Game 2017.43: Tigers at Astros

Well, we’ve played over 40 games now, so it’s the point of the season, according to Sparky, where we can tell what a team is made of.

Do you know what ill really tell you what the Tigers are made of? How they do on this brutal road trip. it’s only a mid-coast trip, not a West Coast trip, but the schedule is a bit rough: four games against the best team in the league (with no travel day off), then seven games in six days against division opponents. So yes, that’s 11 games in 10 days with no travel day off.

I’m guessing on Friday’s double-header we will see either Buck Farme or Chad Bell start a game. I’m comfortable with Buck, but Chad is more intriguing, and I’m hoping they go that route.

Justin Upton gets a day off today, which is just as well, since he has whiffed at 214 consecutive offspead pitches down and away. For some reason, everyone is throwing him those now, which doesn’t seem very sporting.

Also Jose Iglesias gets a day off, just because.

Anibal Sanchez has accepted an assignment to Toledo, which he didn’t have to do. You have to give Anibal credit for that one—if he refused it the team may have cut him and Anibal could cash his checks while fishing in the Caribbean. He’d rather fix what’s wrong. Warwick Saupold had to yank the shrimps off his barbie and high-tail it to Houston to join the team.

Today’s Roadie Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Alex Avila, C
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. JD Martinez, RF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Tyler Collins, CF
  8. Mikie Mahtook, LF
  9. Dixon Machado, SS

Pitching: Michael Fulmer vs Brad Peacock.

The Peacock has showy numbers this season: 1.20 ERA with 0.89 WHIP. MF is no slouch himself. It should be a classic pitcher’s duel. Therefore I predict the Tigers will win 13-10.

8 Comments

  1. Tony de Florida

    May 22, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    What a waste of a very good outing by Fulmer. Our offense is offensive.

  2. Smoking Loon

    May 22, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    A loss is a loss, I guess, but if you’re going to be shut out, 1-0 is the way to go. Also helps with the Pythagorean W-L, which we all follow very closely.

  3. jud

    May 23, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Little did we know that Sundays sleepfest would be way better than Monday’s offensive joke fest….

    Hey Fullmer shudda pitched a no hitter for a tie!

  4. StorminNorman$

    May 23, 2017 at 8:55 am

    great pitching… i’ll leave it at that

  5. StorminNorman$

    May 23, 2017 at 11:44 am

    http://www.freep.com/story/spo.....338265001/

    Gose’s first pitch at Lakeland (pro pitching debut) clocked at 99 mph …recycling makes sense, even outfielders

    he’s got a long way to go, but i think it would be awesome if Gose would become a dependable bullpen option for DET…maybe even ‘the closer’

    • Tony de Florida

      May 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      We’ll talk after he makes it up to the Mudhens.

  6. Tony de Florida

    May 23, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Speaking of the Mudhens, Sanchez starts for then tonight.

  7. Smoking Loon

    May 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    17 games in 16 days with no day off, all told, May 16-31.