Game 2017:45: Tigers at Astros

That was actually one of Zimmermann’s better outings last night, but the Tigers had to contend with antics in the field and flailing at the plate. Justin Upton had a particularly rough night. He has been getting a steady diet of off-speed pitches low and away, and can’t seem to either hit them or refrain from swinging at them.

Brad Ausmus isn’t worried: “You ask people around baseball if the Detroit Tigers are going to hit. It will be a unanimous yes. We are going to hit.” Well alrighty then.

Today’s  Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Alex Avila, C
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Mikie Mahtook, CF
  7. Andrew Romine, 3B
  8. Tyler Collins, RF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Pitching: Daniel Norris vs Charlie Morton

Van Man better be sharp, the way the Tigers have been hitting in Houston.

Nick gets a day off after clowning it up at 3rd last night.


  1. Tony de Florida

    May 24, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Coleman: I noticed it’s a 10 man lineup. The way we’ve been hitting it will just add to the Houston’s strikeout total. 2 right fielders are listed. Also not bad idea based on yesterday’s fun in the field.

    Happy to see lettuce at 3rd, not so much for his glove but to give Casty a break from the plate. He and J-Up have really looked awful.

    • Coleman

      May 24, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Maybe the Astros won’t notice?

      I fixed it, thanks. I guess I just couldn’t accept this anemic group sans JD.

      • Tony de Florida

        May 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm

        Brad is no doubt playing Fingers for his defensive skills.

    • jud

      May 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      I say bat “Rocket Rule”..bat everyone. What do you have to lose!

    • jud

      May 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      I go for the Wild Pitch… Score… Run… Offense!

  2. jud

    May 24, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    JUp has that deer in headlights look he had for 4 months last year. Plus he needs a car to come and drive him back to the dugout. His walk back there takes 2-3 minutes after his usual K as he stares into space…

  3. jud

    May 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Collins has played in 19 games in May. He has gotten hits in one of them… But he plays everyday!!!

  4. Tony de Florida

    May 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    It’s getting closer to Finger’s time to break out, closer to 0 for 30.

  5. jud

    May 24, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Its one thing when you are not hitting the ball. But Iggy, Collins, Upton’s swings are embarrassing to anyone who has ever played the game.

    • Tony de Florida

      May 24, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      As I said, it was good to sit Casty because of his bat, J-Up should join him for the 2 days also. I’d send Fingers to Toledo for a Mudhen.

      • jud

        May 24, 2017 at 10:34 pm

        JUp now takes EVERY first strike. So pitchers throw a fastball (upton being a dead fastball hitter) right down the middle. Happened 3 times today. Been happening every at bat for several games.

  6. Tony de Florida

    May 24, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    This one of Van-Man’s best start this year. Good effort, unearned run hurts.

  7. jud

    May 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Good baserunning by Iggy and Kinsler. Lets hold this lead..

  8. Tony de Florida

    May 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Greene has been close to perfect lately. Would not be surprised if he gets the extra start in Chicago.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 25, 2017 at 12:30 am

      I don’t think they’d do that, Tony. I think Greene’s starting days are behind him. And fortunately he has cut in the bullpen line this season and become Mr. Go-To Setup Man.

      • Coleman

        May 25, 2017 at 11:22 am

        I will be surprised if it isn’t Chad Bell. If it isn’t, it’s probably Buck Farmer called up for a day.

        • HelpMeMakeitThruThe9th

          May 25, 2017 at 5:59 pm

          Would imagine that a RH pitcher might be better vs. ChiTown…

      • Tony de Florida

        May 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

        Loon: Of course you make sense, it would be foolish to disrupt the pen now that it has stabilized. It will probably be Farmer but we’ve seen him before. Might be nice to let Chad Bell try a start as Coleman said.

  9. jud

    May 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I know I mention this several times, but how about Shane Greene!!!.. Beyond Solid!

  10. jud

    May 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I know I mentioned this several times, but how about Shane Greene!!!.. Beyond Solid!

  11. Tony de Florida

    May 24, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Well, Iggy has broken out tonight!

  12. jud

    May 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I actually watched Collins double and an Iggy dinger….. I am heading to the store for lotto tickets!!!!!!

    • Tony de Florida

      May 24, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      And a chance for a split with JV tomorrow.

    • Jim Eggers

      May 25, 2017 at 4:01 am

      +2 for Jud… remind me to tell you all the best lottery prank story ever…

  13. StorminNorman$

    May 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I had tix last night to both the DET-HOU game and U2 @ NRG stadium – turned into a win-win evening…really enjoyed the concert and DET won

  14. Pradip Hazra

    May 27, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Nice Article