Game 2017.60: Tigers at Red Sox

Yesterday’s rubber game looked promising, but then Mike Fulmer switched to batting practice mode. Fulmer gave up 5 runs in back to back starts, which is the first time he has done that, in the majors or minors. Cause for concern?

It was inevitable, but I admit I was a little sad to swap out Hicks for McCann today.

Verlander seems OK, and is starting Saturday.

Today’s Lineup:

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

Pitching: Jordan Zimmermann vs Brian Johnson

In today’s centerfielder roulette the ball drops on Mikie Mahtook. Tyler Collins still leads the team with 21 games at CF, which is still only 36% of the games.


  1. Smoking Loon

    June 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    All in all, I think CF might as well belong to Andrew Romine most of the time. With or without that, boy is he getting some playing time this season. He’s going to end up with close to a full-timer’s allotment, I think, and it’s not a bad thing. Good for him. Lettuce = SuperDonkey. Donkey Kong.

  2. jud

    June 9, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    While working on my MLB Beat the Streak for the next couple weeks I notice Blackman had 86 hits, several batters in the high 60’s and 70’s. The Pussycats leader is Victor at 52, pretty sad. In fact this year I hardly put any Tiger on anyday..for obvious reasons…

    • Coleman

      June 9, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      I’ve already picked Blackmon 3 times when he went hitless. Tough game!

      • Smoking Loon

        June 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm

        Beat The Streak has a pretty lousy payoff considering the odds. It should be $56.7 million.

        (Oops. Though I just read that the prize was $5.67 million, which I thought was odd. Make it $5.6 billion. The prize would be won this year.)

  3. Tony de Florida

    June 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I can’t believe Brad didn’t even consider challenging the play at first! Could have meant a run.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 9, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Which one? Wasn’t the challenge spent in the 4th?

      • Tony de Florida

        June 9, 2017 at 9:14 pm

        The play with Mikie “Home Run” Mudhen. I had the dishes tonight so if we burned our replay, I missed it.

  4. Tony de Florida

    June 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    The guy (sorry missed his name) from Fox Sports that was in the booth earlier with Mario and Rod told us more of what’s going on with Miggy than I’ve heard anywhere else. It was not encouraging.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Do tell, for the sake of the cheapo Gameday folks like me.

      • Tony de Florida

        June 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm

        Game is on Fox Broadcast tomorrow, I’m sure they’ll mention it. It relates on how Miggy is concerned abut his age/body condition and trying to lose weight during the season. Gave me the impression his confidence is not what it should be.

        • Smoking Loon

          June 9, 2017 at 11:06 pm

          Miggy just needs a hug. He needs to know that we still love him even after he strikes out four times.



          #GiveMiggyBattingHelmetInThe Face

  5. Smoking Loon

    June 9, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Castellanos notwithstanding, you have to admit that the Tigers are not the defensive clown show they used to be when they were winning division titles.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 9, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Maybe I spoke too soon.

  6. Jud

    June 9, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    So Mikie Mathook is now only 1 Home Run behind the $25,000,000 man. Hey Brad anything wrong with Miggy….Naw..I’m not worried!

  7. Tony de Florida

    June 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    3 K’s and a weak comebacker to the mound for Miggy tonight.

    • Smoking Loon

      June 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      2 K’s. Wait, never mind, possibly a time lag with Gameday. Didn’t need the spoiler, ha ha.

      • Smoking Loon

        June 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm

        Is Cabrera just swinging at ANYTHING these days or what?

  8. Smoking Loon

    June 9, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    This at last is the Zimmermann the Tigers paid for. Cool. Now for more runs. Detroit runs, I mean.

  9. jud

    June 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    30 runners in two days….7 runs…that’s our Tigers

  10. Tony de Florida

    June 9, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Yup, and now JWillie has failed to hold the game.

  11. jud

    June 9, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Hey Brad what did you think of Miggy today. Well the dribbler he hit to the mound was one of his best swings of the night!

  12. Tony de Florida

    June 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Too bad, Miggy 4 K’s, we strand 9runners. Wasted good start by Zimm. And Big Pappi had nothing to do with it!

    • Smoking Loon

      June 9, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Mitch Moreland. Only the names have changed.

      • Tony de Florida

        June 10, 2017 at 11:17 am

        +1 Yes, he has been a nuisance.

  13. Smoking Loon

    June 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Tigers 3, Red Sox 2. Red Sox 3, Alex Wilson 0.

  14. jud

    June 10, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Tigers throw A Wilson under the bus yet no one mentions the worst offense in the entire MLB in the 7–8-9 fact whens the last time Might..Victor..Kinsler.Avila…JD,.
    .Casty. ..McCann…did something in the 7<9 innings to pull a game out….I know blame AWilson

    • Tony de Florida

      June 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

      +1 8th inning would have been a lot less critical if we had gotten a key hit or two early. Miggy is obviously struggling should he be hitting 3rd?

  15. jud

    June 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Sale either blanks the Tigers or they 4-5 in between…unfortunately more often than not he zips them..he is good!

    • Tony de Florida

      June 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      I’d move Iggy up to bat 3rd. He’s hot and has homered off him. Miggy is clearly having problems.