF
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Justin Upton, LF
- Alex Avila, 1B
- Tyler Collins, CF
- James McCann, C
- Jose Iglesias, SS
Pitching: Michael Fulmer vs Ubaldo Jimenez
Cabrera a last-minute scratch. He got hit on the hand last night, so that isn’t all that surprising.
Tyler Collins is in CF because he is due. Ridiculously due. If he doesn’t get a hit for another week or so, he will be SO due. The most dangerous hitter in baseball.
Also, Jim Adduci seems to have been on the 10-day disabled list for weeks. And Jacoby on the 15-day for months.